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Old 09-28-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Question Running Board fasteners

I have a 2002 Wrangler TJ and want to install some factory running boards. Went by the dealer and the bolt kit was $134.00 any suggestions on a more cost effective way to bolt up? Thanks Ron

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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Leave them off, all they do is dirty the back of your pants when you get out of the jeep.

Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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I agree. I took mine off just for that reason. All my pants ended up with a dirt stain! I'm sure I'll be right back in the same situation when I bolt on my rockers, but that's another story!

IF you are set on getting them, i'd check out some for sale threads on here or,, craiglist, or ebay.

Good Luck with your decision!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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If you use your Jeep off road then leave them off. There's better choices if you need a step.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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I took mine off and gave them to a friend. Mine obviously had the bolts but we were surprised his didn't. One option we came up with is instead of bolting them to just tack them to the frame. Doesn't take a lot to hold them, but you can grind the weld off pretty easily when you want to get rid of them. I got tired of the dirty pants thing, too. Plus, it gives the illusion of being a little taller without them.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:08 PM   #6
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I took mine off due to not liking dirty pants when I went into work, one less thing to get hung up on, looks better and doesn't collect a bunch of dirt with out them on, i could only imagine the slush\ice buildup in the winter....

If you are dead set on putting them on, its nothing more than picking up 8 bolts and nutcerts (what my 02 had), drill the frame, install nutcerts and then install steps.

I have seen the bolts and nutcerts on ebay before, you may want to check it out.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:18 PM   #7
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i have some for cheep.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:22 PM   #8
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Don't worry about them Jeeps look higher and better with them off I wouldn't worry about it but has them for cheaper than the dealer.

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