(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review of the Smittybilt SRC Classic Rock Rails available with and without the step, available for all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna to talk through the installation of these steps which is a very simple one out of three wrenches because these are designed to bolt directly onto your jeep. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few features of these steps. These rails are available for both your two door and your four door JK, and the ones without the step look very similar to an OE style Rubicon rail. Something I really like about these rails is that they finish off the otherwise unfinished pinch seam of the Jeep. They do a really nice job of making the profile view of the jeep look a lot more finished and the version of these with the step also provide a useful way to get in and out of your JK whether it's lifted or of stock height. Now, these aren't going to provide quite as much protection as an OEM Rubicon rail because of the way the mounts are designed, however, they will still provide a good bit of protection certainly against door dings and some light off-roading. And, again, if you get the ones with the step you have that added functionality as well. As far as construction of these rails themselves, they are very well built. In fact, the four door version with the step that we have here weigh in at 88 pounds, so, you can see there is a lot of steel here. One of the nice things about these compared to some of the other Rubicon style rails on the market is that these have molded steel end caps. A lot of the other ones will actually have a plastic end cap instead. One down side to that is, depending on your suspension and tire set up, if you decide you need to trim these rails for tire clearance, of course, you won't be able to easily remove the plastic end cap, cut it, and put that end cap back on. With these, if you want to retain the end cap, you'll have to make your cut and then do some welding to put everything back together. Like I said before, these are steel covered in a textured black powder coat finish to help resist rust and corrosion, and the version with this step does provide a very useful step. Although, of course, with these steps being mounted right onto the Rubicon rail, the step is a little bit higher up than a tubular side step would be. So, these are really more of a balance of protection. And the step is a little bit more of an add on versus a full tubular step which is going to hang a lot lower, be a great, very useful step, but also provide very little protection. Now I mentioned before that these aren't going to protect the Jeep quite as well as a true OEM Rubicon rail, and the reason for that is right here in this mount. The Ruby rail has an additional bend in it that provides some more strength from this piece here straightening out when you really drop the Jeep off of a ledge onto a rock. This does not have that so you could get a little bit more flex out of these then you would out of that OEM Rubicon rail. So, that is something to consider if you're doing some lighter off roading, you want to step, you want some door ding protection, these are going to be more than enough. However, if you want some really hard core off road protection, maybe you wanna run these either in conjunction with some other rails or pick a rail that has a little bit more structural integrity as far as the mounts are concerned. So, as I said before this is a very simple one out of three wrench installation because these are designed to be completely bolt on. The first step in the installation is removing any side steps or rails that you may currently have installed on the Jeep. Of course, these are not going to work with any of those other rails. Once those are removed, you can remove the body bolts that are along the rocker of your Jeep...that area directly below the steps and set your new rail into place. These have a couple of studs that will go through the existing holes in the pinch seam and these tabs here will actually line up with those body mount bolt holes. From there, you can use the included hardware to put over the studs through the pinch seam and reinstall your factory body bolts through your new rails and then up into their existing OEM locations. Now, something to consider with these rails is to run a tap over all of these studs. These studs can have some powder coat on them right out of the factory, and it can make it a little bit difficult to get the nut over the stud. You certainly don't want to cross thread anything, so running a die over top of those threads will clean them up and make sure there's no powder coat. You get all of the hardware in place nice and easy. This whole installation shouldn't take you more than two hours and you won't need any specialty tools to get it done, just some hand tools and as I've mentioned before, if you have a tap and die set that will certainly help. I think that these rails are fairly priced for what you get. As I mentioned, they're not going to be quite as much protection as an OEM Rubicon rail because of the way that these mounts are designed, however, these are also going to be less expensive than an OEM Rubicon rail if you're purchasing one new from Jeep. If you can find a Ruby rail that's a take off from somebody, you might be able to get a pretty good deal on 'em, but these are going to be brand new right out of the factory. They do have the welded ends which adds a little bit of structural integrity, and is otherwise a pretty nice feature unless you want to go ahead and cut the rail. So, I think that these are a really well-built piece that look really nice, and serve their function all for a price that's really fair. As I said before, these are available both with and without the step, and if you decide to get the version with the step they're about $100 more than the version without. So, if you're looking for that added functionality, again, I think $100 is well worth it. So that's my review of the Smittybilt SRC Classic Rock Rails available for all 2007 and up JK's that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com
Benefits. Smittybilt SRC Classic Rock Rails are used to protect your jeep's exterior rocker panels from damage due to rocks, debris and other obstacles. Their molded end caps provide a finished look. They come with a step for easy entry and exit.
Design.These jeep rock rails feature a solid, one-piece design to ensure improved toughness.
Installation.With built-in brackets, Smittybilt rock rails can be easily bolted up to the factory holes without drilling.
Fitment. This pair of Smittybilt SRC Classic Rock Rails is designed to be used on the 2007-2018 Wrangler JK 2-Door Models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What is the weight limit for using the step?
Can you use as a jack point
Thank you for your question! I would not recommend this as a safe recovery jack point because of the design of the step.
My 2016 Wrangler Sahara comes with factory rock rails do I have to remove them I was hoping I could put these over them
Unfortunately the Smittybilt SRC Classic Rock Rails (OEM Style) W/ Step- Black Textured (07-17 Wrangler JK 2 Door) would not fit with the factory rock rails on the Wrangler installed.
March 12, 2019
Looks great and works great
Love the look of them compared to the stock plastic ones so glad I got them.Helpful (0)
January 19, 2019
Looks great, functional
I have a ‘14 jk with 4” lift and 35’s. My kids and other passengers had trouble getting in and out with no step. These work great for them. I haven’t tested them off road yet but they seem pretty sturdy. 2 of the studs on the driver side had messed up threads but were fixed easily. Install was straightforward and took about 30-45 min.Helpful (1)
January 02, 2019
gives jeep nice finish covers the pinch seam completely . takes about hour to install 4bolts thru pinch seam 2 thru frame make sure u soak the threads in frame with wd40 and run bolt up in a 1/4 inch back out then back in 1/2 inch and back out to open those threads up ! u may snap bolt if u dont! (hint i did)Helpful (2)
September 27, 2018
Arrived undamaged, Fit Perfectly
These rails were well packed and the box arrived quickly without damage. I was replacing factory rock rails and these attached at the same points. This was an easy install and upgrade. The hardware package had every possible variable of hardware included to mount on a variety of years and models.Helpful (3)
June 13, 2018
Perfect fit, perfect look!
This rock rail was exactly what I was looking for. It was super easy to install and looks great!Helpful (4)
December 06, 2017
SRC Classic Rails
We purchased this as a Christmas present so we have not actually installed them yet, however they look fantastic in the box. Seem sturdy and well built. Shipping was fast, no issues with the product or ET. Looking forward to installing them soon.Helpful (5)
November 10, 2017
These Rock Rails rock!
Easy installation for one person, perfect fit, looks great!Helpful (4)
October 12, 2017
Just what I needed. I'm a bit lame so I need a rail that I can step on but I need all the clearance I can get with stock suspension and at an affordable price.Helpful (5)
September 21, 2017
Smittybilt src classic rock rails
The overall look of the rock rails is good. Easy and quick to install however the pinch weld stubs need to have a die ran over them first to remove excess powder coat. Also i needed to buy additional larger washers for the pinch weld studs because the supplied washers are too small for the holes in the pinch weld. The wrinkle powder coat is a bit heavy for me. Would rather they were just a texture powder coat.Helpful (4)
September 12, 2017
I was awaiting for the DV8 rails but they have been on perpetual backorder so I caved in and got these. Not s single regret! They bolted right on in less than 20min and look great. They feel well made and very sturdy. Fit and finish in excellent! Highly recommended. 2dr 2015 JK WW P.S. yes I did have t remove the Rubi Rails for these to fit.Helpful (5)
August 17, 2017
Installed them by myself as the 4 small studs hold in place while putting the 2 large bolts on. Match my xrc bumpers exactly, come out just far enough to complete the look of the jeep without going too far and my kids love the incorporated step. Highly recommendHelpful (5)
July 10, 2017
Body lift issues.
Due to my Jeep having a 1.25in body lift it's hard to find the step/protection I was looking for. I saw on of the YouTube video on these steps and decided this was my best no drill option! Only issue was the washers that go on the inside of the studs to hold to the body. They were too small and started to pull through. But quick run to get bigger washers and all is Rock solid!! Now just need to bump off some stuff to see how they hold up! HahaHelpful (5)
June 11, 2017
Fit and finish awesome. Just what I was looking for. Covered the nasty body seem and has door ding protection and serves as step.Helpful (4)
March 21, 2017
Good protection for part time off road
They seem to be tough enough for a part time off road application. Not sure i would trust them to desert boulders in the southwest or rockies, but they look good give you decent coverage and are a snap to put on a 2017 jeepHelpful (5)
September 14, 2016
Just received my rails . Installation would have been better if the washers were a little bigger. I went out and bought washers that would cover the hole. Other than thatHelpful (4)
July 20, 2016
Src rock rail with step
Very clean lines and functional. Fit was spot on. Looks like factory install. Shipping was fast. Lots of compliments on how well they look.Helpful (4)
September 19, 2015
Good for price
Arrived with a small dent or two and a scratch but bolted up great with all included hardware. Easy install overall look great on the jeepHelpful (4)
July 31, 2015
A nice look with the utility of a step and rock guardHelpful (5)
July 07, 2015
easy to install makes jeep look like a jeep shouldHelpful (6)
June 12, 2015
This product does is inferior
This first time out I hit a rock with the drivers side rail... The tubing crushed like it was made of plastic... Second day out same thing happened to the drivers side... If you want protection only for the mall parking lots then this may be for you... If you are looking for real rock protection then purchase something else.. I do not recommend this productHelpful (6)