Newbie, Day 2 - How hard is it to put on side steps I'm NOT a mechanic! - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 14 Old 04-09-2018, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie, Day 2 - How hard is it to put on side steps I'm NOT a mechanic!

Ok so last night I achieved a life long dream and jumped off the cliff and bought my first Jeep. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK - Rhino (SO AWESOME). I've never owned a Jeep before but I already understand the acronym of Just Empty Every Pocket. LOL

The first thing after all weather mats I want to add is side rails but I'm nervous about how difficult they might be to install?

So - how hard is it? And any suggestions on a great place to order them? They are everywhere but I want quality and the right fit.

I'm going to hit up YouTube as well but I'm not super strong and don't have a ton of power tools laying around so before I go all DIYer please let me know what I'm in for?

Thanks for being patient with such a NEWBIE!!!

"Still breathing in the new car smell, can't believe she's MINE"

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It depends on what type you get. Looking just at Quadratec, they list 84 different side steps that will fit your Jeep. Most will be in the "intermediate, Level 2 (of 5)" difficulty, some take more work than others.
Plug in your year/model at the top of this page and see what's available. Most have downloadable instructions you can check out and see if you think you can handle it.
https://www.quadratec.com/categories...ion/side_steps
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You would do a LOT better asking this in the of the other JL (not JK) guys, the forum for the 2018+ Wranglers.

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You would do a LOT better asking this in the of the other JL (not JK) guys, the forum for the 2018+ Wranglers.
They do sell 2018 JKs.

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Everybody is a newbie at some point - welcome!
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-10-2018, 08:19 AM
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You would do a LOT better asking this in the of the other JL (not JK) guys, the forum for the 2018+ Wranglers.
Ah, Don, He said he bought an 18 JK. 2018 is a split production year, producing both JK's and JL's. Why would he want to ask in the JL forum.

Anyways, to answer your question, most of the rails available are simple bolt on and can be done with ordinary hand tools / metric socket set.

Look at what you like, download the installation instructions to see if it's something within your skill set and then go order them.

Most of the time, they are fairly easy, the difficult part is some can be heavy or awkward to handle by 1 person.

I have something very close to these. https://www.extremeterrain.com/barri...k-j100746.html

They pretty much used existing holes and nutserts to mount to. I have pulled mine and reinstalled them several times and I can do a side in about 10 minutes. a 10mm gear wrench and a 15mm socket is all I need.

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join a jeep club - someone will pay a visit to make fun of the newbie and give assistance...

aND Someday you can reciprocate.
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Ah, Don, He said he bought an 18 JK. 2018 is a split production year, producing both JK's and JL's. Why would he want to ask in the JL forum.

Anyways, to answer your question, most of the rails available are simple bolt on and can be done with ordinary hand tools / metric socket set.

Look at what you like, download the installation instructions to see if it's something within your skill set and then go order them.

Most of the time, they are fairly easy, the difficult part is some can be heavy or awkward to handle by 1 person.

I have something very close to these. https://www.extremeterrain.com/barri...k-j100746.html

They pretty much used existing holes and nutserts to mount to. I have pulled mine and reinstalled them several times and I can do a side in about 10 minutes. a 10mm gear wrench and a 15mm socket is all I need.
He? How many dudes named Candace have you met?

OP, where are you located? People here on JF often willing to help out. I know I've helped with several lift kit installs for new owners who live near me. Or the recommendation about finding a local club is a good one also. They can help you with work and help you start to take it off road.
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Aw crap. Fat fingered that one.

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post #10 of 14 Old 04-14-2018, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the info! I appreciate your help!
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post #11 of 14 Old 04-14-2018, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Correct - I bought a 2018 JK Wrangler Unlimited. This is the last year of production on this body style.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-14-2018, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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They pretty much used existing holes and nutserts to mount to. I have pulled mine and reinstalled them several times and I can do a side in about 10 minutes. a 10mm gear wrench and a 15mm socket is all I need.[/quote]

Thank you for that. Yes I am a SHE...LOL. I bought Rough Country Nerf Bars, they arrived quickly. I am going to check alignment with my existing holes on the pinch rail. I believe these require some minor drilling. Is it ok to just drill holes in the pinch rail for these? No possible damage to the body, etc.... It calls for 1/4" holes for the pinch rail screws.

I always get nervous about drilling into the body of a car.

Thanks for the help. I hope to have these on this weekend in time for my birthday! : )
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I'll definitely check out clubs next too. I need to start learning about these vehicles. I know very little but I am in love. I live in the Inland Empire so I'm POSITIVE there are clubs out here for sure.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-14-2018, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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This is what I ended up buying. I do not plan on sliding around on rocks but I do want a step to get up into this Jeep. My goal is to get it lifted at a later time when I recover from the sticker shock of buying it. : ) I'll post pics when I install. I am so excited.

http://www.roughcountry.com/rc-jeep-...s-rcj0764.html
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