Installation Time: Afternoon
November 26, 2017
Looks nice and feels solid
Just bought my 2017 Rubicon which came without and side steps. Not a problem....i love customize. After looking at my options, these were a good fit for style, build and price. I received the box. A little banged up, but by no means damaged.
I started with the passenger side. The instructions were a little bit confusing. It sounded like I was supposed to use 3 washers...2 on the outside and 1 on the inside. Lining it up was a little bit difficult by myself. I ended up using my wheeled mechanics seat to keep the back up while I started the bolt on the front. Once the front was started I pulled out the seat and started the bolt in the back. The middle mount was aligned perfectly at this point. Instructions worked great as it recommended to get all of the bolts in then tighten when the rail was at the right position.
The drivers side experience was mich different. I went through the same process. Seat holding the back up, started the front, removed chair and started the back. Awesome! So far so good. I get under to put the bolt in the middle. To my surprise, the welded bracket didnt line up. It wasn't close enough to start it and pull it in. It wasn't straight. The welded bracket wasnt welded at 90 degrees like the rest. At this point, it's getting very late and so have one side on. So close to having these on. I used a small sledge to beat the bracket. It finally move just enough to get the provided bolt started. I finally got everything tightened down. I wasn't able to adjust the rail like the passenger side. Its not perfectly straight like I wanted, but it tightened down.
I really like the look of these on my jeep, but the build quality was unforgivable for a $600 part. They said it should take an hour to install. It took me about an hour on the passenger side. It took me 2 to 3 hours on the drivers side since I had to repair the manufacturer's defect.