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I cut them to the correct length then resealed them with silicone to keep them waterproof.
I also bought these so I could just plug in versus cutting and that way everything remained stock and waterproof too.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FP1HXHQ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I ended up ordering rockslides and I am happy with how they fit, look, etc.

Installation wasn't horrible. Loosing up body bolts was the worst part. Took about 3 hours for the rockslides and 2.5 hrs electrical. 1 hour was troubleshooting improperly aligned magnets and tidying things up at the end with some zip ties. Great product, no complaints.

Their LED light kit is a rip off. I got the following lights which look identical to the ones RSE is using:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083XVV6F2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The pin kit is same as the one above:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FP1HXHQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

$26 delivered. I will install once I get it tomorrow. I am curious if I can wire steps into AUX 3 and 4 switches to manually operate if necessary or when the doors are off? Has anyone done that? I will research that a little more.
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Light install complete.. Why the hell would anyone want to spend $70 on a light kit from RSE? $26 i have 4 left over lights that I will probably use in my wheel wells and a bunch of water tight connectors. Links above is all you need, 15 min install.. Just make sure you have LED wired correctly, LEDs don't tolerate reverse polarity.
 

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Loosening those body bolts SUCKED. My breaker bar looked like a boomerang after.

Good write-up. Gotta say I hate the pontoon a lot less after sitting my foot on there with the door off.
thats because Jeep uses red thread locker on the front body bolts. Your lucky your body bolt didnt snap like my JL did. That and Jeep uses bs aluminum bolts!
 

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thats because Jeep uses red thread locker on the front body bolts. Your lucky your body bolt didnt snap like my JL did. That and Jeep uses bs aluminum bolts!
BMW has used aluminum/magnesium bolts for decades. Its all about weight savings. Heating them up and going slowly helps. I am thinking high torque wrench would have def snapped them.
 

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I wish I’d seen this before I bought my Amps. I hate them so much. You can see the pinch weld the whole way down. Looks awful for $2k. But unless I wanna take a bath on them Im stuck 😤 I used an install place that basically says once it’s installed you own it. noje of the pics I saw when ordering showed how bad the pinch weld would look when down.
 

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I wish I’d seen this before I bought my Amps. I hate them so much. You can see the pinch weld the whole way down. Looks awful for $2k. But unless I wanna take a bath on them Im stuck 😤 I used an install place that basically says once it’s installed you own it. noje of the pics I saw when ordering showed how bad the pinch weld would look when down.
I was decided long between the two, and glad with my choice. I had some issues with amps before, so didn't want to deal with it anymore. Also, the platform is nice on RSE and follows the contour of the gladiator.
 
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I wish I’d seen this before I bought my Amps. I hate them so much. You can see the pinch weld the whole way down. Looks awful for $2k. But unless I wanna take a bath on them Im stuck 😤 I used an install place that basically says once it’s installed you own it. noje of the pics I saw when ordering showed how bad the pinch weld would look when down.
That is the reason I made this posting. I couldn’t find pics in detail anywhere if either steps. That huge gap was one of many reasons that made me choose the RSE.
 

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BMW has used aluminum/magnesium bolts for decades. Its all about weight savings. Heating them up and going slowly helps. I am thinking high torque wrench would have def snapped them.
yea i mean knowing is half the battle, I used a hand tool and should have known something was wrong when it was like turning a tank not a wrench. Didnt have any experience with body bolts in the past, learned the hard way. :)
 

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yea i mean knowing is half the battle, I used a hand tool and should have known something was wrong when it was like turning a tank not a wrench. Didnt have any experience with body bolts in the past, learned the hard way. :)
‘This ^^^

With the info shared by others, I knew not to go at these with a big impact gun. I have a looong breaker bar that let me get things loose in a smooth and controlled way. I also would relighted a bit here and there to help possibly clean threads a tad. Out a couple turns, then back in for half a turn. It can be hard to resist the urge to go full-on ape with these. Slow and steady wins this race. One bolt did get a little heat wrench love. It was noticeably tighter than all the others.
 

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I wish I’d seen this before I bought my Amps. I hate them so much. You can see the pinch weld the whole way down. Looks awful for $2k. But unless I wanna take a bath on them Im stuck 😤 I used an install place that basically says once it’s installed you own it. noje of the pics I saw when ordering showed how bad the pinch weld would look when down.
Running a vinyl stripe along the pinch seam does a pretty good job of cleaning it up. I have seen a few Wranglers with that and looks a lot better than just the AMP setps.
 

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Did any of you notice slight rattle from the rse steps?
 

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‘This ^^^

With the info shared by others, I knew not to go at these with a big impact gun. I have a looong breaker bar that let me get things loose in a smooth and controlled way. I also would relighted a bit here and there to help possibly clean threads a tad. Out a couple turns, then back in for half a turn. It can be hard to resist the urge to go full-on ape with these. Slow and steady wins this race. One bolt did get a little heat wrench love. It was noticeably tighter than all the others.
Yea i broke mine with a breaker bar....
 
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Update and a quick shout out to RSE…

I’ve had them for a year and they are still functioning perfectly and still look new. These slider/steps ended up being one of my favorite mods and one that I use on a daily basis.

I’ve only had one small issue about how to adjust the step and RSE helped me out almost immediately. I also wore down the non-slip tape on the step from going in and out of the truck so much so I bought some on Amazon, I couldn’t get any that matched so I reached out to RSE directly. I asked if I could buy a set from them. They immediately responded and sent me a pair next day, free of charge. THAT is amazing customer service, can’t say enough good things about the steps or the company.

If you’re ever looking into these or the AMP just bite the bullet and get these, they are a little more expensive but quality is 10x better than AMP and the customer service is great, every time I’ve had a question, I get a response within a couple of hours via email. Never tried calling because it was never that urgent.

Great product great company.
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