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Old 11-15-2009, 07:34 AM   #1
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Running boards or no running boards

Can't decide if I want them or need them. Opinions greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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I going through the same dilemma and to top that off do I want the tube style or flat step type?

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Old 11-15-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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I don't think running boards is a good idea, they're to flimsy and one "incident" and they're ruined

There are probably 15 different "SLIDERS" designs, from $200 bucks a pair to $599 bucks

They will protect your jeep panels and with a little 3M no-skid tape they're great "steps", the stock JK sliders are good sliders, but NOT STEPS/RUNNING BOARDS

I have Olympic and they are very good, but just check "projects/search/internet) forget, just running boards

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Old 11-15-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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Considerations to be taken:

1) Go off roading a lot.. go for tubular running boards, side armor/rocker guards type
2) NO running boards will give you dirty doors... very nasty in winter time (I don't use car washes with my soft top)
3) Tubular running boards still allow a lot of road splash to hit the doors, hence the use of front mud flaps (I only use them in the winter)
4) Stay away of these plastic OEM running boards.. They look good but are very vulnerable
5) Lifted Jeeps.. just be sure you understand the height and how easy/difficult it becomes to get in and out of the Jeep (was an issue with my wife as she is a bit shorter then me).. Don't get running boards which are too narrow..
6) Look at the way it is mounted for structural integrity..Rock crawling might require some close attention to this issue..

Just my humble thoughts on the issue..

This is what I have...(Rugged Ridge Side Armor and Mopar front mud flaps)



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Old 11-15-2009, 02:09 PM   #5
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True, it will be a dirt slinging mess without anything down there. I have the oem tubular steps which seem pretty sturdy and suitable for off road.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:47 PM   #6
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True, it will be a dirt slinging mess without anything down there. I have the oem tubular steps which seem pretty sturdy and suitable for off road.
Dont count on them surviving OFF ROAD,thin wall aluminum


And after a few trips OFF ROADING they will be unrecognizable



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Old 11-15-2009, 08:00 PM   #7
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My experience is running boards are purely cosmetic. I have them because I got a good deal. I just didnt like looking at the frame underneath of my door. But I too have dented and scratched them pretty bad on little, flimsy trees.

My suggestion is if you take your jeep through woods, invest in a quality pair. Getting a cheap pair may look good, but they wont last if you do anything with your jeep besides drive around town.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:55 PM   #8
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Good Advice from everyone above! Here's another post that "Fweaky" brought up today, that may just sell you on the idea of getting some... regardless of what kind you do get...

Houston-We-Have-Twubble! (Link)

Best of Luck!

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:33 PM   #9
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I have the OEM running boards on my 2-door JK. Ended the problem of mud splashing up over the door and the key hole. Easier to get into and out of the Jeep. Don't have to fret over sliding off a round tube. Installed myself to ensure all bolts were Never Seized etc. Easy peasy.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:37 PM   #10
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Get sliders unless you are just street wheeling. I broke my steps in one trip to the badlands.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:42 AM   #11
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I think the owners manual advises removing the side steps before going into the woods with the jeep. They are not made for off road. The rock rails that are standard on the Rubicon are a bit better in durability but there are a lot of after market rails that are pretty rugged and protect the sheet metal better.
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FWIW, Iv got the factory steps on my Unlimited.
Works great for DW who is vertically challenged to get into the Jeep.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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when i get my jk if i cant find one with sliders or factory steps i will definately be making some to put on. my wife is vertically challenged and i know my kids will need them... plus i dont really like the look of the JK without something down there...
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:36 PM   #14
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Agreed she does look like she is running around without underwear on without the rails.

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