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Old 01-24-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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rock sliders or side steps??

i just bought a 2011 4 door jk and it didnt come with any side steps and my wife and family members have trouble jumping into the jeep! Wondering if i should go with some really nice sliders (kinda like the look) or more practical side step, any pics of nice sliders and steps please post thank you

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Are you offroading your Jeep or plan to at all?

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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How about something that does both jobs? Like this: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12052_0232_07.htm).

That's just one example of many.
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it is my everyday driver and i do the beach a lot but off road maybe once twice a year if im lucky
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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thats a nice one from rrc but i want to see it on somebody car and better angle pic maybe bird eye pic
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:18 PM   #6
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Check these out too. I don't know much about them myself, I just found them and thought they looked REALLY nice! Especially for the price, I think it's the cheapest I've seen.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:31 PM   #7
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Check these out too. I don't know much about them myself, I just found them and thought they looked REALLY nice! Especially for the price, I think it's the cheapest I've seen.
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For your needs red these look very practical.. Good for steping up on.. and when ever you do get out they will afford you some protection that the nerf bars wont
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #8
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I bought a 2011 rubi 4 door and I ended up taking the sliders off and putting on the mopar steps. I stored the sliders in the garage and plan on changing them out when I head down to moab. I only go down once or twice a year so no need to have them on year round. I have clients get in and out of my jeep so I decided the steps were the best way to go.
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Second vote for: Rugged Ridge 11504.22 - Rugged Ridge RRC Rocker Guards for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

No pics, but I have them on mine, and very happy with them.
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olympic reversa bars; they flip around so they can be used as a full on step or Keep them up and they still are a step. I have 3 kids and they have no problems using them in the up positon.

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i just bought a 2011 4 door jk and it didnt come with any side steps and my wife and family members have trouble jumping into the jeep! Wondering if i should go with some really nice sliders (kinda like the look) or more practical side step, any pics of nice sliders and steps please post thank you
I have a 2011 4 door two. I do have the original sidesteps. I was looking at them yesterday to make the same decision 'cause this Sunday I'm going to a rocky place. I found out that the gap between the stock sidesteps is so narrow that rocks won't get there easily if ever. So if you are into rocky places I rather invest my money in armor for, lets say, the oil pan...

From my perspective, the sidesteps protect the vehicle and will allow you guys to climb on it easier.
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I found out that the gap between the stock sidesteps is so narrow that rocks won't get there easily if ever.
The side steps will offer some protection from debris and small stones and so on, but the problem is that they're made of resin. So, if the center of your Jeep comes down on a real rock, they'll just snap. By contrast, rock rails would actually take the impact and protect your side panels.

That said, I have the side steps and prefer them. They make more sense for my daily life.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:19 AM   #16
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Your jeep is HOT!!!

Are these the rails you have?
Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor Guards

For 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door

Quadratec Part No: 12052.610
Manufacturer Part No: 11504.20

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:25 AM   #17
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I replaced the OEM steps with some Poison Spyder Brawler rockers. I would have busted the steps and rear door last weekend at Rausch if they were still on the Jeep. They work well as a step too, just sit a few inches higher.
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The side steps will offer some protection from debris and small stones and so on, but the problem is that they're made of resin. So, if the center of your Jeep comes down on a real rock, they'll just snap. By contrast, rock rails would actually take the impact and protect your side panels.

That said, I have the side steps and prefer them. They make more sense for my daily life.
Good to know, I had no idea they were made of resin. They still work out good for me as I don't do anything that is "rock heavy". Mostly small stones will hit it and the bigger ones remain far from them. So, like you, I rather keep my side steps.
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I replaced the OEM steps with some Poison Spyder Brawler rockers. I would have busted the steps and rear door last weekend at Rausch if they were still on the Jeep. They work well as a step too, just sit a few inches higher.
Nice picture! By the way, not related to this post but I see you have rugged ridge wheels. How you like them?? Are they strong enough? I am planning on getting ones but never been able to see them on someone else Jeep.
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Nice picture! By the way, not related to this post but I see you have rugged ridge wheels. How you like them?? Are they strong enough? I am planning on getting ones but never been able to see them on someone else Jeep.
Those are Dick Cepek wheels so I can't speak to the RR wheels. I like how the silver trim breaks up the black tire and black wheel.
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what u guys think about these and anyone have pics with them installed ??

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Your jeep is HOT!!!

Are these the rails you have?
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Hey thanks!

And yes, that's them, except I have the two-door version.
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what u guys think about these and anyone have pics with them installed ??

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You have to check out Ace Engineering. I just added their Rock rails to my Unlimitted Rubicon and they look like they came from the factory. After I trimmed the washers, It took me less than 10 minutes per side to mount them. They are solid and my wife uses them as a step too. Their powder coating formula is the same as Mopars, so they match the Rubi rails. I've bought other sliders in the past for ZJs that cost more but weren't any better. You can't beat the $300 price that includes shipping. I wish I had known about Ace before I bought my bumpers. I could have saved a bundle. Now, he's coming out with flat fenders at a fraction of the price from other companies. Give Adam a call. He's a great guy.
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You have to check out Ace Engineering. I just added their Rock rails to my Unlimitted Rubicon and they look like they came from the factory. After I trimmed the washers, It took me less than 10 minutes per side to mount them. They are solid and my wife uses them as a step too. Their powder coating formula is the same as Mopars, so they match the Rubi rails. I've bought other sliders in the past for ZJs that cost more but weren't any better. You can't beat the $300 price that includes shipping. I wish I had known about Ace before I bought my bumpers. I could have saved a bundle. Now, he's coming out with flat fenders at a fraction of the price from other companies. Give Adam a call. He's a great guy.
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I found out that the gap between the stock sidesteps is so narrow that rocks won't get there easily if ever.
From my perspective, the sidesteps protect the vehicle and will allow you guys to climb on it easier.
This would not be the problem... The problems occur when you have to crawl over obstacles and sometimes you just come down hard on something... Like this....

Granted the rockers didn't help in this instance, armor would have been nice to have... But the purpose of rockers is not to keep small stones away from the body.....
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I went with the Mopar Steps for my JKU . My Dealer had them for sale for $171.00. someone ordered them an did not pick them up.
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I've got OLYMPIC rock rails, with 3m tape on top, for stepping and



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I'm afraid sidesteps never woulda lasted !!

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Since I prefer the mopar side steps aesthetically above all other side steps and rock rails, though I know they do not provide real armor, I'm wondering whether it is possible to have both rock rails and side steps on my jeep at the same time?

The Mopar ones


I know that, for example, ACE Engineering does provide rock rails/side steps which can be put on the jeep leaving the Rubi rock rails on....
The ACE Engineering ones together with the Rubi rock rails.

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