Running Boards & Step Bars

Running boards, tube steps, side steps, or nerf bars, no matter what they’re called or their configuration, what they all have in common is a place to plant your foot to help in getting in and out of tall trucks and SUVs, which is especially welcome on lifted 4-wheelers. Of course, they add a lot of style at the same time. In addition to helping you in and out of the cabin, we can also give you a boost to access the truck bed with our bed steps and hitch steps. With our huge selection of boards and steps, the only problem you’ll have is deciding on the ones that will look the best on your rig.

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What you won’t have to be concerned with is durability. Our boards and steps have nothing in common with ones you may have seen that rusted and rotted away prematurely, becoming unsightly and unusable after just a few years. The products we carry are made of top grade stainless steel or they’re powder coated to resist corrosion, so you can count on premium appearance and performance today and for years to come. And forget about fitment issues. The boards and steps you’ll find on our digital shelves use application specific mounting brackets and on many vehicles, no drilling is required.

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    • (2 reviews)
      # sp14263
      7" R7 Series Step Boards by Westin®, 1 Pair. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this product by Westin will last a...
      $429.99 - $599.99
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp3530
      4" Alumalite Big Step™ Black Round Side Bars by Aries®, 1 Pair. The Alumalite Big Step™ Side Bars install in minutes, providing great looks, convenience and safety for your vehicle. The steps are place at exactly the right height...
      $310.00
    • (59 reviews)
      # sp376
      6" Sure-Grip Running Boards by Westin®, 1 Pair. The Sure-Grip Running Boards feature a base of extruded aluminum, covered by a slip-resistant rubber step area and with molded end-caps for a stylish, finished look. An optional Light Kit...
      $186.20 - $341.51
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp135127
      4.5" FLEX Series Black with Polished Trim Running Boards by Torxe™ , 1 Pair. Step up in style with Torxe™ FLEX Series Running Boards. Along with a boost into the cab with these running boards you get an upgrade in appearance...
      $269.95 - $279.95
    • (1 review)
      # sp8914
      5" STX400 Step Boards by SteelCraft®, 1 Pair. Stainless steel cover plates offer exceptional appearance alongside the long 5" aggressive patterned step pads. Step pads are designed for years of service with high impact and UV protectant...
      $269.00 - $279.00
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp7160
      5" Patriot Running Boards by Iron Cross®. Give your truck a "luxury" look and make it effortless to get in and out of the cab at the same time. Available in stainless steel or black powder coat finish.
      $444.00 - $482.00
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp99540
      5" R5™ Series Nerf Step Bars by Westin®, 1 Pair. Rocker Panel Mount. Step up with Westin’s new R5 Nerf Step Bars! Built with the highest grade corrosion resistant materials, they give your truck the function and stylized look it...
      $359.99 - $739.99
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp18771
      5.5" AdvantEDGE™ Side Bars by Aries®, 1 Pair. AdvantEDGE™ side bars boast a fresh look for the modern truck or SUV and are made with all-aluminum construction to be strong, lightweight and rust-free. They are completely free of...
      $353.70 - $649.42
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp117299
      6" R66 Black Running Boards with Integrated LED Light by Broadfeet®, 1 Pair. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this...
      +1
      $399.00 - $490.00
    • (22 reviews)
      # sp34
      5" Oval Premium Side Steps by SteelCraft®, 1 Pair. The Premium Oval Side Steps are mounted on sturdy cradle mounting brackets for true convenience and stability that match the strength of the 5” oval steel tubes. Widestep no-slip step...
      $258.83 - $412.64
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp6165
      HD Running Boards by Westin®, 1 Pair. The HD Series Running Board features heavy-duty diamond tread texture that serves as a boot scraper. Made of mild steel in a solid 1-piece construction that is powder coated black. It provides a...
      $431.08 - $497.53
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp20736
      HDX Xtreme™ Black Running Boards by Westin®, 1 Pair. HDX Xtreme Boards are a solid 1-piece construction and feature oversized step areas with injection molded polymer step pads. Their chiseled style and textured black powder coat...
      $429.99
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp117305
      6" Dominator D6 Black Running Boards by Go Rhino®, 1 Pair. Material: Mild Steel. Dominator D6 running boards have a unique design that allows for easy access in and out of the vehicle. The main running boars has a raised, punched...
      $292.74 - $430.28
    • (1 review)
      # sp8913
      5" EVO3 Step Boards by SteelCraft®, 1 Pair. Steelcraft’s EVO3 is just that, a shift, a change, an improvement on multiple levels. All three combine to add the look and performance that you demand in a next level product. Completely...
      $366.06
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp132336
      3.3" ActionTrac™ Retractable Black Running Boards by Aries®. Make your rig extremely unique and comfortable with these patented next-generation ARIES ActionTrac™ power running boards, equipped with smart sensors for a smooth, safe,...
      $1,699.00 - $1,849.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp147117
      Drop Down Style Black Nerf Bars by APG®, 1 Pair. Material: Carbon Steel. Rocker Panel Mount. Step width: 7.5". Drop size: 3.5". Tube diameter: 1.5". This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed...
      $236.64 - $347.57
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp135125
      6" X2 Series Oval Side Steps by Torxe™. Get an assist in and out of the cab and take your pickup to the next level at the same time with Torxe™ 6” Oval X2 Series Side Steps. Any steps can provide a physical boost but only these...
      $289.95 - $399.95
    • (26 reviews)
      # sp126866
      iArmor Matt Black Rocker Steps by APG®, 1 Pair. Provide an outstanding, rugged appearance to your vehicle and make getting in and out of your cab easy by installing these massive black rocker steps on your rig. These steps are extremely...
      Both passenger and driver side boards includedProtection for your rig’s side panels
      $190.79 - $281.01
    • (15 reviews)
      # sp464
      5" Endeavour Oval Step Bars by Iron Cross®, 1 Pair. Give your truck a "luxury" look and make it effortless to get in and out of the cab at the same time. These Step Boards will upgrade your truck in both function and appearance. This...
      $369.00 - $455.00
    • (1 review)
      # sp9104
      6.25" PowerStep XL™ Black Running Boards by AMP Research®, 1 Pair. The board has been integrated into a custom rocker rail, creating a seamless look while providing a 3” lower stepping surface than the original PowerStep™ that...
      $1,899.00
    • (15 reviews)
      # sp3989
      3" Round Nerf Step Bars by Ranch Hand®. 3" Round Same Quality And Craftsmanship All The Ranch Hand Products. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and...
      $469.00 - $716.00
    • (88 reviews)
      # sp363
      3" 4000 Series Round 1-Piece Design Side Steps by Go Rhino®, 1 Pair. These SideSteps offer ease of entry and exit, combined with great looks and real protection against dings and dents. The 4000 Side Steps are specifically designed for...
      +1
      $125.55 - $236.67
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp147146
      6" HEX Series Side Steps by Dee Zee®, 1 Pair. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this product by Dee Zee will last a...
      $215.30 - $331.26
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp121573
      5" Summit Ridge 2.0 Running Boards by Lund®. Step up into your rig in style with these extruded aluminum running boards. The crescent shaped chrome end caps and full length rubber treads have a distinctive style that looks almost too...
      $449.99 - $499.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp132238
      5" SlimGrip Black Running Boards by Luverne®, 1 Pair. Luverne SlimGrip running boards combine rugged style and durable construction to make the perfect side step for any truck. They feature powder-coated aluminum construction, expanded...
      $339.00 - $393.76
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp135905
      6.5" ROF-T Series Black Running Boards by Romik®. ROF-T Running Boards are the newest European design from the Romik™ labs. Their version of the popular rough step but with modern and updated looks. Made from Aircraft quality HD...
      $434.50
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp147116
      6" S Series OE Style Cab Length Running Boards by APG®, 1 Pair. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this product by APG...
      $199.67 - $347.57
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp147147
      6" SG6 Cab Length Black LED Running Boards by Westin®. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind, this product by Westin will...
      $439.99 - $629.99
    • (40 reviews)
      # sp1028
      5" NXc™ Wheel-to-Wheel Running Boards by Dee Zee®, 1 Pair. This stylish and corrosion resistant aluminum running board is styled with a contemporary look that matches today’s sleek crossover sport utility vehicles and comes in a...
      $247.65 - $339.46
    • (12 reviews)
      # sp2236
      6.25" PowerStep™ Black Running Boards by AMP Research®, 1 Pair. Ford and GM have been equipping their new trucks at the factory with AMP Research PowerStep automatic retracting running boards for years, and so should you. High-grade...
      $1,075.00 - $1,499.00




    Our truck and SUV running boards, also known as step boards, come in lengths for the cab or cab and bed, and feature wide widths for ample foot support and textured step areas for sure, non-slip, footing. They’re attractively styled and most have smooth edges and end caps for a smart looking, yet functional appearance. Some boards are available with an optional LED light kit that illuminates the step area when the doors are open, or for the ultimate in luxury we offer powered running boards that extend outward when the doors are opened, but retract flush under the vehicle when the doors are closed. They’re made of rugged cast aluminum with stainless steel pivot pins to resist corrosion, powder coated for durability, and include pinch sensors that reverse direction if resistance is detected.

    Side steps, which depending on the brand may be called nerf bars, tube steps, step bars, or side bars, come in a wide range of styles to suit every taste and budget. They’re available with round or oval tubes with curved ends, and round, curved, or angular straight tubes, some with molded end caps, in a variety of finishes and tube sizes. Most feature non-slip, treaded step pads for traction, and like our running boards, many can be had in wheel-to-wheel and cab-only lengths. A variant of these are nerf steps, which have drop down steps located directly under each door that are attached to a round bar. Individual hoop steps are an alternative way to get a boost if you prefer the minimalist look. These come in universal and vehicle-specific fitment, in your choice of color and finish.

    At one time, reaching cargo in the truck bed was just a matter of reaching over the bed rails, and getting into the bed required nothing more than dropping the tailgate. But on today’s tall and lifted trucks, getting access to the bed can be just as difficult as getting into the cabin. Many new trucks come with built-in steps to provide assistance, but if you have an older model truck or you’re not satisfied with the factory set-up, our truck bed steps are the bed access solution. Our steps can be mounted wherever you need them, at the rear or at the sides of the bed, and some models can be flipped up or retract out of the way when they’re not needed. Like our other steps, truck bed steps are available in a variety of styles and finishes.

    These days, just about all trucks and SUVs have receiver hitches but the percentage of time most are actually used for towing is very small. Get more use out of your hitch with one of our hitch steps. Like bed steps they’re great for a boost to the truck bed, and on SUVs they can make it easy to access the roof rack. Hitch steps come in sizes to fit 1 ¼”, 2”, and 2 ½” hitch receivers in a choice of finishes. Many have a treaded step pad for sure footing and some are available with an integral 3rd brake light. Rocker bars, also known as rock sliders or side armor, provide protection for vulnerable rocker panels, and can keep you from getting hung up on obstacles when off-roading, but many also incorporate a platform that provides a helpful step in and out of the cab.

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      November 29, 2017
      Shopping Guide - Running Boards
      Running boards date as far back as the automobile itself, being integrated into car and truck designs until falling out of favor after World War II. With the boom in...
      by Timothy Zahl
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      December 15, 2015
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      Running Boards – Choosing the right Fit,...
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      May 13, 2015
      Side Steps - Choosing the right Fit, Style,...
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      April 29, 2015
      Running Board And Side Step Glossary
      Running boards versus side steps: what’s the difference? That may be obvious to some, but what distinguishes a round side bar from an oval one? How would you know if...
      by Michael Grayen
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      April 17, 2015
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    Running Boards Reviews

    Average rating:  4.5  4.5 - 2000 reviews  /  Read All Running Boards Reviews
    3.8 of 5
    Mounting of Running Boards 5"
    The biggest problem was that 3 of the mounting slots needed to be widened so the bolts could aligned with the holes in the vehicle. I will check the brackets for rust in 6 months as they had to be painted after the slots were widened. The center mounting on the passenger side needed to be shimmed so the running board was not high in the middle. There was no torque specified for tightening the bracket mounting bolts. The running boards don't have the same luster that the ones pictured. Overall they are very useful for entry & exit of the vehicle. I would recommend them with the understanding that you might need to slightly adjust the slots. I may have received some hardware that didn't get formed properly.
    JPosted by John Kubitz (Hendersonville, TN) / May 24, 20182016 Honda Pilot
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