1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Side Steps Lower than OEM - 2012 Tacoma DC?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by stewartx, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:51 AM
    #1
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    My first question posted. Seeking to replace the OEM side steps on my 2012 Tacoma double cab. At virtually the same height as the interior floorboards, almost have to jump to the ground while getting out and drop into the seat while getting in. Seems easier to just step over, not on, the side steps to get in and out (which isn't fun in itself).

    Spent days looking at the various side steps / nerf bars shown in pictures throughout this website. Most didn't provide a clear impression of the height. Gave up on that process and decided to use the more direct approach (ask).

    Anyway, any suggestions regarding stainless or chrome side steps / nerf bars which clearly hang lower than the floorboards or bottom of truck cab? Access is more important than off-road protection. Not overly thrilled with the look of the N-Fab or similar Avid steps.

    By the way, are the mounting points on the 2012 double cab the same as earlier (2009, 2010, etc) double cab models?

    Truly appreciate any guidence or suggestions. Example pictures would obviously help as well, but would be far more than I expect. Thanks.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM
    #2
    drwoodr

    drwoodr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Member:
    #65781
    Messages:
    71
    Gender:
    Male
    Pennsylvania
    Vehicle:
    2012 DC 4X4 SR5
    side steps, heated seats, tonneau cover, rocky mounts
  3. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    #3
    Metalhead77

    Metalhead77 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Member:
    #62645
    Messages:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    CA central coast
    Vehicle:
    2012 DC LB sport upgrade 4x4
    Access bed cover-bed mat-Westin polished stainless steel steps-front skid plate BFG Rugged Terrain tires
    I pet these on a few days ago. Light and functional, Westin polished aluminum steps.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I like them, but they were more for my 5'1'' wife who uses them every time she gets in or out. They sit lower than the bottom of the truck, these might be a good option for you.
     
  4. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM
    #4
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    That's certainly good to know.

    Nice, but a little bit larger in diameter than I prefer.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM
    #5
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    Those Westin steps might just work. Seem to sit several inches lower than the steps currently installed on my truck. Do you happen to remember the specific model number?
     
  6. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:11 PM
    #6
    COMAtose HI

    COMAtose HI Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Member:
    #70155
    Messages:
    1,968
    Gender:
    Male
    808
    Vehicle:
    2012 TRD SPORT 4x4
    6" Procomp Stage 1 Suspension Lift, Custom 6" Alcan Springs, N-Fab Side Steps, Husky Floor Liners, Wet Okole Seat Covers, Debadged, Weathertech Side Window Deflectors, 13" Antenna from AntennaX.com, 35% Tint for front windows, Procomp 7032 Series 18x9 wheels, 33x12.50 Nitto Mud Grappler tires
    my friend has the 2012 with the OEM steps and i just installed the n-fab steps. i think the n-fabs stick out a little farther from the body...therefore it is a little easier to get in and out of the truck. the OEM steps are a little closer, but i find myself and others hitting the door edge before actually stepping onto the steps and entering the truck. please correct me if anyone has experienced or feels different about this.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM
    #7
    Metalhead77

    Metalhead77 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Member:
    #62645
    Messages:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    CA central coast
    Vehicle:
    2012 DC LB sport upgrade 4x4
    Access bed cover-bed mat-Westin polished stainless steel steps-front skid plate BFG Rugged Terrain tires
    Westin 23-2770 E-Series Polished Stainless Steel Side Steps
     
  8. Jan 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM
    #8
    Hardscrabble

    Hardscrabble Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Member:
    #50838
    Messages:
    1,491
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    McDonough, GA
    Vehicle:
    Timberland Mica 4X4
    Leather seats, WeatherTech's, Access LiteRider tonneau cover, extra D-rings in bed & tailgate. Pelley lightbar with Hella 700FF's. Temp./compass O/H console.
    The support brackets have elonged slots, at least the tubes that came on my truck do. The slots allow for some adjustments, it might be enough to make them work for you. Good luck.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2012 at 4:36 AM
    #9
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    I've taken a good, hard, look at the N-Fab steps (which probably would do the job, even though I'm not especially fond of the look), but those things are not cheap. On top of that, I'll have to sell the existing steps on my truck at a loss. The combined amount is simply more than I want to spend.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2012 at 4:37 AM
    #10
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    That's what I thought, but wanted to be sure. Assuming I don't get a better suggestion, these are my likely choice.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2012 at 4:39 AM
    #11
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    Which support brackets have elonged slots to allow adjustment - the OEM steps on my truck, the Westin steps mentioned just before your message, or both?
     
  12. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM
    #12
    matts11

    matts11 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2011
    Member:
    #58419
    Messages:
    153
    Gender:
    Male
    TN
    Vehicle:
    2012 DC TRD Sport
    I have these same steps in black. They are very nice and seem to be more functional than the OEM ones as they stick down a bit further.
     
  13. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM
    #13
    BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Member:
    #15179
    Messages:
    363
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    Houston, Tx
    Vehicle:
    09 Magnetic Grey Doublecab TRD Sport Debadged
    Camburg 4" Spindles, Front FOX 2.5" Reservoir CO's, Rear FOX 2.0" Reservoir shocks, Total Chaos Upper/Lower CAs, All Pro Rear Expedition Leafs, Timbren Bumpstops, 5" SS Brakelines, 285/65/18 Nitto Terra on 18" KMC Monsters, Grill Craft Black Mesh Upper/Lower, HIDs Upper/Lower, Hella 700 HID conversion grill lights, Predator Running Boards, All Pro Rear Bumper and Hitch, Wet Okole Covers, Toyota Roof Rack, Limo Tint, TRD CAI, TRD Exhaust, Toyota Skid Plate w/Line X, Weathertech Mats, Redline Hood Struts, Red Top Odyssey battery, BDF Light Bar, Foglight anytime Mod, Strion LED Streamlight Console Mod, Lo Pro QT Truxedo Tonneau cover, Rocky Mount Bike Pegs,
  14. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM
    #14
    rbeezy

    rbeezy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Member:
    #43325
    Messages:
    3,327
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2011 Tacoma SR5
    the ones in my sig are oem but they dont make it in that color anymore, only black. got them for my gf and son so they can get in and out easily
     
  15. Jan 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM
    #15
    BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Member:
    #15179
    Messages:
    363
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    Houston, Tx
    Vehicle:
    09 Magnetic Grey Doublecab TRD Sport Debadged
    Camburg 4" Spindles, Front FOX 2.5" Reservoir CO's, Rear FOX 2.0" Reservoir shocks, Total Chaos Upper/Lower CAs, All Pro Rear Expedition Leafs, Timbren Bumpstops, 5" SS Brakelines, 285/65/18 Nitto Terra on 18" KMC Monsters, Grill Craft Black Mesh Upper/Lower, HIDs Upper/Lower, Hella 700 HID conversion grill lights, Predator Running Boards, All Pro Rear Bumper and Hitch, Wet Okole Covers, Toyota Roof Rack, Limo Tint, TRD CAI, TRD Exhaust, Toyota Skid Plate w/Line X, Weathertech Mats, Redline Hood Struts, Red Top Odyssey battery, BDF Light Bar, Foglight anytime Mod, Strion LED Streamlight Console Mod, Lo Pro QT Truxedo Tonneau cover, Rocky Mount Bike Pegs,
    What don't you like about N-Fabs? Mine are actually the Factory Predators but same difference.
     
  16. Jan 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM
    #16
    BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Member:
    #15179
    Messages:
    363
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    Houston, Tx
    Vehicle:
    09 Magnetic Grey Doublecab TRD Sport Debadged
    Camburg 4" Spindles, Front FOX 2.5" Reservoir CO's, Rear FOX 2.0" Reservoir shocks, Total Chaos Upper/Lower CAs, All Pro Rear Expedition Leafs, Timbren Bumpstops, 5" SS Brakelines, 285/65/18 Nitto Terra on 18" KMC Monsters, Grill Craft Black Mesh Upper/Lower, HIDs Upper/Lower, Hella 700 HID conversion grill lights, Predator Running Boards, All Pro Rear Bumper and Hitch, Wet Okole Covers, Toyota Roof Rack, Limo Tint, TRD CAI, TRD Exhaust, Toyota Skid Plate w/Line X, Weathertech Mats, Redline Hood Struts, Red Top Odyssey battery, BDF Light Bar, Foglight anytime Mod, Strion LED Streamlight Console Mod, Lo Pro QT Truxedo Tonneau cover, Rocky Mount Bike Pegs,
    I guess it came across different with your animated icon...haha
     
  17. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    #17
    BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Member:
    #15179
    Messages:
    363
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    Houston, Tx
    Vehicle:
    09 Magnetic Grey Doublecab TRD Sport Debadged
    Camburg 4" Spindles, Front FOX 2.5" Reservoir CO's, Rear FOX 2.0" Reservoir shocks, Total Chaos Upper/Lower CAs, All Pro Rear Expedition Leafs, Timbren Bumpstops, 5" SS Brakelines, 285/65/18 Nitto Terra on 18" KMC Monsters, Grill Craft Black Mesh Upper/Lower, HIDs Upper/Lower, Hella 700 HID conversion grill lights, Predator Running Boards, All Pro Rear Bumper and Hitch, Wet Okole Covers, Toyota Roof Rack, Limo Tint, TRD CAI, TRD Exhaust, Toyota Skid Plate w/Line X, Weathertech Mats, Redline Hood Struts, Red Top Odyssey battery, BDF Light Bar, Foglight anytime Mod, Strion LED Streamlight Console Mod, Lo Pro QT Truxedo Tonneau cover, Rocky Mount Bike Pegs,
  18. Feb 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM
    #18
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    After even further research, ultimately decided on the Smittybilt / N-Fab T0678CC black side (nerf) steps. The N-Fab steps were the only option unquestionably lower than the OEM steps.

    Carefully measured the OEM steps before removal and the new steps after installation. The N-Fab steps sit approximately 14-inches above the ground, roughly 4 1/4 inches lower than the OEM side steps. The main bar of the N-Fab steps also doesn't extend out nearly as far (easier to step over), with the actual foot steps protruding out approximately 2-inches less than the OEM steps (more or less parallel with the mud flaps).

    Thanks to all for your kind assistance. :bowdown:
     
  19. Sep 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    #19
    shen

    shen Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2012
    Member:
    #86113
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    DFW, TX
    Vehicle:
    06 SR5 Prerunner
    Nothing yet..but it's matter of time on lifting it
    I'm new to this forum and new to the '06 Tacoma DC Prerunner i just bought. But am not new to Toyota as I've had about 6 other Toyota trucks and 4Runner in the past. Anyway, I hate to start a new thread when there is one similar already.

    As with most Tacoma I've seen, I too have the OEM sidesteps, which looks nice, but it's not very functional as it's way too close to the body. Also when getting out, if I don't use the step, the leg of my pants gets dirty fast as it always rub against it (too lazy to wash truck), unless I purposely try to step out more.

    Eventually, I'll be lifting it...probably both suspension and/or body lift. If I do body lift, ideally, the side steps could hide part of the frame if it's a bit lower. But either way, I was thinking of lowering it by maybe 2". In looking under my truck in seeing how the mounting are, I was thinking of using longer 2" longer bolts, and use a spacer in between to essentially lowering the steps.

    For spacer, I was thinking the boxed, or square tubing that Home Depot sells. I would just need to cut it to size, and drill 2 holes each for mounting.

    My concern is whether the extra 2" would be too much leverage on the mounting point when it's being used to step on? Didn't know if anyone had try this, or have other ideas on how to better utilze the stock OEM steps instead of just buying aftermarket ones.
     
  20. Sep 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM
    #20
    stewartx

    stewartx [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Member:
    #70271
    Messages:
    1,815
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntsville AL
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver DC SB TRD Off-Road
    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    You have six (6) fairly large bolts holding each of those steps on, shen. I don't think you have to worry about exceeding the weight capacity of that - unless you're one big dude. :D Besides, there are steps available with longer brackets which allow those steps to hang lower (as you're seeking) without problems.

    However, what you describe (spacers to lower the brackets) is not so easy. If you look closely, you'll notice the three brackets on each step are not identical - the front bracket on each step is mounted at a different angle than the back two brackets. A simple extension like you describe (between the brackets & truck) would indeed push the brackets down, but would also push the front bracket alone further out from the truck. This bending or twisting action would quite likely weaken the steps.

    At one time, I considered cutting the brackets in half and then welding in an extension between the two halves of each bracket. Careful welding would allow the different angles to be maintained. Sadly, I don't have the welding skills to reliably do that and a welding shop wanted to charge as much as new steps. I ended up buying the new steps.
     
To Top