Posted: September 02, 2013
Installing GoRhino’s O.E. Xtreme Stepbars
How to install GoRhino's O.E. Xtreme Stepbar system that's designed to reduce inventory costs for retailersBy TTM Staff
One of the difficulties many truck accessory retailers have with truck sidebars, is that they have to stock a variety of them for each vehicle type and application. GoRhino made it much easier, by making the stepbars universal, and designing the mounting brackets to the individual year, make and model vehicle. This allows retailers to stock a few of the most popular steps, and order vehicle specific brackets separately. According to Mike DeFord, Marketing Manager at GoRhino, this helps retailers reduce their inventory costs and makes the stepbars easier to install.
To demonstrate, GoRhino invited us to see how their system works on a Chevy Silverado, where they installed one set of vehicle specific brackets, that could be used on a variety of the company's products, including their 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch O.E.Xtreme Series and Low-Profile Series sidebars. For more informaiton on GoRhino stepbars, visit www.gorhino.com.
The first step was to select the correct mounting brackets for the vehicle. This particular application was for a 2013 Chevy Silverado.
The step brackets bolt under the vehicle using existing bolt holes.
Here you can see how the brackets look installed.
Many of the GoRhino stepbars feature these channels under the bar that allow the nuts to easiy adjust to any positon to match up to the mounting brackets.
Once bolted onto the mounting brackets from under the vehicle, the installation is complete.
You can see how easy it is to change from one style stepbar to another. Shown here is the 6-inch O.E. Xtreme.
Using the exact same brackets, GoRhino changed over to the 4-inch O.E. Xtreme stainless steel bar.