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Old 08-21-2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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Factory sidestep mounting kit

Hey everyone

Can anyone tell me what's in the factory sidestep mounting kit?

I acquired some steps from a 2002 to install on my 2004, no hardware, so I went to the local Jeep dealer/moron at the parts counter, no help, he wouldn't tell me whats in the kit, he wouldn't go pull a kit they had instock to let me see it, he wouldn't pull up an exploded diagram and give me the kit details........he would only sell me a new kit

So if someone could tell me what's in the kit, maybe I could get the stuff at Home Depot or something.

Thanks for any Help

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Old 08-21-2006, 01:00 PM   #2
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all you do is drill holes in the frame and then mount the side step (i think)

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Old 08-21-2006, 01:11 PM   #3
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well the holes and the slots are already there in the frame. So all I need is the hardware, i.e. bolts etc.
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Shoot, i wish i would have known someone would want those, i just tossed all that stuff in the dumpster the other day. Whoops.
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CRAP! haha see that's exactly why I tell my wife that there's nothing in the garage I would throw away, cause the minute I do there pops up a use for it LOL

Oh well eventually someone is going to have the parts to tell me exactly what I need
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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there's 4 bolts per side for each step

are there threads already in the holes on your jeep ?

if not, you will need the nutserts...and bolts.
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The holes and slots are already there but the holes are not threaded.

Where can I get the nutserts and bolts and what sizes?

So let me ask this for advice then. I can go to this trouble and pay $100 for these used sidesteps or the dealer offered to sell me a brand new step kit with hardware for $145?

Which is a better choice?
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45 dollars isn't that much more...plus you get them brand new in perfect condition and you get the hardware
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The holes and slots are already there but the holes are not threaded.

Where can I get the nutserts and bolts and what sizes?

So let me ask this for advice then. I can go to this trouble and pay $100 for these used sidesteps or the dealer offered to sell me a brand new step kit with hardware for $145?

Which is a better choice?
is it even necessary to ask that question...get the new ones...
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is it even necessary to ask that question ?...

get the new ones...

^^^ what he said ^^^
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ok since I simply cannot find these "nutserts" that fit looks like it's new steps!

Thanks everyone for the advice and pointers!!!
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:02 PM   #12
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I came across a pair of "smittybuilt" step bars and am going to bolt through the frame to mount. I dont see any factory holes in frame that would support step bars.

I'm wondering why you just didnt buy long enough bolts to go through frame? why use inserts?
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:31 PM   #13
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What do you mean by nutserts? Are you talking about helicoil or is it something different?
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:16 PM   #14
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trade in those steps and get some rocker guards. Then you don't have to worry about nutserts
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What do you mean by nutserts? Are you talking about helicoil or is it something different?

http://www.edbydesign.com/books/B0006I5K2E.html

^ nutsert^
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Oh. Does the same thing as helicoil, only it doesn't look quite as secure and probably cost a lot more.

I'm assuming helicoil won't work with the application.
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no,
a helicoil is for repairing threads,
a nutsert is for installing threads in there own casing in thin material, kind of like a metal well nut, sorta...
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no,
a helicoil is for repairing threads,
a nutsert is for installing threads in there own casing in thin material, kind of like a metal well nut, sorta...

Well, you're partly right. I work with those things on an every day basis. There is a lot more application than just that.
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The Question Is: Why Steps?

Why, oh why do you want to have steps on your Jeep? They serve one functional purpose and that's so my 79 year old mother can get into my Jeep (true statement - she can actually get in on her own!). Other than that, you want them off when you are offroading so you won't rip them off plus they leave dirt streaks on the back of the legs of every pair of pants you'll own along with your wife's jeans, slacks, and dresses (yes, this is truly a daily driver as well). I put them on for my mom when I visit her and no one else. Otherwise, they take up space on a shelf in my outside storage shed. And, if you leave them on, make certain to spray the bolts and nuts with PB Blaster once in a while because they will REALLY rust.
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Well, you're partly right. I work with those things on an every day basis. There is a lot more application than just that.
understood... but lets not confuse anyone anymore than they already are :-)

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Actually need the steps so my wife can get in, she's ..*ahem* " Short of stature " at 5'1" and I have two kids 6 and 9 that have trouble getting in

At some point about a year from now the Jeep will become a 3rd vehicle and thus undergo the transformation that so many do with a proper lift kit, rock-gaurds etc. for now it has to domesticate into my family. Some day it will be set free and live the life it so rightly deserves amongst the big rocks, streams, hills and trails of the better parts of our world!

There did I do that eloquently enough?? LOL
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yeah i know what you mean...my mom can barely get in my jeep cause shes only 5'2"...she has to climb in the thing
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yeah i know what you mean...my mom can barely get in my jeep cause shes only 5'2"...she has to climb in the thing
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