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Will 2nd Gen Tacoma Running Boards Fit On A 3rd Gen Tacoma?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 1st Time Tacoma Owner, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. Jul 23, 2018 at 4:29 PM
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    1st Time Tacoma Owner

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    Hi All,
    I'm a new first time Tacoma owner. I've got a 2018 Tacoma Double Cab Long Bed, SR5 V6 4x4. I want to add running boards, not nerf bars or oval tube steps but regular straight flat running boards. I see the Toyota accessory part for a 2018 Tacoma is Cast Aluminum Running Boards Part Number: PT76735160 with an MSRP of $750.00. I've read somewhere, possibly on this forum, that the second generation Tacoma running boards will also fit the third generation Tacomas. I see the Toyota accessory part for a 2015 Tacoma (last of the second generation) is Running Boards Part Number: PT21235055 with an MSRP of $386.00, a significant savings.

    I called two of my local Toyota dealer parts departments today to inquire about the part numbers, prices and interchangeability. Looks like I've got the right part numbers and pricing. As far as interchangeability I hit a brick wall. Both parts guys said that since the part numbers were different that indicates that they are different parts for the specific model years. When I said that I heard that second generation running boards fit third generation Tacomas, they doubted that was possible. One said that he had no information on interchangeability and would not recommend trying it. The other claimed that the cab on the third generation was totally different than the cab on a second generation and therefore the second generation running boards would not fit on a third generation Tacoma. While I am no expert, to me the cabs appears the same, at least in any way that might affect the running boards.

    Is there a Toyota mechanic or anyone else out there who has first-hand experience or knowledge as to whether the second generation Tacoma running boards will fit on a third generation Tacoma? And if so, is it a direct swap (i.e. no extra drilling or other parts, etc.)? Is this job someone like me (not very mechanical and a low threshold for patience) can handle in my driveway with basic tools?

    Your knowledge and experience would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Jul 24, 2018 at 1:05 PM
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    I've got that exact part number on my '17 DCSB SR. Direct bolt on, no modifications. 10 minutes per side.


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  3. Jul 27, 2018 at 7:04 PM
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    Thanks so much for your input. Sounds like I should be able to handle this install.

    And my compliments on a very nice looking rig.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    Does anyone know if the reverse of this will work? I found a set of used access cab steps that are from a 3rd gen, thinking they should bolt right onto a 2nd gen access cab?
     
  5. Apr 25, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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    Pictures of them if it helps

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  6. Apr 26, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    If the 2nd gen boards fit on the 3rd gen, I see no reason why the reverse wouldn't be valid.
     
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  7. Apr 26, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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    When I read it out loud, it seems like a stupid question, lol thanks.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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    I have these on my '19 dclb. they look exactly like oem except they aren't painted black underneath. for $165.00 I can live with it since you can only see it from the bottom.
    https://www.amazon.com/Tacoma-Doubl...ds=B01N1WZV9G&qid=1556312179&s=gateway&sr=8-1
    but I did have to get different bolts than the ones they came with
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-8mm-x-25mm-Black-Phosphate-Coarse-Thread-Body-Bolt/3013022
    if I were to do it again I would get 8 x 30 mm instead of 25
     
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  9. Apr 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM
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    These running boards occasionally show upon Craigslist.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2019 at 6:04 PM
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    I'm getting the ones I posted above for 75$ on Facebook marketplace with all the original bolts/washers. Figure if I don't like it or if it doesn't work right I can resell for at least that.
     
  11. Oct 3, 2019 at 5:46 AM
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    I have a chance to running boards from a Four Runner 4th gen will they work on my 2009 Tocoma 4 door short bed.
     
  12. Oct 5, 2019 at 1:18 AM
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    Nope, they are shorter and the bolt spacing wont line up.
     
  13. Oct 5, 2019 at 6:59 AM
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    Thanks, for info. To bad because they are free.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2019 at 2:24 PM
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    Any DCSB Tacoma running boards from 2005-2020 work on any DCSB Tacoma 2005-2020
     
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  16. Dec 31, 2019 at 5:10 AM
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    When I traded my 2013 DCSB for my 2018 DCSB the steps were a quick change. 3 sets of bolts each side. Was done while I waited a minute. Not sure about long bed but suspect the same to be true.
     
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  17. Jan 5, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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    Have you noticed any issues with the aluminum being exposed underneath? I ordered the same set and am a little apprehensive with the road salt and such up here in the north east.
     
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