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post #1 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Would these look good on my Jeep instead of the stock step bars?

I debating going with these Smittybilt XRC'S instead of my factory side steps. What do you think?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 12:16 PM
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Way better and a whole lot more functional; wheeling with side steps is just asking for trouble.
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I think they would, LJs look weird without anything there.

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I put these on my TJ about a year ago. They're better than the factory steps. However, being Smittybilt, they're not the best quality. The biggest issue so far: there is a slight gap between the tub and the steel. Tiny rocks can get in there. Also be aware the hardware that attaches it to the tub is not black, but of course you could paint it.

Overall, if you can afford better quality you might think about buying better quality. But it's better than what you have now.
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If you're going to wheel it, slides are a great upgrade. Factory steps can easily be shredded on a rock/obstacle.

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Factory side steps are one of the worst looking and least functional items ever put on a Jeep. Why they're still on yours is beyond me.

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I debating going with these Smittybilt XRC'S instead of my factory side steps. What do you think?
Worth it! The Smittybilt XRC Sliders offer great stlying and pritection for your LJ. I run these on my TJ and they work great.

There is a slight gap between the body and rocker guard, I used some black RTV sealant to seal the gap and I haven't had any issues with them at all.

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Better than the stock steps, but not much else. Wheel well to wheel well coverage would be better if you're going to wheel it.

Rokmen has great sliders, they offer interior braces and a gasket to go between the tub and slider.
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Factory side steps are one of the worst looking and least functional items ever put on a Jeep. Why they're still on yours is beyond me.
Id say because OP doesnt wheel his too hard, and if he does I question how it is kept so clean. That being said, not everyone wheels the Jeep. If you wheel it then you could get sliders on there. If not, why waste the money on something you won't be using?
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I put these on my TJ about a year ago. They're better than the factory steps. However, being Smittybilt, they're not the best quality. The biggest issue so far: there is a slight gap between the tub and the steel. Tiny rocks can get in there. Also be aware the hardware that attaches it to the tub is not black, but of course you could paint it.

Overall, if you can afford better quality you might think about buying better quality. But it's better than what you have now.
Be sure to run a bead of silicon at the top and sides. So rocks and dirt do not get caught in there. Leave the bottom unsealed so moisture can get out. SOP

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