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Using Running Boards to Protect the Finish on Your Truck Doors
You work hard to make sure that your truck has a look that matches the precision and power that are packed into its engine, and it shows. Your truck’s entire profile is custom designed, from the color choice to the accessories and toolboxes that mark it as yours and provide you with the gear and storage you need for the tough jobs. Protecting that investment involves being proactive at all levels, from maintenance and repair to keeping the finish intact so that it continues to repel corrosion and damage. If this sounds like your truck and your commitment to keeping it at the top of its game, then you really need to make sure you’ve got the right running boards.
Running boards not only protect your investment, they also provide easier access to the passenger compartment on both sides of the vehicle, and they come in a variety of shapes and configurations to complement your vehicle. The best part, though, is that running boards also work as side-bumpers, providing a stop-guard against careless car doors that might otherwise scratch your vehicle. Deep scratches not only let rust get a foothold, they are also fairly expensive to repair, so letting your accessory take the hit for your vehicle just makes sense.
If you are buying them as a protective measure, then it makes sense to pick out the running board configuration that will be able to take a hit without showing it. This might make touchy show surfaces, like brushed or chrome finishes, a bit difficult to keep up. Finding a running board with a rugged look, in plastic, flat metal, or another configuration that can’t be easily marked up, is the key. That way, when your boards take a hit, nothing on your truck shows it.
To keep that working as expected, it’s also important to pay attention to the width of your selection. The narrower the final installation is, the less protection you will have, because your boards will be making contact fairly low on the door, which means that it will need to be wide enough to catch a hit before the larger portion of the door hits your truck. Wider is better for this reason, and wide running boards also make it easier for smaller passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. To learn more about running boards in Chula Vista, click through to this site.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at Storify blog.
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