Added parts is added work, and if you live in the rust belt you really want to know what you’re getting into before you add on another piece of metal to something that’s going to see a lot of road salt. The good news in this department is pretty hot now, and everyone is trying to keep up with the trends, which equates to high-quality design.
This isn’t to say you’re always going to get the best pieces for bottom dollar though.
Generally speaking both nerf steps and running boards come in two color options—black or silver. Black is usually a black powder coat, and the silver is polished stainless steel. Both options hold up well against the harsh weather conditions found all over the states. A lot of manufactures and consumers learned the hard way just why other materials aren’t being used, such as chrome; built from chrome, these running boards or side steps would deteriorate rather quickly due to road conditions.
There are other coating types that stand strong in harsh environments too. Textured black finishes are growing in popularity. This type of finish is super rugged in appearance and function. The textured finish is added grip and another layer of protection against corrosion.
The pretty parts stay pretty. What about the construction of these pieces? Well, you get what you pay for. Obviously if you spend less money pieces can be made with a less-than-perfect design. Ram trucks tend to see a bit of abuse in the real world, and you can’t have cheap parts breaking on you during work or play.
Again, good manufacturers take care of these concerns by making sure they mount well and stay mounted even when beat on. Welding is used minimally, meaning stamped brackets are used for better durability. And if welding is used, you will find strong quality welds delivering proven durability.