Fitting your vehicle with with running boards is a sure-fire way to add both style and convenience to your truck or SUV. They make it easier to get in and out of your vehicle, and they provide added protection from the sides. They also protect your vehicle from road debris kicked up by your tires, and they even keep the inside of our vehicle cleaner by serving as a doormat for people entering. This is one purchase you will certainly not regret-if you have the right information.
Here are some things to consider when getting running boards:
- Be familiar with your vehicle's year, make, and model. If the running boards you are getting will change the dimension of your vehicle, you should determine the measurements of where the running boards will be installed. Failing to account for how the running boards will change the overall dimensions of your vehicle can result in running boards that are either too small that they are inconvenient, or too wide that they pose a safety risk.
- Call your local car customization shop. The people there can make things very convenient by ordering the custom running boards and even installing them properly for you.
- Make sure you get running boards that are compatible to your vehicle and thus, much easier to install. Refer to your vehicle owner manual for exact specifications.
- When it comes to comparing prices online, make sure you also take shipping, insurance, and installation costs into account.
- We recommend running boards that are manufactured with a gripping surface that improves traction. This makes the running board safer to use by preventing slips, especially in wet or snowy weather.
- Some well-known brands of running boards include Putco (which holds the distinction of having the first running board patent in the United States), Dee Zee (known for producing good truck accessories and have over 120 varieties of running boards), Steelcraft (for stainless steel running boards), Rugged Ridge (extra durable running boards for serious off-road driving), and Westin (one of the most favorite brands of truck accessories).
- Also be sure to get very durable mounting brackets. This is something that is often overlooked. The mounting brackets have a high degree of exposure since they are constantly assaulted by road debris. We recommend mounting brackets made of good quality, non-corrosive material like stainless steel or aluminum. Mild steel, although cheaper, is not for wet or snowy weather.