I am running the AMP steps on my 2007. The Sahara steps were too high for my wife (pregnant at the time) to get in the Jeep with 4" and 35's. I can open the door and my 4 year old daughter can climb in with ease and get to her car seat. They are pretty strong to stand on if you have the clean the windshield as well as putting the soft top down. I do not remove my doors from my JK, but I am sure you could put them on a switch. I put them on one night after work and it took me all of the 3 hours that they call for on the install. The only thing I did not take time doing was getting my door lights to stay/stick properly. Overall, I am very satisfied with the product that AMP built for the JK.
I have had some on my pick-up truck since 2007. Both motors were replace in the first year. No problems since then, I love them on the truck. They would not work for me on the Jeep. To many times on the trail, I stop to get out of the Jeep and there is not enough ground clearance for the step to drop down. I would think they would be damaged trying to drop down on rocks, or tree stumps when the door opens.
2009 Stone white Rubicon Unlimited.
Would it be possible to have it work off of a switch to avoid those situations? I picked up a s-pod and trying to make it creative and different than others. So far it is all based on that my wife's best friend could hardly get in the jeep in stock form while being preggo and thinking that when we do start a family this could be a cool upgrade. Decisions decisions.
'78 CJ-5 Loden Green, in the barn
'12 WK2 Black Forest Green Hemi
I have not had any motor problems. They do offer a very nice 5 year warranty on them to boot. If you do drive on dirt/muddy roads you will want to be sure to clean where the motors/arms are to allow for best performance. When my wife was pregnant they helped out very well.
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.