What better to do on a summer Saturday than mod the taco. Today I added Westin Signature Chrome side steps (part no 25-2670) and a Grillcraft chrome grill.
There are lots of write-ups on adding grills, but I haven't seen any on the side steps. The tube-style steps were actually more difficult than installing Nfab-style steps I put on my tundra, so hopefully this will help save some folks some time.
Tools: You'll need a 3/4" socket and ratchet, a 3/4" wrench, and a 12mm socket and ratchet. Beers are optional.
On the drivers side, take off the 4 12mm bolts for the gas tank cover. Taking off the plastic cover will give you room for installing the rear bracket required to mount the side steps.
You'll also want to unbolt the brake lines so you have some wiggle room when installing the front bracket. I believe this screw is also 12mm.
Here's the tricky part--the hardware. Notice the long grade A bolt welded to a piece of steel stock. The idea is to hold onto the end of the piece of steel stock and feed it up through the frame to a hole in the frame about 12 inches in.
The welded bolt is shown on the top, with another grade A bolt on the bottom of the bracket which will thread into the end of the tube step.
I got a little crazy with the 3/4" wrench and tightened it too much. As a result I bent the bracket slightly. No big deal.
Rear bracket mounted and in place. I used a little WD40 on the threads to make things go smoother.
Threading the bolt into the tube step.
Drivers' side front installed.
Drivers' side rear installed.
Side steps and chrome grill installed. My neighbor's mustang. After I was done working on my truck we got the 'stang into the triple digits. I'll try to get some better photos soon of the side steps. I did a load/bounce test (I'm 210lbs) and they seem to be very sturdy.