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Old 07-26-2011, 06:36 PM
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Hi everyone. I just bought a new 2011 Ram 1500 Sport. Needless to say my mods list is growing more as I read everyone's posts. One of the first things I need because I am short and it helps keep mud off is some bars. I am looking at either nerf bars or some tube steps. I know I will get a lot of "it's whatever your preference is" feedback and I understand that. I was looking for more of praise for a good product you have or bad experiences you have had. For instance on my old 2009 Ram 1500 I had the Mopar tube steps. Did they look good yes, but they were chromed aluminum and showing rust spots. So I am looking for SS with a lifetime warranty and would like your feedback on what has or hasn't worked good for you.

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I really like this style. http://4wheelonline.com/Go_Rhino_Dom....170613.631931

I'm not a big fan of oval/tubular steps.
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Don't forget to look at powdercoated nerf or step bars. They will hold up better.
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I had the Westin Chrom plated SS on my 04 QC and they held up well, Since I didnt have issues I stuck with Westin on my crew cab. I had to go with the polished SS this time because I wanted the ovals. I like them because I have read some will flex or not feel sturdy and the westins bolt up good and no flexing even with my 265 body stepping on them!
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I had a set of Westins on mine that weren't SS and rusted right on through, so definitely get SS or Powdercoated with some good end caps to help keep water. I really like the steps that Geauxhunting posted, I'm not a huge fan of the oval or tube steps.
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I bought the go rhino 2 step bars for my truck, they are powdercoated black with a warranty (although can't remember how long). I think the chrome ones have a longer warranty. They are really nice, durable, the ends are welded closed so no water can get in and rust. The powdercoating is also very good. I'm not a fan of the oval steps either. In my opinion I bought a better built, better looking step for less money...
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I went with the OEM aluminum powdercoated black ones for a few reasons (added them recently). I somewhat like the Go Rhino ones, but I don't like that there are only narrow little spots where you can step, vs a tube that has a lot of footing. Also, the oem tube is tight up to the body, vs the aftermarket ones that stick way out. I went with aluminum and I'm glad I did, for their size they have almost no weight, yet there are quite stiff and hold a lot of weight, pretty amazing really.
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If you plan on keeping the ram for a long time then it may worth considering a good stainless steel brand. Chrome plated just doesn't hold up well in the long run. Another thing to consider is that with nerf bars there is very little rock chip protection for the rocker panels. On our 96 ram I installed fiberglass running boards which also wrap around the wheel wells. There is no paint loss or rust due to rocks. The running boards also help prevent road salt from getting into the lower door creases (if thats a concern). On our 2011 Ram I had the dealer remove the factory ram nerf bars and install stainless steel luvern running boards. I wanted the max protection for the truck. Food for thought
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I doubt you had chromed aluminum, you probably had chrome on mild steel. Alumimum can rust, but it's white, not brown.

You have your choice of mild steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. Aluminum steps are fairly rare, the most common are mild and stainless.

If you want the "chrome" look, you can buy polished stainless steel, chrome on mild steel, or chrome on stainless steel. Chrome on stainless steel is rare, but Westin makes them and they are expensive. The most common is polished stainless steel. Even if you buy polished stainless steel, the mounting brackets will be galvanized mild steel. The ONLY company that makes 100% stainless steel including mounting brackets, nuts, bolts, and washers is Nasta.

If you want black powdercoated steps, you have a choice of black powdercoated mild steel (most common) or black powdercoated stainless steel. Not may companies make black powdercoated stainless, but Westin does and yes, they are expensive. The problem with black powdercoated mild steel is that if you chip the powdercoating, the rust process will begin.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. Still looking but I appreciate all the help. Debating the Westin Ovals or Rhino 4 or 6 inch bars.

300MAG do you have any pics of your Westin Ovals?

Grumpy-They might not have been chromed aluminum. I was just going off the description of the Mopar accessories website, as they said they were. They were good and sturdy but showed rust spots.
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