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Old 06-18-2012, 07:42 AM
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

Nice looking GC, love the side steps. I just had a set installed last week at my friendly 5 star dealer. The Jeep OE steps really look great.

Glenn R. My wife loves the side steps, they make her exit and entry into the GC much easier. It was her idea to have the side steps installed, so naturally I didn't argue a bit about them. I just made a call to my friendly Jeep dealer and got them installed before she changed her mind..
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

Anyone know about "EGR side steps" ?? looks nice...

http://egrusa.com/p-6872-egr-side-steps.html
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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Nice looking GC, love the side steps. I just had a set installed last week at my friendly 5 star dealer. The Jeep OE steps really look great.

Glenn R. My wife loves the side steps, they make her exit and entry into the GC much easier. It was her idea to have the side steps installed, so naturally I didn't argue a bit about them. I just made a call to my friendly Jeep dealer and got them installed before she changed her mind..
Any chance of her calling my wife to soften the blow...not that I'm frightened of her or anything but.............. oh S$%t, she's coming...gotta go........
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:37 AM
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

For anyone interested in the steps and thinking of installing them yourself, it's dead easy.

I've attached the instructions with a couple of notes. The only hassle I had was what I thought would be the easiest part ended up being the most time consuming and that was pulling of the plastic lugs holding the bottom sill trim. They were a bugger to remove and nearly as bad fitting the new ones at the end of the instal. Everything else was simple.

On the first side I took the lugs off but knowing what a hassle they were I didn't bother on the 2nd side and saved a lot of time and heartache. You'll just need a little more patience slipping the metal brackets into position. All you will need to remove on the bottom sill is the 10mm bolt on the end of the sill in front of the tyre and make sure you remember to bolt it back on.
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For anyone interested in the steps and thinking of installing them yourself, it's dead easy.

I've attached the instructions with a couple of notes. The only hassle I had was what I thought would be the easiest part ended up being the most time consuming and that was pulling of the plastic lugs holding the bottom sill trim. They were a bugger to remove and nearly as bad fitting the new ones at the end of the instal. Everything else was simple.

On the first side I took the lugs off but knowing what a hassle they were I didn't bother on the 2nd side and saved a lot of time and heartache. You'll just need a little more patience slipping the metal brackets into position. All you will need to remove on the bottom sill is the 10mm bolt on the end of the sill in front of the tyre and make sure you remember to bolt it back on.
I too did it without taking off the trim. Your instruction sheets are the same as mine. However, where it shows the triangular alignment arrows on the lugs that slip into the body, my lugs didn't have any arrows. I could have drawn them on but in any case, I found it impossible to keep the lugs aligned in the body as I was tightening them. I'm hoping it won't be an issue.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:41 AM
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

Guys, love the look of the steps, but wonder how practical they are due to them being pretty narrow. My last car, Pajero, had a grab handle on the inside of the "A" pillar that made stepping in and out of the car a breeze, but the side step was pretty wide that helped. How are you going with yours? Do you actually use the step or "step" over them?
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

My Prado had wider steps but like anything, you just get used to it. The grey sill gets in the way but you just get used to positioning your foot to the side.

My kids kept asking so when I saw them on special I snapped them up. I looked at the chinese alloy and "prastic" (I kid you not) steps which were wider and cheaper but in the end I remained faithful to OEM.

IMO, if you have kids they really need something to step on to, the sill is no good as it's too narrow and says "no step".
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is it strong enough for a adult (70-100kg) to stand on it and tie down the cargo in roof? I ordered the factory mopar ones but having second thoughts about ditching them after seeing the brackets.
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I too did it without taking off the trim. Your instruction sheets are the same as mine. However, where it shows the triangular alignment arrows on the lugs that slip into the body, my lugs didn't have any arrows. I could have drawn them on but in any case, I found it impossible to keep the lugs aligned in the body as I was tightening them. I'm hoping it won't be an issue.
These are the main mounting bolts with the bolt offset from the plate it attached to which fits into the oval hole in the car frame. The arrow points to the side of the car making sure the longer side of the plate is facing toward the side with the short side closer to the centre of the car.

I think it's important that the offset bolt is facing in the right direction as it must be engineered to counter the leverage once weight is placed on the step.

I found once you get the plate into the oval hole and get the bolt through the bracket hole and ensure the arrow is pointing to the side of the car, carefully wind the nut on with your fingers. Once you've worked it up the thread make a final adjustment (arrow) and then finger tighten. It won't move when you get your socket to tighten up.

You could also try winding the nut up the thread and then wind a temp nut on for a few turns, this allows you to hold the plate with 2 fingers with downward pressure whilst you wind up the fixing nut.
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is it strong enough for a adult (70-100kg) to stand on it and tie down the cargo in roof? I ordered the factory mopar ones but having second thoughts about ditching them after seeing the brackets.
I'm regret to say I'm now 94kgs and when I jump on the steps there is no bend or sway, the whole car moves.

They're rock solid. Don't bee fooled, the brackets are heavy duty and they are well engineered. Hopefully our American cousins won't be reading this but these things are engineered to take someone who is "supersized"!
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I'm regret to say I'm now 94kgs and when I jump on the steps there is no bend or sway, the whole car moves.

They're rock solid. Don't bee fooled, the brackets are heavy duty and they are well engineered. Hopefully our American cousins won't be reading this but these things are engineered to take someone who is "supersized"!
Agreed! They are plenty strong enough. However, they are too narrow and the plastic checker plate pads are not as grippy as they look. Rubber would be much better. My wife doesn't trust them and won't use them preferring to step over them despite me getting them purely for her benefit. Women... what can you do?
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