Side steps, also known as running boards, serve several purposes on your Jeep. Constructed to be rust and corrosion-resistant, they’re a useful mod both on and off the trail.
The main purpose of side steps, as the name implies, is to help you get in and out of the vehicle. If you’ve got a lift kit with 2 inches or more in gain, side bars are a virtual necessity.
The second purpose of adding side steps to your Wrangler is for added protection. Like other off-road armor, running boards will protect your Jeep’s body. Many nerf bars and rock rails are made to protect your Wrangler’s sides, while still acting as steps.
Adding side steps to your Wrangler also changes its style. Whether you get flat running boards or tubular nerf bars, a pair of side steps will give your Jeep a rugged and aggressive look.
Whether you have a two-door or four-door Wrangler, it’s easy to find a set of side steps for your Jeep. If you want even more protection for your side underbody areas, pick up a set of rocker guards. They’re vital for rock crawling or driving on rough trails.