Re: 2012 skids and runningboards question
So here's my own answer.
I installed the 5-plate skid plate set, front recovery hooks, and steelcraft runningboards this weekend.. took me 11 hours! It was harder than I thought for reasons I didn't expect..
The gas tank skids were maybe the easiest, used a jack, and had 1/4 tank still in them.. Less gas the better, but this worked. The more- front skids replaced some plastic covers and bolts are mostly re-usable, although I think some are heavier gauge for the steel replacements.. Not all bolts are the same spot as the plastic, but it was easy once I could lift the metal one into place. The removed cross-bars are to be discarded I assume, but the instructions don't say that specifically. The order of install is not important, nor does it matter if the running boards go on first or last.
The front recovery hooks were difficult as I didn't want to break the lower fascia, and the design and instructions seem strange, but I got them on.. The worst part was the instructions say some bolts are 18mm, but all mine were 16mm, short and long. I used the short on the bracket, the long on the hook itself - seemed like no other way to do it.
The running boards do not fit well, there is a gap in the rear part more on the driver side than the passenger, but they work. I cannot see how I can adjust their location without either cutting into the running board to slide it closer to the car on the bracket, or replace the bracket altogether, as they sit on the bracket as close to the car as they can slide.. That is the bracket hits the outer lip of the running boards and that is the end-stop.. So not sure what to do, input would be appreciated.
The best news is my kids love them.
Thanks for the posts.