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Old 11-17-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Rock sliders with factory steps

Think I'd like a bit more protection and was wondering if anyone has both installed?

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Old 11-17-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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yep. ace engineering


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Old 11-17-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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Pull the factory steps off and sell them. As 2008fx4 said, get a set of ACE Engineering's rock rails. That's all you'll need. When I got my Rubicon in Sept. I had them pull the rubi rails and add steps so my wife could get in easier. She never liked the steps much, she wanted to step on the raised part of the step and it just didn't work well. I pulled the steps, put the rubi rails back on and then the ACE rails. The wife actually likes them much better as steps, plus they look a heck of a lot better. Now I just need to find someone close by that wants the steps.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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Bumping this bc I'm really hoping for more pics and responses. Just bought my sport-S and it came with side steps. Want to add ace rock sliders but would like to see someone else's from a few angles if I can before I do, and hear from those who have BTDT. Thnx
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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pull the factory steps off and sell them. As 2008fx4 said, get a set of ace engineering's rock rails. That's all you'll need...
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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Wait . . . I'm not sure I understand what's being asked here.

Are you proposing putting on factory Rubi sliders on in addition to your factory side steps? Or Ace rails? That won't work. They won't fit together and are mutually exclusive. There also wouldn't be any point with the factory steps, since the steps are made of plastic and would break on an impact before the Rubi sliders or Ace rails had the opportunity to do any protecting.

If you're instead asking about using aftermarket steps with factory Rubi rails, that can be done with a few brands I believe, and ace seems to be the most popular. There is a very large active thread on here for ace sliders that has many, many pics of this set up. (Seriously--many pics. As in dozens.) I happen to think the slider/ace step combo looks better than the aces alone as well.

Finally, there are also a great number of aftermarket steps that incorporate tub armor as well. JCR, PureJeep, Poison Spyder all come to mind. That's the most protection available, though that doesn't seem to be what you're asking about.
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I think the OP is asking about the Saraha steps with rock rails?? If that is the case then, no it can't be done. There wouldn't be any point as MTH has said. You can buy rock rails with an incorporated step in them, if you don't want to lose the step. I beleive Rugged Ridge rails have a step, there's the enhanced MOPAR Rubicon rails and the ACE. Probably more but they don't come to mind

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #9
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Yes...I was originally looking for something that will allow the use of factory side steps AND rock sliders. I already paid for side steps and they are pretty handy when shorter people climb in.
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Yes...I was originally looking for something that will allow the use of factory side steps AND rock sliders. I already paid for side steps and they are pretty handy when shorter people climb in.
Are you still looking for this?

I know of no such product, since it necessarily would mean that any obstacle would impact the (plastic) factory step before hitting the (steel) rockslider, and, therefore, would still bust your step.

All the products I've seen are either steel aftermarket side steps that can work with the steel factory sliders (like Ace), steel aftermarket side steps that can't work with the steel factory sliders (like Smitty), or single piece steel aftermarket side step rail combos that are welded together (like JCR Offroad).
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I quit looking after people brought up the ACE steps. I realize it won't work now and am looking at all options.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:57 AM   #12
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I quit looking after people brought up the ACE steps. I realize it won't work now and am looking at all options.
Gotcha. Yeah, I can't tell you how many times I'm glad my mod plans changed when I discovered the options were different than I had anticipated.
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Gotcha. Yeah, I can't tell you how many times I'm glad my mod plans changed when I discovered the options were different than I had anticipated.
I'll second that!
I like the Rubicon/Ace combo.
My Jk came with the Black Round Aluminum side steps(Black Appearance Group). So I was left with the option of buying the Mopar Rubicon rails and the Ace rails or just buying the Mopar Enhanced Rubicon Rock Rails.
I went with the Enhanced Rubicon Rock Rails. I like the fact they give up less ground clearance(approx. 1-1.5 inch) than the Rubicon/Ace combo.

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If you plan on doing any off roading that will take you over rocks, the rocks will remove the plastic side steps for you....might as well get a good set of side armor that doubles as steps, such as the ACE side armor lots of folk have here.
I have the Rugged Ridge side armor and they've been great as steps and good protection on the trail.

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