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Looking for frame mounted steps, nerfs, or running boards

Hello, 2000 X Limited, 4x4, lifted, currently has the chrome oem boards. Passenger side has fellen off of front 2 mounts, far forward mount is weak/wobbly, middle mount is strong, back mount is so terrible I can rotate it 180 degrees. Drivers side is starting to weaken as well. (Ah the joys of living in the rust belt and having rusting rockers)

Anyhow, long story short, due to the poor shape of pinch welds, I am looking for something I can bolt to the frame, I have seen some stuff for F250/F350 that is frame mount (ranchhand, smittybuilt, westin, nfab) but nothing for the X.

I am ok with hoop steps or full boards, anything to make it easier for wife and kids to climb up into the tall X.

I am wondering maybe if the stuff for f250 would mount up to frame on X? Maybe the ranch hand hoop steps? The front seems plausible, back doors I am more uncertain about.

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I think I have read that the newer crew cab OE stuff will work (length wise) but you may have to adapt and overcome with the aftermarket stuff....maybe the aftermarket tech lines could offer some better answers.
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Summit Racing has the Smittybilt step bar, with single additional step.
I like it, but can't quite justify $400 yet...
May just wind up making my own.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sm...view/make/ford



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Summit Racing has the Smittybilt step bar, with single additional step.
I like it, but can't quite justify $400 yet...
May just wind up making my own.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sm...view/make/ford
That looks like the same mount style as factory tying into the sheetmetal not the frame. I got NFAB in the same setup and it uses stock mounts as well , not the frame.
If fab skills are worth a flip id get a stick or two of 2 7/8" oil field pipe ($30) , cut it in half and have some flat stock that you can drill thru and thru the frame rails for the mounts. Some angled cuts should allow for welding of flat stock to angled cut pipe welded to straight pieces. Rhino line it and call it a day , Under a $100 dollars if all DIY , cant imagine a shop being more than $150 to weld up if you give measurements and material , then you just need to drill frame rail and mount. Something along the lines of pic below , they however brought the step out again
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