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I just took my truck offroading this past weekend...nothing major, just some Forest Service roads while we were out camping, and with one big rock, the Smittybuilt sure step bent! Stay away from this product if you actually take your truck offroad!

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I emailed Smittybuilt, so I will see if anything they are willing to do...I dont expect them to do anything because thats the way things go, but I hope they don't expect me to buy any more of their products.
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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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its just a side step not a rock slider. i would expect it to bend. its only thin wall tubing. if you want something that will not bend look into making or buying a set of rock sliders
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Dude, they protected your truck! What do you really expect?
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I agree with the above responses. You're very lucky you had thin steps (they bolt to the cab, right?), if it was a heavy gauge steel it would be the cab that needs replacing, not the step. This is part of the reason I got rid of my low hanging step bars for running boards, I was afraid every time I went over a curb (I don't offroad or anything....) and finally got paranoid enough about bending the cab sheet metal that I swapped them out...
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No, these bolt to the frame. It would not have been my cab that was damaged as you can see it bent them up to below cab level. These are frame height, and what do I expect? I expect them not to bend when driving on a forest service road. I saw a guy driving a Honda Civic on the road...don't know if he made it home, but at any rate, these are shitty and I wont buy anything from them again.
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i stand by my original statement. its a step bar used solely for the purpose of getting you in the truck not to sppuort the weight of a truck on a rock or washboard road. again thats what rock sliders are for.
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I love how you slam them on the forum BEFORE they even have a chance to help you out. So now no matter what they do the damage is done! I wouldn't expect my steps to be able to withstand my 6000+ lbs truck slamming over a rock... They are STEPS not rock sliders after all... I know for a fact mine wouldn't stand up to that abuse either.
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