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which brand side step bars to avoid, if any?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NiceGuyEddie, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    NiceGuyEddie

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    well guys, my 2-week old Tacoma got dented by a shopping cart at Wal-mart last night. if i had the side step bars, it would not have hit the door.

    i've seen several vendors, prices vary by $100 or more. are they all the same? looking for chrome ones. thanks.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:37 AM
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    TacoCat

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    Go for black. I'm looking at getting the ones from Avid Offroad and possibly painting them black or powdercoating. Silver and black looks good.
    I had the factory steps which I kinda got bored with so I sold them, but they were on my truck for pretty much the whole time I owned it so now to me it looks a little weird without them on.
     
  3. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:38 AM
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    ^ ya avid makes great products. If you wheel I recommend getting sliders instead. Step rails don't protect the truck well at all
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    Siders! Awesome! great idea! Thanks!

    Um, what’s a slider?

    :confused::confused::confused:
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    Avid offroad makes a great set and has a great deal for tw. Id start your shopping there its hard to beat them!
     
  6. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    I'm a picture person...but they can be welded on or bolt onto you rig for protection against rock, car doors and shopping carts. Avid makes the ones I posted and they are GREAT! You have to call or e-mail him though because they don't have them on the website yet. Brandon is a really awesome guy and will give you a more than far price for quality work. I opted for the weld on for added strength and protection.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:07 AM
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    ^ there you go :)
     
  8. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    been looking on autoanything.com and it looks like the main differences are

    1. 3" or 4"
    2. black or chrome
    3. U-shape or straight

    i am honestly going with the bars that have the smallest logo on the step pads, i hate company logos
     
  9. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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    Did you see the sliders I posted...no company logo and they offer the most versatility. Steps and trail/parking lot protection.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    Go with the sliders, i have some westin platinum series nerf bars (that im selling....hint hint nudge nudge) and wish i would have spent a little more money up fron and gotten some sliders. but if you want some nerf bars they have been pretty nice to me so far.

    edit: just noticed that you are a long box, mine wont work for you
     
  11. Jan 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM
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    IMO black looks better than chrome

    I avoid wallmart, almost 100% made in China stuff sold there.

    Avid makes some sweet bars AND they are made in America.
     
  12. Jan 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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  13. Jan 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM
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    P.S. are the step pads plastic or rubber? or does it vary by brand?
     
  14. Jan 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    I just bought some Aires 4" black oval tube steps, but they do have logos at each rubber step. What I liked most was they have just a slight bend at each end. Kind of in between the standard straight, and rounded ends......

    I got them from realtruck.com.
     
  15. Jan 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM
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    Go with whatever you want, It's your truck. Sliders are cool now, but if everyone puts a set on their truck they suddenly become uncool. If you want chrome step bars go for it. Wish i knew more about them. I was one of the fist in my area to do the black wheel thing, now you see a truck on every corner with black wheels. Or be really creative and get chrome sliders, Just kiddin, that would be f'n retarded.
     
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    Where can I find more info about the TW deal?
     
  20. Jan 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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    Those look great. Do you have there contact info?
     
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