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Old 10-03-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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stock steps..how do you bolt them up

hey guys..i have an 06 TJ and got a good deal on some stock side steps from a member....

something simple..just need a step for the daughter..

so..i see where they slide in and it all lines up..but i have a hole on the outside of the frame rail..how do i bolt them up?

don't mean to look stupid..just don't want to do something stupid till i ask the congregation is all!

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Old 10-03-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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There are some nut inserts that need to be beat into those holes. You can get the hardware at a dealer.

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oh ok cool...

and i'm thinking they expand kinda lika drywall anchor..or i'm looking really like i ride the short bus now huh?
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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oh ok cool...

and i'm thinking they expand kinda lika drywall anchor..or i'm looking really like i ride the short bus now huh?
buy the nutserts and find a nice BFH (big f@$#%* hammer) and beat them into the holes.....have fun hammering and dont smash your fingers.
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Naw - they are like a wheel stud with ribs around them, you just beat it in there.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:52 PM   #6
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I like the BFH idea.. so 2x on that one. lol steps are identical so you have to see which way they go.. on my 00 tj the triangular part goes in the rear.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:16 AM   #7
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No they are a horse shoe bolt with nuts,no beating anything and real easy to install,03-06
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like Gwjvw said, no hammering involved. you can get the special tool for installing them - either the dealer can sell you the tool (pretty cheap too) if you get the nutzerts from them or if you get the nutzerts from another source get the right tool from them. did you get the right steps? i know that the bolt pattern for steps changed between '02 and '03...
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no hammering involved

You're no fun!!! Must you always be the party pooper?
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:03 PM   #10
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bolts and nuts from the dealership

went up and see what to order..you can see where the steps go..fit right in, and they looked up things...bolt is $1.50 or so..and the nut is $5.88! so...multiply that puppy x 8 and i might've been better off orderin nerf bars LOL but i like the looks of the stock steps...waiting on the order now

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jeez. are they made out of gold?
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jeez. are they made out of gold?
almost better be when i go look after they come in! really wanted factory steps cause of my 5 yr old...she's at the independent stage about doing things her self!

I'm under no obligation, i've ordered with them before and they always let me go out side and take a look, match up, etc...

for sales this dealership sucks..the service dept is the only reason i go back!

let ya'll know how it goes.
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So what did you end up buying?
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Price sounds about right.

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Price sounds about right.

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60 bucks for 8 small bolts w/ nuts? I bet you can get them at ace hardware store for 12-13 cents a piece.
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you can order the mounting hardware from jeepsareus... might be a little cheaper than the dealer but youd also have to calculate shipping.

http://www.jeepsareus.com/Merchant2/...uct_Code=MB158

depending on your year of TJ you will need either 8 of each bolt and insert or 14 of each bolt and insert.

*edit: I wonder if you could get the same results by using a larger bolt and tap threads into the frame yourself. WOuld be cheaper but more time consuming
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i don't think the frame is thick enough to give you more than a thread or two...might pull them through when you step on them later. i would think you'd have better luck drilling out the other side of the frame and pulling a long bolt through. keep in mind that on the driver's side the fuel/brake lines are right there (bad to drill into ) and if you tighten too much you might squeeze in the frame over time.
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i don't think the frame is thick enough to give you more than a thread or two...might pull them through when you step on them later. i would think you'd have better luck drilling out the other side of the frame and pulling a long bolt through. keep in mind that on the driver's side the fuel/brake lines are right there (bad to drill into ) and if you tighten too much you might squeeze in the frame over time.
that sounds like the best idea as long as they don't get crazy with tightenning too much and watch out for the stuff on the other side of the frame like you said. way better than paying $50+ for special dealer parts
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If you are looking to drill through the frame here is what i would do to get it "tight" and prevent the frame from collapsing.

so tighten it like that a bit. Then hold the nut there with a wrench and dont move it. Put another nut over that one and screw it on there. As you are holding the first nut with the wrench use another wrench to tighten the 2nd nut over the first one so tighten the 2 nuts to each other so now the pressure is on the nuts instead of on the frame.

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Old 10-16-2007, 04:06 PM   #20
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you can order the mounting hardware from jeepsareus... might be a little cheaper than the dealer but youd also have to calculate shipping.

http://www.jeepsareus.com/Merchant2/...uct_Code=MB158
Jeepsareus was the ticket! $48 shipped...so I'm only in $68ish or so on the whole deal..which is good to my ears...

cleaning up the steps now and prepping for paint, so when I get them installed this weekend I'll see how it goes!

almost looks like a C-Clamp i have would go around either side, bolt and frame, and 'press' them in, instead of hammering..there wasn't a reference to a tool on the website...

thanks for the referance to the Jeepsareus folks!
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you can order the mounting hardware from jeepsareus... might be a little cheaper than the dealer but youd also have to calculate shipping.

Jeeps Are Us: Jeep Wrangler side steps hardware 97 to 06

depending on your year of TJ you will need either 8 of each bolt and insert or 14 of each bolt and insert.

*edit: I wonder if you could get the same results by using a larger bolt and tap threads into the frame yourself. WOuld be cheaper but more time consuming


thanks!
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Don't suppose anyone has any experience with the ebay kit shown here? -
eBay Motors: Jeep Wrangler TJ Side Step Nerf Bar Insert inserts 14 (item 350169753778 end time Mar-24-09 09:40:22 PDT)

Looks decent, just wondering....I have a set of Westin tubular step-ups, one of my many projects to undertake
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link is no good
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i guess we will find out, i just bought the 14piece kit.
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eBay Motors: Jeep Wrangler TJ Side Step Nerf Bar Insert inserts 14 (item 350169753778 end time Mar-24-09 09:40:22 PDT)


Let me know when you get them if they're any good or not, will get some myself if they're worth it
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ya i just bought them, hopefully will get them soon....i will let you know
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bought my inserts from dealer, after checking this thread, I wish I had checked ebay first. Then found me a tool to insert them with at http://www.rivetnuttool.com/
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Jeepsareus.com 2.25 for the nutserts. Buy the bolts from a hardware store so you don't get the torx that mopar uses

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