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By Steven Snyder

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What’s Next? Field Testing – Oh Yeah!
This is, without question, my favorite part of any upgrade. How well does the new mod work? With regard to the Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, I was really not surprised at all to see them work flawlessly.

My first trip with the new rocker protection was to Katemcy Rocks in Mason, Texas. It turned out that Poison Spyder was sponsoring an event led by Cowtown Jeeps called Karnage in Katemcy. This was a rockcrawling event geared toward ‘daily driver’ Jeeps. Remarkably, my Jeep managed to barely fit all the minimum/maximum criteria for the Baertrax Super Stock classification.

The event was an absolute blast. I had never even attended an official rockcrawling competition and I was participating in this one. You should be able to read more about Karnage in Katemcy in an upcoming story here on Rockcrawler.com. Thanks to my spotter, Todd Nelson, who spotted our team to a third place finish in our class.

Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
The Karnage in Katemcy event was the first time my spotter, Todd, or I had ever been in any type of competition. There was no point penalty for using a strap and Todd took full advantage of the rules to get me through the course as cleanly as possible. Stay tuned to www.cowtownjeeps.com for information on next years’ KIK event

Katemcy is always a blast. This particular weekend I never even got close to hitting or using my Rocker Knockers, so a few months later, a group from Southern High Rollers made a trip to Clayton, Oklahoma.

We decided to run a few trails on the Green Acres property in Clayton. Around mid-afternoon, while running Green Mambo, one of the folks in our group broke a stub shaft. While everyone parked in the creek waiting for AAA to show up (just kidding), I found a little section of the creek that I thought would be an excellent place to test the Rocker Knockers. I had my two daughters with me and they love big rocks. My oldest, Katie, said “Daddy, that looks pretty tough over there, can you get through?

Someone had already gotten stuck in the hole hidden by the water and I thought, “Sure, let’s give it a try while trail repairs are being performed and we have some down time.” I pulled up and my tires had just enough traction to keep me straddled on the rocks without falling into the hole. The girls were not too happy. That was way too easy. In an effort to not disappoint my daughters I backed up and asked if they were ready?

Keep your hands in the Jeep and hold on.” I eased up on the rocks again and when I was at the high point I turned the wheel slightly and BANG! Both left tires slipped off and the Rocker Knockers slammed into the rocks.

Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
What can I say? This is the fun part…Trail testing.

As I did this my friend, Jack Brinks, was standing next to the creek shaking his head with a smile as my girls screamed with laughter. “Daddy…do it again!

I thought to myself, “Wow – that hit pretty hard. I wonder if I hurt anything?” Jack grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos. As I pulled out of the creek I also had the opportunity to use the slider bars as a pivot point. Of course, when we cleared the obstacle the only damage I inflicted was to the paint.

Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
Here are a couple of photos of the Rocker Knockers after a few trips. As you can see, the only damage is to the paint. These things are tough!


The Rocker Knocker’s WORK! If you are looking for some rocker protection for your Jeep while on the trail, get in touch with Poison Spyder. You have the option to get them with or without the Slider Bar. I would definitely recommend the Slider Bar. The bar does a fair job as a side step, although that is not really its intended use, and it does an awesome job as a slider/pivot point.

Poison Spyder Customs Rocker Knockers are available for Jeep CJ's, YJ's and TJ's, including Unlimiteds.


Poison Spyder Customs
2140 W. Dartmouth
Englewood, CO 80110
Phone: 303-777-4820


Steve Snyder

Steve lives in Southwest Houston where he spends weekdays as a college professor and weekends trying to keep all four wheels of his Jeep on the ground.

Contact Steve at steve@southernhighrollers.com

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