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Would removing running boards leave me with raw metal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rraabb11, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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    rraabb11

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    Dealer has a truck I like but I don't care for the running board option. Im afraid when they remove them it will leave scratches that make the metal more prone to rust, or the mechanic leaves bolts out, etc. does anyone have a take on this?

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  2. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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    They mount to the underside of the cab floor
     
  3. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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    No . Should be fine .
     
  4. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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    You "should" be fine (it is just bolted on to the frame.**) Trucks that do not have the option just have the holes in the frame so I would not worry about that.

    Also I would inspect the truck after they remove them and if there is a scratch make them fix it before you take it. You could even have it written in the purchase contract that they must fix any scratches or damage.

    Long story short I think you will be fine having them remove the steps.

    **Looks like I was wrong on this
     
  5. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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    Sooooo...no damage? I image the pressure of the bolts and flexing from weight on the board creates a rubbing point and damages the paint/under coating.
     
  6. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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    They don't bolt to the frame
     
  7. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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    You'll be fine

    They mount to factory bolt locations in the underside of the cab floor , these mounting locations come with plastic plugs on stock trucks without running boards , get some plugs and stick them in the holes

    Done
     
  8. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM
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    Worst comes to worst, buy a $12 silver touch up paint pen from the dealer's parts counter (or make the dealer do it).

    The truck's frame and rear axle will be rusting long before the body.
     
  9. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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    O'rely .. well wouldent be the first time I was wrong :anonymous:
     
  10. Feb 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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    To the OP: Running boards do prevent a lot of door dings. Unless you plan on installing sliders, I'd take the running boards.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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    I happen to like the factory running boards myself. I installed the same boards the day I brought my truck home. I think its just 6 bolts into the under side of the body.
     
  12. Feb 20, 2013 at 5:36 AM
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    As Oz-T states, don't forget to put the plugs back in the holes on the body where the old bolts used to go.
     
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