SideSteps - which ones and how do they fit?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:05
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Ok here is a really silly question...

Wanting to get some sidesteps to put on the MK Triton Dual Cab, the kids (4 and 7) got no hope of climbing aboard with out a little absailing involved. :) Plus I guess they will save the doors from shopping trolley dents :)

Dumb question is - how do they attach to the car - I am guessing they bolt onto the chassis? Havent been game to walk upto one in a car park, the one time I did try I gone grilled by the butch female owner.....

What to look for in a side step - are they all cretaed equal?

thoughts?
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:33

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:33
Not created equal.

You can get ones that are permanently attached to the vehicle or roof carrier, or a portable folding step that hooks over the top of your wheel.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:37

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:37
bleep ... bleep .... bleep

Why isn't there an edit function so one doesn't look like a complete d!ckhead?

It just sank into my brain as I hit the submit button that you are in fact referring to those that attach to the bottom side of the vehicle. Duh!!!

Most of those I have looked at (but not purchased yet) attach by brackets to the chassis rail of your vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:46

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:46
Thought I was losing it for a minute.
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Reply By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:42

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:42
Zebu,
Most of the ones that I have seen are attached to the chassis by appropriately sized U bolts.
If you are looking for true protection against rock scrapes then steer clear of the aluminium types. Tubular steel with tread plate is the better choice IMHO.
Don't count on them stopping shopping trolley dents.
They definitely do make it easier for kids and even some older people though.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:48

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:48
Ok,

Now that I have recovered from sheer embarrassment, the two most common brands appear to be the Integra at about $530 a pair DIY (a bit poofy looking IMO) or the Kingsley Step Boards at $495 a pair DIY installation.

Prices quoted was from Sunshade Products (Roof Rack World) in SA but the same brands are available from ARB, or TJM, albeit a little dearer when I last checked.
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Reply By: russ36 - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:59

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:59
i know someone insanely dissapointed with his expensive side steps that are too small to fit a boot on, therefore completely useless...so it pays to choose wisely... mine are incorporated with scrub rails and while i get less damage from sticks and good bullbar reinforcement from the rails,the steps are annoying, haveing to step over them all the time... perhaps the extra step is only helpful for older people or kids
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Reply By: Exploder - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:10

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:10
I have a set of the round seel bar type (Chromed) Smitty Bult Brand, they bolt onto the chassis rails and are solid as. Only issue is I loose about 3-inch of clearance with them, but when you see that the explorer body skirts are worth like $800 the 3-inch isn’t such a big deal.

But defiantly go the steel tube type as if you hit the thin ally type (Nissan, Toyota) on a rock or whatever you will bend them.

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Reply By: Richard - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:30

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:30
I destroyed the alloy steps on my 100 series and now have a set of steel side step/sliders on order. I understand they are attached to the chassis with u bolts.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:52

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:52
I've got ARB sidesteps on my 105. They are strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle. Mine have gouges on the bottom from rocks but still look perfect from all other angles.

Very happy with them.
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Reply By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 21:23

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 21:23
G'day Zebu, Yeah I have ARB steps(not fitted yet) yes they attach to the chassis rails with U bolts and at the front to the bull bar. I received these for christmas from my wife to replace the alloy ones. Don't buy alloy, very slippery in the wet
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Reply By: TerryGLS - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 11:06

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 11:06
I purchased my Triton already fitted with steel sidesteps/scrub bars/bullbar combo.These sidesteps are bolted to 4 pieces of angle iron (2 each side) which are welded to the chassis.I`ve found these to be really good ...they have a usable tread width of about 140mm and the checker plate surface seems to be reasonably slip resistant .They also provide good protection from mud and crap flung off the tyres as well as wayward car doors or shopping trolleys.
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