What is this thing on the side of my Jeep?

Franco

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2005 Rubicon. I'm referring to the black metal plate wrapping around the lower edge of the body. Is that meant to protect against rocks? Is it factory-installed or aftermarket? I must say that it doesn't look very beefy.
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Nothing fancy, just regular ole diamondplate. Lots of people put diamondplate on off-road vehicles to make them look meaner. You'll see some with them wrapped around the back by the tail lights a lot. I guess you could say it would help with rocks. I don't think I would call it an actual rock guard though.
 
It’s factory on Rubicons. People call them “Rubi Rails” … and they absolutely will hide some rust!
 
Did you just recently buy your TJ Rubicon? There are a lot more differences than that from a regular TJ and much more significant.
 
Is that meant to protect against rocks? Is it factory-installed or aftermarket? I must say that it doesn't look very beefy.

Factory (Rubicon) rocker guard.
Not to be confused with a legit slider.
However, I'm sure it would hold up to some hits better than the unprotected sheet metal.
If you take them off, they are desired by some.
 
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If you take them off, they are desired by some.

One would think so. I had mine for sale for at least 6 months. No one wanted them once they learned that holes needed to be drilled to install them. I ended up giving them away to someone who bought something else from me.