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

Stepside, any disadvantage?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SkyePN, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM
    #1
    SkyePN

    SkyePN [OP] Taco Newb

    Joined:
    May 30, 2013
    Member:
    #105206
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    Vancouver BC
    Vehicle:
    2000 Tacoma Black, Lifted & Supercharged
    Hey guys & gals

    Still looking for my Tacoma, there are a copule of 03 and 04s for sale around here and they are both stepside.

    Are there any disadvantages to the stepside option? Does it change the size of the bed? Rust magnets? Is it going to be a PITA to find a canopy for it?

    Thanks again...
    :cool:
     
  2. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM
    #2
    tx novice

    tx novice Foward momentum

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Member:
    #61849
    Messages:
    1,645
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    OAHU
    Vehicle:
    11 DC 4X4 TX PRO silver
    Trd, Cal Tech, Weather tech, Viper, Al's tinting . L.E.D's , Hide a Hitch or Chrome Stinger , Walker Evans Resi's w/AllPro 3" lift ,FLM, Amp Research , ProComp Xtreme MT2 , Diff Breather Mod, 4x4 Switch Light mod, Plastic Derped. Trailer Socket Relocate mod via Miles , 4:56 gears. Blue Intake Spacer, S.S. Brake Lines F&R, Sway Bar Deleted, Roll-X, Pop-N-Lock Electric. Red metal TRD badges. Paid Off Mod- Chee Hu, Superbumbs(f),Timbrens(r).Pelfrey Bilt, Bamf, Urd. Cobra Heat Shield.CMC .Mishimoto (custom bracket by Officer Nate), Powerstop, Rampage 50".Depo Taillights,SPPC Black Headlights.
    I think the beds are skinnier
     
  3. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM
    #3
    Blueitrgsr

    Blueitrgsr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Member:
    #60495
    Messages:
    1,476
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brad
    Gainesville, Fl
    Vehicle:
    2006 Reg Cab 4wd
    Some bilsteins, OME 885's, and an AAL.
    I had step side f150 a few years back, and it was certainly much more difficult to find a used tool box/ cap. If buying new you should have no issue. Always had a secret little thing for stepside tacomas.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM
    #4
    DriverSound

    DriverSound Señor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Member:
    #15329
    Messages:
    2,476
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD-OR DCSB
    Just enough! Other vehicles: 2015 Mustang GTPP 2014 Prius 2010 4runner SR5 4x4 2009 TRD-OR AC
    I had a stepside, the bed is a little skinnier than the fleet side. Also looking for a used canopy would be more difficult but I think the stepside looks better. Hardly see any stepside around here. Reg cab stepside 4x4 would be awesome.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM
    #5
    Taylor

    Taylor Wants to learn all about his Taco.

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2012
    Member:
    #74417
    Messages:
    1,265
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Taylor
    Lynchburg/Harrisonburg Virginia
    Vehicle:
    03 4x4 TRD SR5 College build
    Extra badges, painted skidplates, grey wire mod, Kenwood double-DIN headunit, pioneer amp, 12 inch MTX sub, playstation 2 under seat, Uniden CB with 5 foot Wilson 1000 antenna, deckplate mod, 4xinnovations sliders, diff breather mod, bilstein 5100s at all 4 corners, OME Dakar Leaves, BAMF BPV bracket, Wheelers greasable shackles,
    No no no no no no. Do NOT get a stepside Tacoma. I'm surprised everyone hasn't flooded this with the same sentiment already. Bed has less space, impossible to find anything to fit it unless you buy new, which will be expensive. They don't look good either.
     
  6. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM
    #6
    Alderleet

    Alderleet Ace of Spades

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    Member:
    #65324
    Messages:
    1,133
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nick
    Salty Hell
    Vehicle:
    '00 Acc Cab TRD 4x4
    The novelty wears off in about 5 seconds.

    I know a few guys on base with stepsides, and they've regretted it.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM
    #7
    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Member:
    #101146
    Messages:
    4,299
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Parker
    Dodge City, Kansas
    Vehicle:
    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    Personally not a fan of step side Tacoma's, I've seen a couple people on here make it look good but not my cup of tea, I wouldn't get one just because lack of bed space and it's hard to find shit that fits
     
  8. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM
    #8
    DriverSound

    DriverSound Señor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Member:
    #15329
    Messages:
    2,476
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD-OR DCSB
    Just enough! Other vehicles: 2015 Mustang GTPP 2014 Prius 2010 4runner SR5 4x4 2009 TRD-OR AC
    Not for everyone I guess. I'm thinking of getting something similar to this in the future.

    [​IMG]

    Though I wouldn't mind a Chinook either.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  9. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM
    #9
    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Member:
    #101146
    Messages:
    4,299
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Parker
    Dodge City, Kansas
    Vehicle:
    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    I especially don't like the single cab step sides, here is one that is for sale locally near me

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :puke:
     
  10. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM
    #10
    DriverSound

    DriverSound Señor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Member:
    #15329
    Messages:
    2,476
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD-OR DCSB
    Just enough! Other vehicles: 2015 Mustang GTPP 2014 Prius 2010 4runner SR5 4x4 2009 TRD-OR AC
    gotta be a prerunner or 4x4 with the last body style. I don't like the silver one above either though when and if I do decide to get a regular cab it would not matter if it's stepside or fleetside.
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  11. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM
    #11
    Brian007Taco

    Brian007Taco 007Taco

    Joined:
    May 16, 2012
    Member:
    #78964
    Messages:
    15,271
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Don't ask!
    Mesa, Arizona
    Vehicle:
    06 TRD Off-road Prerunner
    OME 885 with 5100's in front, TSB and AAL with 5125's in back. 30" light bar in the valance.
    To me it looks really ugly. like others have said, it's hard fo find stuff that fits like a tool box or camper shell. It also reduces your bed space.
     
  12. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM
    #12
    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Member:
    #101146
    Messages:
    4,299
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Parker
    Dodge City, Kansas
    Vehicle:
    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    Here is an extended cab, Still not entirely a fan

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM
    #13
    KenLyns

    KenLyns Lord of War

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    20,992
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off Road Full-Auto
    All-Pro Front Bumper, CBI Sliders, Icon ET Coilovers, aFe Intake, Icon VS Rear Shocks, TSB Leafs, Timbren Bumpstops, All-Pro UCAs, ViAir Compressor, Klearz LED 3rd Brake Light, Pop-N-Lock Tailgate Handle, Husky Front Flaps, Deeza HD Sway Bar Links
    Wait, there is still a wheelwell protrusion in the bed with the stepside? Why bother then?
     
  14. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM
    #14
    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Member:
    #101146
    Messages:
    4,299
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Parker
    Dodge City, Kansas
    Vehicle:
    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    This truck in particular also has the rare column shifter too

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM
    #15
    DoyleMcpoyle

    DoyleMcpoyle Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Member:
    #87235
    Messages:
    104
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Carlos
    Bakersfield, CA
    Vehicle:
    02 TRD 4x4
    I have one on my extended cab. Not really a fan of it.
     
  16. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM
    #16
    TotesMagotes

    TotesMagotes Too Drunk To Taste This Chicken

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Member:
    #100148
    Messages:
    130
    Gender:
    Male
    British Columbia
    Vehicle:
    '01 Double Cab 4x4 V6
    OME Lift, 285's
    Based on your location, i wonder if we have been looking at the same ones...Lol.

    In my opinion i think the step-sides aren't very useful, i mean sure it makes it easier to access whatever you got in the back from the side. But you sacrifice bed space. For an already small pick-up, i don't think that's a very wise idea.

    Still undecided about how they look though. Some people love the look and some think it's ugly as hell.
     
  17. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM
    #17
    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Member:
    #101146
    Messages:
    4,299
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Parker
    Dodge City, Kansas
    Vehicle:
    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    I actually really like step sides, just not on tacomas they didn't do well with it IMO
     
  18. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM
    #18
    Rich91710

    Rich91710 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2012
    Member:
    #73470
    Messages:
    16,477
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rich
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    08 Base
    Satoshi with FJ badge, factory cruise, factory intermittent wipers, Redline Tuning hood-lift struts, Hellwig Swaybar, Rosen DVD-Nav
    I liked the Tundra stepside, but never cared for the Tacoma style.

    I did like the old California Stepside conversions from the 70s and 80s.
    Buddy had one on his '76 LUV (picture is a Toyota)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM
    #19
    DriverSound

    DriverSound Señor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Member:
    #15329
    Messages:
    2,476
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD-OR DCSB
    Just enough! Other vehicles: 2015 Mustang GTPP 2014 Prius 2010 4runner SR5 4x4 2009 TRD-OR AC
    I think that was the era of louvers, windshield visors and stepsides.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM
    #20
    SkyePN

    SkyePN [OP] Taco Newb

    Joined:
    May 30, 2013
    Member:
    #105206
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    Vancouver BC
    Vehicle:
    2000 Tacoma Black, Lifted & Supercharged
    Thanks for all the input, now I'm really glad I asked first. I definitely want a canopy, for truck camping, and living in the city I need to keep sticky fingers off my stuff, so if I can't find a step side with a canopy already fitted I'll pass.
     
To Top