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Unread 01-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
Marca
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PowerSteps or PowerBoards on a CJ?

I'm restoring/restomodding a 1980 CJ-7 (which I will not be taking off-road) and I'm eyeing those power retractable running boards they make for Wranglers. I like the convenience and the fact that they hide away and help preserve the distinct style of the CJ. My suspicion is that they wouldn't be too much of a pain to mount to the CJ as opposed to a Wrangler, but I'm wondering if anybody else has done this before OR found a universal alternative?

Thanks for the help!

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Unread 01-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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Good idea! I might have to do this to as my wife is height challenged at 4'10" and could barely get in before she got pregnant; now at 5 months she doesn't even try.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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At the moment, I'm thinking about taking regular steps or tube steps, mounting them in some kind of sliding bracket or track, and attaching a high-speed linear actuator to the back of that assembly to push and pull the step when the door is opened. My guess is I'll have something for about one third the cost of a PowerStep system. Any thoughts?

BTW, these are the actuators I'm considering: http://www.firgelliauto.com/default.php?cPath=114

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Unread 01-08-2013, 04:48 AM   #4
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Looks like it should work. What would you mount it to? There isn't a whole lot very stable under there besides the frame, at least on mine. Lol

Might be a little difficult getting the swing down motion figured out with the actuator while still being stable enough to hold a persons weight... Maybe a bar coming down in each corner of the step attach the actuator in the back to push it down the actuator wouldn't need a very long throw or to be very strong for that; to save some money. I'm thinking 6-7" throw?

I'm no engineer by any means though so I could be completely wrong!
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