Prado Side Step

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
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Prado Owners,
Returning from a recent off road day i noticed i had lost the plastic capping from the rear of the side step. I haven't had it long and this was the first real test off road. If i'd realised earlier i would have gone back and looked for it, but i'm sure it will feel at home with all the dumped washing machines and burnt out cars we passed. Anyway, my question is, does this occur regularly, should i be removing the side steps when i go off road? Also, today i enquired at Toyota about a replacement, $104 bucks!!! What are my chances of getting one from a wreckers?
Anyone out there with a similar experience?
Wayne
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
Sidesteps are good in a way, they save your sills from getting bashed, they also help ya and the wife get into the car.... Bashed sills look like garbage. Unless you make up some rock sliders to bolt up under your car.

George has made some for his 80 series, and well worth a look
http://www.geocities.com/george_tlc/sliderd.html

I wouldnt worry about the plastic cap @ $104, if you lost it again, you would lose it!
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Reply By: Sambo - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
Wayne, As a fellow Prado owner I find it best to remove the steps when doing and serious offroad driving. The standard steps only end up bent and damaged as they hang down to low and bash on any large rocks etc you try to get over. The chassis rails are low enough that I have never encountered a problem with them off. On the negetive side I have chipped the bottom of the lower guards from stones flying up as I drive. I am now in the process of getting some heavy duty steps made that will offer sill protection from chips, as they are welded to the chassis they are strong enough to be used as a jacking point and for rock sliding should the need arise. Hope that helps with your question. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bernie - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
Wayne, As a fellow Prado owner IMHO its better to damage the steps
than chip the paint work etc. I know 1 owner that said the step was all that stopped him from rolling over up near Walhalla.

Sambo 1 are u a member at TLC Vic ?
2 where r u getting your steps from
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Sambo - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Bernie, First question no I am not a member of the TLC vic. In regards to question 2 I am having them made by a member of TLCC (NSW) who does them on a casual basis. I seen them on a Prado at Willow Glen last long weekend and they are superb. Very nice workmanship, look great and even better they are super strong. Also he will angle them to suit preference, so they sit flat or slant in or away from sills. Not the cheapest I have found but price is long forgotten with such quality in years to come.

Cheers
Tony
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Follow Up By: Derek - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Sambo. Is your friend really going to weld your side steps to your chassis or is this a figure of speech you have used? Welding chassis rails is a specialist job for specific reasons and not one to be undertaken in the back yard. Friendly advice not criticism.
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Wayne,

We had side steps on our NH Pajero. One got hooked up first time we took it out causing one of the mounting arms to get bashed up and knocked the plastic cap off the end. Luckily, a couple of hits with the hammer straightened the mounting arm and the plastic cap was able to be popped back on so damage was minimal. Not long after we got hung up on the side steps when driving over an easy mound of dirt. After that, they came off and stayed off! Improved our clearance by 2 inches. :-) Melissa
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Reply By: Slunnie - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Wayne,

We did the same with a work Prado. It sounds like it must be a common problem. I don't know where or why, but I suspect it may have been from stepping over fallen trees. I wouldn't bother removing the sidesteps every time you go off road, its too much hassell. My opinion though and from a work car perspective.

Regards
Slunnie
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Reply By: Ashley - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Wayne,
I own a 80 series that had the same Toorak side steps fitted when we purchased it and yes they were the first thing that went missing. Four trips later they have been off the Crusier twice for straighting and are now so damaged they are held to the mounting points by self tapping screws, they also have a tendancy to FOLD up allowing you to exit the vehicle Dukes of Hazard style.
If you are in Melb there are a few places that will replace them with Steel & Checkerplate a much better option for Protection, Vehicle Resale Value and looks.
I will be doing so as soon as the $ arrive, my advice is replace them asap at $104 each it will only happen again.
Cheers Ash
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Reply By: Cashy - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Wayne,

I would recommend removing the steps and replacing them with a set of steel steps. Then store the originals and refit before selling it. The steel steps will look better and last a lot longer off road. I have a set of steel steps on my Prado and they have saved the paint work more than once. I have dents in the checkerplate that is as a result of stones being thrown up by the wheels.

Cashy
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