Westin Triple Tube Rock Rails

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I wonder if those that have noise issues installed them wrong or didn’t torq the bolts down right or maybe bolted one body mount section at a time. I slowly bolted them down by doing each bolt a little at a time like you do when putting 9n a tire. And I had a jack hold them up.
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I had creaking for a while too. My neighbor who is a fellow Jeeper helped me take pretty much all of the hardware off the passenger side and start over. The Jeep had actually started to eat one of the washers because it was so small compared to the oval hole. We put fender washers on those. That movement had caused bad things to happen on the U bolt, so we had to spacer it out. Thankfully I didn't break anything. My creaking is gone though!

I dipped my pinch seams using Rustoleum Peel Coat Tungsten. It looks like it has a bit of texture and matches perfectly. Sprayed it over Grey Plasti Dip first.

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Has anyone replaced the U bolt with a single hex bolt and placed extra large washers by frame?
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Has anyone replaced the U bolt with a single hex bolt and placed extra large washers by frame?
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I admit when I first installed it I was skeptical about that U-Bolt. I think that's honestly the only negative about these. They should have thought that out better but honestly I have had ZERO issues with it and no noise whatsoever on mine. I really like that and for what I needed them for they are great.
 

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Installed mine in an afternoon. I realized that you can slip them in on an angle around the body mounts so you dont have to even touch those.

No squeaking on mine and i was well aware of the potential when i bought them.

Mine are getting scraped up from rocks on the trail. Just scratches. No dents or anything. I actually put my big floor jack under it to try it out and no issues. Jeep went right up. No affect on the rails. Though i only tried it out. I wouldnt recommend that as a jacking point
 

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Also, i checked everywhere that sells these. Even with forum discounts it was still cheapest at Jegs, even though charge for s/h and oversize fee. And arrived FAST
 

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Installed mine in an afternoon. I realized that you can slip them in on an angle around the body mounts so you dont have to even touch those.
That was some really valuable info. Thanks!
I put mine on tonight and didn't have a wrench with a long enough to get the leverage I needed to free up that bolt. Came to this forum and saw your post which saved me a trip to the store.

Hopefully mine don't squeak like others.
 

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I had creaking for a while too. My neighbor who is a fellow Jeeper helped me take pretty much all of the hardware off the passenger side and start over. The Jeep had actually started to eat one of the washers because it was so small compared to the oval hole. We put fender washers on those. That movement had caused bad things to happen on the U bolt, so we had to spacer it out. Thankfully I didn't break anything. My creaking is gone though!

I dipped my pinch seams using Rustoleum Peel Coat Tungsten. It looks like it has a bit of texture and matches perfectly. Sprayed it over Grey Plasti Dip first.

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Nice job on the pinch seems. The OCD in me makes me a little sad about mine...
Still, pretty cool rails and not a terribly difficult install once I learned I didn't really need to undo that body/frame bolt.

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the Smittybilt steps are almost identical and come with a nice black cover for the pinch seam. with my jeep's color its not very obvious but i still wanted to get a pair to cover that spot up. maybe they will sell just those covers..

ive had my westin tubes on for a couple of years now. ive beat on them, slid on them, gouged them and jacked the jeep up with them. i have zero creaking issues with mine. im wondering if it might be from someone tightening one bolt all the way, then the next, then the next, etc... i snug them each then go back and tighten them up. that's the only thing i can think of as to why they would creak. they are super solid tubes. i cant foresee any bending metal or cracking welds.
 

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the Smittybilt steps are almost identical and come with a nice black cover for the pinch seam. with my jeep's color its not very obvious but i still wanted to get a pair to cover that spot up. maybe they will sell just those covers..

ive had my westin tubes on for a couple of years now. ive beat on them, slid on them, gouged them and jacked the jeep up with them. i have zero creaking issues with mine. im wondering if it might be from someone tightening one bolt all the way, then the next, then the next, etc... i snug them each then go back and tighten them up. that's the only thing i can think of as to why they would creak. they are super solid tubes. i cant foresee any bending metal or cracking welds.
Thanks for the idea and google search inspiration.
I found these: https://www.extremeterrain.com/hamm...nch-weld-cover-600-56-0759-jeep-wrangler.html

Should do the trick. Hopefully I can install without removing the Westin rails. We’ll see.
 

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Just want to report that there was squeaking noise like others have reported.
Not sure what that was all about for them. Hopefully it stays that way.

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You mean, no squeking noises. Lol
 
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