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Side step rails / bars

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Looking for recommendations for a set of side steps or bars to fit a 2009 King Cab. I suppose there are probably dozens of these on the market, so looking for what others here have used.

I'm not looking for a step like the Nissan ones that don't have a gap between the step and the truck---in the winter snow and road salt thrown by the front tires pile up on top of the step and become a rusting hazard for the front area of the body. I figure the bar-type of steps will reduce or eliminate this.

Not used for heavy off-road, so it need not be super-strong. A no-weld / no-drill installation would be preferred. Just looking to be able to stand on it, or have it be sacrificial (instead of the truck) if I bump a log, big rock, or some stupid kid

A durable black finish would be preferred to chrome.

Recommended products?

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Hi! Well, when I went looking for my "step-bars".....I was directed to a site
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my step bars were guided rocket launchers (^:

I ended up going O.E.M. and I happy I did!

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1. good steps mount the same way the OEM nissan ones do so they all have a rust issue though with mud flaps I didn't have a lot of snow build up on my Westins

2. a step bar will NOT be sacrificial if you hit a log or rock they will mangle bend and damage the body as there is very little strength to the metal with that type of hit.

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^ I second that. Just bent mine over the weekend cresting the ground a bit. Wife was not too happy because it was her side. Excuse for sliders now.

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Hey all,

Looking for recommendations for a set of side steps or bars to fit a 2009 King Cab. I suppose there are probably dozens of these on the market, so looking for what others here have used.

I'm not looking for a step like the Nissan ones that don't have a gap between the step and the truck---in the winter snow and road salt thrown by the front tires pile up on top of the step and become a rusting hazard for the front area of the body. I figure the bar-type of steps will reduce or eliminate this.

Not used for heavy off-road, so it need not be super-strong. A no-weld / no-drill installation would be preferred. Just looking to be able to stand on it, or have it be sacrificial (instead of the truck) if I bump a log, big rock, or some stupid kid

A durable black finish would be preferred to chrome.

Recommended products?

Thanks,
The factory ones do have a gap between the rocker and the steps. The only place I would get buildup was on the brackets in real heavy snow. They are good for stepping on, but that's about it.


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1. good steps mount the same way the OEM nissan ones do so they all have a rust issue though with mud flaps I didn't have a lot of snow build up on my Westins

2. a step bar will NOT be sacrificial if you hit a log or rock they will mangle bend and damage the body as there is very little strength to the metal with that type of hit.
1. Aluminum does not rust

2. I will let you know if that ever happens but to me it looks like they're
Gonna be around a while

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I put a set of Steelcraft black powder coat bars on mine a couple months ago. Mounts to the existing points that the OEM would. Not bad for a budget set. ~$165 shipped from realtruck.com.

Easy to install. Took about an hour because the brackets were not marked which was which. Had to do the shuffle game til they fit correctly. I can stand on them and I'm 220 lbs. I wouldn't jump up and down, but would use to put something on the roof. That would be an issue with the factory mounting points on the body.

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I have the SteelCraft 3" powder coated for my crew cab, I do believe they have them for the KC also. Easy to install. Got mine at autoanything. You can see photos of them in my gallery on this site.

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I have the SteelCraft 3" powder coated for my crew cab, I do believe they have them for the KC also. Easy to install. Got mine at autoanything. You can see photos of them in my gallery on this site.
Same set I installed. Thanks for the pics.

One thing I thought about to prevent rusting is take the plugs off the ends and shoot a little expanding foam or RTV and recap. Also, remove the bolts from the bars, add a little RTV to the hole, and reinstall. Same steps as installing the Thule roof tracks.

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