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Unread 11-16-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Running board recommendation for 2002 TJ

I bought my 15 yr old son this 2002 TJ with 42K miles on it. While he can't drive yet it gives him something to play with for a few months until he turns 16.

I hate saying this but for this Jeep and the fact he will be driving in town/city mostly I wished it had the OEM running boards. He and my wife need something and I will not put tube steps on it and think rock rails, etc. are overkill and don't want to drill the body.

Anyone got any ideas? I've been looking on CL forever trying to find a set of the later model OEM running boards (that use the slots in the frame) but haven't found any ...and in hindsight don't see how I would mount/bolt them up considering this jeep doesn't have any hardware on the frame for attaching.



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Unread 11-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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I often see stock side steps for sale in the classified section on this forum. You can buy and install rivnuts or nutserts for the frame that allow you to bolt on the stock steps. Or if you want to add some side impact protection, there are rock rails that only bolt to the frame and provide a step all in one.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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That Jeep does not have a suspension lift, why do you believe you need a running board to use as a step to get in?
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Unread 11-16-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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That Jeep does not have a suspension lift, why do you believe you need a running board to use as a step to get in?
He wants them for his son and wife as stated in the op.
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I have oem side steps for sale. PM me if interested
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Unread 11-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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He wants them for his son and wife as stated in the op.
I can read. For adults and his son who is 15, an unlifted TJ simply doesn't need a step for people to use to get in. Some automatically think they need a step because they just bought a Jeep or SUV but soon find steps aren't really needed and actually just get in the way of getting in.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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I can read. For adults and his son who is 15, an unlifted TJ simply doesn't need a step for people to use to get in. Some automatically think they need a step because they just bought a Jeep or SUV but soon find steps aren't really needed and actually just get in the way of getting in.
You are assuming they are not vertically challenged, or have a medical condition. The guy wants some side steps, why question it?
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #8
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Heck, my wife who is 5 foot 3 found it easier to get in when I removed the side steps and the jeep had a 2" bb at that point
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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I still have the factory running boards on mine, usually I step over them and go directly from the ground to the cab. I can see though if you had children, shorter adults, or a bunch of lift on the Jeep they would be useful.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 06:07 PM   #10
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My wife is 5' 2" and we are in our 50's. No problem getting in. I agree with Jerry, a stock height jeep really does not need a step to get in.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 06:34 PM   #11
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I can't question the OP's motives, but my 5'4" 74 yr old mother has gotten into my TJ with 33's and a 4" lift on quite a few occasions. Not that easily I guess, but she can. She gets into my sisters TJ pretty easily with a BB and 31's. Neither of us have side steps.

So unless one has a disability or is unusually short, under 5', I can't see side steps having any utility, but neither of those were mentioned in the OP's post so who knows?.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #12
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Guys, I've had TJ's long enough to know how they work, what factory side steps are like, rock rails, etc. While I don't disagree with those who say steps are not needed, I personally find even in a stock jeep it's awkward getting out more than getting in. The step out is long if you get out by trying to place left foot on ground while your *** is still in the factory seat. I'm 6' and still find it awkward. My wife/son ab out 5'5 and I can see where a step or something would help getting in/out. I have rock rails on my Jeep with only a 2" lift and I use them as steps every time I get out/in as it just seems more natural/easier to use them. In this case it's all about making it easier for the people that will be driving the jeep, not me. I could probably be fine getting on a horse with a bucket or out of a tree.

I had stock boards on my 97 when I first got it and liked them for simply the purpose of getting in/out. Yeah for clearance, off-roading, etc. they suck. In the end I have a lot on my Jeep I don't necessarily need.

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