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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

So here's my own answer.

I installed the 5-plate skid plate set, front recovery hooks, and steelcraft runningboards this weekend.. took me 11 hours! It was harder than I thought for reasons I didn't expect..

The gas tank skids were maybe the easiest, used a jack, and had 1/4 tank still in them.. Less gas the better, but this worked. The more- front skids replaced some plastic covers and bolts are mostly re-usable, although I think some are heavier gauge for the steel replacements.. Not all bolts are the same spot as the plastic, but it was easy once I could lift the metal one into place. The removed cross-bars are to be discarded I assume, but the instructions don't say that specifically. The order of install is not important, nor does it matter if the running boards go on first or last.

The front recovery hooks were difficult as I didn't want to break the lower fascia, and the design and instructions seem strange, but I got them on.. The worst part was the instructions say some bolts are 18mm, but all mine were 16mm, short and long. I used the short on the bracket, the long on the hook itself - seemed like no other way to do it.

The running boards do not fit well, there is a gap in the rear part more on the driver side than the passenger, but they work. I cannot see how I can adjust their location without either cutting into the running board to slide it closer to the car on the bracket, or replace the bracket altogether, as they sit on the bracket as close to the car as they can slide.. That is the bracket hits the outer lip of the running boards and that is the end-stop.. So not sure what to do, input would be appreciated.

The best news is my kids love them.


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Not sure what boards u have but when I installed mine which r mopar one I didn't realise at first that their are different brackets for front, middle , rear and I had some in the wrong position hence the steps when I went to bolt on we're all wrong, moved the bracket to correct position and all good mine had F,M,R stamped on them quite small.


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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

I have a 5 year old and her little feet are fine using the rock rails as a step. She's tiny and gets in and out all by herself using the rails as a step. If you're off-roading, get rock rails; not running boards.


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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

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Not sure what boards u have but when I installed mine which r mopar one I didn't realise at first that their are different brackets for front, middle , rear and I had some in the wrong position hence the steps when I went to bolt on we're all wrong, moved the bracket to correct position and all good mine had F,M,R stamped on them quite small.


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Mine are Steelcraft. They have told me of a fitment issue and are sending me updated brackets in 2 months.. (probably with MOPAR measurements!)..

Maybe I should have gotten rock rails, but so be it.. They're a bit more $$. Once I get the correct brackets, I'll like the running boards I have..

As for keeping slop off the side of the Jeep, I now plan to add wheel well mud guards (or whatever they're called) as they will keep the side of the jeep clean and the running boards.. Then I'll have a totally useless off road machine! The running boards do very little by themselves as they don't have a front edge to block the front wheel splash.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

FYI, got the new brackets from Steelcraft yesterday.. Going to install in May, but I'm happy with the company's fix so far.. If you buy the Steelcraft RB's, make sure they have the new brackets, or they won't fit right! When I say new, I mean, I think they are a new design available as of yesterday...


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