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Old 04-23-2013, 12:51 PM
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Hi, I was going to remove my running boards from my 2009 Ram 1500 Laramie this weekend past but ran into a issue. My mounts are bolted to the truck as every once else's, but it also has some flat bar going from the running board mount(welded) to the body mount(bolted in). I was wondering if this is factory and should just pull the body mount bolts or if the previous owner had done this. If it is something done by the previous owner I think I will just cut them off with a grinder next to the body mount. I think they are added by the previous owner because of the bad welding job. One of my running boards are cracked off from the mounts, and the other is almost there so its time for em to go. Here are a couple pics of the mounts:

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I am not sure, mine does not have that extra brace. I wish it did as the drivers side rattles sometimes and I be if I have an extra brace that wouldnt happen.
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The extra brace looks like its part of the running boards and didn't come with the truck. My boards or truck doesen't have the brace.
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Hard to tell with a pic, but judging by the weld quality someone added that brace after the fact. Should be safe to remove it.
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Yes, it is extra bracing for the factory nerf bars, but mine isn't welded. Mine has these brackets bolted to them and then again to the frame.
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Thanks everyone, I am removing them the weekend(unless the weather is good to ride bike). My left running board is ripped from the mounts, and one f the mounts is ripped from the body. The driver side one is ripped from the mount on the front so its time to go.
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