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Hey guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. Today, we're checking out these RedRock 4x4 5-Inch Oval Straight End Side Steps in Polished Stainless Steel, fitting all 2007 and later Toyota Tundra CrewMaxes. Now, you should really be checking these out if you want a stylish solution to help you get in and out of your truck a lot easier. Now, whether you have a Tundra that does not have any side steps or running boards, or maybe you have the basic factory ones that are solid black plastic and starting to fade, maybe they've been damaged, or maybe they just don't look all that appealing to your taste, these side steps are really gonna dress up the side of your truck. Now, the polished stainless steel here has such a shine to it, it almost looks like chrome. Now, these side steps aren't just about style and form, they're also about function. Now, that really comes from the wide step pads that you have here with the deep tread on them.Now, regardless of the conditions you're in, whether it's just wet out or whether you have snowy or muddy conditions, wherever you are, you're gonna be able to get in and out of your truck, you're gonna have plenty of traction to do it. Not to mention our trucks can get pretty tall, and getting in and out of them without any kind of side step there might be a challenge for you, or if you have a lift on your truck or taller tires, it makes that task even taller. Now, the rugged design here is also backed up by a bracket system here that is easy installation. They mount up directly to factory-installed mounting points on your Tundra and the thick steel brackets support the weight of you and your side step as well, makes it a very solid stepping surface to get in and out of your truck.Now, that rugged durability and that highly polished stainless steel quality material does come in at a little bit of a premium of price. You're talking right around $425 for a pair of these, and that kind of puts it to the middle of the road to higher end of the spectrum when it comes to side steps for your Tundra. But you really are getting a quality product that's gonna be durable and will last you for many years. Now, as far as the installation goes, as you'll see, very basic hand tools that pretty much just about anybody has in their toolbox at home, straight bolt-up installation, no drilling, no welding, no anything advanced like that. Very basic install. I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, give yourself two hours' time to get both of them installed, maybe you're replacing some older steps that are damaged or weathered, or you just wanna get rid of them, that might add a little bit of time uninstalling those pieces and mounting these in.One thing I do wanna say about the install is just make you clean out the factory mounting points, the threaded holes on the underside of the rocker panels so that you don't cross a thread on your bolts. So make sure you have a nice, clean surface on your rocker panels for the installation. Let's take a look at the tools you're gonna need and go ahead and we'll demonstrate the installation right here for you.Tools we're gonna need for this install include electric impact wrench and a 1/2-inch socket. All right, guys, now before we get to the installation, a couple of things I wanna point out when it comes to mounting side step bars onto your truck. First off is we have three brackets here. If you are replacing a factory set, you likely have four brackets on your truck. We don't have that on our truck. We're gonna be installing these new on a naked truck, so to speak. But we have three brackets and they are stamped because they're position-specific because the shape of the rocker panel and the position of the threaded bolt holes that are in the bottom of the rocker panel are slightly different at each position.And these are stamped on the side here around the passenger side of our truck, so they're all gonna be P and then another letter. This one says PR, for P passenger rear, PC for passenger center, and PF for passenger front. Pretty self-explanatory. Something I just wanna call out real quick. And as far as the hardware is concerned, it's pretty straightforward. We have these kind of rounded, hex head bolts right here that already have a lock washer and a flat washer kind of permanently threaded on there.These are the ones we're gonna use to mount the brackets up into the rocker panel of the Tundra. And the other thing I wanna call out is when you do that, if it's the first time, like if you're not taking any old hardware out and replacing old steps, this is the first time you're mounting something on there, make sure you get in there with like a pipe cleaner or an old toothbrush or something and clean that hole out. If you have a lot of debris and dirt up in the threads of those holes, it's very easy to kind of cross-thread a bolt and it's gonna make an easy installation a little bit more of a headache. So just kind of clean that out before you get started.Other than that, it's pretty straightforward installation. So once we get the brackets mounted, we're gonna take the other hardware here with flat washer and lock washer. And there are these riv nuts that are your thread points that are already mounted in the underside of these steps. So basically, you're literally bolting these directly to the brackets. Pretty straightforward, so let's get started.All right, guys, now on the Tundras, there are actually four locations that you can mount brackets, but we only need three for this kit. So we're gonna use the front-most one and then the next one down, and then we're gonna skip one and go all the way to the rear-most one with these brackets. So I'm at the front here. I have the PF bracket. I'm gonna go ahead and get two bolts started by hand here. And using a 1/2-inch socket, I'm gonna tighten them up. All right. Now, grab your PC bracket for the second station here. Now, I'm tightening these up right now. You can leave them loose if you want in order to get the proper alignment or fitment that you want. Or you can get the step-mounted and then kind of adjust it later because as you can see here with the bracket, you have a little bit of adjustability. I'm just gonna kind of snug it up for now.Now, grab your PR stamped bracket. All right. One other thing to call out, guys, is that the side steps are side-specific as well. You want the riv nutted, threaded holes here, the pair closer to the front-end, and you also want to make sure that this is canted off to the side, it's gonna line up with the brackets. This is gonna be towards the inside as I flip it over. All right, guys, now grabbing the other hardware from the kit, get some bolts started. All right, guys, now you can see we have a little gap here. I'm not gonna tighten them down all the way at this point. We wanna make sure we have bolts started in all six holes before we go tightening it down.All right, guys, now we have bolts started in all six holes, we're gonna start tightening them down. And for these bolts, just as with the first ones for the brackets, you need a 1/2-inch socket. All right, guys, now for the driver side, you can go ahead and repeat all the steps that we just demonstrated for you. The installation is exactly the same on the other side.So that pretty much brings a close to this review and install of these RedRock 4x4 5-Inch Oval Straight End Side Steps in Polished Stainless Steel for all 2007 and later Toyota Tundra CrewMaxes. And for all things Tundra, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
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