Jeep Wrangler Running Boards – Tyger Auto Star Armor Review & Install Guide

Affordable Jeep Wrangler side steps that offer sturdy protection for the trails and give a great upgrade to the appearance of your Jeep. These affordable running boards offer a great value upgrade, are simple to install and so far have held under heavy on and off road use. Adding these Jeep Wrangler steps to your vehicle is quick and easy, giving you some great functional steps that aren’t slippery, don’t get in the way and help protect your lower body panels and doors from the abuse of trails.

Looking to replace your plastic factory side steps or add more foot room than the Rubicon Rock Sliders? The Tyger Auto TG-JA2J2239B Star Armor Kit for Jeep Wranglers is an excellent option for those of you looking for running boards, (rock rails, nerf bars/side steps) for your Jeep Wrangler. We’ll take you through the super simple installation and report back with our first trail trips and keep you updated on our experience with these affordable & great looking running bars.

What are Jeep Nerf Bars?

These running boards have a lot of names that they go by, but all in all – they’re  usually serving the same utility or purpose.  Sometimes these are called Side Steps, Running Boards, Nerf Bars, Rock Sliders, Sliders.  All of these devices usually serve two purposes – first and foremost – Vehicle protection from dings & dents as you take your vehicle off road and second – a step.  Some armor kits are just straight up body armor and don’t offer any steps but with my mission, I wanted to achiefve both – which is why I selected to try out these Tyger Auto Running Boards on my 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4 Door.

Tyger Auto Jeep Wrangler Running Boards

The running boards fit the 2007-2018 JKU series Jeeps. They do NOT currently fit the brand new 2018+ JL series yet. We’ll update this post if we see Tyger Auto make any available for the new 2018 JLs.

Tyger auto TG-JA2J2239B star armor

Tyger Auto TG-JA2J2239B 

  • 2007-2018 JKU Fitment
  • Easy Bolt on Installation – No Drilling
  • Heavy Duty 2inch diameter tubing with .120 Inch wall thickness
  • Warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Item Weight – 86 Lbs (Shipping weight ~ 100 lbs)
  • Product Dimensions – 76×12.6×19 (Boxed)

tyger auto TG-JA2J2239B specs

Tyger Auto Running Boards Packaging

Item received in good condition via UPS in a well-packed box. Everything well packed and no signs of shipping damage – which is good considering its a pretty hefty box to lug around.

Tyger auto TG-JA2J2239B Jeep Side Step Packaging

The Jeep Wrangler Steps were delivered without any damage to the equipment – one of the ends was a little squished only because it was laying against my house when delivered instead of flat on the ground – there wasn’t much space for it to be flat without blocking some of my driveway so I can see why UPS propped it up.

Tyger Auto Jeep Running Boards

Foam inserts and bubble wrapping made sure the nerf bars came in fully intact and without scratches. The passenger and driver sides were labeled and color-coded and wrapped individually – which means no dings/dents/scratches from lazy packaging.

Tyger auto TG-JA2J2239B Jeep Wrangler Side Steps

All of the hardware was included. I’m not showing the brackets for the 2010 or older Jeep JKU’s here since I didn’t need it – but everything was included and nothing missing.

Tyger auto TG-JA2J2239B Jeep Wrangler Running Boards

The color-coded packaging and individually wrapped components was a nice thing to have.

Installing the Tyger Auto Star Armor Kit

After everything is unboxed – be sure to read the attached installation worksheet and make sure that you line up the bars with the respective side – one will be marked driver and the other marked passenger side.

Before you start, make sure you have a nice socket set. A socket extender is needed to be able to reach the bolts not just on the front of pinch seam but on the three under mount brackets as well.

Installing Jeep Wrangler Running Boards

Once I had everything unpacked and understood the instructions and bolt dimensions/layout, I put some 5-gallon buckets under my vehicle to help prop up the rails while I finger-tightened the bolts in the pinch seam.

Installing Jeep Wrangler Running Boards

Using five-gallon buckets helped hold the bulk of the weight, I just installed these bolts by hand – make sure you follow the instructions and that the seam bracket is behind the Jeeps pinch seam. I would only finger tighten these for now since you may need to adjust the bar laterally to get the main brackets to line up with tub holes.

Tyger Auto Star Armor Jeep Wrangler Side Armor Pinch Seam Install

At rear section of nerf bar, I just slid the 5-gallon bucket up along the angled part of the nerf bar which gave me enough height & stability to funder tighten the seam bolts.

Tyger Auto Star Armor Jeep Running Boards Installation

Once I had the front & rear bolts in, I was able to align the bar so that the three tub mount bolts tightened right up and that was it.  I tightened the three tub bolts and then went back and tightened the six pinch seam bolts.

Bars were Installed!

Tyger Auto Star Armor Jeep Wrangler Side Armor

Tyger Star Armor Installation Video on YouTube:


Tyger Star Armor Installation Guide PDF Download:

Installation Guide

Pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get installed. After reading a ton of reviews of similar products, I was leery of having to cut/drill/bend/machine parts, but I had none of that with this kit. Tons of other kids on many of the large Jeep sites and shopping sites all reported problems/mods/missing alignment or squeaks while driving.

Tyger Auto Jeep Wrangler Runningboards Kit Summary

I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging, installation, and appearance of this kit. I’ve seen people order similar kits and have problems with fitment, installation, paint and so much more. I didn’t see anything that would lead me to believe it will be rusted out by next week or have water problems or anything like that. The bolts aligned right up, all the hardware was there, and installation even by myself went quick – just took my time.


Before jeep wrangler running boards


Installed Jeep Wrangler Running Boards

I know a lot of people get concerned that you lose some ground clearance. On my vehicle the passenger side has a gas tank skid plate that sits even below these nerf bars so over-all I’m not losing any height/clearance that I can see. I took some undercarriage photos below for you to see.

Looking across vehicle undercarriage – can’t See the passenger side hanging below fuel tank:

Jeep Wrangler Runningboards clearan e

Directly below nerf-bars – Parallel to frame – not much height difference if any at all.

Jeep Wrangler Runningboards under carriage

Looking across undercarriage from Drivers side – not much if any loss of clearance.  This is a stock JKU suspension with 33″ Ko2 Wheels & 17″ Rims.

Jeep Wrangler runningboards height clearance.

I’m happy with the appearance, happy with not losing any clearance and looking forward to taking it out on the trails and reporting back with a field update.

Field Testing Tyger Auto Star Armor Nerf Bars

We’ll keep this posted updated as we field test of these Tyger Auto Running Boards shortly – Meanwhile it’s safe to note that road handling is great, no new noises/squeaks to report and no change in vehicle behavior – even while driving 75MPH wide Texas highways.

October Field Update – A few months with these awesome Jeep Side Steps

We’ve had these Jeep Wrangler running boards installed for a few months now and and driven few thousand miles. So far everything is holding up really well and there is no damage, rust or failure of any of the hardware. We’ll be taking a trip back to Hidden Falls Adventure Park  now that the weather is cooling off and will have a good off road field test shortly.


Great Price / Value

The Tyger Auto Star Armor TG-JA2J2239B Nerf Bar/Running Board kit is a great value kit. Stronger than the plastic ones that come with factory Jeep and more foot space than the Rubicon Rock Sliders. Easy to install, Great Looks and Great Design.

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Good scores across the board, we just wish at this price more running boards would connect to the frame instead of body tub (pinch seams) - however, we'll report back with field experience to see if this is reality or unfounded fear.

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