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Installing Running Boards

I ordered running boards from JC Whitney with the intention of installing them myself. What arrived couldn't possibly work so I went back to the website and discovered in the small print that I also needed to order brackets... so I did. Now that they're here I find I have absolutely no clue how they can be mounted.

I've given up on the idea of doing it myself. Does anybody know where I can get them installed in the Wilmington, NC or Jacksonville, NC area? I live about halfway between both towns so it doesn't really matter where I go.
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Post pics of the brackets and the bars and tell us if it's an X-cab 2dr, X-cab 4dr, or 2dr reg cab. Also, is there instructions???
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Here ya go. Click on any image for a larger version. My truck is a 2 door Supercab. And yes, there are instructions; suitably vague.

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Well, you asked for this stuff. Now you're not going to do anything with it? Was this just an exercise to make me find my camera?
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Easy there big tiger...most people dont live on here waiting for a responce or something.... relax and you will get help. most ppl have lives and will see the post and chime in if they can help... good luck
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#1 its only been 1 day so cool down.

#2, all the running boards I have ripped off trucks (hate them) had the angle brakets between the bottom of the board and attached to the back side of the rocker panel. there is going to be some sort of way to attach the end caps (plastic parts in the pics?)

#3 what brand are they?

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I wouldn't have gotten huffy except he asked for very specific actions on my part.... ie, take all those pictures. It created some expectation on my part. I realize nobody is under any obligation to help me.

1) I'm gonna chill.

2) I just can't see where they'd attach that is beefy enough to support a man's weight. The vertical portion of the bracket doesn't seem to have a matching site on the underside of the truck. Surely you don't punch holes through the body to mount that? I'd love to see somebody else's pictures of an installation.

As for the end caps, there are holes in them where I'd imagine self tapping screws would mount them to the running boards. There are no corresponding holes in the running boards... yet.

3) Lund.

Thanks for the reply.
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I doubt there would be any holes underneath your truck. did the brackets come with self tapping screws or bolts and nuts? that would be your clue right there. Again, most of the ones I have yanked were held on by self tapping screws right to the body. some did and some didn't have any extra bracing.

you would be suprised how sturdy mounting like that can be.
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Well, you asked for this stuff. Now you're not going to do anything with it? Was this just an exercise to make me find my camera?
WOW! [edited out]. You came here for help and here we are helping you......responses take time. I'm not here for your every becon call for immediate help. We'll help the best we can. I asked for things that help us help you, something you sorta shoulda posted in the first place. We're not there under your truck with the brackets. Gotta help us help you.



Honestly....my best guess is take a look at the first pic you posted. The short side of those 90* mount to the backside of your rocker panel.....where the rocker rolls underneeth the truck then shoots vertically toward the underside of the cab floor using self tapping screws. That's my best guess.

Most don't get those type of running boards....most get stock ones that actually look good and flow well with a truck so new like yours. And...there's pre-existing mounting points on the truck for them. I honestly don't think anyone here has those type ones you've got.

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Well, thank you for pointed out so eloquently the error of my ways. I do apologize.

I took my truck to the Leonard Building and Truck Accessories folks in Jacksonville this morning with the intention of having them install the boards for me. After talking at length with them, I decided to take the easy way out and just have them install some Aires nerf bars instead. At least they won't require any drilling.

The new ones will be black and chrome. I'm going to send the others back to JC Whitney's. They claim you can do that "no questions asked".
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Man, it's all good. I know what it's like to be in a rush to get something done with the truck/fixed on the truck and having to wait for some insight from people whom may be able to help. No worries. Glad you got it all figured out and chose a much better alternative than those 80's running boards. lol.
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Glad you decided to go with nerf bars instead. those JC Whitney running boards were popular back in 1981. and do NOT support any weight.
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