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PeterM 05-11-2012 04:01 PM

Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
http://chrome ss Anybody have these on their WK2? I like the look of these and the Mopar chrome side steps. I'm concerned that the Mopar aluminum side steps will rust. Anyone had that problem? I live in the north east and my Jeep will see lots of road salt. These are Westin 4" oval polished stainless steel side steps.

http://www.carid.com/ic/westin/side-steps/22-5020_1.jpg

Ernest 05-13-2012 04:54 PM

Re: Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
The aluminum could see some pitting from the salt, but not rust. But a good wheel wax treatment every so often should prevent most of the pitting. Chrome can also be problematic in a salty environment. Stainless is probably the best way to go, although I would also wax it regularly to protect the finish.

PeterM 05-13-2012 07:21 PM

Re: Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
Thanks for the input. I keep changing my mind about getting the Mopar side steps or aftermarket similar looking versions like the Westin side steps. I guess it doesn't matter as long as I take precautions to prolong the life of the product.

cubbies74 05-18-2012 10:51 AM

Re: Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
I just put them on my 2011 and I love the looks. I just put a coat of wax on them, and if you keep up with them you should have no problems. But I do love the looks of them on the jeep they set you apart from the rest.

PeterM 05-27-2012 09:13 PM

Re: Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
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I finally bought the Mopar chrome side steps. Thought about less expensive alternatives but decided a few more dollars would not make a difference and I would regret getting something that I didn't like. It's not as if you can try them on for a few days while you decide if you like them or not. I also attached a photo of my WK2 with the original 18" wheels. I bought four 20" OEM wheels on ebay for 1.000.00(shipping included). Put new Good Year Fotera's on for another $725.00 ,mounting and balancing included.
The side steps were $700.00 installed by the dealer. I thought about putting them on myself but for two hundred bucks I had them professionally installed. I'm only adding the prices I paid because it's usually the first thing I want to ask when I see something I like. I know it's not anything special with stock upgrades but that's the look I'm going for. I had a Commander for five years before this and I never went off roading so there is no need for all the cool mods I see being done on this site. Sorry the pictures are all over the place but I'm learning.

AAAA 05-28-2012 10:28 AM

Re: Stainless VS Aluminum side steps
 
Look good. Thanks for sharing.


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