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Installed 'Buffalo' Side Steps/Nerf Bars...

Well, I finally got my butt into gear and ordered some side steps/nerf bars. They are 'Buffalo' brand 3" polished steel with black steps on them. Ordered them on Sunday, and they arrived this afternoon. As soon as I got home, I go to work installing them. Opened up the box, to find 2 bars, well packaged in bubble wrap and with foam protection as well, with a box of hardware and installation instructions.

I laid everything out in the garage first, which I am glad I did, as the pictures and the mounting brackets were reversed for the rear mounts, but that's no big deal.

I started with the rear mounts, bolting them to the frame first per the instructions, but come to find that the bolt for the rear control arm gets in the way of the mounting bolt for the side step, so I decide to mount the side step to the bracket before mounting to the Jeep. I balanced the side bar on a cement form tube I had in the garage, which was the perfect solution, just like a second pair of hands!

After that short setback, it was plain sailing from there, bolted everything up on the right side of the Jeep. Over to the drivers side, had a bit more of a problem with the rear mounting bracket, had to adjust it a few times to get it around the bolt for the rear control arm, but finally after a few deep breaths, got it mounted.

Tightened up all the bolts, took off the protective bubble wrap, stood back and admired my work!

I like how it looks on the Jeep - does make me want to get a lift now tho!
The side steps were $100 with $49 shipping, which I thought was an awesome deal and too good to pass up!

Enjoy!


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very nice, good details and tips on the installation. Where did you order them from? The price sounds very reasonable.


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Thanks, I appreciate it.

I bought them from a store on eBay called 'Intrigued'. They sell aftermarket parts for many different types of trucks and SUVs.

Their service was awesome, the bars were $100, and then $49 shipping. I had been watching them for a while now, as the bars used to be about $180 with $49 shipping. At this price, I couldn't pass them up.

I'll take some better pictures this weekend and post them up.


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Looks great, Make sure you update your garage when the lighting is better.
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Ok, I finally got round to taking some daylight pictures today of the newly installed side steps/nerf bars. The Jeep is a bit dirty, so excuse that... but here are the pics.









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Looks good. I started out with rock rails and Lee wanted more of a step to get into the Commander. I ended up changing to nerf bars similar to the ones that you have. I think you got a much better deal on the price. I think for most of us with kids or a wife it is a more practical solution even it the rock rails might be stronger.

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Those look good. I'm thinking about doing the same thing as HueyPilot did, don't need the rock rails anymore and would rather have better steps and rain protection for my passengers.

Going to look at the MOPAR side steps as I like the factory look better.

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I do like the OEM Mopar ones, that are molded into the fender flares, but I just couldn't justify the almost $500 price tag!


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I do like the OEM Mopar ones, that are molded into the fender flares, but I just couldn't justify the almost $500 price tag!
That's where friends, CL and Ebay come in!

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yeah thinking about those rails...as I have the rock rails for good now...i could try to piece a rubber plate or something on them as I can almost use them as steps anyway...but I like the look, just not my cup of tea, GOOD JOB

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