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    Default New Second-Gen owner and question on Step Boards

    Hello all,

    Well, today I became the owner of a second Tundra - a 2011 Crewmax 4WD 5.7L with TRD Off-Road package. I am still keeping my 2006 Double-Cab Limited 4WD, so now I own both a first and second generation Tundra!

    One question I know some of you have faced: My truck came without running boards. I really like the look of the brushed stainless steel OWM step boards, but the selling dealer told me that these would be *very* expensive to install as it would cost more to install them than it would cost had the truck came from the factory with them.

    I *really* need step boards, and do not want "Tube" steps - the wife needs a decent step board to assist getting into the vehicle (She's partially handicapped). Has anyone purchased and installed the OEM Brushed stainless steel step boards after purchasing your Tundra, and if so, how much did it cost?

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    I installed the Westin Sure-Grip (brushed aluminum) running boards last week on my Dbl cab. I was more into functionality rather than looks as my 7-year old son was having a hard time egress/ingressing the vehicle especially during the rainy/snowy days here in the NorthWest so I decided to give these a try. He gives it 2 thumbs up. Installation was simple and they fit perfectly, but most importantly the surface of the boards are wide and non-slip. $320 shipped from Amazon and received in less than a week.

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    Installation shouldn't be an issue, as long as you are able to lay on your back and tighten a few bolts. I also bought a pair of westin's, but the platinum ovals from amazon as well ($298 shipped). Installed by myself in under an hour. Just take out the old bolts, tighten the new ones with a ratchet, then lay the bar on top of the brackets and screw it in. Need to be able to easily lift about 20 lbs. It's honestly a very easy install, I don't know why they'd tell you it will cost so much to install it. There are several places around me that sell the steps and if you buy them from them they will even install for free.

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    theres always some in the classifieds section and as stated they just bolt up..the installation excuse is just BS...the holes are already there and everything. if u can turn a wrench you can do it.
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    what barney said sounds reasonable



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    I don't know if they would fit your 2011, but I have a set of OEM brushed stainless boards I'm planning on selling. I'm planning on getting some PowerSteps when I get back home, I'm currently in Arizona for work. I'm leaving tomorrow and driving all day, so it would probably be the middle or end of the week before I would be able to do something. I have no idea what they are worth or what it would cost to ship.
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    I wouldn't go with the Toyota brushed stainless steel ones. I had them installed two months ago when I bought my truck and two of the steps have already broken off of the oval tubes. They cost me $300 when purchased with the truck and I believe they are about $475 when purchased seperately.

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    Thewiz. I am interested on your step boards. I have a 09 DC rock warrior and really want the oem brushed alum. I have Chrome OEM boards I want to sell. PM me and let me know. Thanks! BTW do u have any pix?
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    I'm not a fan of the factory boards either. the plastic steps break off easily and Toyota refuses to sell plastic replacements separately. Also the stainless steel they use is the lowest grade of steel (I'm still not convinced they're real stainless steel)

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    The OP is asking about the running boards, not the step bars. I have the running boards on my '11 Crewmax Plat. and I can tell you they are attached VERY differently from the step BARS out there. More than just a couple bolts. Looks like you'd have to pull some of the wire run brackets off and either re-route them or maybe the running boards come with some sort of different bracket. That said, no dealership should charge more than the 625 bucks that the running boards cost, that price is the installed price at both the local dealers around here. The regular running boards (non stainless) are about 425 installed. Both appear to attach the same way. I can echo what the others said, the stainless ones have plastic pads that look like they'd come off easily. I have the solid running boards (non stainless) and they are rock solid. Here's a pic:


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    Quote Originally Posted by btanchors View Post
    Hello all,

    Well, today I became the owner of a second Tundra - a 2011 Crewmax 4WD 5.7L with TRD Off-Road package. I am still keeping my 2006 Double-Cab Limited 4WD, so now I own both a first and second generation Tundra!

    One question I know some of you have faced: My truck came without running boards. I really like the look of the brushed stainless steel OWM step boards, but the selling dealer told me that these would be *very* expensive to install as it would cost more to install them than it would cost had the truck came from the factory with them.

    I *really* need step boards, and do not want "Tube" steps - the wife needs a decent step board to assist getting into the vehicle (She's partially handicapped). Has anyone purchased and installed the OEM Brushed stainless steel step boards after purchasing your Tundra, and if so, how much did it cost?
    I found a nice pair, used, here, for 200. I'm happy with them except they have been full of slush, ice and mud since I put em on.

    If you have patience, you will find a pair here. Don't confuse them with the Iron Cross look alikes, they are NOT the same. The OEM boards new are prohibitively expensive though.

    Good luck ...
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    I have brushed stainless step bar installed the one day after I bought the truck. It went through a lot of abuse in the past 8 months, recently from ice, mud, etc. My wife even had it slide over an ice mound. Everything seems fine.
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    You need to find someone a little higher on the totum pole at your dealer. That install crap they are giving you is BS! You can put em on inside of 10 min. All you do us srew in 4 bolts. Holes are already there! Find someone to throw a fit with at the dealer.

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    Default Re: New Second-Gen owner and question on Step Boards

    boylem002 I was wondering where you bought your running boards? I am looking for a set.

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    Where did you get your boards from?

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    Default Re: New Second-Gen owner and question on Step Boards

    Pfrancish:

    Those running boards look to be Westins. I got mine from Autoanything. They were pretty easy to install.

    HTH.

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