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Old 02-10-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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tj side steps

im looking to modify my 03 wrangler a bit. i want to start with buying some kind of step on each side. so im either debating the side nerf bars or the single step or even getting those factory steps that come on some models. looking to get some input on which looks better and is more durable from some ppl that may have had either on their jeep.

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The nerf one are ok, but depending on where you live can rust easily.
The sinlge or factory ones are ok, but with being plastic could easily be ripped off if you go wheeling.

Your best bet would to get a set of Rockers with bars or some rock rails that have a bit of a step to them.

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Old 02-10-2010, 08:15 AM   #3
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I don't care for the nerfbars I had them on my jeep I would look into these
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:51 AM   #4
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Shiny chrome nerf bars () or the stock side steps ARE NOT MADE FOR WHEELING!!

If ya want something functional that will stand up to more than mall crawlin', get rock rails with steps built into them.
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I put the factory steps on mine, for now. Picked up them up off Craig's list. The price was right and since most of my wheeling is beach related, I doubt I'll rip them off. If I win the lottery, these look awesome;
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Yeah those look nice. How much do they run for?
I am currently running the factory steps aswell. I really have no need to drop some cash on something like those right now.
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so deff. rock rails? ive been lookin at a few diff. kinds and i like the ones like you have on that link. dont need to go too crazy cause for right now im not gonna be wheelin alot. but i need somethin with a decent step because i need to lift it and at least thro on some 33's.
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Check out the following ones as well:
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:39 AM   #10
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check out mine, they're the olympic reversible ones, so when not climbing they're steps, but once ya hit the rocks they flip over and protect the sides
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but once ya hit the rocks they flip over and protect the sides
How long does it take to flip them?
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I also wanted a functional step plus rocker protection. The slider/step combos that mount to the body are ideal for clearance and I believe are stronger compared to the frame mounted ones. Unfortunately, the body mount slider/steps are too high for my wife and my youngest son. While researching, the Jeeperman brand slider caught my attention; but at the time, the company was no longer in business. Since Jeeperman was a frame mounted slider, it was low enough to accommodate my wife for use as a step. I continued to search for a similar rocker guard/step similar to the Jeeperman unit and located a similar design – Detours Dropkick Slyders.

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The Dropkick Slyders are perfect for shorter people who need a step to enter their Jeep and also need a solution for rocker protection (downside is you do lose some clearance compared to a body mounted guard). I am very happy with them and would recommend them for folks in the same scenario as me.

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How long does it take to flip them?
if you semi-regularly take them off, so rust doesn't build up, its real quick. the previous owner never used them, so when I first tried it took me about a hour and a half of greasing and yanking, i almost hooked my dads silverado up to it to yank it off. but after a good thorough cleaning and painting, they're fine now. plus they're not flashy or over the top or useless, just functional and clean looking, how i like it.
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damnit i hate this forum, i have a test in a hour in international management, yet i'd much rather read posts on here and try to help people out. procrastination, hell yeah
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check out mine, they're the olympic reversible ones, so when not climbing they're steps, but once ya hit the rocks they flip over and protect the sides
When you say flip them over, do you have to un-bolt and flip over and re-bolt? I really like the look and protection you get with these but I thought flipping them over would be a big deal.
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yeah you do have to unbolt them and flip them to the other side. its not a 5 minute super quick transition, but i bet if I took the bolts out and put straight pins with cotter pins that could make it a lot faster... hmm i may actually do that, quick disconnect side steps haha
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yeah you do have to unbolt them and flip them to the other side. its not a 5 minute super quick transition, but i bet if I took the bolts out and put straight pins with cotter pins that could make it a lot faster... hmm i may actually do that, quick disconnect side steps haha
Only drawback to that is, easier to steal... so I'd avoid doing it if you live in an area with a lot of auto theft, but that would be pretty cool.
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yeah you do have to unbolt them and flip them to the other side. its not a 5 minute super quick transition, but i bet if I took the bolts out and put straight pins with cotter pins that could make it a lot faster... hmm i may actually do that, quick disconnect side steps haha
But would they remain as strong as if they were bolted? Sounds like a good idea but you may loose out on strength.
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if i could find a grade 5 or 8 pin, i think it would be strong enough, if they even make those.

and the day someone steals my side steps is the day i start carrying a 9mm under my seat. in LA, your car is an extension of your home, so its fine. and we dont have the rule where you have to try to attempt to flee first, if someone enters your home or vehicle and threatens your life, you're good to go. police are good at catching people after they've harmed you, so i'll use my second amendment
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But would they remain as strong as if they were bolted? Sounds like a good idea but you may loose out on strength.
when i put mine on i had to really reef on the bolts to get them to stay in place, i highly doubt cotter pins would work out.
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well, i appreciate all the advice. i figure that rock rails are the best way to go. just need to figure out which ones....there are so many. now i need to find out which tires and lift im gonna get. any input will help. still a newbie. thank u
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I hear the Km2's are good tires BFG makes them I believe as for lift I can't help I have two YJ's
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I put the factory steps on mine, for now. Picked up them up off Craig's list. The price was right and since most of my wheeling is beach related, I doubt I'll rip them off. If I win the lottery, these look awesome;
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I'll sell ya my Drop-Kick sliders. The are very tough, but it turns out I never use them as steps and I'd to get the new Savvy tub mounted ones. You'd need a 1 to 1.25" BL though. I'm in WNY.
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bump...still trying to figure out what i should get.
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check out the for sale section, ive got a set of single step, black steps by carr im selling.
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sorry bout the that...just got a pair of olympic reverse-a-bars. hopefully theyll be what i want. thanks for all the input

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