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JPWheelin 03-10-2011 07:26 AM

Mountain and Sahara Owners: Do you remove your side steps before you wheel?
 
I have 4 door 2010 mountain with the tubular side steps. I noticed the owners manual suggests that you remove the side steps before you go off road.

Prior to off-road usage, the side steps should be
removed to prevent damage.


Does anyone do this? I thought (perhaps naively) that the side steps would offer some body protection off road. I

Then again...perhaps they might do more harm than good. The way they connect to the body they may bend the body if they are dragging on something. Thoughts?

jeffk42 03-10-2011 07:35 AM

You're exactly right on your last point. The stock steps only offer minimal protection, like maybe from someone opening a low car door in the parking spot next to you. :) Someone here (I can't remember who) mentioned removing them after finding that the steps had caused warping at the mount.

You'll really want something that's attached to the frame if you need more protection than that.

I opted to skip the factory steps and get something after the fact:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/...9e18185b_z.jpg

Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor.

InfernoGirl 03-10-2011 08:37 AM

They might protect the paint from gravel being thrown up by your tires, but that's about it. If I recall correctly the best protection comes with body mounted rockers. Frame mounted can cause the tub to be damaged if you come down hard on something... (I think that's the way it is, anyway, sometimes I remember stuff backward). But anything metal is going to offer more protection than the plastic factory stuff....

daggo66 03-10-2011 08:45 AM

You definitely want frame mounted rockets. Otherwise when you use them for their intended purpose the will only be as strong as the mounting point. Think about that and the strength of the jk sheetmetal. BTW technically the jk does not have a tub. It's the first wrangler to not have one.

InfernoGirl 03-10-2011 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by daggo66 (Post 1108721)
You definitely want frame mounted rockets.

I want some frame mounted rockets... :rofl: That way I could get up hills quicker... and take out the guy who cut me off in traffic.... :rofl:

Good to know Tom, thanks for clarifying. :)

JPWheelin 03-10-2011 10:57 AM

Thanks Jeff.

You should start getting commission from RR and Besttop. I have seen your jeep a few times on Amazon customer images ;).

JPWheelin 03-10-2011 11:07 AM

Thanks all. It makes you wonder why on earth Chrysler would even manufacture those plastic side steps that can't be used off road...and then sell them for $600!:confused:

I guess you don't have to wonder too much...profit!

yomondo 03-10-2011 11:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daggo66 (Post 1108721)
You definitely want frame mounted rockets. Otherwise when you use them for their intended purpose the will only be as strong as the mounting point. Think about that and the strength of the jk sheetmetal.

I don't know, before I swapped out my stock body-mounted Rubi rails, they took some pretty good hits and held up fine.

Quote:

Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 1108815)
I want some frame mounted rockets... :rofl:

Me too!!! You know how cool that would be?!!!

Grog 03-10-2011 11:25 AM

Aside from the fact that the stock steps do not offer much protection, there is no consensus on whether frame or body mounted sliders are stronger. The frame is stronger is true, but the attachement to the frame is longer, which is not as strong. A well designed body mounted slider will distribute the force from a hit - I have seen rubis take tremedous hits on their stock rails with no damage.

A quality slider, whether frame mounted like Lod or body mounted like PureJeep, will protect you very well.

Rubi rail take offs can be had very cheaply btw. I picked up a set for $50 and will be welding an aftermarket kit to turn it into a slider - here is a kit from Poison Spyder, one of our sponsors

Jeep JK 4 Door Side Step | Jeep DIY Rico Side Step | Jeep Rocker Armor | Poison Spyder


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