Get the stereo, leave off the side steps. My 97 had the base stereo, and it was garbage. couldn't hear it with the top down even with the upgraded speakers. My 05 rubi has the 7 speaker premium sound and its night and day, you can even blast the music louder than nesessary with the top down.
Both Jeeps had side steps, both sets are still sitting in my garage with cob webs on em. They are kinda nice in summer if you don't wheel, but in winter they are just down right dangerous. Even in summer, if you wheel at all you will break them within the first 3 trips depending how hard you wheel.