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Are black Westin tube steps durable??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by greyhound, May 28, 2011.

  1. May 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    greyhound

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    I'm thinking seriously about buying a set for my '11 and I see that the black steps are warrantied for 3 years while the stainless ones are for life. That begs the question - how well can I expect the black ones to hold up?

    Some feedback based on personal experience would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. May 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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    I have had the black smittybilt on my truck for about a year. Still look fine but the only reason I got black is because my truck is magnetic grey and to me the black looked better. Other than that I would have spent a little extra and purchased the stainless. I've seen pictures of the black ones rusting, but I believe that will only happen if the paint/powder coat gets damaged. Only time will tell. Bought mine from Auto Anything. Good price and free shipping. If money is no object get welded on sliders instead.
     
  3. May 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    I've personally never seen a set of black ones hold up more than 5 yrs. I've seen stainless and chrome ones hold up on trucks 10-15 yrs old that the owners told me they put on when they bought the truck.

    I personally have the stainless Trail FX ones on my DCLB, the paint on the brackets flaked off but the steps look great after a year and 4 months.
     
  4. May 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM
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    this might be a stupid comment but why not just buy stainless steel ones and make them black...? possible right?
     
  5. May 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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    Get some sliders from a forum vendor and line x or powder them? Will do the same thing and add a hi lift point look waaay better and last. My 2 cents.
     
  6. May 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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    just get yourself some sliders and call it a day. > for about the same amount of money on pre fabbed ones and any slider should as long or longer. IMO plus they look better.
     
  7. May 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    I got the black Westin bull bar and tube steps a couple weeks after buying the truck back in 07. The only place showing wear is the back bracket of the steps due to rocks being thrown...I just give the bracket a coat of gloss black every year to keep it looking good. Also, I wax the tubes and use Mother's "Back to Black" on the pads of the steps. The powder paint is very durable.
     
  8. May 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM
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    Hi Gregg, What part of Jersey are you from ? I just got mine from AutoAnything - $237 Free shipping. Hope they hold up. I would have gone for the SS but thought the black would look better.
     
  9. May 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    I had a 2000 Tacoma with the black Westin step tubes.
    The first set lasted about 5 to 6 years and rusted really bad.
    I put another set on in 2006 they were still on the truck when Toyota bought my truck back for the recall, the only reason I put them on is because they were REAL CHEAP.
     
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    The black one will rust out within a couple of years if u live up north. I went through two sets of them on my old truck in 8 years. The road salt will eat them up.
     
  11. May 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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    I just bought some smittybilts and expect them to be put on tomorrow. I live up north where they use salt on roads like it was free. I take pretty good care of my stuff, but you cant always get to the salt and I know its gonna get these things. If I can get 3 years out of them, I will be happy.
     
  12. May 30, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    I've got black Westins on my F250 and they started rusting at about 5 yrs.I went with stainless on the Taco.If you want black stainless Summit Racing carries them.
     
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    I would not spend $237 on "tube steps" of any kind. For about the same amount money you could have real sliders that will protect your truck. Tube steps have been known to create more damage to vehicles while off roading if hit. If your not offroading much, it should not matter. I personally like the Tacoma Factory running boards made of a black molded plastic. I think they look cleaner then tube steps, with the black color and thin profile design. Have you seen these?
     
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    Amazon has them free shipping, i paid $180 ish 2 months ago.
     
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    I just got mine too. I hope I get more then 3 years - SS was just $100 more and they should last for ever. I have read on TW that the SS are just steel coated with chrome. Hard to believe they could get away with that.
     
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    Thanks for all the feed-back. Since I plan to own this truck a long time and I do live in "salt country", I have rulled the black Westins out now. (not even sure they make them for the access cab anyway). Will now focus on SS; don't care for the look of running boards.
     
  18. May 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    I live in Vermont, and I've had the black Westins on my access cab for just over a year now. So far so good, no rust, and just the normal scratches from use.
     
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    I have the factory Toyota step tubes on my 08 TRD Rugged Trail and love them.
    Someone told me they are painted aluminum, they bolt right up.
    They came on my truck from the factory, but knowing what I do now if it came without them that is what I would put on.
     
  20. May 30, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    AutoAnything has a decent price on Smittybuilt steps. They have the SS. From what I've read here on TW they are the same as Nfab for less $. Use the code loyalty for a good is count. Free shipping and no sales tax.
     
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