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Old 10-24-2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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Lightweight sliders/rails/steps?

Once my 2014 jku comes in, I'll be needing side steps for my wife. I figure I might as well get sliders that double as steps. But I'm a bit concerned about the weight. I found the Teraflex sliders that combine aluminum and steel for less weight. Does anyone have other recommendations?

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Old 10-24-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Nemesis Industries Billy Rocker Kit

http://www.nem-ind.com/catalog/jk/jk...-kit-jk-4-door

Not a huge step width, but light aluminum, SUPER STRONG, superior quality, and made in USA.

Love mine!
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I installed Teraflex rock sliders. They are aluminum and offer a good step along with great protection and weigh a 3rd of what steel sliders weigh.
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Thanks, folks. I'm leaning towards the Teraflex, though I'm scared of drilling my brand new jeep. Maybe I'll pay to have someone install it. It seems that the higher quality the rockers, the harder they are to install.
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Thanks, folks. I'm leaning towards the Teraflex, though I'm scared of drilling my brand new jeep. Maybe I'll pay to have someone install it. It seems that the higher quality the rockers, the harder they are to install.
Drilling the holes isn't bad but get a good roto bit or use a step bit along with a properly sized finishing bit.

The only change I would recommend from TF install video is to use the punch while the rails are test fitted to the Jeep rather than mark with a pen and then punch. I did one side with the pen and then a punch and my holes were not as accurately placed as when I used a punch directly on the other side without the intermediate paint mark.

Just take your time, use grease on the nutsert tool threads before each nutsert and you'll be proud of your results.
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Thanks, folks. I'm leaning towards the Teraflex, though I'm scared of drilling my brand new jeep. Maybe I'll pay to have someone install it. It seems that the higher quality the rockers, the harder they are to install.
You can't really mess it up if you go slowly and use good judgement. I messed a few up (hole too big) and the nutsert ate up the slop. No problem. The first hole is the hardest then it's fun. You're making your jeep safer and stronger. Check out the three piece nemesis ones because those looked the best for side impacts which would be the scariest in a wrangler- I roll no doors if possible

They are not difficult to install just stressful at first and the second side is CAKE

As for drilling for nutserts I recommend against a step bit. Too easy to go to deep and create an issue. Just buy a good brand new bit set or just a brand new bit size you need maybe two and use WD-40 for cutting oil on the bit
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Tomken has nice aluminum slider steps, but I see no reason not to go with teraflex's.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #9
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ACE rock sliders served the dual purpose for my wife's Jeep- no drilling since they use the body/frame mounting bolts:

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ACE rock sliders served the dual purpose for my wife's Jeep- no drilling since they use the body/frame mounting bolts:
Yeah, they're just heavier. Also, I won't have rubi rails, so I'd want to get something to cover up the bottom of the rocker panels (the teraflex comes with a piece for this). But I might just get them all the same since the slight cost savings makes a big difference to me right now.
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Heavier but steel. light weight does have it's place but steel is better in skid applications. A lot of people just paint the pinch rail with some rattle can bedliner from WalMart instead of spending money on Rubi rails and it looks fine IMO.
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The drilling is intimidating, mine went on when it was less than 30 days old, but as long as you take your time and follow the directions and video you will be ok.

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Heavier but steel. light weight does have it's place but steel is better in skid applications. A lot of people just paint the pinch rail with some rattle can bedliner from WalMart instead of spending money on Rubi rails and it looks fine IMO.
Ace rock rails are more than twice the weight of the TF aluminum sliders. I haven't read of any more failures of the aluminum sliders than there have been ACE rails. Because the TF rails have a continuous, smooth surface on their underside they actually can slide over rocks rather than hanging up on the supports. TF sliders fit tightly under the pinch seam and offer more ground clearance. TF sliders have a flat surface to step on top rather than a round rail, and you don't have to worry about them rusting. Even the attachment hardware is stainless steel.

ACE rails are lower priced and an easier install but you get what you pay for. I know that a lot of folks in the forum are religious about ACE so I'll probably get flamed.
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The other consideration of the OP was step functionality. I am still using the body mounted enhanced Rubi rails that came on my 10A (seem to stick out the same distance from the body as Teraflex?) and they don't work as well for a step as the frame mounted ACE rails (ask my wife ). Teraflex makes some good products too so it really boils down to what suits the OPs requirements best. Maybe go to a local Jeep meetup and see what people have and make a decision. It is hard to tell by looking at pics and reading reviews how different products function in real life for personal requirements.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #15
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The other consideration of the OP was step functionality. I am still using the body mounted enhanced Rubi rails that came on my 10A (seem to stick out the same distance from the body as Teraflex?) and they don't work as well for a step as the frame mounted ACE rails (ask my wife ). Teraflex makes some good products too so it really boils down to what suits the OPs requirements best. Maybe go to a local Jeep meetup and see what people have and make a decision. It is hard to tell by looking at pics and reading reviews how different products function in real life for personal requirements.
The teraflex sliders have a flat step that is the width of the stock Sahara plastic step at the rear door running all the way to the front. Look at my Garage to see a picture that shows the slider coming out to the edge of the stock rear flare.

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