Review & Install Video
This is for those of you that are looking for a drop-style step, but want something that looks a little bit more polished, a little bit more finished than some of the other versions out there. There are some other brands, including other steps by N-Fab that aren't the N-Durastep, that aren't as filled in, in this area here, that aren't as finished off-looking. This has a really nice finished off look. Today, we're going to talk through the installation of this step, which is a very simple one out of three-wrench installation. These are designed to bolt directly onto your JK without the need to do any major modifications or drill anything. So again, very easy install that can be done in about an hour, and we'll talk more about that install in just a second. This is going to be a steel step. So of course, you have your main steel tube here across the top, with brackets coming off of it to mount the whole step onto your pinch seam and the underside of your tub, which is the way a lot of steps are going to mount. You're going to get a nice solid, strong mounting surface by mounting it in that way. Now, this is going to be a black powder coat finish on this whole step, which should hold up pretty well. It looks pretty good. Now, while this tube here does return into the Jeep on the ends, which does give things a finished off look, this is open on both sides. So again, if you're somebody who's in an area where there's a lot of salt or you take your Jeep off-road, there's a chance that you might get some mud and some junk in there, having it open does allow you to hose it off. But if it was closed off, then nothing would be able to get in there in the first place. A couple of different mindsets on that. But it is something to note. Some companies will give you either a plastic cap, or you can have that welded shut. With this step, it is going to be wide open. Then, of course, aside from this bar, you actually have the step itself. This is going to be more of an integrated, smooth, finished off-looking step than some of the other drop steps that are out there. Of course, it still has these holes that are punched in it that are going to give you some additional traction when you're using this step in snow, rain, or in mud. Of course, they do have their N-Fab sticker across the front here. Not my favorite thing to see. You might like it. You might dislike it. It is just a sticker. You could always peel it off if you chose to. Overall, I would say that this is a pretty well-built step. I do like the quality of the coating that's on it, and it does give you a little bit of a different look than some of the other drop steps that are out there. So to get this installed on your Jeep, all you'll need to do is remove any existing step or any existing rocker armor that you might have on your Jeep. You're going to go ahead and hold this up to its location on the Jeep, and use the included hardware to bolt the brackets through the pinch seam and through the bottom of your Jeep. It will help if you have an extra set of hands around, or just a tall jack stand that you can set this on while you're getting a couple of the first nuts and bolts lined up. Once you have everything in loosely, go ahead and make sure that the step is nice and level, and torque it down. Rinse and repeat on the other side, and you're finished.Again, the whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour to complete. This is going to be an easy bolt-on install that anybody can do in their driveway. These steps do come in at around $550, which is going to be a little bit more than some of the other steps on the market. However, for a drop step that is really finished off like this one is, gives you that clean, smooth look, helps to cover the pinch seam, it is a very well-built step. Whether it's worth $550 for a step is completely up to you. But the quality is there, and this is going to give you a different look than a lot of the other companies out there. So if you're looking for a drop step that's also going to help to finish off the look of the side of your Jeep by helping you cover that pinch seam a little bit, and gives you a very finished and finessed look, instead of some of the other steps out there that are a little bit more utilitarian, I think this is going to be a very well-built option. However, you are going to have to have a slightly higher budget for these steps. So that's my review of the N-Fab wheel-to-wheel N-Durastep, fitting your 2007 and up JK, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.