Reviewed by Mark W (Youngstown, OH) Reviewed for a 2002 — 2007-07-24 07:21:52
These Westin Sport Tubes do look good on the RAV4, but they should NOT be considered to be tube steps as they mount very close to the body of the vehicle. If you have the factory mud guards the front of the tube will just hit the guard, but will clear with out any modification. The tube will end about an 1 1/4" from the rear fender well. It would look better if is was just a tad bit longer to reach the wheel well. The tubes are made of stainless steel, but the ends of the tubes are open and will collect dirt, water, and the at worst salt and snow in the winter states. The ends can be filled with a urethane expandable waterproof adhesive/filler. I used a Dupont pond adhesive which worked very well. The pipe ends should be filled on both tubes using the entire can. Applying masking tape over the ends while the urethane sets up will keep it from expanding out the ends and provide a flat and sealed tube. This will add many years of life to the tubes. This should be done before the tubes are installed on the vehicle. Another important note to future installers: Do not tighten bolts on brackets to tubes until the bolts have been installed to the under side of the vehicle through the bracket holes. This will allow enough movement to line up the bolt holes for the bracket. All bolts can then be torqued to specs. For the price, this is about the best tube you will find in this class.
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