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Old 05-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Sahara Side Steps

Ok forum friends i installed the lift, had to loose the tube steps due to larger tires, want to install Sahara Side Steps. First the holes dont match up on frame (mine is a 97 Tj Wrangler) they will still work i just need to drill the holes, but when i do.... how do i attach to frame? This is killing me my 6 yr old cant get in anymore and she is driving me crazzy..... any thoughts are appreciated.


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Old 05-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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Trade in the 6 year old for another one. I dont have any side steps anymore, but I do have rocker guard tubes that are even higher up than steps and my 4 and 5 year old use them to get in without any help. I do have 4 inches of lift as well and I was worried about the same thing with my wife and kids getting in. I am not sure I would drill new holes in the frame unless you have the ability to weld in new receptacles for the bolts to go into. Someone with more knowledge than me might be able to offer some advice.

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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You can also use rivet inserts, aka nutserts. No welding is required. Simply drill the hole and insert the nutsert (do not drill the hole to big!), install the correct size bolt with a flange nut on it. Put a wrench on the flange nut to hold it from turning and be sure to keep the nutsert tight and flat against the frame then tighten the bolt. The flanged side of the nut will set the nutsert in the hole. The bolt is hard to turn at first but you'll be able to tell when it is set, you don't want to over-tighten it.
I would check or a hardware store that sells specialty fasteners for the nutserts, bolts and you only need one flange nut.
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:45 PM   #4
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The step hole pattern may not line up as the 01-06 steps have a different hole pattern that 97-00, either trade for an earlier set or redrill the holes in the frame and use the nutserts.

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