I bent one of my running boards also. It bent back pretty easily by jumping on it and metal memory, but yeah there needs to be something more sturdy for sure.Still loving my stock Gen2, but bent the running boards up so bad they hit the doors in Matomi wash then down an even tighter side canyon following modified Jeeps and Broncos. Had Randy Ellis Designs in Phoenix make these trick hard core rock slider/running boards. He sells them as a kit now. I've tested them on some Colorado passes, hit and dragged over rocks and they are holding up great and look fantastic too. Check em out! BTW, running Yokohama 35's, X-AT now. Really liking the tires too.