During the April meeting for the Matanzas Jeep Club I ran across a Jeep with foot rests design to sit in the lower door hinge when the doors were removed. They looked cool. This lead me on a quest to purchase a pair, but I couldn’t find them anywhere.
I was about to give up when I saw the Jeep owner with the foot rest had posted a how to. Now my mission had changed to building my own set of foot rests. The instructions I followed were posted by Andy from the Matanzas Jeep Club. For those on the MJC forum, Andy’s handle Globulak. Here’s my journey creating the foot rests.
Step 1 – Parts List:
This is a list of the parts per rest. You’ll double or quadrupedal based on a two or four door Jeep.
- 3/8″ x 4″ Eye Bolt
- Screw-on Rubber Bumper
- 2″ x 1/2″ Mending Brace
- 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ Washer
- 3 qty 3/8″ Washer
- 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ Bolt
- 3/8″ Nut
- 3/8″ Wing Nut
- 1/4″ -20 x 2″ Bolt
- 3 qty 1/4″ Nut
- 3 qty 1/4″ Washer
- Grip Tape (I used the 3M 4″ x 5 yards. Step and Ladder Tread Tape)
- BMX Rails (I used the Bell brand Rail Rider BMX Axle Steel Pegs that I purchased from Wal-Mart)
Step 2 – Creating the Spacer:
Thread the 1/4″ x 2″ bolt through the screw-on rubber bumper. Place a 1/4″ washer and a 1/4″ nut behind the rubber bumper.
Step 3 – Increasing the size of the Mending Plate:
The mending plate I purchased was too small for the 1/4″ and 3/8″ bolts. I had to drill out the one hole with a 1/4″ hole and a 3/8″ hole. Don’t make the mistake I made, use the proper bit for the job. On the first three mending plates I tried to use a wood drill bit, which took forever. On the last plate I found the proper drill bit and quickly drilled through the metal.
Step 4 – Building the Rest:
Now is the time to build the foot rest. Take the 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ and slide the mending plate to the head of the bolt. Follow this with the 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ washer and then the 3/8″ eye bolt. Next thread the bolt through the flat side of the steel BMX rail. On the inside of the steal BMX rail, place a 3/8″ washer and a 3/8″ nut. Tighten down the nut. For this I had to use a deep well 9/16th socket on one end.
When tightening down the foot rest, make sure that you arrange the 3/8″ eye bolt so it is center on the steel BMX rail. The rails I bought had a little curved edge which allowed the eye bolt to slip onto.
One last thing. This is also the time to decide if this will be a driver side or passenger side rests. If it is a driver side rest, you should have the eye bolt on the right side of the build. The mending plate should be pointing away from the front. The mending plate and eye bolt should be at a 90 degree of each other.
In this picture the rest is a passenger side rest since the eye bolt is on the left side with the mending plate pointed up (or away if you’re holding the foot rest in your hand).
Step 5 – Attaching the Bumper:
Screw on a 1/4″ nut a little past halfway. Follow this with a 1/4″ washer. Thread the bolt through the mending plate from the outside. Slip on a 1/4″ washer and a 1/4″ nut on the backside of the bolt to lock the bumper in place.
Step 6 – Wing Nut and Hinge Support:
Slide 2 qty 3/8″ washers onto the 3/8″ eye bolt. Add the 3/8″ wing nut.
In this photo I forgot to add the washers. Don’t forget this or you will run into problems with the eye bolt not sitting properly on the hinge.
Step 7 – Adding Grip Tape:
The rest is done, but without some type of grip on the rest your foot will slip off. I purchased a roll of 3M 4 in. x 5 yds Step and Ladder Thread Tape. This will cover 95% of the rail and leave just enough of the steel to show on the ends making it look really nice.
Here’s the set I made for my 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
Here’s couple of pics of the foot rest installed on my Jeep.
One thing my friend Ryan pointed out was that the bumper could possibly leave a small dent on the Jeep. I did see the panel flex when my daughter was testing out the rests in the picture above.