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Newbie - running boards advice, please ...

Hi, Charlene here - am posting here for a friend in need of info.

2001 Ranger 4.0 engine 4 door 2 wd - she wants running boards for the full length of cab doors

She is a youthful seventy (70) year old, still working, woman who recently purchased this truck. She is about 5'5" and considerably overweight (probably 220 or so) and has had both shoulders reverse replacement. She needs a little help getting into the cab.

Wants it to attach to the frame, not the body. SS or chrome with the specific step area flattened and wide. Durability and sturdy is a must. Of course, a reasonable price or winter clearance sale would be great.

Any info and guidance is greatly appreciated. thanks much
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like these? or more of a runnign board style?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/98-11...Q5fAccessories
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to be honest i do think there are really any that attach to the frame. most attach to the body.
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i thought they did attach to the frame? they don't?
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nope, not even the OEM ones.
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...running boards or Nerf bars ?

Yes, that is along the line very much. I do think the actual step has to be wider though. So, would I be looking for "Nerf" bars or running boards ? Are running boards flat the entire length ?
Someone posted none are made, including OEM, that attach to the frame. I think I will have to find that in print somewhere so I can show her.

Any recommendations as to the better brands (even if it isn't the name brands ) ?
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Thanks so much for that heads up. Any recommendations ???
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Westi...item58838accc3

These are running boards, the first link were more of the step bars or nerf bars they are significantly more expensive. I know westin are very solid, as well as the factory ones. but most of what you find will be step or nerf bars.
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Hey, thanks so much for the time you've spent.
I looked at the 1st link again - says it 'bolts to the factory holes, no drilling needed' - does that mean the body or the frame ?
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Factory holes are body mount
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to be honest i do think there are really any that attach to the frame. most attach to the body.
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i thought they did attach to the frame? they don't?
i think they mount more-so to the rockers. the stock ones are pretty stout. those pipe style. i've got a set of chrome ones that i plan to keep just incase.
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