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Black or Stainless Steel side-step bars?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tcashon, May 16, 2012.

  1. May 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    tcashon

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    Hey guys, need some TW opinions on which color of step bars to get for my 2011 White 4 door Tacoma.

    No other mods yet, but plan on getting the OEM roof rack.

    Thanks for any suggestions or opinions!
     
  2. May 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    VooDoo

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  3. May 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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    Well if u keep all ur chrome on ur truck and u like chrome then get the SS to match. But personally Black all the way for me!
     
  4. May 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    Pugga

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    I like SS just because it doesn't rust. You can always paint them black later but stock black bars are just painted steel and will rust over time if not constantly recoated.
     
  5. May 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    Either looks just fine. Black will match the tires, trim on edge of bed, new roof rack, and similar. Chrome will match the rear bumper, grill, vehicle badges, and similar.

    With that in mind, it's really a matter of which you want to emphasize and/or where (chrome or black) you're planning to go with future modifications. Only you can truly decide.
     
  6. May 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the input :D
     
  7. May 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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    I took the OEM chrome apart, cleaned and used black bedliner... Much better look IMHO and a lot less maint to keep clean and "spot" free... If you're buying, don't go OEM... Very cheap for looks...
     
  8. May 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    F75gunslinger

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    You might look into a stainless set as well. Like someone else said,the plain black ones will rust,and so will chrome over a long period of time. I'm planning on stainless for mine painted black.Far more durable and will probably outlast the truck. And if you like the chrome look the stainless will be good as is.
     
  9. May 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    In this case, when mentioning chrome, we're really talking about the (chrome-look) stainless steel mentioned in the OP's original message, Christian.
     
  10. May 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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    i would go with black. it's more subtle and i hate anything too shiny that shouldn't be.
     
  11. May 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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    Yeah...now that I read that more closely it does say stainless. Sorry..
     
  12. May 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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    I got the ss ones and really like the look over the black ones on my white truck
    and if you decide you don't the polished look you can always paint them
     
  13. May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM
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    I bought stainless Nfabs , I live 75' from the Pacific Ocean and everything rusts quick .

    I plan on getting them powdercoated black at some point
     
  14. May 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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    No need to apologize. You're correct about stainless v chrome. It was our mistake for not being more specific about what we were actually talking about.

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    Why not go with sliders over the steps? They provide protection to your vehicle and can act as a lift point. I'm sure most of the vendors on here can and will modify their sliders wider to give you a step with a bigger bar. They can be bolted on with some frame drilling or welded.
     
  16. May 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    I personally don't like chrome, so the stainless looks like chrome and don't get my vote, but it depends on what you like - it's your truck.
    The rust issue probably makes sense, so maybe painted stainless makes some sense, but mine was black when I bought it ten years ago and it is still as solid as when it was new. I have since painted it to match the truck color, just because I wanted to, not because there was any rust. I like the color matched look instead of stainless vs. black just to be different (mine is magnetic gray - looks black on the picture). However, your truck is white, so I don't know how white bars will look.

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  17. May 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM
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    Thanks guys for all of the input, I'll post pics when I finally make a decision!
     
  18. May 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    I think they both look good, but my opinion is that stainless/chrome gives it a classy traditional look, and black gives it a more offroad look. just my thoughts
     
  19. May 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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    If you're keeping the chrome, then the ss will tie in nicely. I don't think there's enough black to tie in, but that being said, black is one of those colours that is hard to go wrong with.
     
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