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2012 skids and runningboards question

Hello all, I have a 2012 overland and am putting on all the skids that come with the off-road package and running boards as well - not nerfs or rock rails, just steps..

Any recommendations on the order? I was planning skids then running boards for obvious reasons, and the boards are backordered. Any downside to putting skids on first then going back for the boards, or should I wait and do them together?


Q2: What would you use to seal the hardware? I was thinking thread antisieze but that doesn't last years.. May just spray it once it's on with something like undercoat.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2015, 10:53 PM
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Hello all, I have a 2012 overland and am putting on all the skids that come with the off-road package and running boards as well - not nerfs or rock rails, just steps..

Any recommendations on the order? I was planning skids then running boards for obvious reasons, and the boards are backordered. Any downside to putting skids on first then going back for the boards, or should I wait and do them together?

Q2: What would you use to seal the hardware? I was thinking thread antisieze but that doesn't last years.. May just spray it once it's on with something like undercoat.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Since it sounds you may be going places to need skid plates id say just be aware that those runningboards will likely cause you to lose some ground clearance depending on the ones you get.
I dont have running boards so not sure about the order but a floor jack is helpful in putting the gas tank skids on it helps to raise and steady them as they are a little heavy an akward. Grnerally a fairly easy bolt on job though.
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The genuine jeep sidesteps brackets hang no lower than my bash plates.


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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

The three brackets per side of the Mopar running boards definitely hang lower than almost anything else. They also do it in a very inconvenient way. I think you'll find that other than the "rock sliders" all of the brackets are cliff hangers anywhere outside of a parking lot. Hop a tall curb with running boards and see how funny the term trail rated seems. The skid plates are for road debris and roadkill, in Florida that can mean a washing mashing and a 9 foot gator. I'll snap a pick tomorrow of the loss.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

If you want to know my motives, I have two small kids who need steps that their small feet can't slip through and brake a leg like nerf bars, and I take my family in places like Arches in Moab, and CO often and at home drive over ice chunks, like, daily. I know I may never need skid plates, but I actually might.. If I high-side my jeep on a running board, I can still jack it up and off, if I scrape the TC pan or gas tank off, I'm done, we're done.. I've had to turn around more than once due to family in car and worried about clearance and tires, so I'm fixing it.. So, I got what I want for what I need. I did think this through. Now I just would ask for a few tips on what order to install, if it at all matters... Thanks all.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

Hope to get a 2013 JGC Overland today. It has running boards installed. Anyone know what they probably cost the previous owner?

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If you want to know my motives, I have two small kids who need steps that their small feet can't slip through and brake a leg like nerf bars, and I take my family in places like Arches in Moab, and CO often and at home drive over ice chunks, like, daily. I know I may never need skid plates, but I actually might.. If I high-side my jeep on a running board, I can still jack it up and off, if I scrape the TC pan or gas tank off, I'm done, we're done.. I've had to turn around more than once due to family in car and worried about clearance and tires, so I'm fixing it.. So, I got what I want for what I need. I did think this through. Now I just would ask for a few tips on what order to install, if it at all matters... Thanks all.
Exactly what I have plus a 40mm lift but I am sure with the overland u have the air suspension, bash plates are great and the kids love the steps and mine hang no lower than the skids, good set up and like u said u drive the car to conditions and that is what it is all about.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

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Hope to get a 2013 JGC Overland today. It has running boards installed. Anyone know what they probably cost the previous owner?

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There's at least 10 brands and as many styles and they range from $120 ebays to $699 mopar boards plus installation. So sure between $120 and $1000. For anything past an inaccurate guess, specifics are needed.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

Just picked up my 2013 JGCO and it has Big Country 6" Platinum(?) Wide Sider Bars. About $480 with shipping. Don't know what the original owner paid for installation. They are nice looking and sturdy.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

OK, I'll be able to get everything on without any input, that's fine... Here's another wuestion maybe someone wants to weight in on:


Should I coat the skid plates prior to install with something anti-rust? And if so what would you use?
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

When they shipped mine they did a terrible job, box broke and they were all banged up. I used black rustolem and hit any areas of the skids that had metal showing. Honestly it probably doesn't make much different they are going get hit with all types of stuff that's just going to scrape them up anyway even if your on the road mostly. Rocks and bits of junk bouncing around on the road at highway speeds will knock the paint off anyway.
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Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question

Guess the past owner spent ~$300 installed for non mopar. More for mopar..
If the children are young the gap beetween the bar and the body is dangerous for little legs, especially in inclement weather.
Running boards look nice enough and they'll prove their usefulness time and again, I wouldn't run them at Moab.

This isn't my wheeler so I don't mind driving a Carokee. I also have a hula girl on my dash.

There's no harm in a sealer on brackets and such, it's an old habbit to coat everything only difference is now I use much better products. As for painting over them a quality kit will be powder coated, and made mostly of AL and plastic, so your left with brackets and bolts. If you have the time and desire, I say have at it but prep well.
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