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post #1 of 5 Old 02-24-2015, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Steps or rails and cladding

i have a 2 part question i just got a 2007JKU with a 2.5 lift and flat fenders and my daughter and wife need a step to get in. I thought about the N-Fab step bars but I'm not sure how low the steps hang. Then I found the smittybilt Xrc Side armor do these work good for steps( I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5'1" wife who need these)? I don't plan on doing any extreme off road but I don't want step bars to hold me back. Ok now for part 2 I like the look that body cladding adds but I'm not sure about drilling holes in the body has any one used plasti dip to give the same look as cladding? Thanks for any feedback and I hope I posed this in the correct spot
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-25-2015, 05:42 AM
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Plasti-dip will peel/scrape off and look pretty bad as soon as it makes contact with anything.

Bottom line is that anything you suspend to assist in getting into a lifted vehicle will reduce clearance unless it's removeable. If the step is too narrow it becomes a slip hazard, too.

Sorry it's not a recommendation for any particular product.
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First I'd like to say welcome to the forum.
I'm not sure how wide the step is on the smittybilt Xrc Side armor. Maybe someone here could take a picture from above to get a better idea of the width.
I have a daisy chain hanging off the back of the passenger seat that my kids used to use to get in when they were littler.

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-25-2015, 06:44 AM
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re:Steps or rails and cladding

look at the extruded aluminum rock rails from Teraflex. Light, good looking, stronger than given credit(no welds) & have a great step ; they cause no loss of clearance...
dont plastidip for effect of body panels; it'll look like [email protected] in a week.

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-25-2015, 06:57 AM
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Here is the smittybilt cladding and modify rubi rails , I am short and so is my wife and no issues getting in
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