When driving an economy or a second-hand car, we usually wouldn't care much about the minor damages that it gets. Nicks and scratches on the hood, bumper, doors, and various other body panel parts caused by road debris, loose gravel, bugs and other body panel hazards won't even catch the slightest of our attention. Things get a lot different, however, once the vehicle we are driving turns out to be a BMW. In such cases, even the slightest scratch on the least noticeable body panel part would appear so large to ignore. So if you drive a BMW, better take good care of its minor parts, especially the BMW rocker panels.
But what is a rocker panel? If you are a BMW owner who is concerned about your vehicle's stylishness and elegance, then there is a need for you to know what it is and where it is located. The BMW rocker panels are the lowest panels on either side of your BMW. These panels often measures no greater than 4-inches in width and runs the length below the vehicle's doors, extending from the front wheel well to the rear wheel well. Rocker panels are often made from the same sheetmetal used for the rest of your BMW's body, and they usually come painted in body color.
Due to their location, it is ordinary for the rocker panels to incur various damages while you drive your BMW; more so if you would often pass on bad roads. But since even the slightest damage on the rocker panel would be noticeable in your luxury performance vehicle, it is necessary for you to find ways to prevent such damages. Most rocker panels are coated with rock-proof protection prior to painting, making their surface sort of rubberized and less prone to scratches. If such coating is not good enough, you can make use of the various rocker panel guards and protectors available in the market today. Additionally, you can install mud guards to prevent the debris flung by the tires from hitting the sides of your BMW.
But if the rocker panel of your BMW is already damaged, then you better replace it first before thinking of all these other accessories. Here at Parts Train, we have a wide selection of replacement BMW rocker panels, both driver side and passenger side, for all years, models and trim levels of BMWs. And should you want to make the sides of your BMW look more stylish, you can also make use of our BMW side skirts which can be attached directly below the rocker panels.