Does your Ram 1500 pickup truck need new running boards?
Depending on whether you’re looking for a more stylish look or better supports for loading your truck, there’s a multitude of aftermarket kits that replace your existing running boards.
The best running boards for RAM 1500 Crew Cab option with four full-sized doors are the Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20078 and if you’re looking for the Quad Cab side bars – we would recommend TAC Side Steps 3-Inch Black.
In this guide, we took the time to review most of the running boards available for the Ram 1500 and narrowed them down to the five best products. We’ll also cover the basics of shopping for new running boards.
Top 5 Running Boards for Dodge RAM 1500
1. Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20078
2. APS iBoard 5 inches Matte Black
3. Tyger Auto TG-RS2D40078
4. MaxMate Custom Fit 5-Inch
5. TAC Side Steps 3-Inch Black
- Top 5 Running Boards for Dodge RAM 1500
- 1. Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20078 – Best Performance Crew Cab Running Boards
- 2. APS iBoard 5 inches Matte Black – Best Value Crew Cab Running Boards
- 3. Tyger Auto TG-RS2D40078 – Best DIY Running Boards
- 4. MaxMate Custom Fit 5-Inch – Best Chrome-Finish Running Boards
- 5. TAC Side Steps 3-Inch Black – Best Value Quad Cab Running Boards
- Choosing the Right Running Boards for Your Ram 1500
- The Bottom Line
Below is a list of the best running boards for RAM 1500 that will upgrade your vehicles’ aesthetic appeal and step up assistance.
1. Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20078 – Best Performance Crew Cab Running Boards
The running boards are specifically designed for the Crew Cab option with four full-sized doors. They won’t be the right length for the Quad Cab or Mega Cab options, so check you’re dimensions carefully.
If these running boards fit your truck, we’d recommend them to upgrade lighter running boards when you need more load capacity and don’t mind a textured black style. Their heavy-duty construction supports up to 500 pounds.
2. APS iBoard 5 inches Matte Black – Best Value Crew Cab Running Boards
They come in several widths, but we reviewed the 5-inch running boards.
These running boards give you plenty of surface to use as a step getting in and out of your truck in winter or rainy weather.
The clean design is also a great addition if black matches your truck.
3. Tyger Auto TG-RS2D40078 – Best DIY Running Boards
At four inches wide, these step bars will give passengers plenty of surface area in slippery weather.
We especially liked the ease of installation with this model. It comes with installation instructions and hardware, and the running boards are designed to bolt onto your Ram 1500’s existing mounting holes.
4. MaxMate Custom Fit 5-Inch – Best Chrome-Finish Running Boards
This 5-inch wide model offers plenty of traction with UV-resistant black moldings for both the front and back seat passengers.
MaxMate does a good job of making self-installation easier with mounting brackets, hardware, and detailed instructions.
The only caveat we had was that you’ll need to drill new holes into Ram 1500 trucks made between 2009-2012 to make these running boards fit.
5. TAC Side Steps 3-Inch Black – Best Value Quad Cab Running Boards
The powder coat is treated to resist the worst mother nature can throw at a truck’s exterior, and the steps are designed to provide traction.
Aside from the low cost, these running boards are easy to install with four bolting points total that match the existing mounting holes on Ram 1500 Quad Cab models.
Choosing the Right Running Boards for Your Ram 1500
Running boards are both stylish and useful additions to add to a pickup truck. Even if you’re truck already has running boards from the factory, replacing them can enhance your Ram 1500’s look. Choosing the right running boards depends on the purpose you have in mind for them as well as how a product’s features compare to its competitors. Below is a list of the factors that you’ll want to consider when shopping for pickup truck running boards.
Style and Function
Many people buy running boards to update their truck’s look. There’s a variety of styles and designs available on the aftermarket, but running boards have practical purposes, too. They can serve to shield the sides of your truck from flying debris, and many models include steps to help you and your passengers get in and out of their seats. Balancing these concerns depends on your own priorities and the quality of the running boards you’re comparing.
Length and Width
A practical factor to consider when shopping for running boards is their length and width. You’ll need to measure your truck for the length between your wheels to ensure that the running boards you buy will fit your model. The width of the boards can be a factor to check as well. Wider boards will be more stable to stand on.
Running boards are exposed to flying debris, harsh weather, and the strain of supporting the weight of passengers getting in and out of your truck. Their construction, materials, and weatherproofing will determine their longevity. If you live in a region with harsh winters or plan to go off-road driving, you may want to place more importance on durability.
The finish is important to match the color scheme of your truck and to protect the running boards from the elements. The most common finishes are chrome and black powder coating. Paint can be matte or shiny to match your tires and trim, and chrome usually accents black step moldings.
The weight that running boards can safely support can be important if you expect to load heavy objects into your truck. Most running boards will have a load capacity of at least 300 pounds to support large passengers, but heavy-duty running boards are designed to support as much as 600 pounds.
Difficulty of Installation
If you plan to install running boards as a do-it-yourself project, it’ll save you the cost of hiring an auto shop. It’ll also make the difficulty of installing the running boards a factor to your purchase. A product that comes with instructions specifically for your Ram 1500 or similar trucks will make the task much easier to accomplish.
Running boards can seem like a minor part of your Ram 1500 truck’s look and functionality, but there’s a variety of styles and designs available today. In this guide, we chose the five best running board models we could find, taking into consideration the style, price range, and performance that’s available. Check back with us in the future for reviews of the latest running boards as they become available.
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