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Dominator D1 Cab Length Drop Side Step Bars; Textured Black (20-22 Jeep Gladiator JT)

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    Video Review & Installation

    Hey guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and install of these Dominator D1 Cabin Length Drop Side Step Bars in Textured Black for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. You should really checking these out if you're looking for a solution to make it easier to get in and out of your Jeep Gladiator, especially if you want something with a very secure stepping surface. Now, getting in and out of our Jeeps is a tall task, even when they come in their stock configuration. But if you're like most Jeep owners, one of the first things you're probably gonna do to your truck is add larger tires and/or a lift, both of which are gonna add height to your vehicle and make getting in and out even more challenging. These Dominator drop side step bars are really an excellent solution to that challenge of getting in and out of our Jeeps.And one thing I really like about this design is that it has this perforated stepping surface and these 1/2-inch wide holes have raised edges, and that provides excellent traction in all kinds of slippery conditions, whether you're going through the mud and you're getting mud on your Jeep, or you're in a heavy rain situation, or even snow and slush. This surface not only drains well, but it provides lots of traction, making it very safe and secure to get in and out of your Jeep. The other nice thing about this design is that if you wanna change up the look a little bit, this stepping surface is removable if you take out some Allen head bolts, if you wanna either change up your look, or maybe you've gotten this thing really dirty and you wanna give it a thorough clean, or maybe you need to touch up some of the powder coat areas after some rough trail riding.Made from a durable steel construction and treated in a thick black powder coat, this is a really rugged design that's also gonna add protection to your exposed rocker panel area. Now, if you have a Jeep that is a sport trim level, like the Gladiator we're working on here today, they come from the factory most often without any side step solution or anything down here protecting that rocker panel area. And that, as we all know, is an area that's very susceptible to damage from flying rocks and debris, whether you're going down the interstate or going down the trail. So these side steps do provide a measure of protection to that area and will help protect it against nicks and other damage that could be sources of corrosion in the future. And the last thing I think is worth mentioning is that I think these side steps are a nice blend of form and function. I like the cab length feature and that the drop side step runs the entire length, and I think it's a nice clean design. Some other designs out there just have the individual step drop-down, kind of giving it a jagged edge look. Me personally, I kind of prefer the nice clean look of these side steps.And with all those form and function features that I've mentioned, the price on these comes in under $700. And that kind of puts a maybe in the middle of the road, maybe to the upper end of the spectrum for side steps. However, you are getting a lot of function out of these and some nice clean styling, like I mentioned, and solid construction. I think it makes it a pretty decent buy even at that higher price point. Now, as far as the installation goes, guys, I'm giving it a very solid one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. I might give it a two out of three, but you're not doing any drilling or mechanically challenging things for this installation. It's pretty much a straight bolt-up design. However, we've gotten this in a lot of customer feedback as well that this is a challenging design to install. And if you're going by the instruction booklet, you might have a difficult time getting this mounted up very easily. Now, we're hoping with this video, you're gonna watch how we're gonna do it. I'm gonna show you a slightly different way than the instructions will tell you how to do it and, in my opinion, is a much easier way. So if you follow along with us, I think the installation will go a lot easier for you. All in all, I would budget maybe about an hour to two hours of your time to get this job done. Let's go ahead, take a look at the tools we're gonna need, and go ahead with the installation.All right, guys, the tools we're gonna use for this installation are a pair of socket wrenches, a 5/16 Allen socket, 6-inch extension, a 13-millimeter socket, an 11-millimeter socket, and an 11-millimeter crescent wrench. All right, guys, now to start our installation, I have one of our side steps and half of our brackets up here on the table. Now, like I mentioned a couple of minutes ago, we are gonna show you an alternative way of installing this on your truck from the instruction booklet that comes with this kit. Now, the instruction booklet is gonna have you mount these brackets to your truck first and then try and make the side step up to those brackets. I think that would be pretty difficult, especially if you're doing this on your own. Now, I'm showing you a one-person installation with this video. So what we're gonna do instead is we're gonna mount the brackets to the side step, and then as a whole unit mount it up to the Jeep, I think it's gonna be a lot easier for you. We've gotten a lot of customer feedback that the installation is difficult. So we're gonna try and circumvent that and give you a better way to do it.So the first step we're gonna do, we're gonna take these nut plates and we're gonna slide them into the track here. And then once we kind of have them spaced out, we're gonna loosely bolt up the brackets to these nut plates. All right, guys, now as you're looking at this on the video screen, I have it upside down just to make it a little bit easier, kind of angles this up and it's gonna make it easier for us to work on right now. But just be aware of the left side here is gonna be the front-end of the side step and that's the rear towards the right there. So make sure you're sliding in the appropriate bracket. Now, unfortunately, these brackets are not stamped to tell you where they go, so you're gonna have to fit them up prior and then figure out which one goes where. All right. Go ahead and grab one of your nut plates and slide it in.I'm taking two of these Allen head bolts and starting them on here. For the end brackets, you're gonna need these spacer plates. So I'm gonna start those on there as well. And then I have a little tool here to help me turn these bolts once they're in place. So it's a little tricky, but go ahead and start it up here. Once you have one started, we'll do the other one. All right. The whole point right now is just to get them started. We're gonna want them loose so that we can slide these in place to get proper alignment when we made it up to the truck. So go ahead and slide this one down. And you can grab another plate and your middle bracket. Now, you're not gonna need a spacer plate for your middle bracket. All right, guys, as you can see, I kind of switched sides here. You do wanna have it on the same half of the side step as your front bracket. So now we're gonna go ahead and do the rear one. As you can see, I'm pinching these brackets with my hands. Now, just try to imagine doing this while also holding your side step up in the air. That's the way the instruction book will tell you to do this. I think doing this on a flat surface, kind of assembling it here like this is a lot easier, which is why I'm showing it to you this way. All right. Once you have that started, go ahead and slide it down towards the end.All right, guys, now that we have our brackets on the side step, I wanted to lay it down here. I got the rear end of it propped up on a wooden box. I'm gonna demonstrate a way to do this if you're working on this project by yourself. This would probably be a lot easier if you had a helper. These side steps are pretty robust. They're very solid in construction. That makes them a little bit on the heavy side, but you can do this by yourself, and I'm gonna show you how to do that. So, with that end rested up, I'm gonna get on my floor creeper here, slide under lift this end of the side step up, and we're gonna start the bolts into the threaded holes on the underside of the Jeep. Now, to get this started, guys, I have a 13-mill socket on a short extension. The spot where you're putting the bolt through is kind of recessed in the bracket here. So you might want a little tool up to get it started. We're just gonna get them started by hand and move on down the line, and then we'll tighten them up once we have them all started.All right, guys, now with the third one, just kind of lifting it up here. And if you remember, we kept all these brackets a little bit loose. That's gonna give us the wiggle room we need to adjust these. Get them all started. All right, guys, now that we have all three of these bolts started up into the underside of our Gladiator, go ahead and grab a tool, whether it's a hand socket or an electric impact wrench like I have here. And use that extension and 13-mill socket, we're gonna tighten these bolts up. All right, guys, now go ahead and grab these bolts out of your kit. Pair of flat washers, as well as a lock washer and the nut that fits it. We're gonna be putting them in through these holes through the pinch weld. I found the easiest way to do that is feed the bolt in from the outside pointed towards the centerline of your truck.All right, guys, now that we have all six of them started, go ahead and grab an 11-mill socket and an 11-mill crescent wrench, and we're gonna tighten them all down. All right. Now we're gonna go back underneath and tighten up the six Allen bolts that are holding our side step to the brackets and then we'll be done. All right, guys, now to tighten these up, again, you're gonna need a 5/16ths Allen socket and I have a short extension on here for my socket and that's gonna give you a little bit of clearance for this bracket, so you can swing your socket wrench here as you need to. All right. And then we're gonna move on down the line. All right, guys, now the installation is the exact same on the opposite side. So, go ahead and do that right now.All right, guys, that wraps up this review and install of these Dominator D1 Cab Length Drop Side Step Bars in Textured Black for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. And, of course, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Product Information

    Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

    Features

    • Provides Sturdy Step Areas for Easier Vehicle Access
    • Ideal for Jeeps with Lift Kits and Oversize Tires
    • Offers Rocker Panel Protection
    • Cab-Length Drop Side Step Bars
    • Mild Steel Construction
    • Textured Black Finish
    • Makes Use of OEM Step and Rock Rail Mount Locations
    • Easy Installation; No Drilling Is Required
    • Five Year Finish Warranty
    • Fits 2020-2022 Jeep Gladiator JT Models

    Description

    Easier Vehicle Access. These Dominator D1 Cab Length Drop Side Step Bars offer easier vehicle access. Featuring sturdy step areas, they allow you to climb in and out of your vehicle without any hassle. What’s more, these side step bars offer excellent rocker panel protection by deflecting flying road debris.

    Mild Steel Construction. For reliable strength and performance, these Dominator D1 Cab Length Drop Side Step Bars are manufactured from mild steel. With this material, these side step bars are able to support the weight of each passenger every time they access your vehicle. Furthermore, their construction is reinforced with a textured black finish to increase their resistance against rust and corrosion.

    Easy Installation. These drop-side step bars are fairly easy to install and requires no drilling. Using a few basic hand tools, you can directly mount each piece to your vehicle’s rock rail mount locations. For added convenience, this kit includes all the necessary brackets and hardware.

    Five Year Finish Warranty. For black powder-coated products, the manufacturer is offering a 5-year finish warranty with every purchase. This warranty covers peeling, flaking, and cracking. However, it will be considered void if the product shows signs of damages that are a result of improper installation, misuse, mishandling, improper care, neglect, and alteration.

    Application. These Dominator D1 Cab Length Drop Side Step Bars with a Textured Black Finish are engineered to fit 2020-2022 Jeep Gladiator JT models.

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    Installation & What's in the Box

    Installation Info

    What's in the Box

    • (2) Dominator Side Steps
    • (6) Nut Plates
    • (4) Spacer Plates
    • (2) Front Brackets
    • (1) Center Bracket
    • (2) Rear Brackets
    • (18) Flat Washers
    • (18) Lock Washers
    • (6) Hex Bolts
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