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Whenever I think of buying a new accessory for a vehicle, my biggest fear is that it will not look good, fit right, or be too difficult to install. I want to start a thread that has pictures of the finished product and a brief summary of what's involved with the installation. The accessory could be everything and anything that is aftermarket (not from factory).

The following are pics of my first accessory. These are Romik side step running boards in black. They were about $325 (including discount) from Autoanything.com. The installation was about 2 hours. There was no drilling involved and the use of T-bolts was how the brackets were attached to the frame. The hardest part of the install was trying to hold the bracket while attaching the washers/nuts. I did it alone but may be easier with a 3rd hand.

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Thanks for posting - those came out really nice!

I've been thinking of getting the same ones, except the stainless ones - like how the black look on yours, though.

Did you use the extenders? I also checked that website and those are over $400??
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Thanks for posting - those came out really nice!

I've been thinking of getting the same ones, except the stainless ones - like how the black look on yours, though.

Did you use the extenders? I also checked that website and those are over $400??
Did not use extenders. They beat a price of another site in which a had a promo code for. After thinking about it, I think it was more like $340.....$325 I think were for plastic ones on ebay...
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looks good! I would believe you said those were OEMs
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Have you noticed any drop in fuel economy? that's one thing my buddy warned me about with the extra weight.
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Have you noticed any drop in fuel economy? that's one thing my buddy warned me about with the extra weight.
I took my first long trip this weekend to NJ. According to the display, I averaged 29.8 mpg. Not sure what my mpg was before because most of my driving was city. I think they did add about 60-70 lbs to the car though.
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Thanks for the photos, I am looking for the same boards (mainly for side paint chip protection) but I was wondering how it would look like. Nice, very nice!

Did you have to lift the car to install the boards ?

Also, I see that you don't have mud flaps in the front, is it because you had to remove them ?

Another concern I have is that the clearance to the ground is probably much reduced.

Thanks in advance!
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Wow! that cool.. are you able to take a pic of the bottom on how it is mounted?
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Thanks for the photos, I am looking for the same boards (mainly for side paint chip protection) but I was wondering how it would look like. Nice, very nice!

Did you have to lift the car to install the boards ?

Also, I see that you don't have mud flaps in the front, is it because you had to remove them ?

Another concern I have is that the clearance to the ground is probably much reduced.

Thanks in advance!
I did not lift the car but it was a tight fit for me. It would be easier if the car was lifted though.

I never had mudflaps but Romik did say that you do not need to remove them. Mudflaps are my next purchase.

Ground clearance did drop about 3" but the running boards are still not any lower than the front and rear axles of the vehicle.
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Wow! that cool.. are you able to take a pic of the bottom on how it is mounted?
Camera phone pics are coming out too dark to see the brackets. What I can say is the front bracket is attached with one Tbolt that fits into a predrilled hole and then there is another hole that the bracket needs to be attached to. This hole is actually covered by the rubber spray that is done by the Kia Factory. You actually need to scrape some of the rubber sealant off to find the hole. Once found, you then place a bolt from behind and "fish" it through.

The back bracket uses two Tbolts that fit into Two predrilled holes.

The actual boards are then attached with four bolts....two on each bracket.

Hope this helps.
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