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Icon5 Howto fix my step bars? (rust)

When the truck was in for its oil change in January, I noticed I have a rust hole of sorts in my one step bar, in the bottom. Actually it looks like I used the bars as 'rock sliders' since its 'broke' its not dented, it looks like, well, take a plastic tube and beat it with a hammer... and you get a broken piece... thats what my chrome step bar looks like, you cant see it from the side, its only visible underneath... I stuck my finger in the hole and is jammed packed full of rust... Can I...

A) buy/make some sort of greese gun fitting to fit the hole where the bars mount, ofcourse this means removing the bars, and then pump the bars full of grease?

B) buy a product of some sort to pour into the bars that will somewhat solidify to stop the intrusion of water?
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if its packed full of rust thats not a good sign..its just going to rust from the inside out..

might wanna start looking for some new bars..IMO

rust is hard to stop once its started..
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Throw them away and move somewhere with less salt.
Factory Ford step bars seem to hold up fairly well compared to aftermarket junk.
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clean out all the rust..get some great stuff foam and fill that sucker..hah
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well I have had them since December of 2004. I paid $195 for them, they are for a 4 door ranger (i have a 2 door).... and they do say 'Ford'on them.... they are the Westin Platinum series step bar.
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Get some phosphoric acid and fill it full of it and let it sit for a few days and dump. Then fill it with hydrualic or tranny fuild then dump, then fill it with great stuff.
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If they're Westin Platinum, they have a lifetime warranty.

Westin Platinum Series Step Bars
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My OE step bars (2001), have seen better days for sure. I used a drill mounted sanding wheel the first time to remove all the surface rust and then primed, painted, and cleared them, but that didn't last too long, maybe 2 years. I then got them sand blasted and professionally painted by a friend. That has lasted for several years now, but I lost one of the front plastic covers, so now I can see onto the middle of the step bar. There's some good amount of rust in there. I say get them sand blasted, or just buy new ones.
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