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I'm thinking about getting running boards and want to know if they help keep the rear fenders cleaner. I'm tired of the dirt on them even on a fairly dry day.
I'd appreciate any input.
 

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They are worth it , no doubt about it , adds to the retro look as well . I have redline red with chrome wheels and went with color keyed boards !
You can add front mud flaps and they are somewhat hidden by the boards too.
 

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Tis a must have in my opinion. Eliminates or at the very least reduces rock chip damage and lowers the profile of the the vehicle.
 

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24000 miles so far, and the rear fenders are in great shape - definitely like the boards. Some have mentioned that they get in the way getting in, but it's never been an issue.
 

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they are great - but as flassh says they are great for aesthetics mostly - they certainly aren't functional as "steps" as the ssr isn't very high off the ground to begin with. they get in the way every now and then as I get in, but of course that could just be the size 14 shoes getting in the way of the boards...
 

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Go with the Boards

Go with the boards. I have had absolutely no rocks thrown up because of them. Also the brushed chrome boards look great on the vehicle whether you have chrome or regular wheels.

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I wouldn't have it without them, keep the side and fenders clean. My Reline Red has chrome wheels and the satin running boards, look at my SSR phots and see if you like the look :cool
 

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satin running boards

Do you have the stock number of the satin chrome running boards. We have the Redline red number but are not sure if the other one they list is the silver ones. It says tubular satin chrome. I want to be sure to get the right ones.
 

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The boards hide the ugly frame rails, just look at one with them and the satin chrome ties the wheels together. They are a pain to step over when you exit the vehicle, but a must have. Install in 20 minutes piece of cake. :)
 

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Mine came a a full optioned model, with the boards dealer installed, the part # is # 12499191 :thumbs
 

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I just got my 04 SSR a few weeks ago and it has the satin boards, dealer installed. I wasn't sure about them simply because I fell in love with the same truck as mine before I bought mine and it happened to NOT have the running boards. They certainly keep some of the debris off the fenders but not all of it. I loaded my tires up with Armor All the other day after washing it and took a quick spin then remembered I forgot to give the tires a quick wipe to remove the excess Armor All. LOTS of Armor All went past the running boards and on the rear fenders and even the doors. So, they protect some but the tires will still kick up debris on the fenders. I also noticed that as soon as the roads are wet from a rain the sides and rear fenders are very dirty almost immediately. It's just the nature of the design of the SSR that we all love and have to put up with too. Get yourself some detail spray and keep a few cloths in the back for those "touch ups" when needed say from a puddle or something. Then enjoy!
 
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I hadn't told my parents I'd traded for an SSR. I wanted to suprise them. :jester
My mother called me, and told me she was at her sister's house in Grapevine, so I invited her to go to lunch on Sunday. I like the way the running boards look, but I don't use them for fear of scratching them, or leaving shoe prints.
I thought my 5'1" 69 year old mother would LOVE them, since she's always insisted my dad have them on his trucks.
As she was getting in she said, "These running boards don't do anything, but get in the way". :skep :rolleyes:
 

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I like the looks of the running boards, can't say if they help keep junk off since they were on the truck, but plenty gets past them. I posted the GM part number for splash guards, but I'll do it here also, 12497445, Chevy Bowtie, about 11.5" across, now that's stopped the spray.
 

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Sam Fowler said:
I hadn't told my parents I'd traded for an SSR. I wanted to suprise them. :jester
My mother called me, and told me she was at her sister's house in Grapevine, so I invited her to go to lunch on Sunday. I like the way the running boards look, but I don't use them for fear of scratching them, or leaving shoe prints.
I thought my 5'1" 69 year old mother would LOVE them, since she's always insisted my dad have them on his trucks.
As she was getting in she said, "These running boards don't do anything, but get in the way". :skep :rolleyes:
Go figure, huh Sam!
 
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