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Stainless Steel Side Step Installation
In order to update and protect the look of the side entrances of the Jeep, it was decided on the second project Jeep to put some Stainless Steel Side Step protection on both sides. Say that three times fast.
There were some existing side steps on the Jeep already and they must had fallen off a few times because the previous owner bolted them on with sheet metal screws. This really made for a bad look on the Jeep.
The old steps were removed and one side looked OK, but the other side had seen better days. The adhesive had worn away and some moisture had gathered up underneath the side steps. This surface rust (thank god) was ground away and the area was cleaned up and protected for the new steps.
The new steps are an adhesive backed setup that is VERY sticky, so when you put them on, be careful, you get one shot at this. Peel off the tape and stick them where you want them to be. We already had a template to go from, but if you are doing this for the first time, make sure you prep the area first and then center up the steps in the opening of your Jeep.
With the steps on, we stepped back and examined our new addition. It will provide some protection from the feet getting in and out of the Jeep as well as offering a nice contrast on the maroon paint job.
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
So, my lessons learned here would have to be that if you are going to do this right, don't use sheet metal screws. It really makes for a bad look and there is no need to use them if you prep the area corerctly. By this I mean that you need to clean the area thoroughly and make sure the side step is fully seated so the adhesive can bind to something.
This is a pretty easy thing to do for a nice clean look to the Jeep that will help to protect the paint in the entrances of the driver and passenger sides of the Jeep.

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