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take apart the factory chrome tube steps?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by accinc, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Feb 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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    accinc

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    Anyone know how to get the plastic parts off of the 5 Inch Oval Chrome Step Tubes?
     
  2. Feb 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM
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    Have you attempted this yet? I'm thinking of doing the same thing when I take them in for powder coating. I assumed it would be easy but haven't actually tried to pop them off.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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    I haven't tried it...I'm picking up my truck tomorrow, but they gave me another Tundra to drive until then. can't wait.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2016 at 12:56 PM
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    Does yours look like this?

    upload_2016-2-5_14-56-36.jpg
     
  5. Feb 5, 2016 at 1:51 PM
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    I think the OP was referring to this style and how to remove the plastic top of the step.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Feb 5, 2016 at 9:49 PM
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    I don't see the image in N8Dizzle's post and I'm not certain how to post an image, but what he describes is correct. They are straight tubes with matching rounded end caps. In searching, I find that they are probably held in place with a metal clip that grasps a plastic shaft on the back of the pad and snaps into a hole on the tube. I'm trying to get the pads off without damaging the pads and or the tubes so I can powder coat them to match the truck.
     
  7. Feb 5, 2016 at 10:16 PM
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    Gotcha, that pic I posted was the only one I could find in the Chilton online library.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2016 at 11:26 PM
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    Sorry if I posted the pic incorrectly. As a reference though, I received a local quote today for $150 per step. I haven't really shopped around for aftermarket products so I'm not sure if that price is worth it or not.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM
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    I have a powder coat line :) I just need to get them apart safely.
     
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