Running Board Mounting Kit
If climbing in and out of your vehicle is a bit of a challenge because the cabin is a little too high, installing a running board is always a good idea. With this accessory, you'll have easier access whenever you step into your vehicle. But for a running board to fully support each step every time you climb into your ride, it needs sturdy mounting accessories. Fortunately, a separate running board mounting kit is available. Here are some tips to help you figure out which kit to buy:
Opt for a no-drill running board mounting kit for hassle-free installation.
If you want an easier way of attaching a running board, choose a kit that won't require extra drilling. In a no-drill kit, the brackets are already pre-drilled with holes that perfectly align with your vehicle's existing bolt holes. So, you basically just have to bolt the bracket in place when mounting the running board. And because this kit won't require extra drilling, you can easily finish the installation in less than an hour.
Choose a powder-coated or stainless steel kit.
Just like the running board, the mounting brackets are well exposed to road salt, dirt, and grime. And just like the running board, a mounting kit's greatest enemy is corrosion. This is why powder-coated or stainless steel mounting accessories are a good investment. These materials are designed to withstand corrosion for a longer period of time and can handle rough handling and tough weather conditions. Keep in mind that no matter how sturdy the running board is, it won't really matter if the mounting bracket gives out easily. So to get more bang for your buck, be sure to choose a material that won't easily give in to wear and tear.
Make sure the running board mounting kit includes all the needed hardware.
When choosing an installation kit, make sure it has all the necessary hardware. Finding out that the kit you bought doesn't have enough screws or nuts while you're actually installing the running board can be such a hassle.
Get a running board mounting kit with the right style of mounting brackets.
With so many options to choose from, selecting the right mounting parts can be overwhelming. To get the right kit, double-check if the parts included match your car's specs and suit the style of your running board. Mounting brackets come in all shapes and sizes, so better find those that'll perfectly fit the board and your vehicle's undercarriage.
Other factors to consider
Aside from installation options, material type, hardware, and bracket style, you also need to consider if the running board mounting kit comes with a warranty. This accessory is designed to last for years, but it's definitely worth your money if the product comes with an excellent warranty. Another thing to think about is if you're planning on installing a lighted or retractable running board. Because the lighted type involves electrical wires and the retractable type uses special mounting components, make sure that the installation kit you get is suited to these kinds of running board.