re: stock Jeep running boards
based on 11 months in a JK Safari:
I've grown used to their esthetic, and they actually DO seem to protect to some degree against gravel/etc banging into the body.
On the other hand, they are of only rare use to step upon.
They add width so that those of us blessed with short legs get the pleasure of always brushing the rear of our dismounting leg against the often wet, muddy or both edge of the running board.
Further, from reading here on the forum, it appears there is scant report the stock versions offer any real rock crawler protection.
If your intent is to purchase some, I'd encourage careful search to find a design that better achieves your goals.
And yes, the 'look' actually did grow on me. Was going to remove them but have settled for now to keep them installed....but certainly wouldn't buy a set at this point.
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."