Do you have a lift kit on your truck? How do you get in and out of your beast? If you have lifted your beloved diesel, then you may want to consider investing in some side steps. Unless you happen to be a gymnast or in the NBA, there's nothing more awkward than trying to maneuver up into a tall, lifted truck without some type of step.
Side steps offer several benefits. They not only add to the style of your truck, and give you an easy way to get in and out of your rig, but also provide a bit of safety. When it rains or snows the truck surface becomes slippery. We don't have to tell you how that can end. Steps usually come equipped with tread and grooved design patterns so you won't slip. You don't need to think about spraining your ankle as you dismount out of your ride. You can safely exit your truck as well as quickly get in.
There are a variety of options available when it comes to side steps. Let's break down a few styles.
Running boards come solid mounted or retractable and run just below your truck cab. If you want a bold looking step, then solid mounted is the way to go since they are always visible. If you want to hide the step, then you will want to consider a retractable step. This type of running board comes out when you open your door and then hides out of sight when you close the door. These steps tend to extend much farther out than other solid mounted options, making it more easy to hop into and out of your vehicle. Some running boards even offer LED lighting for that stylish look.
Nerf bars run along the side of the truck, just below the lower edge of the cab. They are custom designed and bolt right into your truck's frame. Nerf bars usually have a pair of step pads on each tube. They are available in cab length or you can get ones that extend from wheel-to-wheel.
Are you one who doesn't like the look of a full length step? Truck steps are the alternative. They take up less space as they just offer a simple landing for your foot. They nicely bolt on to your trucks frame below each door.
Do you find it challenging to get up into your truck bed? Do you need easy access to your tool box? Then you may want to consider a bed step. They come in either a mounted or retractable option that you can mount on the back or side of your truck bed. The retractable ones work with a simple nudge of your foot. Bed steps provide a faster, easier, and safer way to get into your truck bed to load or unload cargo.
When it comes to the finish on side steps, there are several options to choose from. Do you prefer the shiny polished look, chrome, or how about a black durable powder-coat? Oftentimes, the steps can even be custom matched to your truck's color. All these finishes are durable and aid in resisting corrosion and rust.