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Old 09-05-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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Should I replace my my stock side steps with these?

Should I replace my stock side steps with Smittybuilt SRC side steps?
Which ones look better?


My Jeep with stock side steps:




OR THESE?



This is a pic I found of a Rubi with the SRC side steps.



Im on the fence.

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Old 09-05-2010, 09:37 PM   #2
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:01 PM   #3
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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Bombero....I will take your old ones. If you dont want them. I will even pay shipping!
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #5
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Those are cool, I like the xrc ones too.
I have been holding off on the smittyblt side steps because the reviews are bad. They actually say they are good, but they never fit right. I would be interested, if people here have them, and if they had difficulty installing them.

Where ever you are considering buying them read the reviews and see if others are having issues with it.

disclaimer: I have only hear problems with the side steps. I guess the bumpers are built better.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:38 AM   #6
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I'd switch. I think they would look great w/ your set-up.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:59 AM   #7
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they look good enough that I'd go for them if I had the 4 door rubicon! Would love to upgrade from my 03 2 door rubicon but financially....not going to happen.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:11 PM   #8
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:18 AM   #9
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The SRC's do look better. The've got much more of a rugged look to them than the stock stseppers.

If you wheel, you'd probably want to replace the stock steppers anyway before they get ruined on the trail, however if you do wheel those SRC's don't have as much clearance as other rock rails have.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:43 AM   #10
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Have the sh**ybuilt step/rock rail and I can attest they require some grinding to get them to fit..... It's not difficult but for something so simple to install it makes a 30min job into an hour or so...
They look great (minus the decals) and take one hell of a beating....
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:37 AM   #11
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:42 AM   #12
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I've been reading several posts that state these side steps are a bitch to install.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:36 AM   #13
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But i really feel you should get them and GIVE me your old ones!! LOL!
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:14 AM   #14
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No..don't get them. Keep the stock ones until you have enough extra $$ for better ones.
Smittybuilt = Crap

Notice how some body up there said they had to grind to get a good fit. Why buy a new product that requires alteration due to poor craftsmanship?
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:28 AM   #15
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When I hit a tree with my stock Sahara steps, the steps deflected, left a crease in them, and deformed the tub at the mounts. The tub on the other side was deformed just from me standing on them to wash the windshield and R&R the Freedom Panels.

When I hit a tree with the Smittybilt steps, the tree deforms. When I hit a rock, I just bounce off it and keep going.

Yes, the fit is poor.
Click for another recent thread about them.

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Old 09-08-2010, 09:14 AM   #16
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I like your wheels, what are they?
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:04 AM   #17
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I have them...and YES they were a PIA to install....holes were not aligned properly. Just be prepared for some extra work to get them on. Once they are on...they DO look good.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:46 PM   #18
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No I had them before and the fit wasn't the greatest and once on I decided it gave up some of my ground clearance with how they hang down. I sold them and that guy also had trouble putting them on. The only plus was that they bolted directly to the frame so they were at least solidly mounted
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Will they decrease my clearance by much? i dont plan on doing any serious off roading. Are they worth getting or not? My jeep looks clean with the stock side steps. If the SRC's are that much trouble then mnaybe I'll pass.
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I am in the same situation, really want these but the stories I have heard are scaring me away...
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:36 PM   #21
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save your money for a better quality product, period.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:16 PM   #22
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Any suggestions on other side steps? These look good but they're a hassel.
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yes switch asap. that will look great
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Any suggestions on other side steps? These look good but they're a hassel.
My Shrockworks ones are the only ones I have experience installing. No problem with fitment, but you do need to drill a few holes into the frame rails. It took me a couple of hours to do the first side, but then after getting the hang of it, I did the second side in half that time. I did it by myself, using a jack to help hold it up. No problems with the installation.
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My Shrockworks ones are the only ones I have experience installing. No problem with fitment, but you do need to drill a few holes into the frame rails. It took me a couple of hours to do the first side, but then after getting the hang of it, I did the second side in half that time. I did it by myself, using a jack to help hold it up. No problems with the installation.
Do you have a pic(s) from farther away?

They look like a great product from what I see on their website....
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Do you have a pic(s) from farther away?

They look like a great product from what I see on their website....
I don't know if I do. I can't find any good ones at the moment. Don't the pictures on their website suffice?
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I don't know if I do. I can't find any good ones at the moment. Don't the pictures on their website suffice?
Yea there's one of a 2 door on there, but always great to see more

No worries if you don't have any, I can search the net for more

But thanks for posting, they look great and solid!!
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Yea there's one of a 2 door on there, but always great to see more
Yah, they only have one picture of a 2-door with their rails on their website. And that one has their rails mounted with the stock Rubi rails still on, which is an option that you can request however it means that the rails will be welded onto the brackets about an inch lower, affecting your clearance.
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All I had to do with the smittybuilt was grind the body mount clearance "U" 's in them ...... The holes an all were fine but they go around the body mounts which needed some grinding......
Just a wee bit..... could have been cause I was parked un-level....
They took a hit from a car up in Dunkirk, NY the day after they were installed..... would have messed the body up big time if they weren't there but they just had some paint transfer on the textured finish.....
Car lost big time......
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They took a hit from a car up in Dunkirk, NY the day after they were installed..... would have messed the body up big time if they weren't there but they just had some paint transfer on the textured finish.....
Car lost big time......
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