power running boards?

RayVoy

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Nov 20, 2011
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Yep, the Avalanche came with power boards. Amp Research Power Step. Not something I would buy, but on the truck when I bought it.
 

Denali n DOO

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May 22, 2012
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RayVoy said:
Yep, the Avalanche came with power boards. Amp Research Power Step. Not something I would buy, but on the truck when I bought it.

I notice in the winter that a lot of those power running boards stuck in the down position, I couldnt say if they get stuck in the up position too. Would you say snow and ice affect the way the power boards move? Have yours ever failed in the winter?

Just curious.....
 

Jkust

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Dec 4, 2011
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The boards serve a purpose other than a stepping surface. They completely stop the pitting of the paint from sand that comes from the front tires. I see the power boards on some suv's and think how I would't want them.
 

Sparky

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Dec 4, 2011
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Jkust said:
The boards serve a purpose other than a stepping surface. They completely stop the pitting of the paint from sand that comes from the front tires. I see the power boards on some suv's and think how I would't want them.

Mine didn't. Reduced, maybe, but mine had both flaps and boards when I got it and the lower doors still were all scuffed and marked. So I took the boards off as they were in my way anyway.
 

Jkust

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Dec 4, 2011
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Sparky said:
Mine didn't. Reduced, maybe, but mine had both flaps and boards when I got it and the lower doors still were all scuffed and marked. So I took the boards off as they were in my way anyway.

Interesting. I had one with the factory contoured flaps and no boards and had the pitting, have one with boards and no flaps and the paint is perfect (but I added flaps anyway for to benefit my boat), and one with no boards and no flaps and of course the pitting.
 

RayVoy

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Nov 20, 2011
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Denali n DOO said:
I notice in the winter that a lot of those power running boards stuck in the down position, I couldnt say if they get stuck in the up position too. Would you say snow and ice affect the way the power boards move? Have yours ever failed in the winter?.
No, but I can see it happening. They come with a dash on/off switch, I turn them off when conditions are bad.

Jkust said:
The boards serve a purpose other than a stepping surface. They completely stop the pitting of the paint from sand that comes from the front tires. I see the power boards on some suv's and think how I would't want them.
They will stop sand from hitting the body, but the boards are painted and have a chrome stip near the top when closed. The paint on the boards is beginning to pit.

I said in my 1st post, that I'm not a big fan, the above is one reason, the other is the danger of bending something if off-road. I'm not extreme off-road, just back roads and logging roads for hunting and fishing; but, I spend a lot of time watching for rocks I probably won't normally care about.
 

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