Without an extra step between the ground and your truck or van, entry and exit would surely be difficult. This is the reason why you need running boards on either side of your vehicle. But the good thing is that this component also serves another function aside from just providing an easy step to your truck: it also protects the sides of your vehicle from thrown rocks and road debris when you are on the road driving. With these two given functions, your running boards must not be less than sturdy and durable. They also need to come with quality mounting parts and fasteners, especially when the user of the component has a heavy stature. There are several brands to choose out there, but one that you might try this time is Westin. But before buying its running boards, let us first see if these are really worth your money.
- Made of aluminum
- With powder-coated finish
- Sold in set of two
- Not lighted
- Requires no-drill installation
- With rubber step pads
- Carries a five-year Westin limited warranty
We tested this component on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and a Chrysler Town and Country, and here is what we have to say:
- The product looked really good. The aluminum material was scratch-free and shiny that it even added an eye-catching accent.
- The installation of the component at each side of the Sprinter and the Town and Country ended up very easy. The holes in the brackets matched with the existent holes in the car's frame. The entire procedure took only about one hour for each vehicle. You would need extra help when working under the vehicle that was not lifted; otherwise, you could surely do it on your own.
- This product comes with a very competitive price and warranty.
- The faded-out pictures in the installation manual really did not help. It was a good thing that we had some elementary knowledge about how such thing must be installed.
- It would have been better if a stud was included in order to line up the lower nuts easier.
- When installing the component on the Sprinter, we needed to pry three fuel lines out of the way in order to have the bolts in place on the passenger side. We also needed to use a sleeve to keep the parking brake cable from rubbing against the brackets on the driver side.
We consider these Westin running boards as a good bet when you need this kind of add-on on your truck or van. The product has a good construction and design. It even comes with a great warranty and a price that belongs to the cheapest ones in the market. Make sure to buy the right unit for your vehicle because fuel lines and under-the-car cables might entangle with the brackets of the component.