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Old 07-22-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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OEM Side Step Nutserts

Has anyone bought the side steps aftermarket or from a private seller? I'm trying like hell to find someone that knows what I'm talking about when I ask if the "nutserts" are included with the mounting hardware. This being the case, most private sellers have no idea that they are required to install the steps, so my question is: Can the proper size nutserts be bought at a hardware store or Lowes/HD type place? Can someone tell me what the bolt size or thread size is so I can find the nutserts before buying the steps only to realize I can't get the nutserts? Thank you very much!

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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Im assuming you're probably talking about the clips on the underside. Yeah, I wouldn't call them a nutcert, that's probably the confusion. You're best bet is your local Ace or hardware store in the fastener section. I do believe they're metric 8x1.25. If no luck there, I wouldnt waste my time, Is just go to the dealer. I know they carry them. I know I reused mine when I mounted my PSC sliders.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #3
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Did somebody say nutserts! If I never have to install nutserts again in my lifetime I'll be a happy man. Had to drill 16 holes and install nutserts for my OR FAB side armor. I was a nervous wreck every hole i drilled and those nutserts arent easy to fasten with the tool.
Sorry OP, can't help you but good luck.
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Has anyone bought the side steps aftermarket or from a private seller? I'm trying like hell to find someone that knows what I'm talking about when I ask if the "nutserts" are included with the mounting hardware. This being the case, most private sellers have no idea that they are required to install the steps, so my question is: Can the proper size nutserts be bought at a hardware store or Lowes/HD type place? Can someone tell me what the bolt size or thread size is so I can find the nutserts before buying the steps only to realize I can't get the nutserts? Thank you very much!
You should not need them with a 2013. You should have threads built in. Take a look. My 2013 JKU has them built in and all I needed was the bolts to put rubi rails on. My Jeep came with the side steps and I just used the hardware from the steps to mount my rubi rails since they mount to the same holes. I believe 2013 was the first year the threads were built in.
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I bought mine from Autozone.
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I know exactly what a nutsert is.....and they suck. Even if they work properly for the install (and they probably won't....so buy extras), I hope you don't need to remove your rails 5 or 10 years down the road. It's even money that they'll spin in the frame rail. Who ever thought these crappy fasteners were a good idea was wrong!
Just my $.02 good luck!
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You should not need them with a 2013. You should have threads built in. Take a look. My 2013 JKU has them built in and all I needed was the bolts to put rubi rails on. My Jeep came with the side steps and I just used the hardware from the steps to mount my rubi rails since they mount to the same holes. I believe 2013 was the first year the threads were built in.
As Big Fran said, you may not need them for your 2013, as the threads may be built into the frame. If that's the case, you'll only need the bolts.

If that's not the case, you may be creating some confusion with your terminology. When I installed used side steps on my 2009, they required U-Nuts, not Nutserts. It's possible Jeep changed the mounting method to Nutserts at some point, but I don't recall hearing that.

In either case, you shouldn't have a problem getting both at a decent hardware/automotive store. Or, at worst, the dealer.

U-Nut - slides into an opening to allow a bolt to thread into. No special crimping tool required.

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Nutsert - inserted into a hole and crimped similar to a drywall anchor. Threaded to accept a bolt. Requires a special crimping tool.

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Yea, the u nuts are what I got from Autozone.
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Yea, the u nuts are what I got from Autozone.
Thank you very much for clearing that up for me - I had no idea what the heck those things were called, so I just used the term "nutserts" or "bolt clips". Now I know they are U-Nuts - thank you!
@ the Kolector - do you know what size they were that you bought? I'll check my frame later to see if it's pre-threaded, but I'd like to know just in case it's not. FYI- my Jeep did NOT come with any side mounted accessories, so this is why I assume I'll need the U-Nuts. Thanks, everybody!
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I just put tubular steps on my '13 and the rockers are threaded, the kit I bought had both the plates for non threaded holes and separate hardware for the newer ones.
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@ Big Fran - thank you for mentioning this! I just went outside and looked, and sure enough I have the threads built right into the frame! Awesome! I never would have thought to look until I got under there to install them, since the Mopar instructions say the U-Nuts are required. At least I learned what a U-Nut is, lol! I love this forum, haha!
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Glad you got that sorted out.
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@ Big Fran - thank you for mentioning this! I just went outside and looked, and sure enough I have the threads built right into the frame! Awesome! I never would have thought to look until I got under there to install them, since the Mopar instructions say the U-Nuts are required. At least I learned what a U-Nut is, lol! I love this forum, haha!
Great!!!

One of the other things I've found with the 2013 is the pinch weld seam by the rear wheel opening is pre-trimmed at the factory.
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Thank you very much for clearing that up for me - I had no idea what the heck those things were called, so I just used the term "nutserts" or "bolt clips". Now I know they are U-Nuts - thank you!
@ the Kolector - do you know what size they were that you bought? I'll check my frame later to see if it's pre-threaded, but I'd like to know just in case it's not. FYI- my Jeep did NOT come with any side mounted accessories, so this is why I assume I'll need the U-Nuts. Thanks, everybody!
IF I remember correctly, they are M8-1.25.

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