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N-Fab Side Step Install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kyitty, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Mar 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM
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    Kyitty

    Kyitty [OP] Mr. Beard

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    Hey Taco fans! I just installed a new set of N-Fab 2" Nerf Bars on my 2015 Tacoma Double Cab. I haven't seen a ton of up close photos of these installed on Tacomas so I thought I'd post some to share.

    I ordered mine through Amazon.com for like $329 with free shipping. Arrived very well packaged. From unbox to complete install was about half an hour. I'm NOT a handy do it yourself type and this was a piece of cake. All you need is a 13mm Wrench or Rachet/socket. I just parked my truck in the garage, lay down underneath it and hooked it all on myself. Five bolts for each side. Pre-drilled factory holes are already in place. You just pop out the plastic fillers that are fit into the holes (which you can do with your finger tips) and screw the bolts in.

    One piece of advice: lay a blanket down. I scuffed my driver side nerf bar on the concrete floor and left some scratches in the powder coat.

    I've had them on a matter of hours so far. But I like how they look. Should make my kids happy as they complain about having to climb into the truck without a step!

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    In case anyone is interested in the height of the step relative to the threshold of the cab here's a photo for you! None of the manufacturers actually tell you how their step measures relative to the vehicle itself. I find this to be kind of annoying. If you're trying to decide which step is going to work best for your needs this seems like an important point.

    It appears to be that you reduce the step height about 9-10" total.

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    Here's how they ship:
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    They are bundled together in heavy bubble wrap with some foam and tape. They were secured to one another very tightly to prevent rubbing. Each in it's own bubble wrap. The box they shipped in was pretty thick cardboard and came via UPS without a single blemish in it.
     
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  2. Mar 4, 2015 at 1:15 PM
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    I don't have side steps and probably won't buy any at this time, but these are the best looking ones. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Mar 4, 2015 at 1:24 PM
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    Kyitty

    Kyitty [OP] Mr. Beard

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    Thanks!

    The look is exactly why I went this route. Also considered the Go Rhino Dominator D2's. I can see though that for anyone who wants to go off-roading a lift would be in order to compensate for the low hanging steps. But that'll be a ways off for me - as will better tires.

    The Toyota dealer tried to sell me on the "Toyota" branded plastic running boards. I didn't like how those would look at all.

    Primarily I got them for looks and my children's sake. I've driven the truck twice since installing them and neither time did I use the step to get in. Haha! And I'm not tall. Though if I ever lift the truck any I can see how they'd be good.
     
  4. Mar 4, 2015 at 2:14 PM
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    I installed the n fab rails without steps. Already smashed the hell out of one of them. Better that than the cab of my truck.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2015 at 2:19 PM
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    Kyitty [OP] Mr. Beard

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    True story! I'm not ready for the trails yet though. Still an in-town mover for now. Already dumped too much money into this thing. Side steps, K&N Intake, have a tailgate plate (from Relentless Fabrication) to install, and just had a stereo system done on Monday!

    Someday perhaps tires, wheels, 2-3" lift?
     
  6. Mar 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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    Link for the one you bought?
     
  7. Mar 4, 2015 at 8:32 PM
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  8. Mar 4, 2015 at 10:46 PM
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    Look great! I'm going to do the NFAB steps too but am going to wait until I put a lift on.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM
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    Have had the same ones for about 4 months now. I like them as they let the short folks in with ease and I don't hit them getting in and out (I don't use the steps). I got the more satin look ones...

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  10. Mar 5, 2015 at 1:14 AM
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    avs rain guards,,,tyger auto tubesteps... stealth SR8's.265/70/17,ridge grapplers..shiftsense pro...
    installed a set of these on my pro about 2 months ago,, they were 276.00 on Amazon,, always check the price of something on amazon over a 2 week period as there prices go up and down all the time..
     

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