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Old 03-30-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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As I was looking at building/buying a set of rock sliders the hope was to get it with a side step. It was going pretty much on schedule up until I read a review on Smithy Built set. The guy claimed those side steps to be useless and getting in the way all the time as well as being very heavy. So, in line of that I figured I ask you guys. Please post up your pix and thoughts on the subject. Thanks a bunch in advance

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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No pics but in my opinion the bars on the rock sliders (if they're big enough) can double as side steps. Just slap some grip tape on for better traction for your feet

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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I put some on the ones I made. They double as tree bars. I use them getting out but not in.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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Built mine and added some hoops just so the wife and kids could get in a little better!

3/16" x 6" flat steel and 1.750" x .134 round tubing sliced to fit the steel plate. I then bent up some hoops out of the same 1.750" material. I welded some rebar within the hoops to prevent someones foot getting stuck and doing a face plant when getting out!

Plus its a nice foot rest when doors are off.






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Old 03-30-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
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Im going to order the smittybuilt ones in the near future. I currently have the full body rails on my wrangler and never use the step to get in or out. Like the previous poster however my little ones do use the step getting out. I wanted the step however just becuase the added protection for the "Pop Logs" that sometimes fly up and want to smack your rocker.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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PSC Rocker Knockers here. They double as a step for the wife. Added some 3M abbrasive strips to the tops as they were pretty slippery when wet.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #7
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Built mine and added some hoops just so the wife and kids could get in a little better!

3/16" x 6" flat steel and 1.750" x .134 round tubing sliced to fit the steel plate. I then bent up some hoops out of the same 1.750" material. I welded some rebar within the hoops to prevent someones foot getting stuck and doing a face plant when getting out!

Plus its a nice foot rest when doors are off.






Looks great! Yj is the same color as mine too. When I get my tube fenders built and get the 8.8 rear in my tires are getting bigger for sure.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:29 PM   #8
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looking at some of the stuff you guys fab up, all I can say is, it all looks awesome, and I really need to learn how to weld
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:28 AM   #9
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I put some on the ones I made. They double as tree bars. I use them getting out but not in.
Yam - Would you be interested in making another set of those for my YJ? I've seen a lot of rock sliders and I'm not as impressed with other designs as these. I like the square tube look. If you're interested and think you could make a set for mine for a few hundred bucks, PM me and we'll work it out.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #10
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I'm running Warn sliders with added tube rails. The tubes are a must and have kept plenty of rouge rocks at bay.

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #11
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Built mine and added some hoops just so the wife and kids could get in a little better!

3/16" x 6" flat steel and 1.750" x .134 round tubing sliced to fit the steel plate. I then bent up some hoops out of the same 1.750" material. I welded some rebar within the hoops to prevent someones foot getting stuck and doing a face plant when getting out!

Plus its a nice foot rest when doors are off.






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Old 04-06-2012, 04:25 PM   #12
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Yam - Would you be interested in making another set of those for my YJ? I've seen a lot of rock sliders and I'm not as impressed with other designs as these. I like the square tube look. If you're interested and think you could make a set for mine for a few hundred bucks, PM me and we'll work it out.

Hey! I missed this post. Thanks for the compliment man. WhileI appreciate your interest in them I cannot just make another set. My fender openings are custom cut and the sliders match the cut. Plus the mounting is the hard part and I would need your jeep to do it right. I have so many hours in these it would be unfair to charge someone for them. Since they are for my crap I just chalk the hours up to the hobby. I have about 18-20 hours in each one from start to finish mounted. If you want to make a set I can help you with the dimensions on mine and how they are mounted.....


The biggest reason for the square tube is becuse they match my front and rear bumpers.


Start with a 1/4" thick piece of 5" x 4" angle iron. IIRC mine were 60" long to start but my fenders are cut open. Then get some 2" .120 wall square tubing and make the step set off how you want. I used 5 1/2"x13 grade 8 bolts on the side and 2 1/2" x13 bolts underneath in the floor. I had to make spacers for the underside ones. These can be made round or square tube and some 3/6 plate. I also welded the nut to the top side of the slider to bolt into. so the bottom is still flat. Then take a piece of 3/16" plate to make the inner bolt plate. I cut it to fit inside against the floor. Drill holes and bolt away. The front two bolts could not go thru the 3/16 inner plate becuse of where they mount. so i made some 3/16" square washers about 4"x4" to give some strenth behind the sheet metal.

My plan someday is to tie these into my cage which will be into the frame as well. They hold up great, droped down hard on a rock last weekend and they didn't move.

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Old 04-06-2012, 04:43 PM   #13
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hey yamjam...if you would be so kind as to send me a set of those dimensions i would appreciate it, im looking at making a set and i like the way yours turned out...thanks in advance man
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hey yamjam...if you would be so kind as to send me a set of those dimensions i would appreciate it, im looking at making a set and i like the way yours turned out...thanks in advance man
I would like those also!

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