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Old 04-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Steps/Rails - Suggestions

I am looking into getting a new 4dr jeep and was wondering about side steps. Here is some info that may help.

I have three kids that would be climbing in/out of the back as well as my self and wife inthe front. I think it would be beneficial/helpful to have a good solid step for them to get in.

I also like the idea of having some protection along the sides as well. I'm not a rock climber of hard core offroader, but I think it would be beneficial all around.

What I would be looking for is something that meets the above criteria, but also provides a good solid step for the kids. With this in mind what would you suggest?

From my reading and homework, it seems like alot of people like the ACE Rock Sliders. How well do they function as a step?

I have also seen some by Smittybuilt I think that is a long tube and then has a loop out for a step at each door.

I appreciate your help and input.

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Most here will recommend the ACE over the Smittybilt. They are great rails but I didn't like the fact they don't look complete without Rubicon rock slider. I went with the Smittybilt SRC Side Armor myself. They have a great step for getting into the Jeep and look finished just with the rails alone. But as I said, that is my opinion. I really like the Smittybilt myself. I think you will be happy either way you go though.

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This question comes up a lot, and one of the challenges with it is that there are literally SO MANY options that meet your criteria. Of course, I suppose that's a good thing--lots of choices.

Ace and Smitty are probably the most popular options around here.

But I really like my JCR Stage 2 rails. And many others are happy with a multitude of other options.

My only comment would be to decide first not only on features you want, but the finish you're looking for as well as the mounting options.

For example, in addition to bolting straight to the frame using existing hardward, my JCRs include tub armor that bolts to the body of the jeep adding a lot of work (and holes in your body panels) to get on. Ace and Smitty just bolt straight to the frame using existing hardware. On the other side of the spectrum, some of the cheaper eBay rails don't make use of all of the frame bolts that brands like JCR and Ace do. My JCRs came unfinished and I had them Line-Exed. Other brands come with a smooth or textured powdercoat. Etc.
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I can't speak over ACE steps because I've never heard of that brand, but the Smittybilt steps are really really nice and they are strong. Alot of Jeeps in my area have them
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The issue with most all Jeep side steps is they do nothing to reduce the step-in height. So, even though there's a step, it's still quite a leap for the vertically challenged. I had Rock-Slide Engineering Step-Sliders installed and they work well for us. They are expensive, but do provide a much easier entry.

Here's my thread with my comments on them: Step-Sliders

And, a video of them in action on my Jeep (not sure why it's looks squished...it was my first video):
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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Anything that's steel and not a "mud shelf" like the stock rails will be an improvement.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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Stock steps are bad for those who are a little short (high step) and those like me with big feet. They are so narrow... would rather have a slightly lower and wider step. The step for people going into the back seat (JKU) also doesn't work that well. Pretty awkward getting in there.

I'm tall enough that I don't use them, can get in without trouble but the gf hates it. When I had people in the back, they complained. Told them that they'll drive next time and to stop whining.

So the stock steps are good enough for me but it's the other people that don't like them. If anyone has pics of their aftermarket setup, please post.
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I am looking into getting a new 4dr jeep and was wondering about side steps. Here is some info that may help.

I have three kids that would be climbing in/out of the back as well as my self and wife inthe front. I think it would be beneficial/helpful to have a good solid step for them to get in.

I also like the idea of having some protection along the sides as well. I'm not a rock climber of hard core offroader, but I think it would be beneficial all around.

What I would be looking for is something that meets the above criteria, but also provides a good solid step for the kids. With this in mind what would you suggest?

From my reading and homework, it seems like alot of people like the ACE Rock Sliders. How well do they function as a step?

I have also seen some by Smittybuilt I think that is a long tube and then has a loop out for a step at each door.

I appreciate your help and input.
If you're looking for a step for you Jeep check out the Olympic Slider Bars. They look great and function awesome as a step for your Jeep.

You can get them in either a wrinkle finish or a glossy black finish. The wrinkle finish is similar to a bedliner material and the gloss is basically a shiny black paint.

The install for these is super easy and requires no drilling or cutting. They simply bolt on to your Jeep using existing mounting holes.


Let me know what you think of these. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about them!

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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From what I can tell a lot of the steps I've seen talked about on the forum don't really help much for shorter people (i.e. small kids). I think a little always helps, but was curious about some other suggestions that would help them get in/out of my jeep.

However, I don't want mechanical steps or something that hangs down real far or is flimsy.
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mine help with my vertically challenged wife.

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mine help with my vertically challenged wife.

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They work great for my short family but not so functional like this! They work great and you have to watch them on rocks so u don't hang them up but they are nice and strong
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:44 PM   #12
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Is anybody familiar with these? Rock Hard 4x4 Tube Style Rocker Guards - 4 Door 2007-2013 JK (pair)

I know that several have recommended the ACE rails with the Rubi rails combination in that the Rubi rails gave a more "finished out" look. These look similar to the ACE rails in regards to the outter most tube, but seems to provide some steel near the pinch seems for a better appearance.

What do you all think?
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Make your own , I took some rubi rails and welded on some tubing at a downward angle so I can get in and I am short with a 4" lift and 37's


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Old 05-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #14
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My kids and wife had a hard time getting in and out of my jeep so here's what I did.

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