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Looking for tube style step bar advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by n2glock, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Dec 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    n2glock

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    Now that my Tacoma is a bit lifted I'd like to maybe get some tube style stap bars for it. I've looked on line but I can only find a brand called Westin. What I'd like is something that's oval shaped that doesn't hang down to low. They need to have some form of a non-slip pad and I would rather they didn't have any logos on them. Finish doesn't matter as I'm gonna have my local body shop paint them to match the truck. Any advice on what fellow members have and some pics would be great. Thanks
     
  2. Dec 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    jflan

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    If you want "oval" you will be looking at more of a "running board" style like the OEM Toyota part.

    Most here use what's called a slider or rock slider because it is a structural part that protects the rig in severe conditions. With some you can use the slider as a jacking point and lift one whole side of the rig off the ground. Sliders are of round tube and/or square tube.

    Types of slider fastening:

    Weld on
    Bolt on (drilling required)
    Bolt on (no drilling required)

    Here's a link with most of the major slider builders listed.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/164975-bumpers-2nd-gens-only.html
     
  3. Dec 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    Rocketball

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    I have black Aires 4" oval tubes on mine. They are powder coated steel. I've had them on my truck for 2 years now and they look good as new. No rust or chipped powder coat at all. I did not like the oval Aires logo in the middle of the steps, so I took them off. They were just a peel and stick label made of thin aluminum.

    http://www.ariesautomotive.com/ovals.html

    The install is a snap. They bolt right up using the factory bolt holes. I also like the slight bend they have at each end. It gives them a bit more of a finished look IMO.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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    babytruck

    babytruck Babytruck, babytruck...I've got a babytruck :)

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    I've got the Westin round tube. They do carry the oval tube but I like this look better. They come in the stainless steel and the black coated steel. The black coated ones will eventually rust because they are not stainless, but they are less expensive. If you are to paint them, I'd go for the black stainless.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    brett1586

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    Don't want to hijack the thread but do you have pictures of your bars? I've been looking at the Aries and have issues finding pictures to see how they fit compared to the body.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    rbeezy

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    the oem ones arent too bad, like the one in my sig
     
  7. Dec 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    X2 These look promising but I'd like to see them on a Tacoma first. If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to see apic of your truck.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    Rocketball

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    Sorry no pics, but they fit pretty tight to the body and do not stick out beyond the fender flares.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    jhatheway

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    I just decided to sell my brand new black Westin bars if interested. Have been used on truck for a day
     
  10. Dec 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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