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phiran 02-25-2013 04:38 PM

2013 JK Sport - Aftermarket side step fitment
 
Hi folks,

Let me start by saying that I don't really like the Mopar factory sidesteps.
So, I purchased some Aries Big Step 4' sidesteps- Amazon and the Aries sites both indicate that they will fit the Wrangler 2013 Sport 2DR.

Upon installation, I found alot of inconsistencies in the documentation- also, the darn thing simply didn't fit. The main bolt that attaches the brackets to the side panel was too big, and the rear bracket didn't even closely line up to the factory drilled holes.

So, I returned it and then called their customer service today- they were surprised to hear and said that Jeep must have changed something- now I'm nervous about ordering any aftermarket parts for the 2013. Anyone have these types of issues?

phiran 02-27-2013 01:46 PM

Bump. Any thoughts on this folks??

molson 02-27-2013 02:04 PM

I'm always leery of items like that. I think some companies just make a generic "one size fits all" item and makes a hodge-podge of brackets to mount up to anything.

I'd recommend that you get a set of steps designed specifically for the Wrangler.

FYI I just ordered a set of ACE Rock Sliders from Jason at Krawl. They have great reviews here and Jason has awesome prices. Best of all it's made in the USA!

DLobo 04-22-2013 12:36 AM

Did you find any steps that fit? I purchased some Smittybilt sure steps for my wife's JKU, went to put them on today and the brackets did not line up correctly with the factory holes on the Jeep. Now I have to return them and find something else.

socal-jk 04-22-2013 01:01 AM

Smittybilt is great if you are handy with some tools but seem hit or miss for direct bolt on. I had to take a carbide bit to the mounting holes and an angle grinder to where the body moint reliefs were. Other then that they are built like a brick shit house.

DLobo 04-22-2013 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by socal-jk (Post 3666538)
Smittybilt is great if you are handy with some tools but seem hit or miss for direct bolt on. I had to take a carbide bit to the mounting holes and an angle grinder to where the body moint reliefs were. Other then that they are built like a brick shit house.

I thought about opening up the mounting slot to the body to fit it, but was worried about weakening that part of the bracket. I may have to revisit that idea.

KrawlOff-Road.com 04-22-2013 01:34 PM

We do a ton of the ACE Sliders on the 2013 JK's and they fit like a glove!

2Dr:
ACE Engineering JK 2Dr. Rock Sliders

4Dr:
ACE Engineering JK 4Dr. Rock Sliders

-Jason

socal-jk 04-22-2013 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DLobo (Post 3668190)

I thought about opening up the mounting slot to the body to fit it, but was worried about weakening that part of the bracket. I may have to revisit that idea.

I took off maybe 1/16" from the front U cut, and only had to lightly elongate and reclock the front body mount bolt holes. Its easy if you are handy at such things.


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