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Old 04-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Rock Rail/Side steps

Hello all, I just picked up my Sport Unlimited yesterday and was looking to add side steps. I am not going to be doing any serious rock climbing and these will be more for people getting in out and looks. I prefer looks of the rock rail style. I really like the looks of the Smittybilt SRC Side Armor, but I read they have a lot of fit/quality issues. Another option I had seen was the Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor Guards. I know the Ace rails are popular here, any other option/advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to spend ~$400 on them.

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Hello all, I just picked up my Sport Unlimited yesterday and was looking to add side steps. I am not going to be doing any serious rock climbing and these will be more for people getting in out and looks. I prefer looks of the rock rail style. I really like the looks of the Smittybilt SRC Side Armor, but I read they have a lot of fit/quality issues. Another option I had seen was the Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor Guards. I know the Ace rails are popular here, any other option/advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to spend ~$400 on them.

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the SRC's just require you to drill out one hole.. no big deal. I installed my in about 30 minutes. Saying that, if you EVER plan on going offroad, I would not put these on your jeep. Mine were on for one wheeling trip and I lost considerable ground clearance. I scraped along all day long. They didnt bend or break, but definitely scrapped all the powder coating off both sides of the bottom rail. I'm now looking for others or I'm going to cut the bottom rail off the SRC's.

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Hello all, I just picked up my Sport Unlimited yesterday and was looking to add side steps. I am not going to be doing any serious rock climbing and these will be more for people getting in out and looks. I prefer looks of the rock rail style. I really like the looks of the Smittybilt SRC Side Armor, but I read they have a lot of fit/quality issues. Another option I had seen was the Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor Guards. I know the Ace rails are popular here, any other option/advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to spend ~$400 on them.

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Adrian,

The Rugged Ridge Side Armor is a great addition for your Jeep. They fit great and will look even better. The install is super easy and should only take you about an hour or so.

Another option for you is the Olympic Double Slider Bars. They are an awesome product with a quality finish. Again, they have a really easy install, and will give you the look you're going for. They also offer great protection for the rocker panels of your Jeep.

Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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I run the Rugged Ridge sliders. Took me around 30-45 minutes to install, went on really easy. They are very functional as a step, and great for protection in parking lots, but when you hit them hard off road they flex up into the body and make a small dent. I know because I have this dent on both sides now. I plan on upgrading eventually, but other mods are higher on the list
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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I have the Rugged Ridge Side Armor on my 2-dr. ACE seems to be the popular choice, but I went with the RRC ones because they seem to stick out a little further and I thought it would make a better step for my wife and daughter. So far I'm very happy with them, and they were easy to install.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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I have the Rugged Ridge Side Armor on my 2-dr. ACE seems to be the popular choice, but I went with the RRC ones because they seem to stick out a little further and I thought it would make a better step for my wife and daughter. So far I'm very happy with them, and they were easy to install.
Can you tell me if the RRC ones hang lower than your Frame?

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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I had absolutely no fitment issues with my SRC Armor. I live 10 minutes from the 4wheelparts.com warehouse so when I went in to pick them up I asked them about the issues. They said the SRCs are produced in 3 or 4 (I cant remember exactly) different factories. They said there is one factory in Mexico which is where the fitment problems come from.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:56 AM   #8
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Can you tell me if the RRC ones hang lower than your Frame?

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I'll have to look when I hopefully get outside at lunchtime. There is a tube below the "step" area, so it'll be close to the bottom of the frame rail. I'll get a better look and let you know.
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I'll have to look when I hopefully get outside at lunchtime. There is a tube below the "step" area, so it'll be close to the bottom of the frame rail. I'll get a better look and let you know.
they don't look much different than my Smittybilt SRC's.. The problem I'm having with the SRC's is that the bottom bar hangs way too low.. It's hanging me up when out wheeling.
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The bottom bar in the Rugged Ridge side armor is at exactly the same height as the gas tank skid. So yes, it hits offroad. It comes texture powdercoated and the bottom of mine are basically smooth from dragging on rocks etc.
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Ace. Really easy to install. Not too expensive and look good.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:08 PM   #12
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I was needing a Rock Rail with a step for my kids and dog. I didn't want something with a gap between the rail and door, that little feet or paws could slip through. So I found the TnT Customs sliders out of WY. They work great! A solid step for getting in, and good protection from rocks.

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