I just purchased a 2005 Wrangler Rubicon. Love it!! Since I will be doing more street than off-road driving, I am considering getting discreet running boards. I love the "Rock Barz" by Warrior Products, but I found out that they need to be drilled into the frame. I know there are some that do not require drilling.
Is anyone aware of what would be the best side steps/running boards to use that do not need to be drilled into the jeep?
congrats on the purchase. i just put new nerf bars on my 04 rubicon, and yes i did have to drill into the frame. as long as you use a steel bit it is very easy. the bars supports line up right with the curves of the frame. but if you want the running boards i would suggest a factory set. they will give you the best/easiest install and fit as they should just bolt right up. hope this helps.
get the bars you like.......the install is not that hard......get a couple of c-clamps, clamp them where you want them, drill, bolt, and presto, your done.
Just as a precaution, I used locktight on all my bolts.
Just for your info, here (below link) is another suggestion I received from another forum. These do not require any driling, and they seem to be extremely sturdy and popular. Any thoughts on drilled vs. no drilling? Which is better?
I use stock running boards. I take them off when I get to where I want to wheel (When I do actually wheel). Couple nuts, yank em off, toss em in the back. No more clearance problems. When I am done, I spray off the Jeep, toss em back on real quick, good to go. No drilling into the frame either.
I am sure you could pick up a stock set, people usually just toss em..
A friend told me today that he saw a Jeep Wrangler that had some type of reese hitch mounted underneath the doors and he had his nerf bars welded to the male end of a reese hitch. He said he did it that way so that he could take them off when he knew he was going to be wheeling somewhere where they might hinder him. We used to mount reese receivers underneath fire trucks so that they could anchor to the side of the truck when they needed to rapel down a cliff. Never thought of it as being able to add an additional stepping surface.
I'm waiting for the guy I got them from to respond. Although I doubt he has the brackets. I'll figure a way to get them mounted. Thanks for the input though. Wish I knew how expensive owning a Jeep was going to be. If only I had more pockets. The ones I have now are empty.