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do your Nfab, Smittybuilt, Predator or Go Rhino steps get in the way?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by heckeng, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. Nov 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM
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    heckeng

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    The stock running boards get in the way more than they help. I find myself awkwardly stretching over them to get in and out. I would like to have some protection for the rocker panels though. I like stainless because of the lack of rust issue. I am looking at nfab and gorhino step bars but I have read that people feel like they just get in the way too. My truck is stock height too so I don't need the step, just the protection from rocks, snow, and people scraping the rockers when getting in and out.

    Any suggestions? Do you have Nfabs or Go Rhinos and not feel that way?
     
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  2. Nov 6, 2014 at 6:22 AM
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    Crosis

    Crosis Tertiary adjunct to unimatrix 01

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    I have never had an issue with my NFabs getting in the way.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM
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    boogie3478

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    I have the Nfab rock sliders with detachable steps and they don't get in the way. Taking the steps off when off-roading is a great feature.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2014 at 7:18 AM
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    geekhouse23

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    Sliders.

    They usually come with a particular degree (10, 12 etc) but you can get them set to 0 as more of a step but still protect from flying doors, rocks, and you get the added protection when off roading if that's your thing. Throw some ladder grip tape on there and you have a great step up into your truck during rain, snow, and ice. That's what I did on mine.
     
  5. Dec 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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    Dkidcat

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    I took my stock 2009 Tacoma step sides off for two reasons:

    1 - They get in the way more than help.
    If I used them, I had to duck back down to get in.
    And If I didn't use them, they made me stretch across them.

    2 - I think the truck looks better w/o them. Looks higher.
     
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  6. Dec 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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    Dkidcat

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    So, mine will be put up for sale.
    I do like the way the NFab steps look.
     
  7. Dec 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM
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    RKCRUZA

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    If you are wanting steps, the N-fab wheel to wheel have hoop type steps that at least for me at 6'2" don't get in the way. The hoops are far enough forward that when I get out my leg goes behind the step. Tried them out on another vehicle at a local dealer and then ordered them for my new truck. You can also get them in stainless steel.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM
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    o0oSHADOWo0o

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    The stock tube steps are useless as far as I'm concerned. They sit too high and too close to the cab to be useful as a step.

    I went with Go Rhino 5" Xtreme Oval tube steps. They hang lower and further out. I don't do any extreme off roading so they work for me. If I do eventually get a 3" lift, they will work just as well as they do now in providing a surface to step on.

    Here is a thread reviewing these: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/pro...ct-review.html
     
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  9. Dec 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM
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    I've got the NFAB step bars. They do not get in the way. I use them when tying down my kayaks/canoes. My wife uses them to get in and out of the truck. I don't do any serious offroading so no need for sliders.
     
  10. Dec 27, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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    Sliders. Steps lose clearance the lower they go. Several offer little to no parking lot protection. Read the reviews on nfab sliders before buying to ensure you get what you want and what you pay for. Many have stated only for show. My wife uses sliders as step.
     
  11. Dec 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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    What sliders do you have tht can still be used as a decent step? I have another thread on this exact question. Thank you
     
  12. Dec 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM
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    The Nfabs are decent as steps but worthless for door dings(too low) and off road use. I will eventually sell my N-fabs and am leaning towards BAMF sliders with fill plates and probably with a 0-10 degree angle like another TW member's Pugga:

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  13. Dec 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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    I removed the stock step bars about 2 weeks after purchasing my truck. I went with the N-Fabs and I am much happier with them!
     
  14. Dec 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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    I had RBP steps and didnt care for them because they got in the way cause im tall. I also have a 3inch lift and 255/80/17s. So i ditched the steps and am building a DIY BAMF slider kit ive set the angles to 20 degrees and fit tested them yesterday and they look sick. Im going to but some nonskid on the top to prevent people from busting their @ss when getting in the cab when its wet out.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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    The wife uses them, I just step over them.
     
  17. Dec 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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    I would choose sliders because they can give better protection than side steps.
     

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