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frostee 05-05-2013 06:44 PM

Side Steps - How do I get them off?
 
Hi Everybody - First post here. Just bought a 2013 Overland and it came with the side steps.

After a couple weeks of eyeballing them, I decided I'd prefer my Jeep without them (they aren't bad - they're just not for me). Popping the actual tubular steps off was easy. The brackets that hold them seem a little trickier...

I tried just unscrewing the three nuts I can see (two horizontal, one vertical), but what to do next isn't obvious to me. The two horizontal bolts slide right out. The vertical bolt must come out in some way I can't see, but it seems like I may have to remove the plastic lower-body molding to get at it?

Some installation notes I found online suggested it wasn't actually necessary to pull the molding to put on the side steps, so I was hoping the reverse was also true and I'd get away without messing with it. I'm less than enthusiastic about popping of the molding myself - seems like it involves lots of small breakable plastic things.

I can take this to a dealer, obviously, but I thought this would be an easy thing to knock out myself. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

(BTW: After I get them off, I'd like to sell them. Anybody in the SLC area want some side steps that are essentially good as new for a nice price?)

torifile 05-05-2013 07:50 PM

Re: Side Steps - How do I get them off?
 
Damn. I just ordered some! I'm not anywhere near you but I'm sure we could have worked something out. At any rate, despite the hate they get 'round these parts, I am looking forward to getting them. I'm planning on installing them tomorrow or Tuesday so I might have some insight into how to get them off after that process.

torifile 05-06-2013 10:46 PM

Re: Side Steps - How do I get them off?
 
I just installed mine and it's not hard.

The running boards are attached by 3 13 mm bolts. Take those out and the board comes right off.

After you get the boards off, the brackets are attached by 2 10 mm bolts and nuts and one bracket type thing that slides into the frame. It's got a 13 mm nut. Undo the nuts and the horizontal ones will just slide right out. The bracket is slid into the frame. You've got to turn it a bit until it's oriented properly and then it'll also slide right out.

You'll need the rubber stoppers that cover the frame holes. There should be 3 others along the frame. I've got all 6 (3 from both sides) that I'm not using if you want to pay for shipping out to you. Let me know if you've got any questions.

You do NOT need to take off the body molding to get the brackets off. On the passenger's side, you may run into some sort of plastic tubing that you might need to unscrew at 3 points to get at the backs of the 10 mm bolts/nuts.

twodads 05-11-2013 12:31 AM

Re: Side Steps - How do I get them off?
 
Would you be interested in posting them to me in Brisbane Australia?

Chunderboy 05-15-2013 08:32 AM

Re: Side Steps - How do I get them off?
 
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Originally Posted by torifile (Post 818516)
I just installed mine and it's not hard.

The running boards are attached by 3 13 mm bolts. Take those out and the board comes right off.

After you get the boards off, the brackets are attached by 2 10 mm bolts and nuts and one bracket type thing that slides into the frame. It's got a 13 mm nut. Undo the nuts and the horizontal ones will just slide right out. The bracket is slid into the frame. You've got to turn it a bit until it's oriented properly and then it'll also slide right out.

You'll need the rubber stoppers that cover the frame holes. There should be 3 others along the frame. I've got all 6 (3 from both sides) that I'm not using if you want to pay for shipping out to you. Let me know if you've got any questions.

You do NOT need to take off the body molding to get the brackets off. On the passenger's side, you may run into some sort of plastic tubing that you might need to unscrew at 3 points to get at the backs of the 10 mm bolts/nuts.


Here are my brackets.... how the hell do you mount them around the body molding and tighten them? I can't seem to get a socket wrench in there?:mad:


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