Running boards allow for a wider stepping surface as well as offer higher weight capacity than most nerf bars. Also, when picking out a set of running boards, you can choose from a variety of designs, textures, and other options to achieve the perfect style you've been striving for.
Standard Running Boards
For the most part, running boards span the length of your vehicle's front and rear doors or come in wheel-to-wheel designs. They're available in a vast choice of materials, and many models can even be accessorized with lights or come custom-painted.
Most running boards are molded from durable UV-resistant polymers, with a sturdy aluminum base board for additional strength. Molded steps such as Westin polymer running boards are an excellent choice if you're going to custom paint the parts to match your car's finish. Most boards are offered in a dark gray or black textured finish that's ready for primer and paint.
Aluminum & Stainless Steel Running Boards
In case it's a more reflective and rugged look you're seeking, go with aluminum or stainless steel running boards. Lund running boards as well as Dee Zee running boards are built from industrial-strength materials for maximum weight capacity and in most cases include treaded step pads for sure and safe footing despite the weather.
Lighted Running Boards
Lighted running boards feature a knockout combo of function and style. The parts are equipped with lights on either end to make the stepping surface more visible during the dark hours and give your vehicle a truly unique glow when you open the doors. The ATS UNI I Series running boards are available in standard and lighted models while Westin running boards can be upgraded with a light kit if needed.
Retracting Running Boards
If you are a driver who's looking for the convenience of a running board but still wants to maintain the side clearance and smooth looks of going without side steps, there's an ultimate solution to answer your needs.
High-tech running boards like the AMP Research PowerStep will definitely satisfy your expectations as they swing out from under your vehicle once you open your doors and retract as soon as you shut them, so they are completely hidden from the view while you drive. In addition, these steps extend much farther out if compared to permanently-mounted running boards, making it more natural and comfortable to step into your vehicle. Your relatives and friends will surely be impressed with these advanced running boards.
While there are numerous benefits to owning a running board, it will be up to you which of the advantages is the one that will swing your vote to actually buying one and putting it on your vehicle. These units not only look stylish but they are also extremely efficient and even urgent if you have a kid or any other member of the family who is not quite tall enough to easily get in the truck by themselves. Running boards are also useful for getting yourself into a truck or SUV that has been lifted and features larger wheels and tires now. You can also use them in the same way you would use a door mat at your house. Wipe your feet on the board instead of allowing excess dirt and debris into the interior of your precious vehicle.
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