Jeep Side Steps

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Jeeps are often raised high off the ground, requiring many people to climb or jump to be able to get to the seats. This is an inconvenience and it keeps a lot of people from ever enjoying owning a Jeep. Even if they like the height advantage they have when driving a Jeep, the fact that it is not always easy to get in one makes owning a Jeep pointless for them.

If it’s hard to get in and out of your Jeep, there is a way around it! All you have to do is install side steps. Side steps are bars or plates that attach to the side of your Jeep. Many have a non-skid surface, making it safer to climb in and out of your Jeep when the weather is bad. Jeep side steps allow you and even children to get in and out of a Jeep easier, even if you have your arms full.

Many people prefer the plate kind of side steps for their Jeep. These plates usually have tread and a non-skid surface. They are often aluminum in color but you can also find them in black powder coated tread. You can choose from various lengths such as 18 inches or 12 inches. Other forms of Jeep side steps have a step plate attached to a bar. The bars attach to the side of the Jeep, and then you can easily step down on the plate. There is even a kind of side step that is a bar with a step attached at the bottom; it’s perfect for Jeeps that have lift kits. Another kind of Jeep side step is a bar. These are simply bars that attach to the side of your Jeep. Some have a section for a step that is merely a textured part of the bar and others are just a bar.

You will have to decide what kind of Jeep side steps you want for your Jeep. Are you more comfortable stepping on a plate or do you feel safe with a bar? Do you like the look of the bar step but want a step plate? If so, then the combination styles of a bar with a plate would probably be best for you. Most will need to be mounted to your Jeep, which gives you a secure fit and many come with a warranty.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. I had to laugh when I saw the ad for side steps. My wife is only 4′ 9″ and when we took a Jeep for a test spin I had to pick her up and put her in. We can laugh about it now, but right then, she was not amused. She loved the idea of buying the Jeep almost as much as I did but she told me if I was serious about buying it that I had to add the step so she could get in by herself. I added a side handle too at the same time. It’s hard to say who has more fun when we head off road.


  2. I have side steps too, but I got them because I liked the looks. My Jeep is the only vehicle I have so at times I need it to look classy as well as performing for me when I get off road. It really made a big difference in the look of the vehicle. My 4 year old still has to have some help getting in, but the steps make it easier. I never thought of the handle until I read about Reed’s plight. I’ll be looking into that. Love your site and all I’ve learned here.


  3. My Jeep had side steps on it when I bought it. After a few months I took them off because I thought I didn’t like them. After I took them off I realized that I actually missed them so I put them back on. My buddies thought I had lost it, but I just let them rag. I figure they’ll get tired of it, someday, maybe!


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