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 Post subject: Removing Chrome (tubular) Side Steps
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:41 am 
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Hi All,

Having had my wagon for 10 years, I am removing the side step rails, to give the vehicle a cleaner "uncluttered" look (well, in my opinion :cool: ) - never use them, and they reduce ground clearance, so for me now, not necessary.

Got the tubes off easy (4 x bolts and washers), but of course the under-chassis 4 x steel bars (which are massively corroded) proving to be more of a challenge due to years of weathering under the vehicle!

Also did not realise just how heavy they are!!

Right - back to the WD40!!!

Happy and safe Easter everyone!!

Stuart


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 Post subject: Re: Removing Chrome (tubular) Side Steps
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:58 am 
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Hi All,

Having had my wagon for 10 years, I am removing the side step rails, to give the vehicle a cleaner "uncluttered" look (well, in my opinion :cool: ) - never use them, and they reduce ground clearance, so for me now, not necessary.

Got the tubes off easy (4 x bolts and washers), but of course the under-chassis 4 x steel bars (which are massively corroded) proving to be more of a challenge due to years of weathering under the vehicle!

Also did not realise just how heavy they are!!

Right - back to the WD40!!!

Happy and safe Easter everyone!!

Stuart


I have never liked side steps on a 4x4 especially an Xtrail where ground clearance isn't the best anyway, and what purpose do they perform ?. I also find many vehicles that have them fitted attract the rust more around the sills(Is this something to do with the airflow they create ,sucking c**P under like road salt in Winter?) Also as you say they are a heavy bit of weight to carry about adding to fuel costs over the years ....bull bars are the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing Chrome (tubular) Side Steps
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:44 pm 
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All done - pretty straightforwards really - very pleased, and they are selling on eBay as I speak!!


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