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Old 03-23-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Weld side steps?

I installed a set of Rugged Ridge side steps. The install was pretty staight foward, and drilling the frame rails was easier than expected, took me about 3
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It is held to the frame rail with a flat mounting plate on each side, with 3 1/2" bolts thru each plate. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to have them welded in place?

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Old 03-23-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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I have the same steps. I didnt drill the hole because I didnt want more holes in the frame and had them welded on instead. Figured if I damaged them or changed my mind down the road I could just grind the welds off and remove them.

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Old 03-23-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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I have the same steps. I didnt drill the hole because I didnt want more holes in the frame and had them welded on instead. Figured if I damaged them or changed my mind down the road I could just grind the welds off and remove them.

My thoughts exactly
While I was installing them, I was thinking about their liability, or how they get approval to allow for the holes. Though I am not worried about it or their product.

How are they holding up, do you think they could bend easily?
I know the finish is great, because I dropped one of them on the concrete , and it did not chip or scratch.
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I have had them on for about 1 1/2 years and they have been great. They dont budge and I often stand on them to get at the top of my soft top to clean or do the front window (im not a small guy either).

Eventually I will change them for some thick rocker gaurds caus eI know Im eventually going to kill them on the trail but until then they are great.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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Yes, I feel like i could jump up and down on them, but would they support the weight of the jeep without bending, if you were gently high sided on that rock in your picture
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #6
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Well I went through 2 of the matching front bumpers and 1 rear before I upgraded to something a bit more solid. In my opinion I wouldnt risk it. When it comes to tube bumper VS car or boulder you dont need to guess which one wins.
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And the 2 front bumpers were much worse off.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:50 PM   #8
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Ouch! I hear what your saying. I really do like them though, and they make getting in and out easier, or for loading stuff on top ( I have a hardtop also, and a roof rack)
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ProRac makes a great roof rack. Looking at your photo it looks like you may have the same set-up
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:55 PM   #10
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Nope its a bestop 2 piece hard top. The rack is to mount the front "targa" portion while its off.
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Cool, nice rig!
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:28 PM   #12
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I have the same steps and I drilled the frame, tapped it and then used stainless steel bolts. I then put a bead of weld on the top of the plate. This will give you the extra strenght that you need. When you decide to change them steps, grind off the bead and yoyur good to go.

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