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Old 10-18-2012, 06:38 PM
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Exclamation Considering removing and possibly selling my step rails!! (pics) ~opinions~

So recently I've been doing a little driving along the beach, and in and out of some decent hill climbs to get down there. The truck has no problem getting down there, but I can't get the thought of my step rails being so close to the ground out of my head long enough to enjoy the 4x4 'ing. Every time I go over something all I can think about are these bars getting smashed. So before that happens, I think I am going to remove them.

I'm 6'2 and really don't use them at all, if anything I have to step over them and further away from the truck as I get out.

Have you guys heard of many people having this issue after installing these?

Is removing them too drastic? What do you think would be a fair price to sell these for?

They came on the truck, so I don't even know what brand they are, let alone how much they would sell for new. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:14 PM
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The only thing between a large rock while 'wheeling and a smashed rocker panel or lower door are those steps. I'd leave 'em. I was puttering around on a back road that suddenly turned into a dry river bed with some rocks almost as big as my rims. When my 40 point turnaround was complete and I got out, my steps and mounting brackets had all sorts of cosmetic damage, but my rocker panels were untouched.
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I was going to take mine off, same thing happened. Out in the woods cutting firewood, the steps fended off a limb sticking out of a log on the ground that would probably have at least gouged the paint, if not done body damage.

I end up stepping over mine too, but my wife appreciates the step up.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:37 AM
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Maybe they make Rock guards for our trucks like they do the Jeeps? May be a nice compromise...
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That's great advice and makes a lot of sense. Looks like they will stay on for now. Until I can find some rock guard type application, or really splurge and get the automatic drop down ones. But again that would leave me open to gouges in the body.

That would be really nice if they did make a type similar to the jeeps w/ just a tube for rock guards.

I don't plan on doing a lift on the truck any time soon, but I will probably be replacing these wrangers w/ something a little more aggressive.

Anyway thanks guys for the input. Just curious; does anyone have any idea what brand these are? Or perhaps how much they would fetch if I did sell them?
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I would sell the ones you have and replace them with rock rails, which will offer you more protection than the steps you currently have.
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when your on the beach, if your step rails are touching the sand, means your buried and the step rails are not the problem. if they are heavy duty steel step, keep them. if they are aluminum, replace with steel that bolt to the frame for when you are off the pavement.

if anyone knows of good rock rails for our trucks, pls let me know. would love to have the ace rock rails i have on my jeep built for my ram.
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Not it's def not on the sand I'm having problems. Truck does exceptionally well with the LSD and 3:92 gears in the sand.

It while articulating out of the beach, headed up the hill to pavement. It's not the smoothest, flat path, and while flexing the suspension, I have gotten out a few times, and been inches from them touching.

They are steel brackets, and attach 4 places along the underside. So they are plenty strong, but like I said, I would rather sell and get some $$$ for other things since I don't use them. Rather than leave them on and crush them.

But the other fellas brought up a great point, the $$$ i'd be losing from smashing these, is far better than the money I could be losing selling them and getting body damage. I really don't think my body would hit in most cases anyway; where the step bars are hitting because how low and far they stick out.

I'm on the fence I guess!! I wouldn't mind seeing some rock rail alternatives for our trucks either. Like huntergreen said, if anyone knows of any, please share.

thanks again for the input guys.
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Keep 'em until ya get some rock sliders on the truck.
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Any idea of a brand or type of rocksliders that would fit our trucks?

Or would we be looking at some kind of custom fab?
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