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Powdercoating OEM Tube Steps - How do you remove the pads??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fatsac, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    fatsac

    fatsac [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone powdercoated their steps? The clips holding the pads in place are impossible to get to!
    If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know. I'm considering breaking the clips and gluing the pads back in place.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Nov 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    At first I was wondering the same thing and then everyone convinced me how cheesy they were so now I'm waiting for AllPro sliders to go on sale for the holidays.

    I've got a set of stock tube steps I'll be unloading shortly.

    RZ Rob
     
  3. Nov 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    I taped mine off. There are a bunch of plastic clips holding them on and you would probably ruin the pads getting them off. Someone on the forum said that the pads were $50 apiece to replace.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM
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    If they hadn't come with the truck, I'd be all over some Avid or Nfab. I figure powdercoat will be unique and never chip. No matter what I've painted, it always seems to chip and flake. No need for one more thing to keep up with but to each their own.
     
  5. Nov 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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    50 bones each for pads... ouch!

    Is there no way to slip a clip tool under the pad while gently lifting upwards to free the pad without damaging the retainer clip?

    Depending on what weather you drive in, PC will still chip. Not nearly as easy as paint... even commercial finishes with hardener don't hold up like PC. If you live say, here... welcome to PA... the calcium DOT uses kills everything!

    I'd try locating the clips with a thin flexible putty knife and try to determine which way to apply pressure - straight on or side to side - while lifting the pad. Otherwise, painting over 'em, (not) or masking it off for paint is about the only other option as stated above.
     
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