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Old 12-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Side boards/running boards... like 'em or not?

Hi crew,

I bought my 3rd TJ ('05 X) less than a year ago and I can't decide if want to put side boards on it. I found them useful on my last jeep when I worked around a boatyard and was hopping in and out all day.

Not sure what I think now. Please give me your advice/opinion, part recommendations, and post pics if you please.

Thanks...

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Old 12-16-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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If you don't need them to climb in, don't do it.
If you do need them to climb in, consider rocker guards with integrated step.

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Old 12-16-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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If you don't need them to climb in, don't do it.
If you do need them to climb in, consider rocker guards with integrated step.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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x3 if you're still in the market in spring.....my side steps will be available.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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I have two factory Sahara side steps in the forum classifieds...California if youre interested, all hardware included. Perfect shape not beat up. Have to admit I took them off mine cause I didnt like the way they look but Ive never been a good salesman!! Haha

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Old 12-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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x4 removing my current nerf bars and waiting to install rocker guards with integrated step
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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PO put aftermarket running boards on my Jeep. I actually like the look, I think it works with the jeep. And it helps the girlfriend climb in and out. lol
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #8
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My wife wont ride with me until I put the steps back on so she doesnt have to jump lol...thinking about removing her seat all together! Steps arent going back on haha
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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My wife wont ride with me until I put the steps back on so she doesnt have to jump lol...thinking about removing her seat all together! Steps arent going back on haha
That's one way to get some alone time...
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:44 PM   #10
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Took mine off about a year after I got her. Never looked back
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #11
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:29 AM   #12
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not a huge fan but I do like to keep my TJ stock looking, plus the steps are great for reaching up and cleaning the hardtop.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:50 AM   #13
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I have the stock set on my '06 so the wife can get in when she rides/drives. A coworker took his off of his TJ and it kinda looks odd to me.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #14
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I had one jeep with them and one without, and the one without looked loads better. The stock ones decrease clearance. Rock rails are a much better alternative
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I found a set of nerf bars of cl and sold my stock ones to another jeeper. Only reason I have them is for the girlfriend. Looking to get rocker guards with side step soon though a
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:54 PM   #17
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Fat chicks love em... You want a cheap pair? I have these ones in the garage.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:33 PM   #18
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I didn't build my Jeep for my girlfriend. She's learned to live with it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:42 PM   #19
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Just got my first Wrangler ( 97 2.5L 5 speed manual ), last month. all stock for now.Did get a set of 5 31x10.50xx15 Wrangler dura tracks and Summitt racing soft 8 rims. When I checked for fit tires would be out side of fenders, ordered a set of 7" fenders. Do I see the beginning of a money pit?
As far as far as running boards my Dodge 2500 is a whole lot higher than the Jeep, and has no boards.granted My wife needs to use the grab bar to get in ( she is 5'7" I am 6'9". I do need to move the drivers seat back for a little more leg room.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:24 AM   #21
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In general no, especially aftermarket tubes. Threw on a set of factories for the kids. Don't mind the look of factory as much, but don't plan to keep forever.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:36 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the great responses. I put mine on CL yesterday, right back from where I got 'em.
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I didn't build my Jeep for my girlfriend. She's learned to live with it.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:26 PM   #24
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my girlfriend is short (4'11") and she litterally has to crawl in but i made some paracord grab handles it helps alot she can pick herself up into without having to crawl in
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:19 PM   #25
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I am considering putting boards on the Rubicon I bought 12/31/13. Not for help getting in but to protect the lower door area. Driving on dirt roads kicks up a lot of rocks and chipped the paint on my first Ram so I installed them on my 2nd Ram and that solved the problem. Does anyone have an opinion as to if the width of the fenders are sufficient to prevent this issue?
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:56 PM   #26
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This is why you get rockers with sliders..

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