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Old 06-10-2014, 07:04 AM   #1
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Need nice/unobtrusive side steps?

Well I've run into a classic jeep problem... my girlfriend is too short to get in comfortably!
A while ago I bought what looked like a nice pair of retro single steps that would fit my LJ. Without thinking too hard I bought them because the ebay seller had listed '05 LJs as a compatible vehicle. Turns out of course they didn't fit. D'oh. Not only that, but they came a month late, and one step is missing a whole bag of hardware. Put off returning them and it's too late now - serves me right I suppose...
Here's the product: 31501 01 Chrome Full Size Step Jeep CJ Wrangler YJ TJ JK | eBay
Am I just too stupid to figure it out or what? If anyone's successfully installed these I would appreciate guidance.
If not, any similarly "simple" steps out there anyone's installed?
Or, do you have any steps that have really worked out for you? Or ones you want to move on... I'm open to all ideas. Thanks!

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Can't comment on installation. Personally, I wouldn't want anything that hung off the tub and could get hung up on rocks. Here's a very simple solution although she may not go for it.... All Things Jeep - Cowboy Stirrup Step (Sold individually)

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Here's a very simple solution although she may not go for it.... All Things Jeep - Cowboy Stirrup Step (Sold individually)
haha, I love it!
Seems a bit much for some leather and a strap - maybe if I make one myself she'll have to like it
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Why not get sliders that will offer dual purpose as steps and side protection?
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Why not get sliders that will offer dual purpose as steps and side protection?
I'm not 100% sure I want to bolt to the body just yet, but it looks hard to avoid. I'll look them up some more, but what did you have in mind?
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The tubes on all the rock sliders I have seen (including my Rokmen's) are too high to really be used as steps. The top of the tube on mine is only about 3" below the bottom of the door frame.
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These rugged ridge replaced the cheap tube side steps I had before. I originally went with the tub mounted sliders similar to water dog's but they were way too high for my 5'3" wife. After drilling into the tub and 2 wks later, sold those for the current setup. Great step and solid. Wife's happy at least...for now..
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I bought OEM used off this forum for $65.00 and other than the NUT SERTS it was easy and they are great. The nut serts are threads that go into the factory holes in the frame. I have extras for sale if you go that route.
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I'm going to try these on my LJ eventually... with them facing down as steps first.

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I bought a set of rock sliders from Detours Offroad that I am very happy with. I don't have a picture but you can look them up online. They bolt onto the frame and are made from square stock instead of round tube. Work great as a step for my 9yo daughter and her mother. Couple others on here have recommended them in other threads.
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I like the AZ Fab. ones, I might pick up a set as they are priced right, well made and also look good.
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Look up hide a step from mountian offroad. they are removeable.
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I went with body armor to replace the rusting OEM nerf bars. Very happy with them for my purposes. Also--- at the $250 ish price point, they didnt break the bank.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:53 AM   #14
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I went with body armor to replace the rusting OEM nerf bars. Very happy with them for my purposes. Also--- at the $250 ish price point, they didnt break the bank.
Did you find those were substantial to stand on, SheepDog?
I'm tossed up between those, the drop-kick slyders and the hide-a-steps...
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
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Hmm. Scratch that, I'm firmly undecided. I'm looking at Westin and Nfab now too. I'm worried about loss of clearance with Nfab, but then again, letting people get in without too much grief is what I'm setting out to do here.
I don't know what my worst quality is, but it's probably indecisiveness.
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Did you find those were substantial to stand on, SheepDog?
I'm tossed up between those, the drop-kick slyders and the hide-a-steps...
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
They stick out plenty far to be used as a decent step or to stand on get a bikini top situated. If the wife hadn't stolen the damn thing and taken it to work while i was sleeping I would have taken some more pics for you. I had a set of NFABs I won at Jeep Beach which I sold because I liked this design better.
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To give you some more detail on the drop-kick slyders (which I really like as a step because of the square stock versus round tube): The step portion of mine is 3" wide and inside edge is 1" from the body (outer edge is 4" from body). The top of the step is approx. 2.75" below the bottom of the tub.
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Well I've run into a classic jeep problem... my girlfriend is too short to get in comfortably!
A while ago I bought what looked like a nice pair of retro single steps that would fit my LJ. Without thinking too hard I bought them because the ebay seller had listed '05 LJs as a compatible vehicle. Turns out of course they didn't fit. D'oh. Not only that, but they came a month late, and one step is missing a whole bag of hardware. Put off returning them and it's too late now - serves me right I suppose...
Here's the product: 31501 01 Chrome Full Size Step Jeep CJ Wrangler YJ TJ JK | eBay
Am I just too stupid to figure it out or what? If anyone's successfully installed these I would appreciate guidance.
If not, any similarly "simple" steps out there anyone's installed?
Or, do you have any steps that have really worked out for you? Or ones you want to move on... I'm open to all ideas. Thanks!
We have a ton of Side Steps and Rocker Armor. There are all kinds of styles and colors. They should all come with hardware and if they don't have install instructions I can get you some. Let me know if you see any you like and I can get you a quote!

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Is there an echo in here? hahaha..

OP, I don't think N-fabs or Westins are good choices that would offer any protection unless you want those as steps only. Westins are cheap steps and I think the N-fabs require drilling and mounting into the tub.
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Smittybilt is a vile word on this forum and I completely agree, their stuff sucks. But, i did get their rocksliders/side steps and they mount to the frame. They've taken a good beating, protected the body, and held up so far. I'm satisfied with them
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I had the same problem, I bought some KARR Steps and welded them to a piece of flat steel. Then drilled some holes in the plate, drilled and tapped the underside of my sliders for 3/8". Now I install 2 - 3/8" bolts and they are nicely installed, remove 2 - 3/8" bolts and they are off in a minute and my jeep is trail ready. They work great



















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I just ordered these from Extreme Terrain. On back order but should be available in a couple weeks. Excellent price and great customer service. Check out XTRyan's post above.

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They stick out plenty far to be used as a decent step or to stand on get a bikini top situated. If the wife hadn't stolen the damn thing and taken it to work while i was sleeping I would have taken some more pics for you. I had a set of NFABs I won at Jeep Beach which I sold because I liked this design better.
thanks, that's good to hear. Definitely on the final shortlist.

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We have a ton of Side Steps and Rocker Armor. There are all kinds of styles and colors. They should all come with hardware and if they don't have install instructions I can get you some. Let me know if you see any you like and I can get you a quote!

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I'm taking a look, Ryan.

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Is there an echo in here? hahaha..

OP, I don't think N-fabs or Westins are good choices that would offer any protection unless you want those as steps only. Westins are cheap steps and I think the N-fabs require drilling and mounting into the tub.
Nah, the N-fabs are actually bolt-on. Appreciate the advice, I know they and other 'nerf bars' don't offer a whole lot of protection.

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I had the same problem, I bought some KARR Steps and welded them to a piece of flat steel. Then drilled some holes in the plate, drilled and tapped the underside of my sliders for 3/8". Now I install 2 - 3/8" bolts and they are nicely installed, remove 2 - 3/8" bolts and they are off in a minute and my jeep is trail ready. They work great
That's a great solution. I was thinking about attaching them to a plate but didn't think about where to mount the plate itself. I might get the Nfab sliders and use the steps I already have this way, since I don't like the look of the steps designed for their sliders.

Well... I think I have enough to choose from at this point, thanks for the input everyone! Will be a nice surprise next time I pull up to her house...
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I like the stock side steps. They slot into the frame and unbolt quickly and easily when going off-road. If it's sidesteps you want, I'd stick with the mopar's.

Here is an example of what can be found by people removing them from their rigs. Old link so just an example: FS OEM TJ side steps

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