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Question Raising side steps?

I've searched and didn't find anything, so here goes. Has anyone tried to raise the height of the stock side step bars? I like the way they look but would like them to only drop about half as much as they do. I'll find time to crawl under there and look eventually but I'd thought I'd ask the group first. I just prefer when side bars are closer to the body of the vehicle. Thanks for any feedback.
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Shouldn't be too hard. Drill new holes a couple inches lower than the current ones. Then if the mounting brackets are too tall, chop off the top portion.

I was going to do the same thing with some N-Fab steps that I got, but after having AMP steps on my last truck, I just can't bare the sight of visible steps lol

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That sounds like the way to go, so I guess I'll be the first and give it a try. As soon as I can find time I'll work on it and take some pics.


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Modded my running boards/steps.
I have done this with my factory tube steps and Owtcast has a thread in one of the mod sections, however his pics are no longer there. I had to cut the tops off of mine, but X96535 gave you the exact method I used. Brought them about 2.5 inches closer to the body. Definately worth the labor for the end result.
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Thank you both for the information. It's good to hear someone did it and it worked. I'll try it and take pics as soon as I can find the time. At least this won't cost me any money. It seems like everything else I do to this thing is $100+!
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Crappy picture, but you can see how much higher than the normal "chin-up bars". Only drawback is all the ice and snow that hang up on there. Look forward to checking out some pics of yours when done.
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Thanks for the pic, that's the look I'm going for. Did you have to trim the plastic covers?
I wonder what the drop is on the brackets for the molded style side steps that come on some trucks. The brackets look like the same design but shorter. Maybe an easy replacement to raise ours?


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Good question on the different brackets; I couldn't tell you on that one. I left the plastic bracket covers off because they looked too bulky. I just hung the metal back on and called it a day. Definately don't miss the plastic. I also had to re-do the rivet nuts on the bottom of the aluminum bars because most of them were spinning inside the tubing. I replaced every single one. Nice and strong now!
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