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Old 10-18-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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So as usual, I'm too ADD for a simple post. First off, decided to take off my factory side steps (chrome), which is essentially a big tube of chrome with some plastic steps on it. it has 3 bolts onto the under body, and 6 along the trim. When I remove this, do I have to worry about back filling any of those mounting points? I'm replacing it with ACE rock sliders, so if anyone else has replaced the factory steps with ace rails, let me know what you do with the factory hardware and those openings.

second, when i removed the steps, it happened to be after I had a decent trail ride.

So, there is some paint chipping and on one side some bending to the "pinch" or rocker i guess. Besides getting my hands on some rubi rock rails, is there any good way to fix this, or to cover it up? Anyone had any similar issues of wheeling with side steps and doing some body damage? What did you do to fix it.

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Rubi rails and ACE sliders

Would not worry bout the holes.

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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I'm replacing it with ACE rock sliders, so if anyone else has replaced the factory steps with ace rails, let me know what you do with the factory hardware and those openings.
Just reading btw the lines, it sounds like you don't have the ACE rock sliders yet.

I'd save any hardware you took off the body...some rock sliders, sidesteps, etc will use the factory nuts / bolts.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Yeah the rubi rails are my first thought, I'm just trying to also be a cheapass, like some aluminum and hardware or something equally makeshift
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Yeah the rubi rails are my first thought, I'm just trying to also be a cheapass, like some aluminum and hardware or something equally makeshift
Rubi rail takeoffs are generally pretty cheap.....
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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Those 3 bolts, are they the bolts that bolt the tub to the frame? If it's a 4 door I'd guess that's the attachment point for your chrome sidesteps? That is the attachment for the Ace Rock Rails... Is there a round (large) washer between the bolt and body? Like about 2.5" diameter?
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
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no the body mounts are just that, to the tub. there is a set of slots running 90 degrees to the pinch seam, and in 2 of those slots there is a bent piece of metal threaded to take the bolt of the step bar, and then back next to the body frame bolt (used for the ace rails) there is another threaded hole into the body for the 3rd bolt. seems weird that there is separate hardware and holes added just for the step rails, but yeah. For now, I've just removed all the hardware (both along the pinch seam and the tub) save for that last hole near the rear fender. A weird setup for sure
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yup mine were the same way,, plug them hole with silycone ,, easy removal if you ever need to use them again
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:56 PM   #9
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Good idea, my mind instantly just went to some rubber stoppers stuck in there, but silicone might be even better. More than likely I'll just go for some rubi knock off's, I really just want some sub-rocker armor, a peice of folded steal/aluminum with some matching hardware to put along the pinch that I could bedline would be 100% what I want; I just wish I still had access to a machine shop to fab it myself....

sounds like a good project for this weekend, I wonder if my father still has access to the schools machine shop...
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...and on one side some bending to the "pinch" or rocker i guess. Besides getting my hands on some rubi rock rails, is there any good way to fix this...
What size tires are you running? If they are 35’s you may have bent the pinch seam while off roading. In that case you need to trim the pinch seam on both sides. Also you will have to trim the Rubi sliders as well if you add them.
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What size tires are you running? If they are 35’s you may have bent the pinch seam while off roading. In that case you need to trim the pinch seam on both sides. Also you will have to trim the Rubi sliders as well if you add them.
Oh no, I'm talking about that same strip of metal, but not behind the fender, its right in front of it. It was bent by the step up bar mount, the 2 10mm bolts that bolt horizontally into the body. I'm assuming on jeeps without factory step bars, its just all color matched hardware there.
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If you dont want to do the Rubi Rails, you can also do the Smittybilt side armor. Same style setup and works with the ACE Rails!

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:35 PM   #15
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Oh no, I'm talking about that same strip of metal, but not behind the fender, its right in front of it...
Ok gotcha my bad.
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Do you have a red or orange jeep with a green front?
Nope, he's a chromey. That's just the reflection of leaves in the chrome.

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