Rock rails usable as jack hardpoint?

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One of the first mods I did on my Mustang was adding some underbody rails that bolted over the jacking hardpoints. These have been super helpful because I can jack one whole side of the car up at once to swap wheels, instead of having to do it four times on four different hardpoints.

I'm wondering if the OEM rock rails on the Bronco will be usable in the same way? Or would jacking from the rock rails damage the body of the vehicle?





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Hm it's probably not the best idea since they're body mounted. They're meant for protection and turning the vehicle in tight spots. I'd be happy to be wrong though.
 

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They say the are mounted to the structure of the body, and can take the weight of the vehicle (rumor), but I've never used the body of a vehicle for a jack point, and I would not advise using the rail as a jack point either. It would be like using a running board...
Use the frame, less risk of damage.
 

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It's very common to do that with aftermarket rock rails. If Ford actually patterned them after what people really use, then we should be able to.
 

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They are mounted to the body. Use at your own discretion. I wouldn't.
 

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I’m hoping the frame will be stiff enough that when you raise the rear wheel the front wheel comes with it. Had a bunch of German cars like that & made life simpler.
 

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They did say the rock rails were designed to handle the weight of the vehicle. I wouldn't hesitate to try it, in a pinch.
 

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Hmmm... if they can’t be used for a highlift that’s one more reason to swap them for proper sliders. I’ll be watching the aftermarket closely on this.

We should add this to the next super whatever east coast event. How does that work? Anybody going to the next event?
 

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Pretty sure someone said you could rotate the whole vehicle from one pivot point of the rock rail without issues. I would wait to see it done first by real users before you try to use it as a jack.
 

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