Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Westin Thrasher Running Boards, which will be available for the sides of all 2015 and newer SuperCrew F-150s. In this video, I'll be going over the styling, appearance, and, of course, the functionality and benefits of the Westin Thrasher Running Boards, as well as all the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the installation, letting you know up front here it will get a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, making this a direct bolt-on install that does not require any drilling or cutting.The Westin Thrasher Running Boards will be for any 2015 or newer SuperCrew F-150 owner that might be looking to pick up a pretty unique set of running boards for the sides of their truck to help them hop in and out, especially useful for any lifted setups out there. And this one obviously is gonna leave you with tons of options as far running boards, nerf bars, side steps, and, of course, all the different stylings that go along with them. This one's obviously gonna be the running board style that sits flush against the side rocker panels of your truck, which is, you know, very specific to the running board family. If you like ones that separate from the body, you're looking at nerf bars or side steps. This one obviously has a pretty unique styling as far as thrashes, hence the name from Westin, and it's got a very durable construction, which is not something a lot of the running boards out there can say. Most of them are kind of plastic, have an ABS. This one's gonna be stainless steel. Obviously, that'll reflect on the price, which I'll talk on in just a bit, but I do wanna point out this one's gonna be a very durable option as far as running boards go.Obviously, a running board or side step has many benefits for, one, helping to get in and out of the truck or also giving you the styling and appearance aspect as well. If your F-150 came with one from the factory, then this might be a good way to switch it up and get an aftermarket piece. If your truck did not come with one from the factory, however, this is a great way to get some help to get in and out of the truck, which is great, especially for the guys out there who do have a lifted truck. Now, whether or not you're picking one up to replace your factory option or to pick one up for the first time in general, running boards will give you a full-length step, with every ounce of the bar being a stepping pad for grip and accuracy, that runs the entire length of your bed. In this case, it's a SuperCrew.Now, obviously, if you're looking at a different side step or nerf bar, those will actually gap out from the body of the vehicle, giving you a full bar that's metal and only very small areas which are stepping pads generally right in front of the door. This way, you get one that sits flush with the vehicle and runs the entire length of the cab. Now, once you narrow down your options to running boards instead of nerf bars and side steps, obviously there are tons of different options out there as far as styling and materials go. All of that comes down to your personal preference, what you want it to look like and how much you wanna spend for the material. Now, this one in particular is gonna look pretty aggressive. In my personal opinion, it is one of the better-looking ones. Obviously, it's all opinionated here, but obviously you get the gripping pads here that actually kinda look like thrashes or scratches into the materials, which act as a grip for your boots or sneakers, or whatever, when you're hopping in and out of the truck. They are conveniently located right under the doors. Dead center, you'll see, very subtly, the Westin logo into the materials kind of embedded in there. Some people might not like the brand name being into their materials or products. In my personal opinion, this is so subtle. It's really just not so super noticeable, so I don't think it's a deal breaker.As far as materials and construction goes, obviously that plays a huge factor in the functionality and benefits of a running board as far as protection goes. This one's manufactured out of a durable steel construction all the way through with a six and a half inch wide stepping area, and, like I said, the stepping area for a running board is the entire product. To go with a side step, the stepping area is typically just one little square underneath the doors, which can be six and a half inches wide or sometimes a little bit smaller. So, in my opinion, if you're just looking for something to help you get in and out of the truck, running boards are the way to go, simply because it's got a bigger stepping area that runs the whole way. Now, if you're looking for a little bit more protection, the steel construction is gonna hold up against door dings in the parking lot, but don't expect it to be full-on armor if you're doing some extreme off-roading, in which case you'll be running into some serious damage if you're going up against trail hazards.As far as pricing goes, this one runs between $450 and $500, depending on your trim. This one obviously being the SuperCrew length, as you can see, it kind of runs off the camera here. This one is gonna be not super expensive, but it's obviously not the most affordable option on the site, some of which are just gonna be $200, sometimes even less. Westin typically runs on the higher end of the spectrum, because of the materials they offer and the design they incorporate. So, in my opinion, if you're looking to spend just a little bit more for something a little bit more durable and more long-lasting with a black powder coat with a textured finish like this one, the Westin option's a perfect fit.As far as the installation goes, this option does come with injection-molded brackets in the kit to help you along your way, all of which is incorporated into a three-year warranty from Westin. And they all go on direct bolt-on style. You don't have to worry about cutting or drilling, no modifications necessary. The brackets themselves will bolt up to preexisting mounting positions on your F-150. Whether you came with them from the factory or not, they'll fit there, and they'll fit perfectly. Once you get those L-brackets up, and the brackets and hardware in general, you can start putting the thrasher board into place and bolting them down using very simple hand tools, like a ratchet and socket set. Overall, I don't think it should take you any longer than 30 minutes to an hour to complete, and I will be giving it a 1 out of 3 wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap things up, if you're the owner of a SuperCrew F-150, 2015 or newer, you might looking for some help getting in and out of your truck to replace an OEM-style factory option or to pick one up for the first time, while also getting some slight protection against door dings in the parking lot, with a pretty aggressive and a high-end option as far as running boards go, that sounds like something you're looking for. The Westin Thrasher Running Board option is available right here at americanmuscle.com.