Installation Time: Afternoon
June 11, 2018
Nice Steps! Almost perfect.
They arrived VERY well packed. Individually wrapped in foam and plastic. The brackets were all individually placed in their own plastic sleeves. The powder coat is nice and fully intact. Just a couple minor chips on the edges of the brackets which are hidden underneath anyway. The hardware (grade 8) was all lumped into one bag, but not a big deal. Not sure why people have issues with the instructions. I found them very simple to follow and spot on. The illustrations look a little confusing at first but if you just take a minute to look at them, all the info you need is there and clear. Here's a tip to make things go smoother.... I dumped out all the hardware, separated it into matching piles, then used the instructions to label each pile with it's corresponding number. Same with the brackets. This made it really easy/quick to grab the correct items in each step of the instructions. The only issue I had was that there was no diagram showing the rear most brackets being installed. So you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right on whatever side you are doing first. Of course I chose wrong. lol But you'll know right away because the brackets will hit one of the frame mounts.
Overall, I like the way it turned out. I like the angular design. Compared to the Sahara steps, these are exactly 2" lower. Maybe 2.125". Doesn't sound like much it but is definitely a noticeable difference. My 4yo can now get his foot up there and heave-ho himself up into the backseat. They did a good job with the brackets, too. Nice and sturdy.
The only complaint I have about these is the way they fit up against the body of the jeep.
If you look at the pic I'm going to try to upload, it appears that the step is bowed... higher in the middle than the ends. This is actually an optical illusion in the pic.
What's really going on, and what bothers me a bit, is when you walk up to the doors and look down at the steps, the center of the step is closer to the body of the jeep than it is in the front and back. I can only assume that the steel steps are straight. So the body of the jeep must be a tad wider in the middle (B-Pillar area) than the front or back. And since the steps are not formed to this ever-so-slight curve, you can see the wider gaps front and rear. But this is really just my OCD. As you can see in the first set of pics, it's not something you'd really notice unless I pointed it out. If it wasn't for this, I would have given them 5 stars. Overall I'm happy with them so far, especially for the reason I got them which is to make it easier for the whole family to get in and out of my lifted JKU.