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BigMike47172 04-08-2013 03:11 PM

Wife hates the Moab rock rails...
 
So they've gotta go. I like the Bestop Powerboards and have found a dealer here in town. They're expensive as you all know.

What about a more conventional running board to replace the rock rails? Would the board from the Sahara work on this configuration?

I'm looking for suggestions so sing out.

legitposter 04-08-2013 03:20 PM

Get the smitty XRC sliders. They are fairly inexpensive for sliders, look great, and can be used easily as a step by a normally capable human being.

They aren't the best for protection, and people frown on smittybilt products, but they should work for you.

woansleftpeg 04-08-2013 03:22 PM

What is it she dislikes about the Moabs?

onetraveller 04-08-2013 03:25 PM

The Sahara running boards are a direct bolt on and use the same mounting holes as the rock rails. You can probably find a set of take-offs on craigslist. Otherwise they end up being a bit expensive to buy from Mopar. They do, however, provide great protection from all the crap the tires throw onto the side of the Jeep and they are very light weight.

The more common solution is to add a set of Ace rock sliders. They fit over your existing factory rock rails and provide a step. They are also cheaper than new Sahara running boards.

Mike

suicideking 04-08-2013 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 3610194)
Get the smitty XRC sliders. They are fairly inexpensive for sliders, look great, and can be used easily as a step by a normally capable human being.

They aren't the best for protection, and people frown on smittybilt products, but they should work for you.

I'd stay away from anything made by Smitty that claims to be armor unless it's just for looks. I see their stuff get smashed and dented like it was made out of recycled aluminum cans.

Checkout the Ace rails. They can also be used as a step. More for a easy to moderate wheeler though.

BigMike47172 04-08-2013 06:03 PM

She's five feet tall and it's a climb for her to get in the vehicle.

RKracing 04-08-2013 06:11 PM

This is what you want.... The real McCoy


Rock Slide Engineering, Step-Slider - YouTube

whiteyjfm 04-08-2013 06:11 PM

Install some grab handles in the Jeep, it works very well to pull yourself up and into the Jeep.

Sahara steps will get in your way if you wheel your Jeeps in rocky terrain.

BigMike47172 04-08-2013 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by whiteyjfm (Post 3610780)
Install some grab handles in the Jeep, it works very well to pull yourself up and into the Jeep.

Sahara steps will get in your way if you wheel your Jeeps in rocky terrain.

Tried those, at least the ones that came with it.

legitposter 04-08-2013 07:35 PM

Ask your wife to think for a second... Imagine you both lose your jobs, lose your house two months later, and don't know what to do now. Your wrangler, of course, had to be sold already. You're panicking and trying to find a fast food job at that point.

Tell her to be thankful for what you two have. Yes its a little hard to climb in when someone is short but its a nice problem to have. Its the sort of problem that reminds you that you have a good situation overall.

It's like not being sure where to stash 2 tons of gold bars. Great problem to have.

Wife, stop taking things for granted.

Lowerumble 04-08-2013 08:19 PM

Check out Poison Spyder Brawler Rockers or the TnTcustoms.com similiar style rocker protection/steps. Those powerboards are underengineered. We run them at my company and had them installed on 7 suvs, and have had nothing but problems. After the first round, we were told that the new ones had fixed the flaws of the old. No such luck. We are going back to fixed running boards. The idea is great, the product looks and acts great at first, but with every passing mile they literally get less and less functional. I have kept a bunch of the motors and the boards though with the idea of seeing if I could figure out something that works a little better. Really they just seem to need something that will "lock" them into the correct up position. As is it now, there is one motor, located near the back of the boards that is supposed to pull them back to the body. The one motor design leads to the back being sucked up closer than the front over time. When they are in the up position, they are just being retracted by the motor and there is no static part that helps them "lock" into an upright position.

Sasquatchewan 04-08-2013 08:22 PM

I don't think the Ace rails would work with the Moab rock rails they are bigger if ya got to make her happy & don't do any serious rock bashing the N-Fab steps are perfect for little wife's

okcscott 04-08-2013 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by BigMike47172 (Post 3610754)
She's five feet tall and it's a climb for her to get in the vehicle.

Your wife is 1" shorter than my wife, get some grab handles and remind her that it's a jeep. This is my wife's jeep and she has no problem getting in.
She has Poison Spyder rock sliders and they have a 3 1/4" lip which is just right for a step.
http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/l...e82a8bf8c8.jpg

JeeperJake 04-08-2013 10:33 PM

I've got the Sahara running boards stock OEM.

While they are great for keeping road hash off the side, IF I were doing much real 4x4 rooting around, they would fail miserably.

My wife is also short and complains of climbing over the width of the running boards.

There's a better answer out there. Personally if my Sahara didn't come with what's on there, I never would have added them.

Lowerumble 04-08-2013 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by okcscott (Post 3612078)

Are you required to keep all those stickers on due to the advertising requirements? That seems a little over the top.

BeanieAZ 04-08-2013 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Lowerumble (Post 3612133)

Are you required to keep all those stickers on due to the advertising requirements? That seems a little over the top.

I think all the aftermarket stuff was donated to him in exchange for the advertising. I could be wrong but i think I remember reading that when he posted in another thread.

DaK 04-09-2013 06:44 AM

Use this as an excuse to buy more stuff...

Better rock rails, PSC's, Rockhards whatever brand you like that will give her more of step to get in.

Next, grab handles. The ones that mount to the roll bar.

Next the Rockhard sport cage-this unit has grab handles up by the A pillar for getting in and out.

Have a co-worker, she is a little itty bitty thing. They carry her a stool. Her husbands pentance for wanting the jeep and having her along is that he must at every stop, get out, run around the jeep, place a stool at the passenger side door and allow the QUEEN to dismount. Then reverse when it is time to get back in and roll to the next stop.

Me? I am liking the excuse of more mods. At least you are trying.

If your pocket book won't sustain those mods-
All Things Jeep - Cowboy Stirrup Step (Sold individually)

BigMike47172 04-09-2013 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by DaK (Post 3613040)
Use this as an excuse to buy more stuff...

Better rock rails, PSC's, Rockhards whatever brand you like that will give her more of step to get in.

Next, grab handles. The ones that mount to the roll bar.

Next the Rockhard sport cage-this unit has grab handles up by the A pillar for getting in and out.

Have a co-worker, she is a little itty bitty thing. They carry her a stool. Her husbands pentance for wanting the jeep and having her along is that he must at every stop, get out, run around the jeep, place a stool at the passenger side door and allow the QUEEN to dismount. Then reverse when it is time to get back in and roll to the next stop.

Me? I am liking the excuse of more mods. At least you are trying.

If your pocket book won't sustain those mods-
All Things Jeep - Cowboy Stirrup Step (Sold individually)

You're the second person to mention the Cowboy Stirrups. We'll go a little more exotic than that. I'm still leaning toward the Powerboards although I admit I am a little wary of something mechanical like that.

Understand that I am a first-time Jeep owner and will probably not be doing hard-core four wheeling anytime soon. I like it more because I do railroad and weather photography and I wanted something that can be on a gravel road without knocking the front end out of alignment after the first pothole.

This is great information! Keep it coming. I'm getting educated.

JRobes 04-09-2013 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by DaK (Post 3613040)
Use this as an excuse to buy more stuff...

^this :thumb:

backdoc 04-09-2013 08:20 AM

I have a '13 JKU Sahara and removed the factory side steps shortly after I got it for two reasons. One, I wasn't crazy about the look; and two, you basically do step over them getting in and out because they are mounted so high (and I am 5'6" on a good day!). I put on Rubi Rails because I like the way they look, but this didn't make ingress/egress any easier. I then mounted the badass grab handles from Welcome Distributing and it seems to have solved the problem. They are so far superior to any strap-type handle and they mount to the a-pillar which seems to be the perfect position. Hope this helps...good luck!:)

okcscott 04-09-2013 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Lowerumble (Post 3612133)
Are you required to keep all those stickers on due to the advertising requirements? That seems a little over the top.

Absolutely not, not one requirement, over the top? Little difference with Jeep on the grill that you pay over $25,000 or Goodyear and BFG name on your tires that payed for. My wife paid zero.
My Wife has volunteered her time most of her life with Campfire, church, gun club and other things. When other people do the same she likes to show her appreciation. She can remove the decals any time she wants and will at some point, and yes you can call it free advertising (for her) not for parts people, they payed with time and parts.
She was given keys and the title and told to have fun in her Jeep which she is doing.

Paul04tj 04-09-2013 10:24 AM

Try some stout grab handles first. Yes the Moab rail is a bit narrow for a step but it works well with practice.
Got to teach her the little hop jump into the Jeep thing!

BigMike47172 04-09-2013 11:54 AM

Thanks everyone!

I went with these...

N-FAB Wheel to Wheel Rails

I think they'll do fine. The posting on here from the person who had several Powerboards and reported problems with them over time got me away from them. That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

Thank you all! I learned a lot about different vendors and places to buy stuff. I made the purchase through Quadratec since everyone seems to like them.

I'll share my adventure of installing them on here as well. I work on an Army base with an auto craft center. I'm going to take their training while I wait for the shipment and then use the lift bay to install them. I watched a video where someone did that and that looks like the way to go.

Smokinjoe 04-09-2013 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by RKracing (Post 3610776)
This is what you want.... The real McCoy


Rock Slide Engineering, Step-Slider - YouTube

This is a sweet solution I have seen one in person and looks are operates very well.. If your wife requires an ez way to get in jeep now is the time to step up:eek: your wife will be happy:) all other solutions posted are LAME:hide:
It's your wife we are talking about!!! DustyDave has this step just PM on how he likes it

Jeeps_and_Boats 04-09-2013 05:17 PM

Being a boat guy I can't resist suggesting a boarding ladder?

Marine Boarding Ladders on Sale

I'm kidding...

Or what about those hydraulics that the bus used to bow down to let people climb onto the step?

I'm so helpful!

Blackpony04 04-09-2013 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by BigMike47172 (Post 3610754)
She's five feet tall and it's a climb for her to get in the vehicle.

My wife's 4'10" and the Jeep is her DD and she loves her Ace Rock Rails.

Bertman 04-09-2013 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeeps_and_Boats (Post 3615376)
Being a boat guy I can't resist suggesting a boarding ladder?

Marine Boarding Ladders on Sale

Or what about those hydraulics that the bus used to bow down to let people climb onto the step?

This is clearly the best solution. Air bag it like the new Rams!

KidMelody 04-09-2013 05:35 PM

Are you looking to party with your MOAB take offs? I have a new rubicon on order and like the look of the moab rock rails

jwilson2598 04-09-2013 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by KidMelody (Post 3615448)
Are you looking to party with your MOAB take offs? I have a new rubicon on order and like the look of the moab rock rails

Already sent a PM askign about this, lol

MOABLTY 11-05-2013 08:09 AM

Can you fit 35's with the stock Moab rock rail ! Or it has to be cut back an inch or so? Anybody knows? Since we're on the subject.
My wife bitches about it too, but nothing to be done. What pisses me off is the fact that everytime she gets in the car she rubs her ass on the leather seats. She's 5'8" and still has a hard time getting in. My seats have so many scratches and folds now. But nothing we can do really.


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