Good looking but didn't come with the correct bolts for 2012 JKU
Reviewed By Woon Shing C (Temple City, CA) Reviewed for a
—6/12/2012 2:02 PM
It looks great on my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. It's cheaper than the Mopar plastic side steps or much cheaper than the tubular one.
It feels sturdy enough when standing on it. I chose it because I'm not going to do serious rock crawling so don't want to add 100 lbs rock crawling rails (50lbs each side).
The 4" tubes just add about the same width as the wheel fenders, so they don't increase the width of the vechicle but give wider surface to step on.
Installation is straight forward except it didn't come with the bolts for 2012 JKU. It's shipped directly from Westin warehouse. The label on box said 2007-2012, but the manual inside said 2007-2010.
It came with 6 brackets and 10mm bolt sets for mounting the rails to the bottom. However, for 2012 JKU, those 6 holes were already threaded for 8mm (probably for the factory Rubicon rocker panels). So if you have a 2012 (or possibly 2011), you need to find another 6 sets of HIGH STRENGTH 8mm bolts, lock washers and fender washers. Beware that high strength bolts and washers might not be available at every hardware store especially in metric.
For the washers you can go with the 5/16, I used grade 8 lock washers, but couldn't find graded fender washers, so only used 2 regular. For the bolts, you must use 8mm. 5/16's thread will not fit. I got the grade 8.8 bolts (same as those 10mm cam with) from OSH, my Home Depot doesn't carry graded metric bolts.
I had contacted Westin by email to ask for additonal bolt sets, but they didn't repond at all.
AutoAnything did follow up with my feedback and forwarded my question to Westin again. Great service to AutoAnything :)