Whether replacement or restoration, a rocker panel rounds out your ride in a really reliably simple kind of way. Sometime finding the right one can be downright rough and rumble. This little guide makes the selection process so much simpler and gives you just the facts.
A lot of people, excited with a restoration job or just raring to get their old, worn one replaced tend to forget the simplest of all rules to follow: get one that is specific to your car's year, make, and model. There is no such thing as a Universal, one-rocker-fits-all panel.
If you're looking to fix up an older car, and you don't have a rocker panel to reference-or even a manual-your best bet is to shop online. This option has become far more convenient with the ability to match parts based on the specifics of your vehicle.
The key here is simple: be very exacting when it comes to matching. True, you could cut an over-sized one down, but it really is smarter and more affordable-in terms of money and time-to get one that is correct from the get-go.
There are two general categories of materials that rocker panels come in, either one has their own perks and downers. The first group is comprised of the classy metallic panels-these look gorgeous and glimmer when the sunlight catches on them as you open the door. The downside is that they get slippery after a good downpour!
Rubberized rocker panels make up the second group. They are not as pretty to look at, they're far less durable, but they do pull amazing double duty. Apart from providing the requisite support for your door, they also give your shoes a firm surface to grip when you enter or exit your ride. Ultimately, it pretty much comes down to preference.
What's the point, after all, of having a safety feature whose look doesn't match or compliment your style? So long as the fit is right-you cannot compromise on that-how it looks and feels is all up to you.