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Running Boards/Tube Steps for '10 DC

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by madisonsfinest, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Dec 11, 2009 at 12:25 PM
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    madisonsfinest

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    Hi all. I'm looking to get some running boards or tube steps for my truck. I don't see any off roading in my near future, and these would basically be installed to help my mother, and my kids get into the truck. Any suggestions? I do kind of like the look of the oem tube steps. Thanks,

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  2. Dec 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    ASH

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    I'm considering the OEM running boards in black myself. They're also a lower profile compared to the tube steps (which I prefer).

    I had OEM running boards on my Tundra and they worked very well. My kids used them to climb into the cab and I used them on occassion to wash the roof of my truck.
     
  3. Dec 11, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    i bought aries stainless step tubes.i'm like you ,i needed them for the kids.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM
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    The Toyota tube steps are way too high and too close to the truck (leaving little room to step on). They won't help much.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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    Do you have mud flaps on your DC? I've read conflicting reviews that the Aries steps for the doublecab rub up against the front flaps. I am curious if that is true or not.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2009 at 2:08 PM
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    WENT AND MEASURED,THEY ARE 2.5 INCHES FROM MUD FLAP:cool:
     
  7. Dec 11, 2009 at 2:39 PM
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    Hey Mike,
    I just bought a new '10 DC, and also needed the steps for my 2 kids. I liked the look of the OEM tubes, but thought they stuck out just a little too far from the truck (too wide). I went with a set of Westin Platinum 4" ovals in polished stainless steel. They look incredible, definitely glad I went with them. Bought them from autoanything.com when they were 15% off with free shipping, total cost was ~$320.
    see here:
    http://www.autoanything.com/nerf-bars/60A4559A0A0.aspx

    Hope that helps
    Jason
     
  8. Dec 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM
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    bakerla

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    I have the OEM tube steps as well and look great with my silver truck. I have noticed that they seem to be a bit high, but they do protect from door dings. My wife's car door swings into the tube steps rather than my door.
     
  9. Dec 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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    Do you have any pics with them mounted on yours? Thanks,

    Mike
     
  10. Dec 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM
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    [​IMG]

    Bought mine from these guys, good quality, factory mounting.
    May have to call, not sure if they do these specifially anymore.
    May have a newer design??
     
  11. Dec 11, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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    This may be a dumb question, but what is the difference between Nerf Bars, Tube Steps, and Running Boards? Tubes are shape, right? Is Nerf a brand name? Thanks
     
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    I purchased polished stainless steel on ebay for a black access cab.

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    09 Tacomoa 09.07.09.jpg
     
  13. Dec 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    step tubes are straight,nerf bars are like tubes except turned in at the ends,boards are flat:cool:
     
  14. Dec 11, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    Thanks that helps!~ I think I want nerf bars
     
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    Dude...N-Fab with the 3" tube FTW!!! Anything else would be uncivilized
     
  16. Dec 11, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    What do you guys think of these?
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    They are Westin Nerf Bars, but I'm considering the ones in black
     
  17. Dec 11, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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    Why are the polished $150 more? Resists rust better?
     
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    nerf is a general term i think, mine were called nerf bars but dont actually bend at the end.
    The polished are more expensive because of havingto polish them for the finish. they dont help any with rust. But of coarse if you were to get black they would be easier to remove the rust and re-paint. Thats why i always go with black.
    The best advise is to look around and find what you like, and this is one of the best places to do that. General search the internet too, you never know what will pop up
     
  19. Dec 11, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    I couldn't wait! I ordered the Westin Platinum Nerf Bars in Chrome from Autoanything.. Thanks for all of the suggestions fellas!
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. I had Westin Ovals 4" wide on my Dodge Quad years ago. They were nice and sturdy. Being a 4x2 is high enough to need steps for convenience. My concern has been since this is a compact truck that 4" ovals would be too large and look awful. Which is why I may go with running boards vs. side steps. Opinions on size? Black or Chrome for Timberland Mica?

    Not trying to hijack the thread just looking for others to elaborate on the subject.
    Thanks.
     
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