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Carr Custom-Fit Side Steps Review

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Review of the Carr Custom-Fit Side Steps

Today, we're going to be taking a look at Carr's line of their Hoop II Step. These are custom-fit for your vehicle, so you want to make sure you use our fit guide to get the correct one for your particular vehicle. They're available in either a black or silver powder-coat finish or with a polished aluminum finish. These are available in either a two-pack like we've got installed today, with one on each side, or you can get it as just a quantity of one if maybe say, it's just your work truck and you just need one for you so you can get in and out.Having a step on your trucks is going to have many benefits. It's not only going to make it easier to get in and out, but over the life of your truck, as you're constantly using it and getting in and out a lot, it's going to help reduce the fatigue that you're going to get, especially on your joints and knees. So it can definitely save you in the long run, because if you're stepping all the way up here every time, and you're really bending it, you're just putting a lot of effort on your joints and muscles getting in, this can really wear you down over a long day.

Why don't you make things easier on yourself and just make it a lot less work to get in and out Your body is going to pay in the long run if you're constantly working it harder than you should.Our step surface has a studded surface. It's cast right into the aluminum, and you can really feel the grooves in there. They're going to dig into the soles of your shoes, ensuring you get traction when getting in and out so we can minimize the amount of accidents that can occur. And on your rainy, muddy days or snowy time of the year, it's going to help save you as you're getting in and out, so you don't have to worry about any slips or twisted ankles. And if you do have a bunch of muck on your shoes, you don't want to track that inside your vehicle.

With its nice textured surface, you can just scrape your shoes right off on it. It's not going to cause any damage to it. And when you get home, you can just hit it with a hose and it's back to clean once again.If you have any roof-mounted accessories or a ladder rack, maybe with a cantilever that goes over the roof of your vehicle, it can also make it a lot easier to load and unload any items off of that, get the things you need. You can also get another set for the rear passengers to make things easier for them as well, getting in and out. It also makes it easier to get up on the roof here.

And it also works as a great step, if you've got one here in the back to help you get into the bed.Our step surface is plenty wide. I wear a size 13 shoe and you can see how that would fit here on our step. It does have a length of seven inches with a depth of three and a half inches, and drops down five inches to make it easier to get in. And with its 500-pound weight capacity, it's going to be great for all of your passengers. No one's going to be excluded on this one.

And it's also going to help out with that extra weight, if you're lifting anything heavy up onto your roof accessories, you could easily put those on there and not have to worry about overloading and breaking your step.Now, if you're in the market for a step to get into your truck, you've probably been looking at a few different options out there. One of the biggest options is tube steps that run down the side of your truck. This is going to be a much smaller footprint than your tube steps are. As you can see, it's considerably smaller. Your tube steps normally run from the entire length of your truck here, from the front of your door to the back of the door there. And that's great if you have a of passengers that's often riding with you because each one's got their own step when you get that kit. But with this one, you've got more options because if it's just normally just maybe two passengers, you could do one on each side, and if you happen to have more people that ride with you, maybe you add an addition to your family down the road, you can always add another set.These are usually a more cost-effective option than your tube steps are. And one of the things that I really like about these is that they're constructed of a cast aluminum, so you don't have to worry about it rusting out over time. A lot of tube steps out there, you've probably seen a bunch going down the road. 5, 10 years down the line, they've got some water in them, they're starting to rust out. You don't ever have to worry about that with the cast aluminum.Pretty much have just a set position they go in. They have some minor adjustments, so you can fine-tune their final positioning. But this one here can fold. The bolts that go in it through here, you can take those bolts out and you can pull up or down to change the positioning of your step, and then you can reinsert that bolt. This is nice if maybe you want to fold the step up.If you find that you need the extra clearance, maybe you're going to do some off-roading and you don't want that step hanging down, you could reposition it and put it up. And you could easily take these off, unlike tube steps. It's a pretty big job to get back under there and take that hardware out. And some of that hardware, the way it's fed in, can be very difficult to get it back out without accidentally dropping it inside of the channels of your frame, and then it's lost. With these here, it's extremely easy. Just two bolts, take it out on each leg, and this guy's going to come off of there, and then you can go out in the fields and run off the road to your heart's content.And that completes our look at Carr's line of their Hoop II Step.

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