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Old 09-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Side steps that bolt to the frame?

I have an 05 TJ and I'm looking for some side steps so my friends will stop taking a running leap into my jeep.
I've done a little looking around but it seems that not many at all bolt to the frame. Anyone know of a nice pair that bolt on to the frame?

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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I have my stock ones I will sell cheap.. otherwise, I put these on my 05 LJ for my wife..

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and a pic of them on my LJ
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Be aware that side steps that bolt to the frame are likely candidates for being torn off by trail obstacles if you offroad much.
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I have my stock ones I will sell cheap.. otherwise, I put these on my 05 LJ for my wife..
I'm in need of side steps for our LJ (5'3" here). What do your stock ones look like?
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As of right now I don't off road at all. I picked up this TJ a few weeks ago to replace my first car ever which was literally falling apart. I'm 6'2" so I have no problem getting in the jeep but everyone else I know needs to take a running leap to get in. I figured if I'm going to put put them on might as well get ones that last. So far the only ones I have found that bolt to the frame are by rugged ridge. Anyone use rock sliders or nerf bars as their steps?
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As of right now I don't off road at all. I picked up this TJ a few weeks ago to replace my first car ever which was literally falling apart. I'm 6'2" so I have no problem getting in the jeep but everyone else I know needs to take a running leap to get in. I figured if I'm going to put put them on might as well get ones that last. So far the only ones I have found that bolt to the frame are by rugged ridge. Anyone use rock sliders or nerf bars as their steps?
If and when you find a set of OEM side steps you'll need NUTSERTS. 8 to be exact. I have then for 1.25 each. 3.50 ea at the dealer. I bought 100 and used 8 on my 2005 and sold 16 so I have plenty.
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I have some that bolt on Frame and extend out to lower if needed to make a step up or at frame level from Morris 4 x 4 plus it covers the bottom of the tub below the door flare to flare....
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Anyone use rock sliders or nerf bars as their steps?
I have these. I really like the way they look. I don't use them as a step but my kids do. They bolt to the body mount out-riggers and are super easy to install.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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As of right now I don't off road at all. I picked up this TJ a few weeks ago to replace my first car ever which was literally falling apart. I'm 6'2" so I have no problem getting in the jeep but everyone else I know needs to take a running leap to get in. I figured if I'm going to put put them on might as well get ones that last. So far the only ones I have found that bolt to the frame are by rugged ridge. Anyone use rock sliders or nerf bars as their steps?

Yes. I have the Drop Kick Slyders made by Detours OffRoad Hardware. This is what they look like on a TJ Rubicon:



These easily clamp around the frame and I was actually able to bolt them on in less than 1/2 hour. Then I spent another $2 per side and got some of that 3M peel-and-stick tread tape (made for stair treads) and stuck it to the sliders so that your foot would not slip in the rain.

If you have a body lift, Detours will custom build a set of Slyders with an offset that will tuck them up against the rockers. That is what I did for my 1.25" JKS body lift.

I know you said you don't offroad now, but you might someday. I find that the Drop Kick Slyders work particularly well offroad, the angled section pushes the Jeep away from a large rock rather than have the rear tire hit it and stop forward progress. I really like mine, both the function and the looks. The combination of Slyders and the stock rocker guards is also good protection.

The Slyders come unpainted is the only thing. You could have them powdercoated if you wanted to, I just rattle-canned mine, so that I could easily touch them up after rock crawling.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #11
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I have these. I really like the way they look. I don't use them as a step but my kids do. They bolt to the body mount out-riggers and are super easy to install.

TJ-4121 - Body Armor Rockcrawler Side Guards for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
My only thing is I just don't see the advantage of mounting to the body. I'm a big guy I feel like they would bend, sag or break overtime?
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My only thing is I just don't see the advantage of mounting to the body. I'm a big guy I feel like they would bend, sag or break overtime?
For what you are looking for (no off road worries) Any set of tube nerf bars or the factory side steps will work.

Nerf bars mount using the frame/body bolts and or the tub sub frame. The Jeep/Mopar nerf bars mount only to the tub subframe (which are what I have). It's more that strong enough.

The factory side steps which people sell all the time because they take them off, mount to the frame and can be had cheap in ther for sale section and ebay.

If you want you can spend a lot more for some of the above linked rock crawler tub protection with steps.
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I'm in need of side steps for our LJ (5'3" here). What do your stock ones look like?
Here you go..
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #14
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They bolt to the body mount out-riggers
I like the idea of them bolting to the body mount out-riggers it's kinda the best of both worlds. No drill application and still bolts to something super sturdy.
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The Dropkick Slyders I pointed you at clamp around the frame with no drilling required, and use (4) 9/16" Grade 5 bolts/side. That is tough enough that you can drop the slider onto a rock and drag the weight of the Jeep over the rock without damage. I also use my sliders as jacking points for my HiLift jack. The body mounts look like they are about 7 guage unreinforced sheet metal and a lot more vulnerable to damage, I plan to add the Kilby Body Clamz to mine soon, I have some slight damage on the body mounts already.
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Body Armor Rockcrawler Side Guards i have them on mine. bolt to frame. saved me many times from rock rash and act as a step good for the price

not the greatest picture of them but i could take more some other time.
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very interested in seeing more pics of the Body Armor RockCrawler guards.

I was just looking at them on QT last week and am very interested in getting them and pairing them with these. The end result here is to avoid drilling into the tub for now, and adding some protection for the very little off-roading I'll be doing.
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I have an 05 TJ and I'm looking for some side steps so my friends will stop taking a running leap into my jeep.
I've done a little looking around but it seems that not many at all bolt to the frame. Anyone know of a nice pair that bolt on to the frame?
Get rock sliders that also serve as a step win win ! That's what I did
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I have these. I really like the way they look. I don't use them as a step but my kids do. They bolt to the body mount out-riggers and are super easy to install.

TJ-4121 - Body Armor Rockcrawler Side Guards for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
I have these as well and they were very easy to install and look good. As far as using them for a step they are not really low enough to be of any great use. I use them when I clean the top or to stand on to see what lays ahead over a hill. They are sturdy enough to hold me up at 300lbs. My wife likes them for getting out of the Jeep more than getting in.

Unfortunately it seems that anything that is a useful step also hangs low enough that it would cause clearance issues. But if the clearance is not as much issue or you do not mind flipping them over when you need them then something like this would work.

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Old 10-03-2012, 04:00 AM   #20
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I have these as well and they were very easy to install and look good. As far as using them for a step they are not really low enough to be of any great use. I use them when I clean the top or to stand on to see what lays ahead over a hill. They are sturdy enough to hold me up at 300lbs. My wife likes them for getting out of the Jeep more than getting in.

Unfortunately it seems that anything that is a useful step also hangs low enough that it would cause clearance issues. But if the clearance is not as much issue or you do not mind flipping them over when you need them then something like this would work.

Olympic 4x4 Products 171-121 - Olympic 4X4 Products Reverse-a-Bars for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ & TJ - Quadratec
I've seen those before. I like the idea a lot i just personally think they are ugly looking. I think I may go with some form of rock slider over a traditional step. Just really not sure yet.

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