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step tubes.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by montgomery_30824, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Aug 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM
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    montgomery_30824

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    i have what i am guessing are the stock step tubes installed on my 06 DC. they are right up agianst the body of the truck and i was wondering is there anyway to lower them a bit? kinda pointless when they are right even with the floor of the cab.:confused:
     
  2. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:06 PM
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    sounds like they're not step tubes but rock guards.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:09 PM
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    kristopherl

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    exactly why I didn't get them
     
  4. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:17 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    post a pic so we can see what you have man!!:)
     
  5. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:33 PM
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    No such thing as OEM "rock guards" (I assume you mean rock sliders).

    The fact is, the majority (all?) tube steps/nerfs out there are like that, a couple inches below the door. My Westin's are the same. I'm actually about to take mine off because they're just in the way of my 7 month pregnant wife and don't help her step in at all. Something like the N-Fab's would be much better and I may actually buy a set eventually.
     
  6. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:38 PM
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    oops, my mistake...i did mean rock sliders. Yeh N-fabs are what i'm saving up for.
     
  7. Aug 14, 2008 at 7:54 PM
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    deadbolt

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    does the n-fab need welding or does it bolt right in?
     
  8. Aug 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM
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    for the record...there are such things as OEM rocker skids or rock sliders or rock guards...but not for the tacoma...they are an option on the fj cruiser
     
  9. Aug 14, 2008 at 8:33 PM
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    Right, and I know that but we aren't talking about the FJ. Toyota ought to think about offering them for the Tacoma, though.
     
  10. Aug 14, 2008 at 8:42 PM
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    i dunno...if the fj oem ones are anything like the crap oem hummer ones...consumers are better off buying aftermarket stuff
     
  11. Aug 15, 2008 at 4:09 PM
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    pretty sure they are step tubes since they have the plastic steps. anywho u be the judge.

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  12. Aug 15, 2008 at 6:05 PM
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    They keep debris from stripping off the paint on the rockers.
     
  13. Aug 15, 2008 at 6:16 PM
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    as far as i can tell, they look like running boards
     
  14. Aug 15, 2008 at 6:30 PM
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    so can they be lowered or no?
     
  15. Aug 15, 2008 at 6:46 PM
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    Smart-ass but realistic response: Anything's possible. It all depends on your fabrication skills and/or pockets.

    How much time and effort are you willing to put into making new mounts? Can you weld or do you know someone who can?

    Sometimes it's just easier, and ultimately cheaper, to buy something that suits your needs. You could probably Ebay those if you took that route.

    Just a thought.
     
  16. Aug 15, 2008 at 8:32 PM
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    I don't have step on mine but maybe you could make spacers and use longer mounting bolts to drop them down a bit?

    It seems like it would be tough to step into a Tacoma with any step. My brother has a Nissan Titan with aftermarket steps but his trucks cab is taller and easier to step up and into. The Tacoma is more like a car to step into.

    remember that if you get a lower step or bar that you will loose some ground clearance unless you lift the truck.

    This has been my debate about getting them.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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    i say dump em
     
  18. Aug 16, 2008 at 5:50 PM
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    nah not gonna dump them. love the look of the tubes. i am thinking about maybe puttin a 3 inch lift on it too but not sure cause its the 2WD.
     
  19. Aug 16, 2008 at 9:16 PM
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    3 inch lifts look really good, and they also perform pretty well. the prerunners look great with a 3incher!!!:)
     
  20. Aug 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM
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    montgomery_30824

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    yeah. saw a guy with a ext. cab with the 3" lift and it looked sweet.
     
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