Awesome, thanks for the response and pic.
Originally Posted by wabat
The brackets sit slightly under the side sills and come back up on the outside of the car. This is where the side steps are mounted.
So the actual side steps are level with the car with only the three mounting brackets slightly below the car. I'd say you lose about an inch at each mounting bracket.
I've included a pic so you can see where the side steps mount to the brackets.