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Re: Chrome Side Steps

I agree with your wife, the checker plate "look" is deceptive if you're wearing hard soled shoes and it's an accident waiting to happen if one is not careful, with runners there's no problem. I'm thinking of spraying the plastic with a light coat of anti-slip.

The step are also great for washing the roof!
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

I was never happy with how I installed the side-steps so I took them off to do properly. I had not properly aligned the bolts going into the body and one of the bolts holding the tube wouldn't tighten properly. In reinstalling them, I found that two of the threaded aluminum sleeves holding the side-step to the brackets and one holding the plastic pad to the tube, were rotating so the bolts couldn't be tightened. The idea is that as the bolt is tightened, the sleeve crushes and grips the tube. However, if there is no grip in the first place, the bolt can't be tightened. I tried everything. In the end I had to epoxy the sleeves in.

My side-steps are labelled Mopar and came in a Mopar box etc. The only thing is that they were the cheapies one can get on eBay from Hong Kong. I'm starting to think that while they are genuine Mopar, they might be factory seconds, thus the low price. It might be just bad luck on my part but I was wondering if anyone else had had a similar experience with either the fleeBay cheepie Mopars or the dealer supplied Mopar side-steps.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:42 AM
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

Hi BobT,

I got mine from Fleebay too but have not had any troubles.

Here's my post with pictures:

Mopar Chrome Side Steps and some bling (Picture intensive)

The one thing I have to confess is that I was lazy and in a hurry to install them so they aren't aligned perfectly to the side of the car.

Might loosen the steps and re-adjust them this weekend.
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

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Getting the arrow on the bolts was the tricky bit of the instal. You won't need the epoxy ! I found this worked for me:

  1. Get the bolt to sit / hang freely in position with arrow pointing in the right direction (toward the edge of the car)
  2. If you're right handed, with your left index finger, position it as far up the base of the bolt thread (ie up toward the car body) and assert some pressure just to stop it from moving / spinning.
  3. With your right hand, balance the nut with you index finger and if possible your thumb and carefully start threading it up the bolt, get it as finger tight as you can without spinning the bolt / moving the arrow direction.
  4. Once finger tight it will hold it's position for you to tighten with a socket. It will hold its position
After the first and second bolts, I found the rhythm and the remaining 4 were easy.


Having said all this I got my bars on special from Jeep so I reasonably sure I've got the real deal. Fleebay is another matter.


As mentioned in the towbar thread, the Chinese are the masters of product piracy so there's a greater than usual element of risk when buying Chinese.


Think of it this way, if the Chinese could, perhaps they would pirate / clone / replicate themselves as a nation all over again but they know that the copy would never be as good as the original!
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

I've just purchased and fitted these......http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....#ht_1309wt_984
They are Chinese of course, SS clad over extruded aluminium, and with rubber non slip tops. Very easy to install with the custom brackets supplied, and they have a rubber trim seal that closes the gap between the body trim and the step, so the doors might stay a bit cleaner following the roadworks water trucks.
Plenty strong enough and the support brackets are no lower than the belly bits of the Jeep. They wouldn't double as rock rails though.
Worth adding to your list for consideration if you are in the market for steps.
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I've just purchased and fitted these......http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....#ht_1309wt_984
They are Chinese of course, SS clad over extruded aluminium, and with rubber non slip tops. Very easy to install with the custom brackets supplied, and they have a rubber trim seal that closes the gap between the body trim and the step, so the doors might stay a bit cleaner following the roadworks water trucks.
Plenty strong enough and the support brackets are no lower than the belly bits of the Jeep. They wouldn't double as rock rails though.
Worth adding to your list for consideration if you are in the market for steps.
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They look the same as the pics shown against the item on the ebay link........they are shown fitted to a WK2 - I thought the price was reasonable for what they turned out to be.
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Getting the arrow on the bolts was the tricky bit of the instal. You won't need the epoxy ! I found this worked for me:

  1. Get the bolt to sit / hang freely in position with arrow pointing in the right direction (toward the edge of the car)
  2. If you're right handed, with your left index finger, position it as far up the base of the bolt thread (ie up toward the car body) and assert some pressure just to stop it from moving / spinning.
  3. With your right hand, balance the nut with you index finger and if possible your thumb and carefully start threading it up the bolt, get it as finger tight as you can without spinning the bolt / moving the arrow direction.
  4. Once finger tight it will hold it's position for you to tighten with a socket. It will hold its position
After the first and second bolts, I found the rhythm and the remaining 4 were easy.


Having said all this I got my bars on special from Jeep so I reasonably sure I've got the real deal. Fleebay is another matter.


As mentioned in the towbar thread, the Chinese are the masters of product piracy so there's a greater than usual element of risk when buying Chinese.


Think of it this way, if the Chinese could, perhaps they would pirate / clone / replicate themselves as a nation all over again but they know that the copy would never be as good as the original!
Good info! I my case, it wasn't the bolts to the body that needed the epoxy but the sleeves into the aluminium tube. However, the bolts to the body did not have the arrows marked on them as shown in the instructions. I had to mark them myself. More reason for suspicion. Nevertheless, I still think my fleeBay side-steps came out of the same Chinese factory as the dealer fitted ones, they just didn't pass inspection. I still think they were a bargain, just a PITA that they had to be fixed.
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Re: Chrome Side Steps

I took my chrome side steps off. They came on my white altitude and did not like the combination.if anyone is interested they are on ebay now. My ebay name is adventmed843. Let me know if anyone would like to make an offer.
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Chrome Mopars arrived today from China, a quick 8 day delivery. I followed the priceless info on this thread and had the brackets in within 30 mins. Fitted the dirvers side....beautiful. Went to get the passenger side and.....wait for it........no giggling.......no piss taking...............its another f^&ing drivers side, labelled LHS but the captive nuts are fitted wrong to the chrome bar!!...Incorrect label............I'm freakin upset....now waiting for an ebay response from Roger....Keeping drivers side in situ but I had to take off the passenger side brackets. So freakin glad I used loctite thread seal on all the fasteners.....NOT!!!
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Hells bells Glenn - you can't take a trick with that vehicle.......
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Hells bells Glenn - you can't take a trick with that vehicle.......
Your not wrong Mate....must have run over a black cat when it was being loaded to the ship!!!

Update, correct bar will be shipped tomorrow but I need a quote to return this one back to China. Any helpers on an estimate?

Edit, The seller has kindly sent me photos of the new electric retractable steps currently in mass production. Remember where you heard it first
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