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Merideth: If you need some help getting in and out of your 2018 or newer 4-door JL Wrangler and you want to do it in style, these HDX Xtreme Nerf Side Step Bars in Textured Black will be right up your alley.This set will be a great pick for the JL owner who needs an extra boost up into their cab for themselves or their passengers, especially if they've added a lift or a leveling kit. Now, these will also offer a lot of protection to the rocker area with the heavy-duty construction, whether you're taking your JL off-road or just on everyday adventures. Now, you also can't go wrong here with the bold styling for some additional heavy-duty appeal to the side of your JL.These will have a solid one-piece steel construction for optimal durability and a textured black finish on top to prevent any rusting on the surface. These steps will offer a very boxy construction that tucks high up and tight to the rocker area, offering you a very finished look, and will have an oversized 5.5-inch wide step cutout into the side step itself. Now on the stepping surface, you'll see a treaded design with the HDX logo for some added style, but mainly that extra traction that you need on those wetter days. Now, I like that these will offer the feel of a drop step while being a little bit higher clearance than one, which will be great if you don't want a step that hangs down too low and need that added accessibility at the same time. Not to mention, this will come with everything that you need in the kit to easily get this onto your Wrangler.These will come in at roughly the $650 mark, making these more of a premium option. Now, compared to other solutions, these will have a very robust build, they offer a large stepping surface, and will offer a bit more clearance than other drop steps have to bring to the table. Others available in the category may have a smaller step compared to this oversized option, and you will see tubular builds as to where this is going to be a little bit more boxy. Now, I think if you have the extra cash to spend on a quality side step that will offer you the durability and accessibility that you need for your Jeep, then these are a great pick.Install will be a pretty straightforward one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done with some basic hand tools. At this point, we can head over to the shop and check out a detailed breakdown of the install and what that looks like. That's going to wrap it up for me. Let's jump into it.Man: The tools you're going to need for this installation include ratchets, electronic and/or regular, 10 and13-millimeter sockets, a 10-millimeter wrench, preferably a ratcheting wrench, as well as a 13-millimeter wrench. What's up, guys? Today we have a set of side steps we're going to install on our Wrangler JL. I'm going to show you how to do it step-by-step. Now, I did want to mention that we have our JL in the air just to give you guys a better view, but this job can be done on the ground. So, let's get started with the install.So, we're starting on the driver's side of the Jeep, and we're going to start by installing these brackets here. They're the support brackets stamped with just a D. And we do have other brackets that we're going to be installing. They're stamped DF, DC, and DR. But we're going to focus on these now. We're going to be installing them right here on the pinch welds, on these holes here, and there's three sets. I'll show you the other two sets later. So, let's grab our support brackets and the supplied hardware, and I'll show you how this goes together.All right. So, we'll line our support brackets up here with those two holes in the pinch weld. Go ahead and put these small carriage-like bolts through first. Once those are through, go ahead and grab the lock washers and flat washers. We're going to put the flat washer on the other side first, followed by the lock washer right here, and then the nut. We'll tighten everything down afterwards. Once we have the bolts through the bracket and the pinch weld, go ahead and slide on a washer, flat washer, that is, locking washer, and one of the nuts on each of the bolts. And we're just going to leave this hand tight, for now, leave it loose so that we have room for adjustment as needed. All right. And we're going to install the other two support brackets the same way.All right. For our center support bracket, we're going to put it right here on the second set of holes. Now, you can identify which holes you're using. If you look past the pinch welds, there should be a threaded hole underneath the body. So, that's how you know where you're going to be placing these. All right. So, we're on the backside of the bracket and the pinch weld again, just putting our hardware on. And while I'm back here, I did want to point out this is the threaded hole right here that I was speaking of earlier. So, this is how you're going to identify where these brackets are going to go. And we're actually going to be installing other brackets using those threaded holes later on. All right. And now this is our rear support bracket going up.With our support brackets up, we can now hang up our main brackets. And as you can see, they are stamped DF, for driver's front, driver's center, and driver's rear. We're going to start at the driver's front, and we're going to take two sets of the supplied hardware here, and I'll show you once we get closer up there exactly how it's set up.All right. Now we're in the backside of our driver's front brackets here. And this hole right here that is threaded is where we're going to be mounting our main bracket. So, we need this bolt with a locking washer and a flat washer, all of which is supplied with the kit. Once we have that together, we can go ahead and thread this guy in here, just hand tight for now. Right. And then we need another set of hardware. So, for these two holes right here, we're going to grab another bolt with a flat washer, put that through, and then on the other side, we're going to put another flat washer, locking washer, and a nut. So, these two are going to go on the other side, and then our nut is going to secure everything together on the other side of this bolt.All right. Once we have everything just hand-tight, everything lines up. At this point, we can go ahead and tighten down these two nuts that we installed earlier. And to do that, I'm going to use a 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench. I'm gonna actually get these a little more hand-tight first. All right. And again, we're pretty much going to do the same exact thing for the center and rear brackets. Now we're on the driver rear bracket here, and we're just filming from the other side just so we can show you a little better how this hardware goes together. All right. So, the same thing up here. We're putting on our bolt with a flat washer and a locking washer. And then for the bolt that's going through both brackets, we're doing the bolt and a flat washer through the back side, and then a flat washer, locking washer, and the nut. So, that's how all three of these main brackets went together.So, there's a little bit of prep work that we have to do before we can put these up on our Jeep. And I did want to point out identifying the driver's side from the passenger side. So, what I did was when I put this up to the side of the Jeep, just that the badge goes to the back of the Jeep. So, that's how you're going to identify driver's from the passenger side. Once you do that, if we flip this over, you'll notice that there are two threaded holes, here and here, and we are going to put in a bolt with a locking washer and flat washer and just put these in just a few threads.So, what's going to happen here is we're going to actually... Let me put one of these in so I can kind of explain. When we put this up to the Jeep, there is an open end on the brackets that we installed. So, we're actually going to hang it by putting the bracket behind the bolt and washer on the rear and center brackets. Once it's up, then we can go ahead and bolt up the front bracket right here with the smaller bolts that look like this, but they're smaller. They'll go through and lock in our step board to the front bracket as well. So, let's go ahead and put this other bolt in, and then we can put it up on our JL. So, again, we're going to go lock washer first, then a flat washer, and just thread it in just a few threads. Then once we have it up and in place, we'll tighten all the bolts down.All right. So, for putting up our side steps, the first thing I'm going to do is just kind of generally line everything up as far as the bolts and the brackets. And I'm going to set it on the steps here of the brackets on the rear and center bracket. And then from behind here, I'm just making sure that my hardware, my flat washer, and lock washers are in front of the brackets now. And I'll show you a different shot of this happening. But once we have that all lined up, we're just sliding the steps on the open end of the brackets and it actually holds itself in place.So, from the back of the side steps, this is what it looks like. So, again, I'm just making sure that my washers are in front of the brackets, and I'm setting it down first on the steps here of the bracket, and then sliding it into that open end there. And it looks the same for the rear and center brackets. So, once you have it slid into place like so, it'll now hold itself in place, and we can move to the front bracket and put the shorter bolts in with the hardware there. For the front bracket, we're using the shorter bolts. There's four in the kit, so two per side, and we're putting on a lock washer and then a flat washer, and we're lining up the holes in the bracket here with these threaded holes in the step.All right. Now that these are in and it's more secure, there's just two more bolts we have to put in and then we can tighten everything down. All right. For our last two bolts, we're at the center bracket here, and also the rear bracket is the same way. There's a hole in the bottom and a threaded hole in the step. So, we're using the longer bolts here with a locking washer and a flat washer. So, once we get these two bolts in, we know that everything lines up, and all our hardware, it goes in place properly. So, after we get these two in, we can go ahead and tighten everything down. Just make sure that your side step is lined up aesthetically pleasing to you. Make sure everything's centered as you like it. All right. Now that we have it lined up nicely, we can go ahead and tighten all the bolts down to their appropriate torque spec. So, I'm using a 13-millimeter socket and my 13-millimeter wrench.All right. Lastly, for these bolts here, it's a good idea before we slide this step on just to make sure that it's, kind of, as tight as possible by hand because it is a little tricky to get in here to tighten it down the rest of the way, but you can get a crescent wrench, 13-millimeter, and tighten them down. There we go. And this is the rear bracket, and the center bracket is the same.That's going to wrap up this review and install of the HDX Xtreme Nerf Side Step Bars that are Textured in Black for your '18 and newer Wrangler JL 4-door. Thank you for watching. 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Easier Vehicle Access. Climbing in and out of your Jeep may be difficult for you and your passengers as well. To easily access your vehicle, equip it with these Textured Black HDX Xtreme Nerf Side Step Bars. Featuring strategically engineered step locations, you can enter or exit your vehicle with greater ease. Plus, these side step bars are built with oversized step areas and injection-molded polymer step pads to minimize the risks of falling or slipping.
Solid, 1-Piece Steel Construction. The workmanship of these side step bars ensures long-lasting durability. Their solid, 1-piece steel construction allows the side step bars to withstand your Jeep’s tough driving demands. Furthermore, each side step is reinforced with a textured black finish to minimize the damaging effects of corrosive elements.
Bolt-On Installation. Each component of this kit can be installed by directly bolting it onto your Jeep’s factory location points. For added convenience, all the necessary brackets and hardware are included in the kit. In case you encounter any difficulties during the installation process, it is recommended that you seek professional help.
Application. These Textured Black HDX Xtreme Nerf Side Step Bars are made to fit all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL 4-door models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
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