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Ok, so anyone who's visited my newly constructed website knows that my car is in pieces at the moment and is only a weekend or 2 away from painting. I am trying to decide whether or not i want to put on the new rocker panels ive ordered or to return them. TO leave them off id have to grind downt he pieces of metal that hold on the clips that hold on the panels. Id also like to find some way to close the gap between the front fender and the part under the door that the rocker panel covers. I dont know how to weld and would have to use fiberglass and im afraid it wouldnt hold. I just htink it would look weird with that gap there. Also if i ever wanted rocker panels id have to weld on new clip mounts. So my POINT after all this rambling is that i just dont know what to do. Anyone out there have opinions on rocker vs no rocker or any other points im missing?
 

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I personally like the rocker moldings. If you decide to leave the molding off don't worry about smoothing over the small gap. It will probably crack over the years.
Then like you said, if you decide later to put the molding back on you would have to attach to molding brackets.
 

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I ran without them for 2 years. Then I put them on. I like em on better than off

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/65MUS027.jpg

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/ROLLE014.jpg

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TO leave them off id have to grind downt he pieces of metal that hold on the clips that hold on the panels
There's no grinding or welding required. The clips are held on with pop rivets. To get the old clips off, just drill out the existing pop rivets. You will have to fill the holes (2 per clip) and the front and back bolt holes.

To reinstall later, you simply drill new holes (carefully so as not to damage your new paint), and pop rivet the clips back on.

Personally, I like the rocker panels. Don't worry about the gap at the fender to rocker panel. Once it's all painted, it won't be noticeable. That gap is normal.
 

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I think it adds a lot to a car. If it were me I would keep the rocker panel.
 

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The rocker mouldings may protect the paint from rock chips, I would install them.
 
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