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Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the Duratrek 5-inch Oval Straight End Side Step Bars in Black, fitting all 2005 and newer Double Cab Toyota Tacomas. So a truck can definitely be a challenge to get into, especially if it's lifted, and this option by Duratrek is gonna be a perfect solution to that. So this is gonna be for those Tacoma owners that are looking for easier cab access and easier getting in and out of your truck, while also filling some negative wheel-to-wheel space.So this is going to provide you a 5-inch-wide step, and that's gonna give you a ton of foot room when getting in and out of your truck. And it's also gonna have a nice non-slip pad there. It's gonna give you a little bit of extra traction on those wetter days. This is also provide some lighter side protection to your truck from any door dings in the parking lot. This is also going to be perfect for any of those lighter trails, any fire trails, anything kicking up from your front tire or even some lighter obstacles. Now, I wouldn't recommend this to somebody who's looking for heavy-duty protection to their rocker area because this is for that lighter protection. However, these still are gonna be durable. But this is mainly focused on somebody who just needs a boost up into their truck. Nonetheless, like I said, these are still gonna be durable, made of a stainless steel material, and it has a nice black powder coat finish on it, which is gonna give your truck a sleek and more aggressive look.So these are gonna be roughly $180, making these one of the most affordable choices for side step bars on the page. Now, what really keeps the price down on these is the pretty basic styling as well as the lighter protection aspect to them. Some of the more heavy-duty options that are heavy-duty steel plating, as well as heavy-duty steel tubing, are gonna be a little bit more expensive, but that's just because they're gonna provide more protection to your rock area. And then some more expensive choices may just have a little bit more going on with their design, including a drop-down step or even a removable step. So this keeps it pretty basic. Overall, I think this is a really good choice if you're lookin' to stay on a budget, but still want something that is functional as well as good-looking on the side of your truck. So install's gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you roughly two hours to get it installed with some basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. Tools that I used for my install were a 3/8ths-inch drive ratchet and a 13-millimeter deep socket. So to kick off this install, we're gonna start by installing our brackets. Now, they are side and position specific, so they will be labeled with a Passenger Side Front, Passenger Side Center, and Passenger Side Rear and the same on the driver side. So you're gonna need your provided hardware and something comfy to lay on, and we can head underneath our truck. So we're gonna start up at the passenger side front. We're gonna use our provided hardware. It's gonna be the separate flat washer, lock washer, and our bolt there. And we can thread that into the captured nut in the body of our Tacoma. Now, we're not going to tighten these up. We are going to snug them up. But we do want adjustability when we attach our side step, making sure that all the holes in our side step line up with our bracket, so we're gonna save the tightening for last. All right, so once that's loosely installed, we can head to the passenger center. So now we're ready to attach our step to our brackets, but you wanna make sure that you have the ride side. So where the step is closest to the end, that's going to be facing the rear of the truck, and then you're gonna have a little bit more room between the step pad and the end on the front side of your step. So there are also gonna be rivnuts on the bottom here, so we're just gonna line those up with our brackets, place them on there. And then we can grab our provided hardware and attach our step to our brackets.Now we can take our provided hardware with the captured washers, the flat washer and the lock washer, and we can thread that into our step. Now, again, we're going to save the tightening for last just because we wanna make sure all of the holes in the side step are attached before we tighten anything up. So now that we have all of our bolts in place on our side step, what we can do, at this point, is tighten those bolts for the bracket and the side step down using a 13-millimeter socket. So after we're done tightening those up, we can move to our top bracket bolts. So now we can use that same 13-millimeter socket and go ahead and tighten up the bolts that are going through the bracket and into our Tacoma's body. That's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe, and for more videos like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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