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Old 07-19-2019, 08:46 AM
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Can't make up mind on side steps

It seems you can get side steps that are a bit lower but still expose the pinch seam or you can get rails with steps that hide the pinch seam which are a tad higher. I like the look of the pinch seam being hidden but then I wonder if those steps are that useful.


Curious what others have done with pics.

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I've got the VKS Prerunner slider/steps. i like them a lot especially if you want a functional slider.

if i was to do it again, i might go with a boat side slider like the Artec.
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Some people plasti-dip the pinch seem just to help hide it. They even make some covers you can install to cover it up as well.


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I've bought Barricade sliders from XT in the past. $320. Very solid, look good and even deflect stones from your tires to the body. If you're vertically challenged and/or Jeep is lifted, steps are great. But if you are like me and swing your leg down to the ground when getting out, you now have dirty trouser legs. But I'll take that to live the Jeep life.
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Steps are for the wife. I would be happy with just the sliders. I wondered about dirt leg. :-)
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Steps are for the wife. I would be happy with just the sliders. I wondered about dirt leg. :-)
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I've bought Barricade sliders from XT in the past. $320. Very solid, look good and even deflect stones from your tires to the body. If you're vertically challenged and/or Jeep is lifted, steps are great. But if you are like me and swing your leg down to the ground when getting out, you now have dirty trouser legs. But I'll take that to live the Jeep life.
And wet leg when raining.
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Dirty wet leg is a feature.
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Dirty wet leg is a feature.
A mark of honor similar to the burnt calf on every girlfriend that I took riding on the back of my motorcycles when I was a young/single rascal.
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I've been going back and forth with the wife about what to put on her Jeep. I guess I'll paint the pinch-weld, I would personally prefer to cover it up, but she wanted steps so she decided she wants Aries, so I guess it's dirty legs for me until I get my own JK.

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I've been going back and forth with the wife about what to put on her Jeep. I guess I'll paint the pinch-weld, I would personally prefer to cover it up, but she wanted steps so she decided she wants Aries, so I guess it's dirty legs for me until I get my own JK.

I'm Aries. Do you have a picture of your wife?
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Now that's funny right there....
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Get the Rock Slide step sliders. YES they cost $$$$$$$$ , but they are fantastic ! ! !
Great company to work with and their warranty is fantastic.
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$1800 for sliders? Maybe buy once, but the crying would last for quite some time, those tears. And seems to me like something with moving parts is gonna break, particularly if subjected to blunt force trauma.
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$1800 for sliders? Maybe buy once, but the crying would last for quite some time, those tears. And seems to me like something with moving parts is gonna break, particularly if subjected to blunt force trauma.
I noticed just about every place that sells those has a long list of replacement parts available...
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I have OEM Sahara, got them slightly used for $60
Lightweight, nice design/fit, very useful for light/mild offroad.
Easy to remove.
I lost count of how many "hostile" doors were stopped on parking lots.
As steps- perfect.
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I have OEM Sahara, got them slightly used for $60
Lightweight, nice design/fit, very useful for light/mild offroad.
Easy to remove.
I lost count of how many "hostile" doors were stopped on parking lots.
As steps- perfect.
If you hit a rock/tree with those, they bend the pinch seam and make it REALLY hard to remove them later when you buy real sliders. Guess how I know...
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I have OEM Sahara, got them slightly used for $60
Lightweight, nice design/fit, very useful for light/mild offroad.
Easy to remove.
I lost count of how many "hostile" doors were stopped on parking lots.
As steps- perfect.
While I'm not a fan of those ones for offroading, you are absolutely spot on with the most valid reason of all for having any kind of rails/side steps - damn car park dings. With side steps, it's now fun to see people park close to me!
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I have OEM Sahara, got them slightly used for $60
Lightweight, nice design/fit, very useful for light/mild offroad.
Easy to remove.
I lost count of how many "hostile" doors were stopped on parking lots.
As steps- perfect.
Same, love mine. I can actually stand on them compared to some.

But I would pull them if I was rock crawling.
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I've got the VKS Prerunner slider/steps. i like them a lot especially if you want a functional slider.

if i was to do it again, i might go with a boat side slider like the Artec.
Hard no to recommend these for the functionality of being an actual good step and actually being sliders you can use off-road. They're also made in the U.S.A. in Cali.
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I have factory hd rock rails (2018 freedom edition). I wanted a bit more step for the kiddos and wife so I went with the havoc rock rails/steps. On a stock Jeep they were too low and I hated the exposed pinch seam. Plus off reading I hammered them on a lot of rocks I felt I shouldn’t had. Sold them and put the factory rails back on. Tiny step but still functional and looks so much better.

First pic is a great view of the havoc rails with the stock ones on the floor. Second is stock hd rock rails.
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It seems you can get side steps that are a bit lower but still expose the pinch seam or you can get rails with steps that hide the pinch seam which are a tad higher. I like the look of the pinch seam being hidden but then I wonder if those steps are that useful.


Curious what others have done with pics.
I got both! Sliders that are functional, hide the pinch seam, and have inset steps that are are a bit lower.

LoD Destroyer Series Rock Sliders

I absolutely love how these work and look. Sturdy, protective sliders with useful, functional steps that donít impair offroad clearance. The inset steps have a fairly sharp edge that offers great traction as opposed the round tubing that so many sliders are made with. They also offer the added benefit of protecting the sides of the Jeep from mud, rocks, sand, slush and other debris that kicked up while driving. They arenít the cheapest, but they are worth it if you want a great balance of slider and step. I would 100% buy these again. I bought mine through Northridge 4x4 for a pretty good price.

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After installing grab handles on the A-Pillar, I think we eliminated the need for a step so now I"m thinking something close to the factory sliders that hide the pinch seam. I found 3 that look about the same but one is a bit more expensive.

Smittybilt Classic Side Protection (Rubicon Style Rock Rails) at Quadratec
Smittybilt SRC Classic OEM Style Rock Rails - Black Textured at ET
The above both seem to be part Smittybilt part 76635
Barricade Rubi Rails - Textured Black at ET
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I have OEM Sahara, got them slightly used for $60
Lightweight, nice design/fit, very useful for light/mild offroad.
Easy to remove.
I lost count of how many "hostile" doors were stopped on parking lots.
As steps- perfect.
When I figured out why I had door dings on my TJ and not my JKUs, when I had the TJ painted (and door dings repaired), I but old school nerf bars on. Pinch seam was already covered by Rubicon seam cover.

OP - if all you want to do is cover the seams, these will do it:
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12525_1414_07.htm

But of course the parking lot door slammers will still put your doors at risk.
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https://www.extremeterrain.com/barri...k-j100288.html

I've had them for 4 door before and love them. If I had to buy sliders again, these are the ones.
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Or don't wear pants.
Although the original "Daisy Duke" short-short is basically synonymous with the Jeep lifestyle

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I've got the VKS Prerunner slider/steps. i like them a lot especially if you want a functional slider.

if i was to do it again, i might go with a boat side slider like the Artec.
Exactly the same here except I don't have the rocker armor. I like 'em.
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These are the Redrock 4x4 sliders, I like them a lot, super convenient step and they provide enough protection for the nonsense I find myself in (and angry middle aged ladies in parking lots)
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Seem doesn't bother me. I like the look of nerf bars, slightly more aggressive than your standard side rails, but not too sporty. I have a pair of Smittybilt and have been happy with them.

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