I've searched through the Archives and didn't see much on Steps.
I just put BFG M/T 35 x 12.50's on my CJ 5 and Gr. Ma is having to use a 5 gallon bucket to get in. At the moment I'm thinking of building some steps that will be removable. Square tubing into another square tube like on a reciever hitch. I have headers and the muffler runs along on the outside of the frame, right in the way I'll have to fabricate down, around and under the muffler. But I don't forsee that as a big problem.
I've measured the height of her step and the step will have to be just a couple inches lower than the Muffler.
Any ideas or maybe some PICTURES of some home built steps. Thanks.....here's the Junker that they'll be going on.
your exhaust will make this a lot more challenging.
depending on the shape of your tub you could always come down from that. stick a heavy backer plate above and below the tub sandwiching it to support the weight. then build a step that angles out and removes simply with hitch pins or something.
if you wanted to get real trick you could make the steps fold up so that they would lay/secure next to the seats when removed.
this is without having a good look at what you are working with, there is prolly a lot easier way to do this.
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What ever you do, stay between the body and exhuast. If you went under the pipe and somewhere down the road you had to get some muffler work done you will have a problem... I would bolt to the floor board on the underside and come out from there with a drop down bar that can be flipped around when you trailride for more clearance.
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Thanks for your Ideas.....My original idea was to use the pre drilled holes on the frame to bolt a piece of Angle which will hang down between the muffler and frame. The Angle will have a short
piece of square tubing welded onto the end of it.....which would be the reciever to accept the square tube ( Male ) that the step will be welded to. The male with the step, will go under the muffler. It will have a pin through it just like on a Reciever Hitch.....when I want to, I can pull the pin and throw the step in the back.
I had given some thought to a fold up step, but I can't picture it in my mind, especially to get past the Muffler obstacle.
Thanks again......Keep 'em Coming !!!!!
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Rusty said something about steps that fold up so you could easily store them beside your seat, and I read it wrong and thought about steps that actually come down from under the tub. I think you read it wrong too, but what if you had steps that slid out from in between the tub and the exhaust. You could use an actuator to push them in and out and could even have them come down too like this (sorry for the quality, it was done in paint).
The round parts would have to be a pulley of some kind mounted to the tub to make the step fold back up, but some hinges would allow the step to fold down on its on. Here's another view so maybe you can see what I'm talking about.
There's still the issue of the tub being able to support the weight on the pulleys, but the steps would be out of the way and you'd still be able to see your exhaust. Just some more ideas for you.
Man, That an Awesome Illustration !!!!!
I might could use the pattern less the Actuator.....and just slide it in and out by hand.
I would only need to fold it up, or remove it if the going got rough.
Take a length of chain long enough to attach to the floorpan, inside the door and make a loop out the door and back in to the floorpan.
Then you could weld some of the links together to make a step. Put some hose, or rubber coating over the links that drape over the door sill and along the body to protect your nice paint. (That is a nice looking CJ by the way) A couple of backing plates like was mentioned before should keep the floor of the tub sturdy.
Then all you have to do is open the door, pull the chain over the sill, get in, pull the chain back into the cab, close the door and drive off. You might keep some rags or gloves close by incase your feet are muddy.
I wish my jeep was tall enough to need these, I think they would be pretty cool!
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I used steps a friend gave me that came off of an old truck. They were too long of course. I cut them to the length I needed and rewelded them together. I fabed some brackets and welded them to the frame. The same idea should work for you. You would just have to fab your brackets a little lower.
Thanks for all the idea's.....She's already tired of the 5 gallon bucket with a rope, so she'll probably get tired of the Chain and step purdy quick, especially with it muddy
I haven't gotten Around-Tuit yet.....but I want them to be easily removable......leave them on all the time except when we'll be going into Mud or climbing hills.....Yup, there's a few hills in Florida
My plan, as of right now is to bolt a reciever to the frame and the step will mate to it with a pin through it.
Thanks for the idea's. Please Keep 'em Coming.
I'll post some pictures when I get it done.....
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how about a folding step that you could hang over the side of the Jeep and just fold up between the seat and the door while riding, then just rehang it over the side of the door when getting out? everything else seems so complicated but this idea might be worth a try, I have no idea how strong the bottom of the door jam is though so take it for what it is worth, AL
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