With all the hype surrounding nerf bars and running boards, truck steps are often overlooked. While nerf bars and running boards are great additions to any truck or SUV, not everybody likes the idea of dramatically changing the appearance of their vehicle — which nerf bars do. That’s why so many people opt for truck steps instead. They provide the same benefits as nerf bars and running boards, install relatively easy and do not, as stated above, drastically alter your rig’s appearance.
Popular Truck Step Brands
When choosing your new truck steps, you’ll be faced with a broad catalog of brand-names, each as respected as the last. But, as with any important purchase, you’ll want to take time and choose the one that suits your requirements — perhaps CARR or Go Rhino. These brands are known for designing custom-made, high-strength truck steps that provide the optimal-width stepping spot for you and your passengers. And, because they’re made for your specific vehicle, you can install them easily in your own driveway.
Stylistically, truck steps are pretty diverse. From hoop steps for trucks to retractable side steps, there’s one out there to meet your needs. For example, CARR Hoop II Truck Steps are cast from a durable aluminum alloy to withstand all conditions, and come in three attractive finish options — black, polished and silver.
For even extra convenience, you can set your ride up with a tailgate step, like the Bestop TrekStep Retractable Tailgate Step. A tailgate step makes it easy for you to see into your truck bed and access your gear when you need it.
Installing the Truck Steps
You’ve made your choice. Now what? While the specific installation instructions will vary from model to model, application to application, we’re here to outline some of the pre-installation steps that must be taken. So, without further ado, here they are:
- Ensure your vehicle is turned off and in park with the parking brake engaged to prevent it from rolling over you.
- Chock the tires if you’re stationed on anything but level ground.
- If you’ve recently driven your truck, be careful not to touch the exhaust, as it will be very hot.
- Safety glasses will protect your eyes from falling debris when you’re under the pickup.
- You’ll need two jack-stands, or an extra set of hands, to hold and stabilize the steps while they’re being bolted on.
- To avoid an issue, read over the required tool list, and make sure you have all the required tools before starting. Your instruction manual can take it from here.
For even more information about truck steps, be sure to check out the customer reviews on our website. You can read reviews for nerf bars and truck steps, or find out which styles are recommended for your vehicle by keyword-search — something like “retractable side steps 2011 Tundra” or “nerf bars for the Ford F150.” Whatever it is you need to know, AutoAnything make it easy for you to get the information.