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Old 12-10-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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is this sac-religious?

I am about to take the rock sliders off of my 2011 rubicon and and put on the mopar side steps. For some reason I just like the look of the sidesteps better then the rock sliders. I also think it will help out with stopping some of the rocks from the tires that hit more door panels. I am also going to be putting the 2.5" budget boost lift on next week from Teraflex so I thought it might be good to have the steps to help the old lady get in and out of the jeep.

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Old 12-10-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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I am about to take the rock sliders off of my 2011 rubicon and and put on the mopar side steps. For some reason I just like the look of the sidesteps better then the rock sliders. I also think it will help out with stopping some of the rocks from the tires that hit more door panels. I am also going to be putting the 2.5" budget boost lift on next week from Teraflex so I thought it might be good to have the steps to help the old lady get in and out of the jeep.
You can but the poison spider rico kit, its a set of steps that weld onto the rubicon sliders, they look nice and are super tough.

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I don't think the side steps will do any good stopping rocks if you wheel it anywhere, in fact, the Jeep manual says to take off the side steps on the Sahara if you are going offroading. There are lots of good aftermarket side steps/rock slider combos, the poison spider ones look great
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:44 PM   #4
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It's more the rocks and sand from the normal roads that cause little rust spots on my doors. My jeep only sees off road a half dozen times a year. It's pretty much my daily driver.
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:25 AM   #5
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I just replaced my plastic side steps with rubi roci rails. Tore one side up while wheeling at superlift in Arkansas. I came very close to major damage to the rocker panel and door in my Jk. The rubi rock rails are tough as heck and look good. I never did like the look of the side steps. However, I am looking at modifying the rock rails to add a small metal step for my wife. Not that I am hen pecked.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:02 AM   #6
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I have a little stool that I use for the wifey. She only really needs it when in a dress. Otherwise she just climbs in. I keep it in the way back so it is always with me.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:08 AM   #7
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BTW, my plan for the jeep when I start to get rust spots that you can see is CAMOUFLAGE! That is when the jeep will really get an interesting look! Since my base is red, I'm planning on adding green, black, tan and any other color that will go with red that happens to be on sale at the hardware store. Eventually the jeep will sport a military look....but no rust.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:00 AM   #8
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We are all kind of assuming that you take your Jeep off road since your are putting a lift on it. Are you also putting on larger tires? If not, why the lift? If you do go off road, you may break the OEM steps. If you stay on the pavement, they will be fine. You should be able to sell your rock rails.
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I have a Sahara and it had the OE steps.
After bashing just a few rocks and trees (especially the trees), they began to bend the mounts and mangle the tub. It was a bear to remove them; took me a little over 3 hours.

Get a set of rail/steps or something. The OE steps are for small people who never go offroad. They do stop some of the road-splooge from swarshing over the side of the Jeep; but not all of it.

OE sidesteps did nothing to keep the splooge off here.
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I am about to take the rock sliders off of my 2011 rubicon and and put on the mopar side steps. For some reason I just like the look of the sidesteps better then the rock sliders. I also think it will help out with stopping some of the rocks from the tires that hit more door panels. I am also going to be putting the 2.5" budget boost lift on next week from Teraflex so I thought it might be good to have the steps to help the old lady get in and out of the jeep.
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I have a little stool that I use for the wifey. She only really needs it when in a dress. Otherwise she just climbs in. I keep it in the way back so it is always with me.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:32 AM   #11
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I don't think that's sacrilegious--at least, I hope not!

Because of the limited amount of wheeling I do, side steps are in fact more practical than rock rails for me too. My wife and kids actually use the side steps everyday, whereas I might end up never using the protection offered by the rails. So, when choosing from stock options, I wanted steps instead of rails and declined to upgrade.

However, you already have the rails, which means you'll have to actually purchase new side steps, and then sell or store your rails.

Unless you're getting a great deal on the Mopar side steps, the better play might be to buy a set of rails that actually work as side steps too by another company. That way, you get both the protection and the steps. You've got to make a purchase either way.
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i think its a great idea, pm me on where to send those rubicon slidders you don't need!
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:54 PM   #13
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I'll trade you even up. I live in Pa. I have 2007 JKU rubi with sidesteps. I bought it this way. I dont care for them. Only 11,000 miles of use
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I am about to take the rock sliders off of my 2011 rubicon and and put on the mopar side steps. For some reason I just like the look of the sidesteps better then the rock sliders. I also think it will help out with stopping some of the rocks from the tires that hit more door panels. I am also going to be putting the 2.5" budget boost lift on next week from Teraflex so I thought it might be good to have the steps to help the old lady get in and out of the jeep.
I think one must ask - why buy the Rubi...

Someone mentioned the Poison Spyder RICO kit - heck, on their website recently they had some rails with the RICO on it for cheap...

From what I have seen and heard, the steps just won't take even a bump without either breaking or banging up the tub pretty good...
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I think one must ask - why buy the Rubi...

Someone mentioned the Poison Spyder RICO kit - heck, on their website recently they had some rails with the RICO on it for cheap...

From what I have seen and heard, the steps just won't take even a bump without either breaking or banging up the tub pretty good...
All those steps are garbage, i ruined a nice set of steps when backing up into a piece of schedule 80 pvc sticking out of the ground. It bend the steps right in half
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:24 AM   #16
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I bought the rubi because it is what I wanted. It will go a lot if place just as stock, but it is also my DD which is snot 70 miles a day. I have clients getting in and out of it every day so it needs to be easy for them as well as my wife. I do rake it off road a few times a year, but I think I will just swap out the steps with the rock rails when I do plan on going. I was thinking of making some kind of quick disconnect for the bolts. I need to think that through a but more though.
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^^ Well, given that situation, you may want to check out some of the tube type rails that have side steps. They may prove more useful than the stock sahara side steps. And be more rugged at the same time. That way, you don't demote the off road capability of the Rubicon...which you paid all the extra dollars for...and I think they look pretty awesome at the same time giving your Rubi a special look.

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