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Old 02-24-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Quadratec 3" Tubular Side steps

Just got installing these on my girlfriends TJ.

They bolt on using the existing Body mount bolts to attatche a bracket, and then bolt the sidesteps to the brackets with another bolt.

My question is after torquing everything down:

How much play should these have? The body mount bolts have a rubber gromet type thing, which I assume is where the play is coming from.

I always thought side steps were supposed to be solid.

Anyone have any experience with this?

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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FYI her jeep is a TJ, I assume that was given since I posted in the TJ section.

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Old 02-24-2014, 04:55 PM   #3
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Just got installing these on my girlfriends TJ.

They bolt on using the existing Body mount bolts to attatche a bracket, and then bolt the sidesteps to the brackets with another bolt.

My question is after torquing everything down:

How much play should these have? The body mount bolts have a rubber gromet type thing, which I assume is where the play is coming from.

I always thought side steps were supposed to be solid.

Anyone have any experience with this?
Hey there,

We have them installed on a few Jeeps her at work. They're all nice and solid. If the bolts are torqued to proper spec can you verify the body mount bushings are in the correct way? That can cause some loss of thread for the bolt to grip into if they are in backward.

Can you post photos of the mounts?

Thanks!

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:00 PM   #4
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hey there,

we have them installed on a few jeeps her at work. They're all nice and solid. If the bolts are torqued to proper spec can you verify the body mount bushings are in the correct way? That can cause some loss of thread for the bolt to grip into if they are in backward.

Can you post photos of the mounts?

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:02 PM   #5
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That dont look right,lol
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:09 PM   #6
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That dont look right,lol
That's the best I could gather from the instructions. Any ideas?
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I would imagine that the steel from the step should be between the bushings
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:15 PM   #8
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otherwise you would have the play from the rubber
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:16 PM   #9
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I have a different set that mounted between the tub and the bushings.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:18 PM   #10
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Like I said, mine are different.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:24 PM   #11
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I would imagine that the steel from the step should be between the bushings


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Am I misunderstanding what they are saying? My thought would be to out the metal against metal to take out the play from the bushing but that's not what they are saying. Any ideas in what could go wrong if I put the metal to metal instead?
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:25 PM   #12
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I think you have the bottom bushing in the wrong place. try putting it under the step. to you have metal on metal. Im no expert, just trying to help.
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yup, thats what is is.
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Hey guys, I have the same type of nerf bars as MedicalJeep, and mine are set up the same way his are, with the bracket under the rubber bushing. It does look odd, but if I recall (it's been a few years) when I put mine on, that rubber bushing is a one piece and does not remove in a way that you can get the metal bracket under it. So the only way I could do it was the same way as MedicalJeep.

If somebody did it the other way, I would love to hear about it because that would mean I have been running mine the wrong way for about three years!

Also, they DO bounce a bit when standing on them due to that mounting design, which is poor in my opinion because it relies solely on the body bolts to carry the down and side forces. If you had real rusted bolts, I would expect them to snap sooner or later. I try not to put to much weight on them as just have them for show basically. Although over the years my "husky" buddies have stepped down their full weight on them getting in an out of the jeep, and they held up fine over the years.
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The first picture the OP posted sure looks like that piece is designed to fit up in there. Those bushings come out. Remove the bolts from the body mounts, the bottom rubber bushing should drop off with it. Butt the step's mounting tab under the body mount and put the busing and bolt back in. Again that's just the way I see it, I could be wrong. Give it a shot.
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The first picture the OP posted sure looks like that piece is designed to fit up in there. Those bushings come out. Remove the bolts from the body mounts, the bottom rubber bushing should drop off with it. Butt the step's mounting tab under the body mount and put the busing and bolt back in. Again that's just the way I see it, I could be wrong. Give it a shot.
The bushings are actually too big to fit under the mounting bracket, this must be the way that they were designed to fit. Even if you mounted the bushings under the bracket instead of between the bracket and body mount, you would still have play from the bushing on the underside.
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Mine are different but as I recall the stock bushing is two piece with a steel sleeve over the bolt and a metal washer that contacts the sleeve
The rubber gives some motion for body alignment but the sleeve should clamp the step bracket tight
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It looks like that might not be tightened enough. This is what the QR3 on our TJ looks like:


All the bolts are tightened completely on both the mounting brackets and on the steps themselves?

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