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Old 04-26-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Truck too tall

I do not know exactly where to post this one, so here goes. Last summer we traded in our 2009 Silverado for a new 2015 Silverado 2500 Diesel. We love the truck for towing our Cedar Creek 34SATS except for one thing. Even with running boards,nerf bars on it, my wife, who is only short on one end, cannot get into the truck without using a step stool. It is about six inches higher than the old truck and that is just too much. I have looked high and low for any solution to assist her in getting in and out of the truck that did not involve carrying a step stool in the back seat. Does anyone have a suggestion? The nerf bars were installed at the Chevy dealership and they were not cheap.
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:02 PM   #2
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my wife, who is only short on one end

Now that's funny!

Anything low enough for her to step on would probably affect your ground clearance to the point you would damage it.

You could look into retracting steps that would be lower. I googled it and got a few hits but not sure they'd work with your nerd bars.


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Old 04-26-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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I know there are kits one can get to lower the height. I doubt a dealership would be able to help you. I would suggest you visit a custom auto body shop and tell then you would like to lower the height of the truck. It should be a simple fix. Just shorter suspension parts and stuff. You could also look into some shorter sidewall tires as well to lower the height. I think there are plenty of options for you. They will know all the tricks.

Good luck. Your DW is gonna love it.

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I would see if a specialty shop could lengthen the bars on the steps. I know I was disappointed by how high my running boards sit. That said, I'm 5'2" and I just use the steering wheel to help me in and out. My 7yr old scrambles and out ok too. A lower grab handle bar help your DW.
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I have thought of retractable steps but they only cover the front doors and the nerf bars have to go. Nerf bars could be a costly mistake. ( $650)
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Just weld on a rv folding step. You could even get an electric on for her. I have seen it done someplace before.
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I have thought of retractable steps but they only cover the front doors and the nerf bars have to go. Nerf bars could be a costly mistake. ( $650)
Ouch!! Do it yourself after market bar running boards are half that. I hate it when a dealer (stealer) does that to someone!
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AMP Research® 75107-01A - PowerStep™ Black Powdercoat Running Boards

There are some out there for lifted trucks that have a little more drop.
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AMP Research® 75107-01A - PowerStep™ Black Powdercoat Running Boards

There are some out there for lifted trucks that have a little more drop.
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Lowering the truck is not that difficult, shorter springs or altered in the front and longer spring shackles in the back are not that costly.
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