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Running Boards or Tubes?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 80 atoyot, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Nov 15, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    80 atoyot

    80 atoyot [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am going to add a set on either to my 08 access cab. I like the look and its will make it easier for the Mrs to get in and out.

    I was leaning toward Westin boards as they are wider and look like the are sturdier than tubes. Will these get in the way? Any Cons to putting them on?

    BTW I dont off road at all so that is not an issue.

    So what do you guys use/recommend?
     
  2. Nov 15, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

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    If they're strictly for assisting the Mrs. getting in and out of the truck, I'd go with boards. I've got bars and they don't stick out enough to really be effective and they can be slippery and be more of a hazard than a help.
     
  3. Nov 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    i tell ya what. Tubes are junk. people thinkthey look tough i think... which is contrary to true. i personally hate them and their fake toughness.

    i bought the running boards for the kids sake. theyre All step, not a tiny pad on a slippery tube and theres no paint to scratch. they bolt into welded nuts in the body. theyre the smart choice.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    everything westin makes is junk and universal fit... buy the toyota ones...
     
  5. Nov 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    tiresmokintacoma

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    i have the nfab steps. I picked these because they actually go down and actually help you get in a lifted truck. My girlfriend loves them beacuse she doesnt struggle to get in. The only thing I dont like is that when wet, they are slippery.
     
  6. Nov 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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    I looked at the NFab ones because they do actually drop down.
    They are pricey though.

    Island I hear what you say too. I looked at the Westin, but have no information about them. They aint cheap either.

    The issue I see with boards is they don't seem to drop down at all. Might as well step right into the truck. How much drop do they add?
     
  7. Nov 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    80 atoyot

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    I called my local dealer to see what the havem he suggested the running boards. I got the part no and did an online search.

    PT212-35053

    Just google that number, they look pretty good, although mostly plastic.
     
  8. Nov 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    390 with tax.

    I'll bet there's a better price online.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    RLDTACO

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    I just installed a small lift on my truck and had to add some steps to make it easier for the wife to get in. I chose the N-fab steps for the same reasons as Tiresmokintacoma. The OEM running boards look ok, but the step up looked too high for my wife. Hope this helps.
    Bob
     
  10. Nov 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    smithrw

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    I had an o8 access cab. We put on some westin running boards and loved them. A short time later my knees gave out and we had to sell the truck and get into a 4x2 instead. I took the westin boards off after only being on for about 2 months. If you are considering used ones let me know.
     
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