Review & Install Video
The Barricade Octa side step bars in black are for those of you with a two-door 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking for a side step that's going to make it easier for you and your passengers to get in and out of your Jeep, but also something that's going to offer a little bit of protection, more so on the road than off the road. These are going to be very easy to install on your Jeep, one out of three wrenches, and we'll show you how to do it in just a second.
Now, when you start shopping for different things to bolt into this area of your Jeep, you're going to find two main categories. One is armor and the other is step. What we're looking at here is a step, so it's going to have a nice large stepping surface, just a little bit lower and a little bit further away from the Jeep to make it a more useful step, and it will still offer just a little bit of light protection. A piece of armor, on the other hand, is purpose built to protect the Jeep, and if it has any step, it's usually a little bit more of an afterthought and certainly not as easy to use. Armor is going to be tucked up nice and close to the body, will secure in multiple points to the bottom of the Jeep, to the pinch seam, maybe also to the frame, the body weld, something like that, giving it a lot of strength, and again, the step is usually tighter to the body and a little less easy to use because then, when you're off-road, it's not going to be a hindrance.
So, a little bit further away from the Jeep, a nice large stepping surface, very easy to use as a step, but it's not going to offer quite as much protection because of the way that it mounts on the Jeep, and also how it's built. This, of course, as it says in the name, has eight sides. It is an octagon piece. It is aluminum, fairly thick aluminum at that, but it's not going to be super structural. If you drop the Jeep off a ledge onto this, it is not going to hold up. This is not a piece of armor. But if you do spend most of the time on the road, you're worried about door dings, maybe a shopping cart in a parking lot, this is going to do a good job of protecting against that. And if you do get a little bit of a nick or a chip in this two-stage coating on here, you just have aluminum underneath, so it's not going to rust away like mild steel will, which is really nice. Also, the fact that these are aluminum means that they're going to be a little bit lighter weight, so you're not adding a ton of weight onto the Jeep, which, if you're concerned about that, is also going to be a nice feature.
One of the other things that I do want to mention about these that I like that not a lot of other manufacturers include, is this little plastic cover here. And all it is, is a dress-up cover. It goes over top of the bracket that holds the step onto the Jeep, but it does really have a pretty big impact on the look of the step. Looks a lot more finished, in my opinion, and really just ties everything together.
So, overall, high-quality piece here. Being that it is aluminum, it is going to be a little bit more expensive than some of the steel counterparts on the market, coming in at right around $285. You would expect that. Aluminum is generally a more expensive material, so a little bit pricier, but as I mentioned, it has some nice features that I really do like. It's going to give you a unique look with them being this octagon shape as opposed to round or oval like most of the other ones. So, if you like the look, you want quality, you're willing to pay a little bit of a premium, I think this is a pretty good choice.
So, like I said, one out of three wrenches for the install. Let me show you how to do it.
For this installation, all you need is a 10-millimeter socket. We drove that with our 3/8 electric impact, and we also used a 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench to get in some of the tighter places.
So, the first step in this install is to get our brackets installed, and they go on the pinch seam, and also on the underside of the Jeep. Now, we have a newer JK here, so there are going to be threaded holes, that we can put these bolts right through the bracket and right into the bottom of the tub. However, if you have an older Jeep, those holes may not be threaded, and if that's the case, you have these small clips that you can put in place in the existing holes to give you a threaded hole. So, again, we're not going to need these, but if you have an older Jeep, you may. We'll set that aside for now. We'll grab our bracket and we'll get it installed, the first one up front here, and then the one in the back, leaving all of the hardware loose, then we'll move on to the step, and then we can tighten all of our hardware down.
Now that we have the brackets bolted on the Jeep, we can finally get our steps bolted onto the brackets, but there are these plastic trim pieces that go in between. So, you simply set the plastic trim piece over top of the bracket. It stays in place. Then, we can get the step lined up and put the hardware in from the back side. With everything hand-started, we can tighten it down.
So, if you are looking for a high-quality and unique side step for your two-door JK, I would recommend this option from Barricade, and you can find them right here at extremeterrain.com.