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Step Bars that bolt to frame

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BartStar, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Jan 29, 2011 at 2:25 AM
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    BartStar

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    I want heavy duty step bars that bolt to the frame ,,NOT bolt to the body
    will these work?
    http://www.runningboardworld.com/we...-bars-toyota-tacoma-double-cab-2005-2008.aspx

    It drives me crazy I can't find any information if they bolt to the frame, or to the body

    EDIT: I researched the Westin Step Bars web site, can look at the install instructions,
    On my 2011 Double Cab calls for 2005-11 Tacoma Double Cab, part # 25-2775, looked at install and these bolt to the BODY
    BUT! The 2005-07 Double Cab part # 25-2675 and these bolt to the FRAME like I want.

    QUESTION? Will the 2005-07 frame bolt on step bars work on my 2011?

    why do I want step bars that bolt to the frame?
    because I have seen the cab-body bolt on step bars cause extreme damage to the body-cab of trucks in the past as of driving off road, driving over rocks and tree stumps, I want the step bars for protection.
    money is no object, I want the best and strongest!
    don't care what they look like, don't care if they rust, I want them to serve a purpose.

    any suggestion would be most appicated
    Thank You
     
  2. Jan 29, 2011 at 4:31 AM
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    DrRabbitFurHead

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    If you want something that bolts to the frame you are going to have to drill into the frame. The steel frame rails are thick and it takes forever to drill 4 holes per side. I actually got 7.5 holes done when my $20 bit broke and decided that was good enough for now. Still need to finish that last hole someday...

    Look into bolt on sliders by Demello, All Pro and others...
     
  3. Jan 29, 2011 at 4:38 AM
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    Try www.autoanything and lookfor the Westin Signature Series Nerf /Steps. I have a set my tacoma and they are strong and look good. They definitly bolt to the frame and take a couple of hours to install. All hardware is supplied. Just looked on running boards.com and Auto anything is cheaper.They come in chrome and black. If you have any questions, Let me know.

    IMG_5267.jpg
     
  4. Jan 29, 2011 at 5:35 AM
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    I have a set that comes outof the same factory as many rebadged brands, that bolts to the frame. There are existing holes they bolt to. Mine are Blackcat Flash (stupid name) but the same bar is badged by many. Talk to Luke at truckalterations.com, where meany Tacoma owners get products from.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2011 at 5:52 AM
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    You guys keep saying 'bolt to the frame' but the factory mounting points are to reinforced parts of the cab, not the frame. Right?
    The frame rails are black steel rails that run the length of the cab. There are no tapped holes there and very few mounting places. You have to drill through the frame rails to mount to the frame unless there is something new that's changed to the post 2006 Tacomas.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:17 AM
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    Usually with bolt on rock sliders (I installed CBI's) there are some holes already in the frame...you just slap a 1/2" bolt in there and put a thick washer and nut on. Others you have to drill...it helps a lot if you use a floor jack to put pressure on the drill, instead of trying to use your own strength.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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    Westin uses plates that are drilled for the existing holes in the frame. where the frame is boxed in and the holes are not that accessable unless you have a real long, skinny arm, they give you nuts welded to a long piece of flat stock that you can reach the through bolt with. Very easy install.
     
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