We got a lot of feedback from our Facebook followers and the strongest message was that they don’t want the Custom Offsets truck to sport the stock running boards. Sooo, we ditched them!
As you can imagine a 10 year old Wisconsin winter truck has plenty of rust on the undercarriage so we knew the running board brackets were going to be a treat, and they were! Total time was about an hour, including the time to clean up the areas we damaged breaking off the old bracket bolts that were rusted on.
Here is a shot of mid-way through the passenger side. You can see 2 brackets cooperated but the other 2 felt the wrath of a rubber mallet and our trusty 4 1/2″ grinder.
And after we won the battle.
All together it was a total of 16 bolts however each one had to be cleaned and then the tightest socket we could fit was pounded on to the bolt because the rust caused each bolt to vary by 3 sizes! In the end only 3 small bolts stripped and had to be cut free. Not too bad… here she is looking just the way you asked her to look.
As an added bonus we went after the spare tire that has been hanging under the bed of the truck for 10 years. Of course the winch was frozen so it would only drop 6″s then freeze up (the secondary safety system was a primary pain in our ass). The approach here got interesting. We decided there was just enough room to crawl on top of the spare tire and unbolt the whole winch assembly. Then we just used some creative engineering to lift the spare and unhooked the other side of the winch and the whole works came crashing down.
And now we have a spare with a winch forever attached to it, but that’s okay because we wouldn’t go down a highway with this rusted rim!
All and all a very successful day removing the factory running boards and the factory spare tire and winch. Which makes room for our custom exhaust! Next up is the install of our “laying around” version of a stereo.