i have factory side steps on my jku but i find them useless. when i step on them, i can't actually enter jeep without ducking down. when i get out of jeep i step around them as well. so i just step around them getting in and out. right now their only purpose is to shield rocks from flying off front tire into my rear flare/paint. i know some people don't wheel the snot out of their rigs, what have you found?
I actually added them to my Jeep after it was delivered so my wife would have a place to step up on to when she was getting into the Jeep. They make a solid step, protect the Jeep from door dings and stray runaway shopping carts and keep some of the road spray off the Jeep. Are the useless, no, not at all. But are they meant for rock crawling...not really!
2013 JKU True Blue, 4" Zone Lift, 35x12.5x17 Nitto Trail Grapplers, ION 171 Black and Machined Wheels
Mine didnt come with them so I snagged a set local for $100 like you find they are worthless as a step if I step up on them I smash my head into the top off door opening and steping out they are just to high up on the side to work as a step ,but do offer some protection from the front tire throwing stuff . I will go with a set of rails when I find a set that work well as an actual step.
I use them all the time. I have 37s w/ 3.5 inch lift and use them all the time. Maybe its cuz im not too tall but there is method on how to use them. Its pretty funny watching some folks try and get into my jeep for the first time when they have always been used to low cars.
I grab onto my handle ( have welcome distributing ones near the pillar) put my right foot on the side step, lift myself up, and sort of twist off my right foot and rotate my body till my ass hits the seat.
you know you drive a jeep when you have a method for getting into it
I moved a JKU at work with the side steps on, after not having them on mine, I learned they hit my shins right in the middle. I had stepped close to get in and ran my leg right into it. When I got out it was weird too, I slid over them and the back of my pants would had been dirty if the steps weren't clean. Awkward. I also couldn't use them to step on, I was too tall to do that.
my sons, 12 and 10 years old, need them to climb into the back seat. Also, I kinda hope they protect my paint from idiots in parking lots who pay no attention to how close they park to my Wrangler when they open their car doors.