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Old 12-14-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! I was wondering if I could ask for your thoughts on side steps, I purchased an 05 X model and it does not have any and I was wondering if I should purchase factory steps or an aftermarket step, what does everyone have and do they like or dislike them? Please advise and pictures installed would sure help!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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I like the look without one but if u need it for ur significant other or a child then thats a different matter.

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If you shell out the coin for some " steps " you'll be kicking yourself the first time you go wheelin and rip them off on a rock.. If your girl can't get up into your lifted jeep, ( after you lift it ) I've seen some pretty cool stirrups made for jeeps that hook on when needed, then just flip them inside.. My wife is 5'4" and has no trouble getting in our out of our lifted jeep..
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I have an 01 sport. I installed factory steps more for the passengers getting in and out of the back seat area. like the completed look too.
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I have two small kids and they scuff the sides trym to get in the back...
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Also with kids and the Mrs. We use the jeep as the DD to take us to work and school. The factory steps are a must.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:51 PM   #8
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Careful! If you get the factory side bars that are like tubes with a tred on top. be careful if there is a gap between the plastic tread and the metal tube... water gets in there and they will rust right thru
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Hey everyone! I was wondering if I could ask for your thoughts on side steps, I purchased an 05 X model and it does not have any and I was wondering if I should purchase factory steps or an aftermarket step, what does everyone have and do they like or dislike them? Please advise and pictures installed would sure help!!
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I had the factory steps (like the ones in the picture from Dabolt) on my jeep when I purchased it. Most people take them off if they are wheelin as they are not great for that, but they work good for a kid step....Not sure if you have the holes & nutzerts to mount them to your frame....if you do and thats what you want to do, I could be convinced to sell mine.....
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:18 PM   #10
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if you have the cash:

Jeep PowerStep | PowerStep Running Boards for Jeep

i know i'll eventually get it coz it's already hard for everyone else to get in with my 2" BB.

but it will be one of the last mods on the list
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:42 PM   #11
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I had the factory steps (like the ones in the picture from Dabolt) on my jeep when I purchased it. Most people take them off if they are wheelin as they are not great for that, but they work good for a kid step....Not sure if you have the holes & nutzerts to mount them to your frame....if you do and thats what you want to do, I could be convinced to sell mine.....
Well if you do want to sell them how much do you want and where do you live? I live in MA
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:44 PM   #12
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Simple anwser is forget the plastic or tube side steps and get rock rails that also work as a step as well.. you get function that way if you ever go offroad.. Of course if your jeep is a pavement pounder then plasic is ok
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:10 PM   #13
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Detours Drop-Kick Slyders. Steps and good rocker protection at the same time.

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:56 PM   #14
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I looked at the drop kicks and several other frame mount slides and I ordered the jeeperman slides. Like the drop kicks they have a step. They are a bit more money, but they are stout and Ilike the style.

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Old 12-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your imput! I have decided to go with the stock steps for now, my Jeep is my weekend pounder and hopefully I do not rip these off in the pits or trails!
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I just bought a 03 X also without a step. I experienced the benefit from a protection standpoint if you do any rocks. The factory ones (nerf bar like) on my Tahoe saved the rocker panel last summer when I took it just a little off road in Colorado. Here in Florida I don't see the need EXCEPT the painted fender flares on the back have taken a serious beating from what the front tires fling up.. For that reason alone I will eventually get the steps, and likely they'll be the full length ones like Dabolt has.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:07 AM   #18
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My Jeep came without the sidesteps too. I prefer the look without, but needed steps for the kids, so I picked up a pair on CL for about 20 bucks. Anyway, your frame will be setup to for the factory steps (forked end), but most likely won't have the tapped threads for the bolts. I ended up getting my own hardware & drilling through the frame. If you go this route just make sure move the breakline before drilling.
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Ohhh good idea, just what I would need installing an add on only to crash it after....
Thanks everyone for your input! and Happy FRIDAY!!!!
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My Jeep came without the sidesteps too. I prefer the look without, but needed steps for the kids, so I picked up a pair on CL for about 20 bucks. Anyway, your frame will be setup to for the factory steps (forked end), but most likely won't have the tapped threads for the bolts. I ended up getting my own hardware & drilling through the frame. If you go this route just make sure move the breakline before drilling.
Do all the frames come with the holes for the steps? I didnt know that and I asked him to check to see. I thought it was a Sahara thing...So they have holes but no inserts?
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Hey everyone! I was wondering if I could ask for your thoughts on side steps, I purchased an 05 X model and it does not have any and I was wondering if I should purchase factory steps or an aftermarket step, what does everyone have and do they like or dislike them? Please advise and pictures installed would sure help!!
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i like the tube side steps. got some on minea and they work for me off road like the rock rails they serve the same function
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Detours are awesome, they're made in the US and my wife likes them as a functional step (kids used, to but now they're taller and don't need them) .

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Do all the frames come with the holes for the steps? I didnt know that and I asked him to check to see. I thought it was a Sahara thing...So they have holes but no inserts?
They all have the holes, but the threaded nut that taps into the holes will be missing unless steps were ordered from factory.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:26 AM   #24
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All the frames have the holes already but not all have the nutserts installed and their are two different steps for two different eras. One is for earlier TJs and another for later years , different mounting for each . All parts and steps can be found on Ebay . Only problem I had with them is mud piles up on the step other than that I liked them and served a purpose. Some members tend to think all the Jeeps are used for the same thing and all should look like theres...BS. Personalize it how You want its your Jeep.
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I also have the Detours Drop Kick-Sliders and they are excellent. Easy for entry and exit and very rugged on the trail. I highly reccomend them.
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I just purchased the Best top sliders...They are tough and have a nice step that slides in and out....I am very happy with them.
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Bumping an older thread, but didn't see the need to start a new one... anyways, anyone have any experience with either of the following?

Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers
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Metalcloak Bolt-On Rocker Rails

I like both and can't decide which one to go with? They'll be going on a 05 Rubi. At the current moment it's not lifted, but in the future it will be and I already have a pretty tough time getting in and out (sad I know, but between being short, short legs, and the Corbeau racing seats that were put in by the previous owner it's quite an epic adventure to get in and out... basically I'm jumping and/or on my tip toes).
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Both of those are well made and from good companies, I had the Richochets and never mounted them because I decided to go with a frame mounted unit. I also had the height problem, but I have a 4" lift. The two you have posted mount above the tub, which is great for ground clearance but may make it more difficult to get in.

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