I recently purchased a set of the steps for my 2012 JK jeep. Here are a few things I found
1. The instructions were poorly written, there were several steps that were ambiguous.
2. The bracketry included looked sturdy, but I dont understand why there would only be 1 bolt to hold on the rear bracket to the main body? Yes there are the body panel allen head bolts, but they are hardly structural support since the body panels are inherently weak. And the instructions say you can drill the hole, if we choose? That makes no sense, either it needs it or it doesnt.
3. The LED lights are nice, but double sided sticky tape? really?? I see that lasting about a year with the heat in Texas. Not to mention if you dont add the secondary body panel mount on the rear, the light tab has nothing holding it up besides pressure from the bracket. Very poor design if you ask me, I dont see this being an engineering or cost feat to make this better.
4. the motors are hardly sealed, the casing should have had an o-ring seal, or at least recommend sealing it with silicon. this are of the jeep sees a LOT of dirt, mud, water, and road grime.
5. The wiring harness was nice besides the fact that it barely fit, I could have used another 6 inches on the interior wiring. And the instructions said to wire up the chassis side of the door wiring, that's a joke considering you cannot get to that wiring without removing the dash, or if your a midget, with midget hands.
6. Not sure if its normal, but the lights are all hooked up to the same relay, so when someone enters the left side of the jeep the right side lights up. This is ok, but at first I thought I had wired something up wrong.
overall I'm happy with the final product, but the installation took a case of beer, and several deposits into the swear jar. Once i did the drivers side, the other side went pretty quick. If the documentation was better, i think it would help drastically. Also I plan to beef up the brackets.
Its not a rock climber, so clearance really isn't an issue.