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Hey guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm going to give you my review and install of these Pro Traxx 4-Inch Oval Side Step Bars in Black, for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. You should really be checking these out if you're looking for a stylish solution to help you get in and out of your Gladiator a lot easier. Now getting into your Gladiator is a tall task, even when it's in its stock condition. And if you're like most Jeep owners, you probably are either going to or already have larger set of tires or a lift on your Jeep, or both. And in those cases, you're going to add even more height to your truck and make getting in and out a lot more difficult.These side steps from Pro Traxx are gonna be a nice stylish solution to that issue. Now, the oval design with these from Pro Traxx kind of splits the difference between the more classic, rounded tubular look or the squared-off utilitarian look you see with some running boards out there. These are nice and stylish. They give a more finished appearance to your Gladiator, especially if it comes in a sport trim level, like the one we're working on today. The sport trim levels from the factory most typically do not come with anything mounted down here and it kind of leaves the truck looking a little bare. So with these side steps on there, it gives it a more finished appearance in addition to the utility of being able to get in and out a lot easier. The other kind of side advantage in addition to the upgrade and style and function is a little bit of protection that these side steps give the rocker panel area of your Gladiator.Now, if you don't have anything down there, your rocker panel, which is basically that area of the body of your truck below the doors is kind of exposed to debris and other rocks and other things that might get kicked up as you're either driving down a dirt or gravel road or even down the interstate. Those things get thrown up by your tires and hit that rocker panel area. And when it chips the paint and the clear coat, it ends up becoming a spot where corrosion can start. Now, we don't wanna fight any more corrosion than we have to on our Jeeps, so adding a little bit of protection down there from that kicked-up debris is a definite plus. Now the price on these guys comes in right around $350. That's pretty competitive compared to a lot of other makes and models out there on the market. I think you get a nice mix of style and function with these. And as far as the installation goes, I'm giving it a very basic one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Nothing too challenging here. It's pretty much a straight bolt-up install. You have factory mounting points that we're gonna be utilizing. The only tricky part is you might need to clean out those factory mounting points if they have a buildup of corrosion or dirt or other debris that might be in there. You want to make sure that's nice and clean so you're not cross-threading any bolts. With that said, some basic tools are all you're gonna need, and you should be able to get this done in well under two hours.So, with that said, let's take a quick look at the tools we're gonna need and go ahead with our installation. Okay, guys, the tools we're gonna use in this installation are my impact wrench, a 13-millimeter crescent, a 13-millimeter socket, and 5 and 6-millimeter Allen sockets. All right, guys, before we get too far into the installation, I wanted to throw some brackets up here on the table and kind of explain how we're gonna lay them out and so we know which ones go where because they are position-specific.Now I have the set here for the driver side, which is the side of the truck we're gonna be working on today. Now, each one of these brackets is stamped with the letters DF, DC, or DR. On the driver side, obviously, for driver front, driver center, and driver rear. Now, first, this bracket is gonna get bolted up on the underside. There are factory mounting points on the side of your Gladiator. Four of them as a matter of fact. Now, we only have three pairs of brackets. So the slots we're gonna be using are the front most, the one right behind that, and then the one all the way to the rear. So if you can think of that in terms of positions, one, two, three, and four, we're gonna be using spots one, two, and four. Three is going to be blank. We don't need anything mounted in there.So the hardware in the kit is very obvious and self-explanatory. There's gonna be one bolt going up into a factory-threaded mounting point for this bracket, the one that's shaped like this, and this is gonna be directly supporting the side step. And then we're also gonna be mounting these support brackets that are going to bolt directly on to kind of like the flange where the rocker panel and the frame of the truck kind of come together. We're gonna be using separate bolts for that. And then a fourth bolt is gonna actually bolt the two brackets together, all making a nice, strong support system for your side step. And then obviously, all of these brackets are just mirrored option on the passenger side, the installation, the bolt-up, the hardware, is all identical on the passenger side. So we're only going to show you the driver side today, and then the passenger side you can figure out from there. It's pretty straightforward. So let's get to it.All right, guys, now we're underneath the driver side of our truck. You're gonna see four of these factory-mounted threading points or where we can put bolts in here. This is the front-most one. So I'll grab the bracket labeled DF and you're gonna want one of these yellow bolts, a lock washer, and a flat washer. And I'm just gonna get it started and put it up finger-tight for now. We're gonna want some adjustability here when we put the rest of the hardware together to make sure all the holes and bolts line up properly. So just kind of snug, but a little bit of play for now. Now we're gonna move on down the line.All right. For the second position, guys, go ahead and grab the bracket that's labeled DC. And just like the first one, we're gonna snug it up finger-tight for now. All right. Now we have the bracket labeled DR for driver rear.All right, guys, now go ahead and grab these shaped brackets. I have the DF one stamped here. We're also going to be using the smaller of the button head bolts. There are two different sizes in your kit. The bigger ones we're gonna use later, but go ahead and move the bracket up behind like this. And we're gonna want these to line up here, and we're also gonna want this hole back here to line up connecting the two brackets together.We're in kind of tight here, I don't know if you can see it or not, but I'm also using a flat washer and a lock washer. And threading on one of these yellow nuts onto the back here. And while we're under here, go ahead and grab one of these yellow hex head bolts and a flat washer, and pass it through. You can also start that finger-tight for now. And then, of course, on the other side, a flat washer, a lock washer, and one of the yellow nuts. Now see, we still have some play in there that's gonna allow us to adjust once we set the bar on. So let's go ahead and repeat that for the remaining two sets of brackets. One more to go on this side. All right. Now we have the last bracket here. This one's stamped DR.Right now, we have a little bit of wiggle room on all three of our brackets. So we're gonna go ahead and grab our side step and get them mounted. All right. Now I have a driver-side side step right here and I want to show you just a couple of quick things before we put it on the truck. Now, in order to know which one you need for which side, you're gonna want, obviously, the holes that are spaced closer together towards the front of the truck to line up with the brackets. But you also want the ones that are kind of canted or offset towards the inside of the step. That's gonna help line it up. And one other cautionary thing I wanna throw out there is that these threading points that we're gonna bolt into are rivnuts.So they're pressed into place, kind of like a rivet. And the thing about these is you do not wanna over-torque these. If you're using an impact wrench like I am, it has a little bit of power to it. So once you snug it down tight, don't keep ugga-dugging it, so to speak. You really don't want to over-torque these. If you do that, the rivnut will start spinning in place and you won't be able to tighten it down properly or get it back out if you need to remove this tube. So that's just a little bit of caution. So let's go ahead, lay it down, and get them lined up.All right, guys, now for this hardware, you're gonna wanna grab the bigger of the button head bolts, flat washer, and then these kinds of cerated lock washers. I'm here in the middle bracket. We're gonna start this one first.And because we have everything loose right now, we can adjust things as we go, and then we'll tighten...once we have all six of these mounted, we can tighten everything down.All right. It's good that we left it loose. I have to readjust this one a little bit and that'll line up nicely. All right. Now to tighten these down, you can either use the Allen key that's provided in the kit or grab a 6-mil Allen socket.All right. Now we're gonna tighten down these two bolts right here. We're gonna need a 5-millimeter Allen socket for this and you're gonna need a 13-millimeter crescent for the backside on the mount. All right, guys, now we're gonna tighten this bolt down here. You're gonna need a 13-mil crescent for the backside around the bolt and then the 13-mil socket for the nuts.All right. Now, lastly, we're gonna tighten up this top bolt here that's bolting directly into the Jeep. You're gonna, again, need a 13-mil socket for these. All right. Now we're gonna repeat these same steps at each of the other brackets.And then this one up top here, you might not be able to see, but don't forget again, that's a 13-mil all the way up top here and then we'll be done. And go ahead and repeat this whole thing on the passenger side.Okay, guys, that wraps up this review and install of these Pro Traxx 4-Inch Oval Side Step Bars in Black, for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. And of course, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Stylish and Convenient Vehicle Access. Add a stylish design cue to your Gladiator’s sides while also enabling convenient cab access with these 4-Inch Pro Traxx Black Oval Side Step Bars. These side step bars combine an all-black look with a durable build quality to provide your Jeep with a streamlined styling cue along its sides that can also provide some impact damage protection. More importantly, these step bars come with 4-inch wide high-traction injection-molded step pads that offer a non-slip foothold for convenient and safe entry into your vehicle.
Durable Build Quality. These side steps get its durability from high-grade tubular steel construction that measures 4 inches in width. Additionally, both ends of these bars are mandrel-bent at a 30-Degree angle for a streamlined OE-style look. The ends are then formed, welded, and smoothed-over into a one-piece dome, eliminating the need for end caps. Finally, these oval side steps receive a specialized black powder-coat finish for added style and excellent corrosion protection.
Straight Forward Install Procedure. These Pro Traxx step bars mount onto your Gladiator with included mounting brackets and hardware. Some models may require minor drilling to install the brackets. Besides this potential step, installation is a no-nonsense procedure that needs just standard hand tools to complete.
Application. These Pro Traxx 4-Inch Oval Side Step Bars; Black are designed to fit 2020-2024 Jeep Gladiator JT models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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