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Wxchaser 01-26-2014 11:05 AM

Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
After having to replace my 2012 JGC Overland which was totaled by a deer in November - with my 2014 JGC Overland, I've been trying to get the new Jeep equipped about the same as my old one was, after 2 years of mods.

I just installed the Go Rhino! D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep a couple days ago. The installation is really painless and doesn't take much time at all. Something I learned with my first rear hitch step, was that there is play in the receiver.

To make sure everything was tight with no rattles or play in the hitch - I again used the Tow Ready 63232 Silver Locking Silent Hitch Pin, which I bought from Amazon. I like that it takes the side to side play out of the hitch receiver, and prevents rattling and clunking. My old Jeep still had play in the receiver, so I used a Roadmaster Quiet Hitch. I decided because noise is an enemy, to use it again on the new step hitch. It is just a precaution but I used it as an anti-theft device as much as I did to prevent rattling.

Here are some pics of the results - they were taken right around sunrise so the low light conditions weren't the greatest.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3ac1be01.jpg

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...psdc08c21a.jpg

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3ee208fb.jpg

I like the rear hitchstep as a preventive measure against idiot drivers, especially in parking lots. Also use it all the time, to load cargo, and when I detail the Jeep to wash and wax - makes for easy roof access. With all the sensors now on the rear bumper, it's cheap protection and easily installed/removed.

Wxchaser 01-26-2014 11:09 AM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...psdc2cb0b9.jpg

GCLimited 01-27-2014 06:56 AM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
Meh...a little too much for my taste. Looks like something that should be on the back of a pickup truck.

Personally I'd go for something 1/3 that size...just the first step portion near the receiver...and all in black as to blend in with the bumper. Kind of like this:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...km1XVLJLvSi60a

Wxchaser 01-27-2014 06:35 PM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
To each their own - I like it because it allows me easy access to the roof and provides protection against being rear ended.

RalphK 01-28-2014 07:54 AM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GCLimited (Post 966255)
Meh...a little too much for my taste. Looks like something that should be on the back of a pickup truck.

Personally I'd go for something 1/3 that size...just the first step portion near the receiver...and all in black as to blend in with the bumper. Kind of like this:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...km1XVLJLvSi60a

I've had the chrome version of this on my WJ for 10 years, got it after being rear-ended by a lady busy talking on her phone. Question -- does this step set off the rear sensors on a 2014 GC when in reverse? I've got a Max Steel OL ordered and looking at switching out my chrome step for a black one but don't want to do it if it sets off the sensors.

Wxchaser 01-28-2014 04:46 PM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RalphK (Post 966749)
I've had the chrome version of this on my WJ for 10 years, got it after being rear-ended by a lady busy talking on her phone. Question -- does this step set off the rear sensors on a 2014 GC when in reverse? I've got a Max Steel OL ordered and looking at switching out my chrome step for a black one but don't want to do it if it sets off the sensors.

No sensors go off and there is absolutely zero problem with the back up camera as well. You see the step hitch but there is no obstruction in vision.

My step hitch extends the full length of the bumper just to protect the sensors from collision.

By the way welcome to the Max Steel club! :) Mine is a 2014, purchased at the end of November.

slkall 02-08-2014 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wxchaser (Post 966944)
No sensors go off and there is absolutely zero problem with the back up camera as well. You see the step hitch but there is no obstruction in vision. My step hitch extends the full length of the bumper just to protect the sensors from collision. By the way welcome to the Max Steel club! :) Mine is a 2014, purchased at the end of November.

How far does it stick out?

Wxchaser 02-09-2014 11:28 AM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by slkall (Post 972728)
How far does it stick out?

They have 3 adjustment holes that you can use, mine is set to be nearest the bumper (not sure of the spacing but probably at least 2 to 3 inches between each hole that the pin goes through in your hitch receiver). I measured 5 1/4" from the hitch to the back of the top step, while the bottom step measures 8" in distance from the back of the hitch receiver.

Dimensions from manufacturer show:
11 pounds - 36.5 x 9.8 x 4.2 inches

"The upper step and hitch shaft are identical to Go Rhino's standard 360PS series 3" hitchstep, featuring a 36" step section forged from 3" x .065" steel, welded to a squared 2" hitch shaft of .065" steel that is compatible with any 2" hitch receiver. Integrated into the upper step is a 20" (l) x 3" (w) rubberized step pad, with treaded segments surrounding the attractive Go Rhino! logo that ensures secure footing. But the addition of the lower step section is what sets the Dominator apart. The lower step section is forged of the same .065" tubular steel as the upper section, but with a more narrow width and shorter length that allows more than enough room for a foothold, without significantly lowering the bottom edge of the device."

"Three different hitch shaft connection settings allow users to alter the step's extension away from bumpers."

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/image...KCNK.03.lg.jpg

slkall 02-09-2014 12:21 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Just want to make sure it will fit in the garage. I am confident that it will provide great protection, but does it look big on the back of the JGC?

Thanks agin for the info.

bill_de 02-09-2014 12:45 PM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
I like the look ... the added chrome is always a plus! ;)

Pillbucket 02-09-2014 12:50 PM

Re: Installed Go Rhino D360PS Dominator Polished Stainless Steel HitchStep
 
Very nice.....looks beefy and should help stop any tailgaters for sure.

slkall 02-09-2014 04:24 PM

Which locking pin did you get the 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch?


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