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Old 05-01-2005, 03:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I read through several threads over the weeks and they all talked about how easy it was to install running boards so I opted to do it myself. I saved more than $150 in labor and another $100 buying them from http://www.fairhondapartsforyou.com based on other Piloteer's recommendations. They are genuine Honda parts - see the following pic.

One essential DIY which helped me visualize the installation with clarity was from Oahu_Dave who installed side steps: http://hondapilot.org/forums/showthr...ght=side+steps

Tools needed:

13mm socket
13mm combination wrench
Extension (I purchase a 6")
Torque wrench (not required, but I chose not to chance stripping threads)

Another thread helped me find an inexpensive torque wrench: Torque Wrench Recommendation Since I'm not much of a gear head, this one worked for me just fine.

Hunting for OEM parts, I found them via Wwong's thread http://hondapilot.org/forums/showthr...light=websites
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The parts were impeccably packed. Each bracket part was individually wrapped in plastic and neatly stored.
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Here's a close-up of he board. Please excuse the cardboard dust.
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Here are the bracket parts neatly stored in two boxes
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Instructions for FRONT brackets
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Here's what it looked like
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Next the CENTER and REAR brackets
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What they look like
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side-by-side
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Now attached the bracket which supports the running board
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Brackets completed
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Next find the clips under the truck (2 not pictured here)
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Remove them. Punch the center of them in with a thin object (I'm using my smallest philips screw driver here) and you should be able to pull them out with your fingernail
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Here's a shot of the center pillar under the truck where the other side of the bracket is attached to. Notice - no clips to remove
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Here's a front bracket installed - Remember to keep all bolts loose
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