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Old 04-26-2012, 01:05 PM
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Well yea its marketed that way cause the Tundra and Jeeps have lift kits and tires. Our friend here does not have neither of them unless I did not see it in the pics.
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I'm not trying to blast the OP, anyone who's read my posts knows I like to keep things neutral and I'm definitely not here to blast anyone.
With that said, I think you came down a little hard on the company that produced your side steps. They're intended to help you and your family get into a vehicle easier. You see them on lifted vehicles because TA DAA they're lifted, and it makes them easier to climb into. By no means are they intended to serve any other purpose in anyones off-road adventures. Obviously while driving down the access road (not off-roading like Mr. dezertrunner lol) you hit one bump just to hard and there happened to be a rock or big ass tree limb just as your suspension compressed. I'm sorry your side steps took a beating but I wouldn't quite bash the company who produced them for the mishap either. Maybe next time you travel down the road just keep a better eye out on the road for the bigger holes, you'd be surprised how much momentum and force a truck has when going over bumps and dips. Try looking for a set of bars that have a thicker internal diameter so you know they'll hold up to more than just a bad rock slap. Take it easy man
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I am curious. If you got a flat tire, would you try and jack up your truck from your sidesteps?

I highly highly doubt that it would cross your mind as a good idea. Most steps are rated for 500 pounds at the most, and they would never hold up. A truck coming down has momentum so that is even MORE force that would hit it then if you tried to jack the truck up.

If I was in the market for steps, I wouldn't see this post and be dissuaded from purchasing.
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Id say stay away from any full size step like that if your gonna wheel at all. I cant tell you how many guys ive seen bend up everybrad there is on jeeps and trucks. Rock sliders w/ the little steps would be my suggestion sorry to hear about your steps :/
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Cant believe what i just read. I have the EXACT same steps and there isnt a scratch on them. but how can that be you ask? Because im not driving over rocks with a stock height ram. HAHAHAHAHA get a lift, quit being such a whiner. and you think Smittybuilt is gonna do something about it??!?!?! buahahahahahahahahahahahah
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regardless, it sounded like a shitty situation. i feel bad for you man.
one thing i am thankful for is that my 01 already sits so high off the ground i can run 33x12.5's without even lifting the truck. i have the big round chrome steps on mine and would honestly be upset and depressed if i had fubar'd them because they do look nice on my truck.

just a suggestion, have you contemplated running your truck without the steps?
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Ouch that's gotta hurt. The same thing happen to me too when I went off road I have the Dodge chrome steps it got pushed up but look on the bright side if it wasn't for that bar being there it would of been your rocker panel or door getting damaged and would of cost you more.
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Look man, the bars did what they were designed to do. They let you get into the truck easier and they keep your rocker panels from being dented/destroyed. They DO decrease your ground clearance, but only to a point.

Better a set of $500 bars, than $5,000 in body work. I off-road a lot. I don't even have a leveling kit. When it comes to offroading, its more what you know than how you are equipped. If I look at it and I am unsure, I walk it. If I am not comfortable with it, I don't go there. I have never been stuck, and I have been up to the headlights in mud/crap. I have chrome bars similar to yours, and my ram is no stranger to crap roads:


^this particular road had some dips/holes with some REALLY steep drops. I went slow and took my time. Then, I had to drive down a firebreak, I took my time again and only spun my tires in the mud. Finally we made it to elbi hills and I couldnt do ANY of the more hardcore trails, for fear of smacking my Ram off a tree. I can handle a little mud. I hate body work though. The result:




This is just one of the lighter runs, it was more water than mud that day at Elbie hills WA.

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Unfortunate that it happened, but in all honesty, thats what they are for. If it had not been your bar it would have been a rocker panel.
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id me mad too man, thats your hard earned money wasted...i run without them as my truck is only 2wd but im in need of steps!
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Nothing wrong with being mad that this happened, just be mad at the right person. Too many people tearing things up and looking for someone else to pay for it. I say go scream at the dealer for selling you a truck that accepts steps.
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Nothing wrong with being mad that this happened, just be mad at the right person. Too many people tearing things up and looking for someone else to pay for it. I say go scream at the dealer for selling you a truck that accepts steps.
Lol, blunt, but correct.

If this were me, I would be very Happy that they took the hit saving my rockers
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