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I'm buying a 2005 3500 Crew Cab from my Dad. It has 35" tires on stock wheels. I replaced the drivers seat foam and cover (they don't make the exact fabric anymore :( ). The seat was destroyed, likely from sliding out of the drivers seat. I also find the truck hard to get into, especially with the herniated disc in my back.

I want to get some nerf bars / running boards, steps, etc for the truck to make it easier to get into.

I need suggestions, as I'm finding this extremely difficult to search for. I don't want to spend tons of money (over $500) on running boards either as the truck needs several other things (shocks, bed-liner etc)
 

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When I first got my truck I put some cheap AutoZone step bars on it..they were a universal type that fit up to multiple trucks and cab configs.. I don't remember the name of them but they were less then $300 and were chrome with black step pads..again, fairly cheap and not the sexiest set of step bars, but they helped my little 5'7 self climb into the beast daily!
 

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No such thing as crew cab in 05. Only quad cabs. That is why you can't find a listing.

A bit over (about 2x) what you want to spend, but AMP power steps are great. Had them on my 06 08 and 18.

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No such thing as crew cab in 05. Only quad cabs. That is why you can't find a listing.

A bit over (about 2x) what you want to spend, but AMP power steps are great. Had them on my 06 08 and 18.

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How hard are they to install? The install sounded kind of difficult and I don't drive the truck all that often. Also aren't they like four times the price of regular ones?
 

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If money is a constraining factor ignore the AMP steps recommendations, they are nice but the price will reflect (~$1200 or more) I had some generic Steelcraft on my old '07 QuadCab I picked up from Autoanything.com. They lasted me 4 years with zero issues and it looks like they're still on the old truck when I see it running around my old stomping grounds in FL from time to time.

You say 05 crew cab (which technically doesn't exist as others had mentioned), the 4 door (non-suicide) cab configuration is still referred to as the quadcab. Megacab's came out in '06 which is a larger crew cab, are you referring to a megacab or standard 4 door (non-suicide) quadcab? There should be nerf bars, running boards, and steps all over regardless of cab configuration.
 

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I Installed a set of $150 nerf bars from the truck accessory store, they're called Luvernes. They attach to the body mounts on the truck so they're pretty strong. And they sit a little lower and not right up against the rocker panels so you have room to put your foot on the step pad. These have been on the truck 10yrs now and are starting to fade, but they are structurally doing alright. I've debated pulling them off to repaint. Or get news ones but they do fine. I have never dragged them or hit stuff with them, but I don't drive in situations where they would be the hang up point.

Most recent pic. Angle of the photo makes that gap look huge!
 

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I got mine similar to Shorts at LMC truck. They are black. What I would do differently, is have them Line-X'd before you put them on. They are a no drill install, but, you still need to manipulate the brackets as nothing is 100%, just alittle bracket tweaking is all that was needed.
 

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Amp steps here, worth every penny imo. Personally I can’t stand the look of any steps on trucks, hate it. Amp steps are the only thing I could stand and there awesome
 

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I have Stainless Steel Innovative (ICI) nerf bars on mine. They are 14yrs old and still look great. Simple and functional.

https://www.autoanything.com/nerf-bars/ici-3-inch-round-wheel-to-wheel-nerf-bars
How often do you use the step part for access to the bed of the truck?

I would get amps, but I'm not wanting to dump tons of money into this truck. It's not my daily driver, but I use it for hauling and towing. It needs allot of maintenance items. It still has the original coolant in it, and the original thermostat, but I'm having trouble finding a shop that will do an actual flush.

I think the transmission filters were changed when the transmission was rebuilt, but I'm not positive.

I want to get the bed lined with rhino or line-X and I need to replace the suspension, so I'm thinking power steps are off the table for now. Are power steps hard to install? I could do the other things first and save up if they are worth it. I have a herniated disk in my back and just wanted to be able to easier get into the truck so a cheaper set of nerfs seemed like the way to go.

I'm liking the durable looking amazon Tyger steps. I could possibly find myself in a situation where they end up dragging though, I don't off road the beast much, but we do pull campers through sand and have been stuck (not recently with the 35's but it could happen) Not sure how well the power steps would handle the sand either?

The ICI's look nice too because there is a step to assist in getting things out of the bed.
 

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I'm buying a 2005 3500 Crew Cab from my Dad. It has 35" tires on stock wheels. I replaced the drivers seat foam and cover (they don't make the exact fabric anymore :( ). The seat was destroyed, likely from sliding out of the drivers seat. I also find the truck hard to get into, especially with the herniated disc in my back.

I want to get some nerf bars / running boards, steps, etc for the truck to make it easier to get into.

I need suggestions, as I'm finding this extremely difficult to search for. I don't want to spend tons of money (over $500) on running boards either as the truck needs several other things (shocks, bed-liner etc)
I have white boards that I removed from my ‘18 Limited. Took off with 300 miles on the truck.
Brackets & bolts included. You would need to install your own rivnuts.
Local pick up would be the best. Pic shows what they look like on my truck. Sorry, can’t edit the photo orientation.
 

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How hard are they to install? The install sounded kind of difficult and I don't drive the truck all that often. Also aren't they like four times the price of regular ones?
I didn't find them hard to do on my 08. Worst part was pulling Speedo cluster to get to the wiring behind it for the control connections.

My 06 I bought with them and the 18 I let the dealer do. Turned out the 18 had to have air tank relocated some so I'm glad I let the dealer do it. Getting lazy in my old age but really didn't have a 1/2 day to mess with it.

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I decided I'm going to go with the rugged sturdy amazon ones for now. Maybe someday I'll get the cool electronic ones though. I have always wanted them, but I'm going to put the extra money into new struts, and maybe some bed liner and a coolant flush.
 

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Link to the units you bought?...thinking of replacing mine...Thx
 

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Link to the units you bought?...thinking of replacing mine...Thx
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FEPVDQK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I had some issues getting them on, probably due to tolerance stacking. Still it was a bit frustrating. I had to modify the mounting hardware for the right side which I installed first there was just no way it was going to fit without cutting the bracket. So 40 minutes when I should have been finishing that side suddenly because 3 more hours trying to figure out WTH was wrong. The end result was pretty good though.
They would have been a pretty easy install, directions were good except for the part where the bracket was hitting the gusset which isn't supposed to happen. The other side was a close fit in the same spot, but it went together.
 

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Bought Iconic brand running boards for just over $200 when they were on sale. Easy install, less than an hour. I like them.
 

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How often do you use the step part for access to the bed of the truck?

The ICI's look nice too because there is a step to assist in getting things out of the bed.
Mine are only cab length, do not extend to the rear wheel. I also have a hard non-folding tonneau so... I don't think I'd use longer boards for bed access; I would be afraid of scratching the bedside.
 
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