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Can you guys help?

Im interested in purchasing a Running Board or Side Step for my 03 EX pilot. What are you guys using? Where should i purchase mine??

I was considering the OEM Running Board, but was unsure if 4 bills was the appropriate price.

What do you guys think?
 

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Contact Tim at www.Hondacuraworld.com

He is a sponsor of this site and many people have had great service from him and his prices are very competitive. I plan to purchase whatever accesories I "need" from him when we get our Pilot. Plus always be on the lookout for a group buy discount :rolleyes:

There are many threads with comparisions of running boards vs. side steps, I think it comes down to personal preference.
 

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this question has been debated since eternity by man...great scholars and scientists could not come to an agreement...great wars were waged to decide between to two but never has man agreed on just one of these....:2: :2: :2: :2: :2:

ok enough with my Bu##s###

basically the running boards are app $50 more. IMHO running boards look more classy and side step look more sporty. I am in hte same boat as you so I still dont have either :(

How about running boards on one side and sidesteps the other side:25: :25: :25: :22:
 

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so, you guys think OEM is the way to go??

I cant find anything cheaper than about $400. And thats at hondaacuraworld.

Ahhh!!!
 

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ramirami said:
this question has been debated since eternity by man...great scholars and scientists could not come to an agreement...great wars were waged to decide between to two but never has man agreed on just one of these
Thats just because they did not ask me! :2:

Of course its Side steps for me,and running boards for her.
Unfourtunatly she drives the Pilot and I have the CR-V!
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Thats just because they did not ask me! :2:

Of course its Side steps for me,and running boards for her.
Unfourtunatly she drives the Pilot and I have the CR-V!
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Unlike N_Jay's wife, my wife actually preferred the looks of the side steps to the running boards. She thought they were a little sportier looking contributing to her anti-minivan position.
 

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Unlike N_Jay's wife, my wife actually preferred the looks of the side steps to the running boards. She thought they were a little sportier looking contributing to her anti-minivan position.
My dilemma was that my wife preferred the running boards and my girlfriend preferred the side steps... :confused:
 

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I went with running boards installed at the dealer. If I remember correctly, they were $450 which included labor. I tested them both at the dealer and found the running boards easier to work with putting bikes uptop.

Check it out: http://www.piloteers.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=45464#post45464
slick2, you made out well for 450, installed! I paid 427 to get it from Tim, not a group buy, and had to work really hard for 2+ hours to get them installed. My dealer quoted 675 installed after 10% discount. :confused:
 

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HiFlyer said:
had to work really hard for 2+ hours to get them installed.
Now I am confused :confused:

What gave you the trouble?
 

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Now I am confused :confused:

What gave you the trouble?

It was very hard because I installed them on the first weekend in February with outside temperature in single digits. Even with a portable heater, the temperature inside my garage could not have been more that 30 degrees while I installed lying on the concrete floor. Nothing much, that's it!
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For what it's worth, I liked the look of the side steps and installed them myself. The problem is that they are always covered in mud or snow. Sometimes a couple of inches worth. The wheels throw it up where it seems to deflect off of the lower body and collect on top of the steps. I don't think this would happen with running boards since there would be very little space between them and the body. Anyone else?
 

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ramirami said:

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How about running boards on one side and sidesteps the other side:25: :25: :25: :22:
Hey, if you decide to try this, please pass on the results!!!:2:

As several others have mentioned here, the running boards may be more functional - but they are more "minivan". I think may keep the sides of the vehicle a little cleaner - but they too can cake up with dirt/ice/grime/whatever. Side steps look classy.

Both options make easier to access the third seat - but I feel make a harder (at least from my experience) to step in and out of the front seats. Seems they force you to step "out" more - longer reach.

I've used both types on previous vehicles and find they are most functional when installed on a "taller" vehicle (full size vans - full size 4WD pickups, etc).

For now, I continue to have NEITHER on my Pilot. :confused:
 

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steps is design to preserve some offroad ability in mind

design of good step bars should be able to preserve those ability. Like those on MB-ML. The mounting points are lower yet closer to wheel inner, but go higher up at door area. While running board... you have no choice.

For steps on Pilot, you can forget about it. The mounting points are wrong. Doesn't matter steps, boards or none. You have almost no offroad ability. I can't image anyone will bring his pilot to roack climbing as long as one is sane. The result will be extensive body/frame damage. This is where I miss my passport, it can really take some frame scratchs.
 

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95 Passport

I don't mind you just call it Rodeo, but calling it Isuzu Rodeo is little too much. The best part I like my Rassport was the spare tire cover which has a huge HONDA on it.
 

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I don't mind you just call it Rodeo, but calling it Isuzu Rodeo is little too much. The best part I like my Rassport was the spare tire cover which has a huge HONDA on it.
I don't think calling it an Isuzu Rodeo is too much (I had the Hunter Green 1996 EX model prior to the Pilot). Everything about it is Isuzu, including the driver's side door jamb sticker/label that says it was built in Isuzu's Lafayette, Indiana plant!! Just because the spare tire cover had "Honda" written on it doesn't mean it was a Honda... :)
 

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when you sell someone else product under your name, you carry the responsibilities. In this case, Honda has to approve the product, approve the production, QA.... and after these cars out of production line, warranty, maintainance, service.... It's a lot more than just buy and sell. If this product isn't good enough, Honda also lose its reputation over it, period.
 

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[ S N I P P E D ]

If this product isn't good enough, Honda also lose its reputation over it, period.
...which is probably why Honda dumped the Passport last year and went full steam with the Pilot. Granted, I liked my Passport, but the Pilot is more gooder, in my opinion.

An article from Reviews : 1995 Honda Passport had some interesting things to say:

1. "...the Passport isn't really a Honda at all. Rather, the Passport is an Isuzu. An Isuzu Rodeo, to be exact. Both vehicles are built on the same assembly line at the Subaru-Isuzu joint venture facility in Indiana and share everything except minor trim, emblems and grilles."

2. "There's nothing wrong with the Rodeo. But over the years we've come to look for technological leadership, recognizable style and intense attention to fit-and-finish details from Honda. As a result, finding the Honda emblem on a vehicle made by another company is surprise."

3. "The Passport is a good vehicle. But it may not meet everyone's expectations of what a Honda should be."
 

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I liked my Passport, but the Pilot is more gooder, in my opinion.
You ain't better not start learning your bad real English from me! <img src="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kemosabe/smilies/1book.gif">

kemosabe said:

1. "...the Passport isn't really a Honda at all. Rather, the Passport is an Isuzu. An Isuzu Rodeo, to be exact. Both vehicles are built on the same assembly line at the Subaru-Isuzu joint venture facility in Indiana and share everything except minor trim, emblems and grilles."
A relative of a friend of a friend worked on the assembly line and he told the relative who told the friend who told my friend who told me that they didn't even know which they were building Rodeo or Pasport until they put the grill on. :jester:
 
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