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tube steps or running boards?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by accesscab, Mar 8, 2011.

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Tube steps or running boards?

Poll closed Apr 7, 2011.
  1. Tube Steps

    71.8%
  2. Running Boards

    28.2%
  1. Mar 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    accesscab

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    Which would look better on my 2010 MGM prerunner access cab with factory 16" alloys and factory suspension, with rear TSB?
    Tube steps or running boards?
    Any opinions/comments/tips?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    jandrews

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  3. Mar 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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  4. Mar 8, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    MJonAgs32

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  5. Mar 8, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    SCCAKen

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    if you are a big time 4WD & off road guy, sliders may be a good choice.

    I have black powder coated NFB tube steps and love them. I can reach into the bottom of the bed or clean the top of the cab. Or help haul my rather short & fat a** in the cab.

    I'm no fan of running boards, unless they are the electric type that pull under the cab except when you have the door open.

    Ken (from Atlanta)
     
  6. Mar 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM
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    jandrews

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    Really, sliders can never go wrong. Let us enumerate the reasons why:

    - Can function just as tube steps.
    - Protect from door dings and low speed collisions.
    - Offroad protection.
    - Easier jacking in many situations.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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    N-Fabs or Sliders, I can't make up my mind.
     
  8. Mar 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    Sliders! way better in every aspect!
     
  9. Mar 9, 2011 at 6:23 AM
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    I put Westin stainless tube steps or nerf bars on my 2011 mg grey access cab($230). Install was fast. I'm very satisfied They look great and went on without any problems. Personally. I think running boards just don't look as good. But it just depends on your set up. Running boards look better on lower trucks.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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    I just don't like the tube steps, they look like it was an afterthought and its just two tubes hanging off. I think the running boards from Toyota flow well with the Tacoma.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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    I had the OEM step tubes on both my 2005 and now my 2011 Tacoma. They looked good and "got-r-done".
     
  12. Mar 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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    If your going to leave your truck as is then I would go with running boards. They fit close to the body and don't give a lowered appearance. If you plan on lifting the front, then I would go with N-Fab style side steps. If you go off road, then sliders.
     
  13. Mar 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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    My Taco came with running boards. I like 'em, but if I had the $$$, there would be sliders on.
     
  14. Mar 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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    accesscab

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    I don't do any offroading and plan keeping the stock wheels.
     
  15. Mar 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    stock running boards do not take as much visual space as the tubes and have more surface to get in the vehicle (kids).
     
  16. Mar 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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    Poot Klopp

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    what are the general price ranges on each option?

    Sliders - $? - $?
    Tubes - $? - $?
    Boards - $? - $?
     
  17. Mar 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    I have the stock running boards and they do have a lot of surface, but to me and my step daughter agree's with me that they are akward. They seem to just be in the way. They sit so close to the level of the floorboard that they dont really have a purpose other than looks. Allthough I have kinda gotten used to them now, but when I first drove the truck and for the first week or so, I kept finding my self stepping over them. So as far as function, I dont care that much for mine. I think they look pretty good, but wouldn't buy them now. I would probably look at tubes or even the sliders. I'm not intending any hardcore offroading but do like the protection factor.
     
  18. Mar 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM
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    I don't know if the tubes would do any better than the running board. They stick out further and lower and there is less surface to walk on. Anyway, I just saw an unlifted Sierra with tubes and it looked ugly.
     
  19. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:26 PM
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    jandrews

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    Price ranges are about the same for all of 'em.

    Sliders will have a bit of install work...can do it yourself, or pay someone.
     
  20. Mar 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    NO Chrome,3" NFab's steps,TRD skid,Wet okie's.011 grill, k&n,5100's,All this comes right off when the old lady says let's go get a NEW ONE!!!
    Sliders look the best, But i have 95&90 y.o.inlaws that love our truck now with running boards&grab bars to help with the in &out.:thumbsup:
     
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