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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

anyone know who sells sienna sidesteps running boards aftermarket or oem?

anyone here done a install after they bought a sienna without the steps/boards?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 12:44 PM
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Re: Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

I was seriously considering these:

http://www.trdparts4u.com/MC-DDGG-DF.aspx

I got them to send me the installation instructions, see attached file. I found out that I had to drill the frame and that made me a little nervous, but figured I could do it myself. It's one of those things, I just never did it. From the pics on the website, they do look nice.
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Re: Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

Thanks. With those instructions...I can easily make my own running boards out of galvanized steel. it's cheaper since I can use scraps from my ironworks division of my construction company. I use my sienna has a work vehicle & mobile office.

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Re: Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

In general, and based upon my experience (YMMV), our Siennas are low enough to the ground that "running boards" are not truly necessary or all that functional. They are more of a "style" modification.

I had mine installed as a "port/dealer" accessory after I rcvd delivery of the van. Mine are the OEM "pod-style". There is also another OEM style that blends in with the body panels. Which style your dealer supplies may vary. The "pod-style" is also commonly seen on other vehicles. For mine, the installation entailed temporarily removing the spare tire in order to drill a hole for a bracket (spare replaced to the same location afterwards) ...other holes for other brackets also had to be drilled. I did not DIY, it was a dealer outsourced job.

The floor of the van is relatively low already, so with running boards installed, your ground clearance is even further restricted. The running boards become CURB SLAPPERS / SCRAPERS (I have the scars to prove it). You've been warned. Also, there isn't enough depth to the boards to allow you a truly secure foothold. They are also slippery when wet. I had to install some of that traction-tape stuff. Realistically, neither grandma nor my 3-yr old use them because the floor is already easily reachable at a comfortable step-level.

I would save the $$$$$.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

I was going to make mine out of galvenized steel or extra aluminum leftover from a demo of a storefront window, L channels. Think alum is lighter and well I have some 8 foot sections left.

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Re: Toyota Sienna Side Steps Running boards

Does anyone have instruction(s) for Sienna 2011-12? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
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