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OEM Runningboard help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacojimbo, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Sep 23, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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    tacojimbo

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    Hi, I'm new to this site, and have a question to start with. I am thinking of installing some oem runningboards on my truck, but I haven't physically seen them as of yet. Can anyone tell me what the measurements are? I want to know how much lower it is from the body..I mean is it low enough to assist in getting in the truck? Also, how wide is the step? Any help or pics would be great...Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 23, 2011 at 9:49 PM
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    Here is a picture of my truck. I added the running boards shortly after purchasing the truck and love them. Definately makes it easier to get in and out.[​IMG]
     
  3. Sep 24, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    The flat black running boards are high and tight - they don't extend below the frame at all. They basically only cover the pinch welds. They stick out maybe an inch more than the factory fender flares. Just enough to give you some door ding protection.

    I got mine for $150 off craigslist.

    I've also seen some older factory silver running boards that look like a significnatly different and more bulky design. Do not like them.
     
  4. Sep 24, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    NO Chrome,3" NFab's steps,TRD skid,Wet okie's.011 grill, k&n,5100's,All this comes right off when the old lady says let's go get a NEW ONE!!!
    I have running boards on mine not crazy about the look. I got mine off TW they stuck out to far for me so I cut 2in off the brackets to make em flush with the finder flares. The 95 yo mom in law needs em as do the little kid's. I'm still on the hunt for bolt on sliders at the right price. They just look better to me..... Jim
     
  5. Sep 24, 2011 at 7:11 AM
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    Here are some pics of mine, they came on the truck from the dealer and are about 3-4 inches wide. I must say they are kinda awkward compared to rails I've had on previous trucks. Kinda hard to explain but they are mounted so close to the level of the cab that it's almost like they serve no purpose as you still have to step up as high as w/o them. Then once you are on them when transitioning to the seat it's like you are too high. But if you try to not use them, they stick out too far and it's awkward to get to the seat. My step-daughter hates them. I do like the fact that it's hard for a car to ding my doors with them. I park in the garage and my wife's car can not hit the truck, only the rails.

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  6. Sep 24, 2011 at 7:14 AM
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    ImpulseRed008

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    I have the same ones ^^ The dogs and grand kids use them to get in.
     
  7. Sep 24, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    tacojimbo

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    Thanks alot for the replies to my question, they're very helpful. I was kinda thinking that the oem boards ARE too high to be of any assistance, but wasn't sure. I've been considering some Smittybilt steps, as they are lower and stick out enough to prevent door dings. I like the look of the oem ones, but wish they were more functional. I guess I'll have to go look at the Smittybilt ones b/4 I finally decide. Thanks all...this is a great site with lots of info...Jim
     
  8. Sep 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM
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    Don't take it the wrong way, mine are functional, but they are a bit awkward at first. I've gotten used to them now though. Maybe you can find one at the dealership with the factory's so you can see them for yourself?
     
  9. Sep 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM
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    I had the dealership install the OEM tube steps at purchase
    quite pricey installed.
    Like the look OK, but the location issue is the same as the OP's.
    May install sliders in the future, but they have the the same issue, if not worse.

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    Below are N-Fab Nerf Bars. May be an alternative as they are lower and protrude outward.
    If you plan offroading, they are not a good option for obvious reasons.

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  10. Sep 25, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    I had the ones like cape codder above (not nfabs but oem). They were helpful using my thule roof rack and at times getting into the truck.
    Even after 4 yrs, when I took them off no rust! This was in VT. Could not believe how well they held up!

    6 bolts per side mount to factory holes. Good luck with your purchase. I am going with either westin or gorhino on my tundra.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    I took off my OEM tube steps the first month I bought my taco,sold them on clist. They are ugly in my opinion. One of these days when the Mustang is almost "done" I will invest in some sliders
     
  12. Sep 25, 2011 at 8:32 AM
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    Thanks again for the additional comments and pics...they're really helpful. I'm leaning on going with the Smittybilt stainless, but first i'll go to the store and get a look at them...You guys are great! Jim
     
  13. Dec 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM
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    I bought the same ones and installed my self,EASY to install, four bolts dont pay a dealer to do this,i DONT LIKE MINE.
     
  14. Dec 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM
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    holy thread revival Batman!

    i don't know why there is so much hate on the hood scoop..it looks badass!

    nice pics and nice taco!!!
     
  15. Dec 22, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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    Thread revival comes form ME using the search function for info on certain topics and not having to make a new post:D, i like the hood scoops ,but i dont have it on my 2005.
     
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