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Old 08-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Rugged Ridge Side Armor Installation 11504.20

Hey all, I'm a Jeep newbie with a question about installation of a pair of Rugged Ridge Side Armor steps. My model is a 2007 Wrangler X 2-door. The rails are here:


http://www.4wd.com/Armor-Protection/...FYFhMgodjnAAEg

According to the installation directions and the description of the rails, they mount to the frame mount points underneath, just behind the front wheel and just ahead of the rear wheel. When I got the parts, they had different mounting brackets and a bunch of bolts, nuts and washers. The brackets line up the the 4 factory holes in the sheet metal on the bottom edge of the door opening, and two rectangular holes in the sheet metal on the underside. Even the paper instructions in the box showed installation to the frame, not to the sheet metal holes. My question is, is it OK to mount these steps to the sheet metal? Seems to me that steps of any kind should be frame mounted to better handle the weight of being stepped on repeatedly, and would better handle an impact from below.

Should I return them and find a pair that mounts to the frame? Thanks!

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I have these on my JKU, longer but same mounting setup.. Yes they mount to the frame you remove the body mount bolts and then bolt these in.

Front mounting location


I don't have a better picture and my Jeep is not here.. But it is a very straight forward install. You can download a set of instructions from their web site that is in color and more clear.

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Haficon, I agree, things would be simple if the rails I received could be mounted to the body mount bolts like yours, but like I said, the brackets do not line up with the mounts. They line up with the factory holes in the sheet metal bottom edge of the door opening, then there's a bunch of hardware included in the package to bolt them on. I just don't feel like mounting them using these holes will be strong enough.
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Can you take pictures of what you have with Hardware? Them being mounted to the sheet metal will not do anything, except destroy the sheet metal.
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I have these on my JKU, longer but same mounting setup.. Yes they mount to the frame you remove the body mount bolts and then bolt these in.

Front mounting location


I don't have a better picture and my Jeep is not here.. But it is a very straight forward install. You can download a set of instructions from their web site that is in color and more clear.
This is what I have also, and very easy to install. Loosen the frame to body bolts, slide these in and add the two new bolts per mounting bracket (and of course tighten up the frame bolts). Maybe you got a different setup or something.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #6
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After a replacement shipped from Amazon and it was STILL wrong, I contacted the manufacturer. Apparently a bunch of these were manufactured or packaged incorrectly, and Amazon got a bad batch. The manufacturer is working with Amazon to get me the correct parts, which I anticipate will be frame-mounted like everyone else's. It's beyond me why they would even make a running board that mounts to the sheet metal in the first place. Hopefully it will all work out. Thanks for your replies.
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Same issue - tub mounts. Had to send back

Received RR Side Armor and had the same issue, i.e. they mount to the tub, not frame as advertised. Disgrace! Completely defeats the purpose. Now trying to get reimbursement for return shipment and restocking fee.

I was able to examine the product, however, and if installed they would stick out 5.5" from the tub seam, and 6.5" down from the middle of the tub sesm. That is little lower than the frame of the vehicle, and is about at the level of the gas tank skid plate. As a result I ordered Smittybilt SRC Rocker Guards for 2DR.

As far as Smittybilt SRC Side Armor vs Rugged Ridge Side Armor here are pros and cons based on what I understood from my research,

Rugged Ridge Side Armor Pros:
- 2" tube makes them stronger and look beefier.

Rugged Ridge Side Armor Cons:
- Do not extend along the entire length of the tub seam, thus not protecting completely and having unfinished look. Plus, makes 2DR look shorter than it really is.
- Looking from a side tub seam is in plain sight, - unfinished and aesthetically unappealing look.


Smittybilt SRC Side Armor Pros:
- Mostly cover the tub seam when viewing from the side.
- Extend along the entire length of the body seam.

Smittybilt SRC Side Armor Cons:
- With 1.75" tube don't look as beefy as the competitor.


Other things, like losing ground clearance, texture of the finish are being equal pretty much. The Side Armor appears to look better on Jeeps with 3.5+ lift because loss in ground clearance is not as noticeable. If I were to do it again, I would go with Smittybilt, which I am doing anyway, just not the Side Armor.
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