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Side step advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Rastatt055, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. Jan 21, 2021 at 7:57 PM
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    averagejp

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    I researched this forever and here is where I ended up. Only offering this in case it helps. Of course, this is one person's opinion -- this works for me and may not work for you.

    First, I don't need rock sliders at this point. I do go off-road, and I like rock sliders but they are overkill for what I need. Offroading here in the Northeast and northern Canada (especially Quebec) I just don't encounter the kind of trails where they are needed. I still like rock sliders and may get them if I do more rugged off roading but I don't need them yet.

    Second, I liked the standard Toyota side steps and researched them. Not a fan of the Predator steps. Love the look. Like the idea. But they always seemed a bit off to me. Meaning the front step is too far forward where you would plant your foot and hoist yourself up. I have two friends with them on their trucks. One loves them. One hates them. So I passed on those. I did like the rounded tube steps ... but the Toyota ones cost far more than they need to. Again, my opinion.

    Third, purchased 5 inch rounds ones from Running Board Warehouse. They cost like a third of the Toyota OEM steps and I like them. Beefy. Plenty of space for my wife and kid to use and the overall cost was pretty low. I figured I would try them and keep them on the truck until I decide if I need sliders or find something better. Overall, super happy with these. And, really like the folks at Running Board Warehouse. Great customer service.

    https://runningboardwarehouse.com/p/ionic-5-black-curved-nerf-bars/v/toyota/tacoma/2020/

    Just a little background in case anyone finds that useful ...
     
  2. Jan 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM
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    Koolbreeze7

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  3. Jan 21, 2021 at 9:03 PM
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    2nd & 3rd Gen are interchangeable as long as the wheel base is the same length
     
  4. Jan 22, 2021 at 1:42 AM
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  5. Jan 22, 2021 at 3:27 AM
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    woodsy

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    My truck came with the factory tube steps and I had the same exact problem.

    I bought these steps and am happy with them so far: https://www.amazon.com/APS-Aluminum...-21317--8-1---&vehicleName=2020+Toyota+Tacoma

    Also, they are aluminum so if you get a chip in the paint they don't rust.

    Here is a picture of them on my DCSB Sport.
    20201217_183804.jpg
     
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  6. Jan 22, 2021 at 9:09 AM
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    Koolbreeze7

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    Did you go steel? I had the OEM tubes on my totaled 09 and they had some corrosion, hence my getting the aluminum OEM ones. Also, I couldnt retrieve them from Copart where my truck was towed. GLWS they should go quick.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2021 at 9:16 AM
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    farmtacoma

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    I would be VERY interested, but I am in CA, and you are in PA :(
     
  8. Jan 22, 2021 at 10:10 AM
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    No aluminum.
     
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  9. Jan 22, 2021 at 10:11 AM
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    No hurry to sell them. Not interested in shipping them. Too painful these days.
     
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  10. Jan 22, 2021 at 10:43 AM
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    trdtacomabob

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    Running boards, LED lights all around, Bed Step, Auto Start, Backup Anytime Front\Rear camera, relocated ECT PWR switch, under hood lighting, chrome delete kits, Gas Hole, Integrated locking tailgate, bed USB & 12V ports, access cab USB & 12V ports
    I installed the iBoards. Although they have a nice clean look and super easy to install, I've found them to be a bit too high to add any step-in\step-out value. I am debating replacing them with something more functional in the spring.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1n4cwD-f6M (not my video)
     
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  11. Jan 22, 2021 at 11:19 AM
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    I was thinking of 6" wide (dropped 3" below the rocker with full length back-plates), aluminum, (squared off to the wheel wells, so custom mud flaps can be formed to them) full running boards, from wheel well to wheel well.
    Problem is, I can't track anything down that grabs me.
    Or 5" Aluminum Nerf Bars.
     
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  12. Jan 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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    I went from Philly area to Harrisburg to get mine. Should have waited...;)
     
  13. Jan 24, 2021 at 7:52 AM
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    I just received my SR5 Double cab a week ago with the "Cast Aluminum Running Board" and decided that I do not like them.
    I talked to my dealer and they say they cannot swap for the "Predator Tube Steps" because the window sticker includes them. They said they would talk to the Service manager to see if they have the Predators on a Used Truck to swap, so far the only ones located were not in very new like condition.
    I would like to swap, I'm in the central Indiana area if anyone is interested.
    The Cast Aluminum are PN: PT76735160 msrp $795
    The Predator Tube Steps are PN: PT925-35170 msrp $649
     
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  14. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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    What is a good used price for the predator steps.
     
  15. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:30 AM
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    Jim1946

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    These are the ones I have. I like them a lot. They work well for ingress and egress as well as providing a platform to wash the top of my truck. I don’t bang my leg on them either. I highly recommend these if it fits your need.
     
  16. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:31 AM
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    Did yours come stock with them ? I am deciding with these versus predator steps.
     
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  17. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:33 AM
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    Cleanest look too
     
  18. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:35 AM
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    Aluminum for durability. no slip surface and the contours look great. Got mine to aid passengers gain entrance to the cab
     
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  19. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:37 AM
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    farmtacoma

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    When you getting out of truck is it too wide that you have to watch out for them ?

    I like the look better than predator ... but am worried since the font drop down enough can it really b used as a steps?
     
  20. Jan 24, 2021 at 8:37 AM
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    Jim1946

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    I bought them after buying the truck. I bought them online for like $650.
     
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