Power Steps vs Nerf Steps - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 05-13-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Power Steps vs Nerf Steps

I thought I was decided on Amp Powersteps, but now I'm looking at the N-Fab Nerf Steps.


Right now I have flat steps the look more like the factory rubi sliders, but stick out e ought to use as a very high step. My girl and young kids struggle to get in. I need to do something and the powersteps look to be perfect in terms of height.

Amp Steps:

- Good step height and fold away when not needed, but I'm concerned with sand, etc getting into joints and binding up down the road. To keep sand from spraying up, I will be forced to put mud flaps on. I know many don't like these, but I don't mind so this isn't a factor.

N-Fab:

- no moving parts and I think they look good in the satin black. My concern here is if its too high to be useful.

The most I'm lifting would be 2" and 33's. Looking for input
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1979556700.jpg
Views:	97
Size:	131.9 KB
ID:	248940   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-281990219.jpg
Views:	106
Size:	142.1 KB
ID:	248941  


__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Sgt93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 582
I had the AMP steps on my 11 F250 with 4.5" lift. Never had an issue with them opening or closing in any condition (Midwest). Loved them. My then 4yo could crawl in and out on his own. They were worth the money and have clean lines (which was nice on a truck).

On the other hand, with the Jeep you can have more of a dual purpose with tubes (protection) etc. It all comes down to what you want to spend, and what you want for looks/protection. Best of luck.

__________________
Steve - 2015 Ford F350 King Ranch CC SB 4x4.
2013 Rubicon Unlimited. SOLD
_______
/l ,[____],
l---L -OlllllllO-
()_) ()_)--o-)_)
Sgt93 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
I'm not worried about protection because I hope to never be in the situation of using them as sliders. If I did damage either option, I'm the kind of person who would replace the damaged part.

I'm just concerned with how usable a single saddle type step is vs a bench style step. I've been looking at pics of nerf vs powersteps and both look like enough drop to be usable in height.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
MillerWelds87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 287
I have them on my F150 and love them. I like how they tuck away and pop out when i open my door. Everyone that opens their doors go "WOW" thats cool. No problems with sand or grit from stopping them from swinging up and down. I am going to pass on these on my JK and get some ace sliders though. Either way you go it will be great!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	f150.jpg
Views:	99
Size:	48.5 KB
ID:	248977  
__________________
2013 Billet JKUR
-AEV2.5-AEV Geo Brackets-AEV Procal-Goodyear Duratracs 315/70r17-Fuel Tropy Wheels-JKS Trackbar-Fox Racing 2.0 Stabilizer-Trucklites-Ace Rock Rails-Northridge Bolt kit-
MillerWelds87 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 11:49 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Sgt93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 582
The AMP steps are fantastic. If you can swing the price, go for it. You will love them.
__________________
Steve - 2015 Ford F350 King Ranch CC SB 4x4.
2013 Rubicon Unlimited. SOLD
_______
/l ,[____],
l---L -OlllllllO-
()_) ()_)--o-)_)
Sgt93 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-14-2013, 12:08 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
Comstock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rural Northern Nevada
Posts: 33
Images: 13
I have the amp steps on my 2013 jku with a 4 inch lift and 35 inch tires. I bought my jku with a dealer installed lift and the amp steps. I wouldn't have bought them aftermarket but I do love them. They work exceptionally well. I had a few issues last winter when they would get heavily iced up and not close completely. I think they have loosened up with use and haven't experienced any issues since. I am used to the servo motor sound when I open my doors. On several occasions I have got out of the jeep and looked up to notice people staring in amazement at their function and questioning me on them.
Probably not the thing for serious rock crawling but awesome for daily use. I wold recommend them. I will try and post a pic of my keep with them.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130513_220629.jpg
Views:	113
Size:	96.9 KB
ID:	248983   Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130513_220811.jpg
Views:	125
Size:	134.5 KB
ID:	248984  

__________________
2013 jeep JKU.
Hard and soft tops
4 inch Rancho lift
35 inch Grapplers
JKS quick disconnects
Handmade roof rails and basket
Comstock is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-14-2013, 01:11 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by Comstock View Post
I have the amp steps on my 2013 jku with a 4 inch lift and 35 inch tires. I bought my jku with a dealer installed lift and the amp steps. I wouldn't have bought them aftermarket but I do love them. They work exceptionally well. I had a few issues last winter when they would get heavily iced up and not close completely. I think they have loosened up with use and haven't experienced any issues since. I am used to the servo motor sound when I open my doors. On several occasions I have got out of the jeep and looked up to notice people staring in amazement at their function and questioning me on them.
Probably not the thing for serious rock crawling but awesome for daily use. I wold recommend them. I will try and post a pic of my keep with them.
Your pics make them look better than others I have seen. I was thinking I needed mud flaps for two reasons. 1- to keep sand from kicking up since I plan to do most offroading in dunes/beach and 2- cause I thought it looked awkward where step meets front fender.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-14-2013, 08:38 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 194
I wouldn't get the Amp steps unless you just stay on the road, off road any get R-SE steps. They will take hits...I used them as pivot points against rocks last trip, no damage except to the paint.

Rock Slide Engineering Online Store
__________________
FOR SALE: 2007 JKU Rubicon, RK 5.5 X Factor Plus System with RK 2.0rr's, 37" MTR's, Allied Monster Beadlocks. Poison Spyder trail cage, Crusher Corners with LED lights, R-SE Step Sliders, JRC Dagger Tire Carrier Bumper, D44 sleaved-trused 5.13's, Much more..
caryt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by caryt View Post
I wouldn't get the Amp steps unless you just stay on the road, off road any get R-SE steps. They will take hits...I used them as pivot points against rocks last trip, no damage except to the paint.

Rock Slide Engineering Online Store
I've looked at those, but you are talking almost $800 more. The Amp steps sit up pretty darn high when folded up and I don't plan to do any rock crawling. I went out this weekend as a first experience and I was impressed with what I could get through and not even come close to hitting rockers.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Comstock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rural Northern Nevada
Posts: 33
Images: 13
On the start of the Fordyce trail near Like Tahoe last weekend. The steps have pretty good clearance. I chose my lines well and didn't make contact once with rocks. Another pic of clearance playing near my home in Nevada.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130515_195430.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	177.2 KB
ID:	249662   Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130515_195509.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	75.8 KB
ID:	249663  

__________________
2013 jeep JKU.
Hard and soft tops
4 inch Rancho lift
35 inch Grapplers
JKS quick disconnects
Handmade roof rails and basket
Comstock is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-16-2013, 12:19 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Awesome, I figured they wouldn't create clearance problems, just can't be used in place of sliders.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 194
You did the complete Fordyce trail and never touched a rock...
__________________
FOR SALE: 2007 JKU Rubicon, RK 5.5 X Factor Plus System with RK 2.0rr's, 37" MTR's, Allied Monster Beadlocks. Poison Spyder trail cage, Crusher Corners with LED lights, R-SE Step Sliders, JRC Dagger Tire Carrier Bumper, D44 sleaved-trused 5.13's, Much more..
caryt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-31-2013, 09:57 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Comstock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rural Northern Nevada
Posts: 33
Images: 13
No I didn't do the entire Fordyce trail.
__________________
2013 jeep JKU.
Hard and soft tops
4 inch Rancho lift
35 inch Grapplers
JKS quick disconnects
Handmade roof rails and basket
Comstock is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-31-2013, 10:44 PM   #14
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
JK Coaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 281
I've had my AMP Powersteps for about a year now and am very happy with the decision. With my 2.5 inch Teraflex lift and 35's the measured ground clearance is 16.5 inches to the lowest part of the Powerstep unit. Haven't made any contact yet. Here are a couple of pics, one with step up, 2ed with step down (11.5 inches of ground clearance with step down).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_9687.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	67.5 KB
ID:	280142   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0012.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	40.8 KB
ID:	280143  

__________________
2012 JK Sport, auto, 3.73, Eaton E-Lockers ft & rear, 2.5 inch Teraflex lift, Method 17x8.5 Standards, BFG All Terrain LT31570R17s, LOD full width bumpers, SB RC-8 winch, sPod, Yakima Megabasket rack, BBL lightbar.
JK Coaster is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-01-2013, 12:16 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Stompor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: DuPont, WA
Posts: 70
I had the Bestop Powerboard (designed by AMP) for a couple of months.
They were really great for about a week, then they would bind and/or not work.

Contacted 4Wheel Parts who sold and installed them. They adjusted them on 4 different occasions and then gave up. Told me that is just the way they are.

So contacted Bestop who told me it wasn't a very good design for a jeep and I should return them.

So I did.

Just had Northridge 4x4 install the RSE Step Slider.

These are much stronger, but not without issues.
They are LOUD.
The step could be longer and give better coverage to they rear doors.
I thought it included a light kit, looks like I have to purchase that separately.
They are really expensive. I mean holy s#!+ expensive.
They took 5 hours Northridge to install.

So I will have to see if I like them over the long term.
Stompor is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-01-2013, 01:24 PM   #16
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
JK Coaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 281
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stompor View Post
I had the Bestop Powerboard (designed by AMP) for a couple of months.
They were really great for about a week, then they would bind and/or not work.

Contacted 4Wheel Parts who sold and installed them. They adjusted them on 4 different occasions and then gave up. Told me that is just the way they are.

So contacted Bestop who told me it wasn't a very good design for a jeep and I should return them.

So I did.

Just had Northridge 4x4 install the RSE Step Slider.

These are much stronger, but not without issues.
They are LOUD.
The step could be longer and give better coverage to they rear doors.
I thought it included a light kit, looks like I have to purchase that separately.
They are really expensive. I mean holy s#!+ expensive.
They took 5 hours Northridge to install.

So I will have to see if I like them over the long term.
Yes, please report on your long term satisfaction with the RSE product. I am interested because both my wife and I am pretty much in love with our rig and feel we need some brand of power step to compensate for the lift and 35's (lol, actually our age and laziness). As we get more aggressive off road, we may someday damage our AMP power steps. We would then consider the RSE product despite the cost. It's very pricey but......relative to the total cost of my Jeep and all the upgrades so far, not a show stopper.

For those interested, here is another thread on the RSE steps.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rse...rs-136329.html
__________________
2012 JK Sport, auto, 3.73, Eaton E-Lockers ft & rear, 2.5 inch Teraflex lift, Method 17x8.5 Standards, BFG All Terrain LT31570R17s, LOD full width bumpers, SB RC-8 winch, sPod, Yakima Megabasket rack, BBL lightbar.
JK Coaster is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 194
One thing I would highly recommend doing is adding additional holes and nutserts between the existing ones for additional support. This will help when you take hard hits.
__________________
FOR SALE: 2007 JKU Rubicon, RK 5.5 X Factor Plus System with RK 2.0rr's, 37" MTR's, Allied Monster Beadlocks. Poison Spyder trail cage, Crusher Corners with LED lights, R-SE Step Sliders, JRC Dagger Tire Carrier Bumper, D44 sleaved-trused 5.13's, Much more..
caryt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2013, 09:23 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
The RSE Sliders are nice and I had seriously looked at them at one point. However, they seem to be a very gen 1 product and I expect revisions over time that improve the product for the price they are asking. Just my opinion, but overall I'm sure they work great.

BTW, in case anyone wants to know, I went with power steps. They are sitting in my garage waiting to be installed this weekend.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2013, 02:15 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Mopar2Ya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Earth
Posts: 873
One of the nice things about the Power Steps is that they are a full 6" wide, not 2-4" wide like other steps.
__________________
2012 JK U R Crush (Specs in profile)
Pics: http://s1243.photobucket.com/profile/mopar2ya2/index
2006 GC(WK) SRT8 gone
1970 Charger R/T somewhere in pieces
Mopar2Ya is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 162
Sorry to revive an old thread but I was searching AMP steps and found this thread. How do you guys keep the amp steps from folding down when you ride with the doors off?
Charlie14 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-03-2014, 07:29 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie14 View Post
Sorry to revive an old thread but I was searching AMP steps and found this thread. How do you guys keep the amp steps from folding down when you ride with the doors off?
You can wire an inline switch to the either the trigger wires or the Power. I recommend the trigger wires, but to each his own. There are three trigger wires vs. one power so power would surely be easier. The switch will basically just break the circuit so it can't send power to steps to activate them. Just make sure switch is rated for the Amp rating of power wire or you will need to use a relay.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-03-2014, 10:33 AM   #22
Jeeper
 
Mopar2Ya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Earth
Posts: 873
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie14 View Post
Sorry to revive an old thread but I was searching AMP steps and found this thread. How do you guys keep the amp steps from folding down when you ride with the doors off?
I'd recommend wiring the switch, but they have a safety built in if you physically interfere w/them (hold your leg against them while opening the door) they will only drop a little. I'm not sure how good this is for the mechanicals.
__________________
2012 JK U R Crush (Specs in profile)
Pics: http://s1243.photobucket.com/profile/mopar2ya2/index
2006 GC(WK) SRT8 gone
1970 Charger R/T somewhere in pieces
Mopar2Ya is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-03-2014, 01:52 PM   #23
Newb
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 6
I have the AMP steps on my Ram. Just close the doors and pull the fuse at the battery.

sanman357 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:05 PM.



Jeep, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC