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Old 08-21-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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Side Steps Installed

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.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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Great write up and pics.

Just gotta ask, what brand of beer is that?
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:04 AM   #3
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^ Sir, this is a side step thread

I got a pair of side steps to keep the parking lot door dings at a minimum and got a pair like those that mount to the axle. They did not stick out very much past the side of the truck so did not work for what I wanted them for.
Then, I got another set.. the kind that mount into the body of the truck and they were so much more easy to mount than the axle mount type and they sick past the side of the truck a decent amount.
The body mount type may not be as strong as the axle mount though?
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^ Sir, this is a side step thread

I got a pair of side steps to keep the parking lot door dings at a minimum and got a pair like those that mount to the axle. They did not stick out very much past the side of the truck so did not work for what I wanted them for.
Then, I got another set.. the kind that mount into the body of the truck and they were so much more easy to mount than the axle mount type and they sick past the side of the truck a decent amount.
The body mount type may not be as strong as the axle mount though?
Axle mount?
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Lets see, there were several beers there: Deschutes (from Oregon), Skinny Dip (from the makers of Fat Tire in CO) and I believe a longboard ale.

Not sure what you mean by axle. Both of my side steps on my trucks bolt into the frame rails.

I never thought about the side steps as insurance against door dings. Just another good reason to pick up a set.
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Axle mount?
Frame mount, my Bad

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Lets see, there were several beers there: Deschutes (from Oregon), Skinny Dip (from the makers of Fat Tire in CO) and I believe a longboard ale.

Not sure what you mean by axle. Both of my side steps on my trucks bolt into the frame rails.

I never thought about the side steps as insurance against door dings. Just another good reason to pick up a set.

oops, frame mount is what I meant. It is a good thing I'm not building them, there is no telling what people would be driving around in. I used a level to plum up from the step and where the door sticks out the most the frame mount step stuck past one eighth of an inch and the body mount sticks out one half of an inch. The oval type steps really stick past a lot, but I like the look of the round step. out of curiosity, try them out by pulling up next to a car (someone you know) and see if your steps actually do block the door from hitting, would be interesting to know...
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OP, sorry to further clutter up your thread.
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^ Sir, this is a side step thread
thanks for that info. I was just commenting on OP's pic in his side step thread
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I got a pair of side steps to keep the parking lot door dings at a minimum and got a pair like those that mount to the axle. They did not stick out very much past the side of the truck so did not work for what I wanted them for.
Then, I got another set.. the kind that mount into the body of the truck and they were so much more easy to mount than the axle mount type and they sick past the side of the truck a decent amount.
The body mount type may not be as strong as the axle mount though?
I think the axle mount type would definitely be stronger than the body mount type.
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I will try to open my neighbor's mustang door and see if it makes contact with my side steps or if it hits my door.

The oval steps appear to be much more functional in terms of preventing door dings (from cars...lifted trucks are another matter) because they protrude farther from the frame and extend the full length of the cab, whereas the step-style bars only protrude at the step point for the front and rear doors.

Results to follow. More pics to come too if I can get some time at lunch to take truck out for some shots.
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More pics as promised!

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My Westin side steps should be here today, this write up & pics are awesome.

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I am interested in seeing how you added the side-steps. Can you update the links to your pictures? The links are broken.

http://mattkellerman.com/dump/tacoma/sidesteps/1.jpg
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I just installed the exact same ones only in black. Ended up taking them to my mechanic for the install. Paint was in the threads at the tube ends, an impact wrench was used to bolt them to the mounting brackets. Impact wrench was also used to bolt the bracket to the passenger side frame.

My suggestion would be to bolt the brackets to the ends of the tube before bolting to the frame.
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Nice look. Thinking about doing the same w/ my truck. I had some on my Tundra and really liked them. They were used for a step up for my wife and daughter. Not needed on the Taco but still like the look.

Glad to see that was a 2-3 beer job. Not too bad.
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seems like a lot of extra hardware and work when there are side steps that mount in pre placed bolt holes directly under the cab.
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