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Old 12-26-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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RRC side armor/steps install question

Happy Holidays everyone!

I just installed the Rugged Ridge side steps last night

RRC Side Armor 2007-10 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Doors, Textured Black: JeepParts4Less.com

The install took me a while as I did it alone (and had to remove the stock sidesteps....learned a lot about what tools I DON'T have!)

I thought I installed them exactly as the instructions said to, even though there seems to be a step that I didn't need to do. Now there is quite a bit of rattling when I drive.

The only thing I can think of that I may have done wrong is installing the steps on the wrong side....even though there is nothing in the documentation that says there is a left/right step.

Is that what I did wrong?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Other than this rattle, these rails look great and once sturdy...seem like they'll be nice n sturdy!

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Old 12-26-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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What step didn't you do? Mine are rock solid, feel like a part of the frame.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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Here's another slider type I DON'T HAVE, but

If the instructions say LEFT/RIGHT, be sure BOTH sides are angled UP and if you're getting rattles, then you've missed the body mount RUBBER washers and/or don't have it torqued IN PLACE !!

Look at both sides and see the horizontal postion of the sliders-there's a reason for they're LEFT/RIGHT cause they've gotta look IDENTICAL in MOUNTING POSITION!!

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Old 12-26-2010, 12:15 PM   #5
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What step didn't you do? Mine are rock solid, feel like a part of the frame.
Step 1. I did it but realized I didn't need to.
What does loosening the 18mm bolt do in terms of securing the steps to the body?
The instructions state that the step should slide in between the washer an the body but I don't see how that's possible.
Did you use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts? That's one thing I didnt do. Maybe that's the issue?

As far as the left/right thing. The instructions don't mention left or right at all.
I may take them off anyway and swap sides just to see what happens.
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I remember the same trouble determining which way was right, because the documentation left zero clues as to which side was which. I used clues I found from the RR site and a Google Image search. My Jeep profile has a photo of mine.

And yeah, make sure you apply thread locker and torque them down to the specs listed in the instructions.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:16 PM   #7
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You are sure you did step (5) and have the bolts torqued up to 80 ft/lbs.. This is quite a torque ..(80 pounds pull on a 12 inch wrench).
I have this side armor as well and they are SOLID..
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Step 1. I did it but realized I didn't need to.
What does loosening the 18mm bolt do in terms of securing the steps to the body?
The instructions state that the step should slide in between the washer an the body but I don't see how that's possible.
Did you use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts? That's one thing I didnt do. Maybe that's the issue?

As far as the left/right thing. The instructions don't mention left or right at all.
I may take them off anyway and swap sides just to see what happens.
You do have to loosen the 18mm bolt because the washer behind it can then be lowered and the top edge of the mount goes between the frame and the washer.
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There are three mount points in front, three in rear: the two nuts that thread onto existing bolts, those are flanking the main mount point. That big washer behind the large bolt should be securing the step to the frame of the jeep.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I'm starting to think it's a combo of not being torqued properly and maybe they're on the wrong sides.
I need to pick up a torque wrench.

I can't take photos now as im at work but my steps angle slightly inward towards the rear of the step. I don't recall seeing any photos looking like that. So another reason as to why the may be on the wrong side.

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Update

I finally got around to re-installing the side steps and they were indeed on the wrong sides.

It would have been nice if the instructions mentioned that they are meant to go on a specific side!

The big bolt/washer plays no role in securing the steps to the frame, I think they tell you to loosen the bolt to make it easier to access the smaller bolts. Though I didn't even do that this time around.

Now they are rock solid...as someone else mentioned, they feel part of the frame!!

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