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Dear all:

We just purchased a 2011 CRV SE (Urban Titanium), and we are thinking of installing a chrome (or black) "side steps" so that it would be easier to get on/off for my 5-years-old kid. Does anyone here has a 2010/201 Urban Titanium CRV that has either a black or chrome "side steps" installed?
==> update: we found a photo with "chrome" side steps on a Urban Titanium CRV. What about "black" side steps? Anyone has a photo with "black" side steps on a Urban Titanium 2010/2011 CRV? Thanks
 

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ah, I just found one through Google Image... I think the chrome one looks nice (if someone could post a black "side step" one that would be great!).. By the way, in this photo, what is that front chrome bar called, and where could I buy it online? I searched for Honda genuine parts, but didn't find such a chrome front bar like this before?? Is this an after-market OEM part? Other than looks better, what other "purpose" does it serve? Thanks!



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The side bars in the above picture are not Romik. Here is a picture of my CR-V with the Romik polished stainless steel Max Bar side steps:
http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showpost.php?p=76553&postcount=124
Romik also makes a running board style step for the CR-V and both styles are available in either the PSS or black painted steel.

Honda makes a side step in either black painted steel or chrome. They also make a black running board style which although they are more for appearance since the step is narrower than the aftermarket (but they do offer increased splash protection) offerings they are very nice looking. They look like they are the Modulo boards without the badge. I would have likes to get those but needed a better footing.
 

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The side bars in the above picture are not Romik. Here is a picture of my CR-V with the Romik polished stainless steel Max Bar side steps:
http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showpost.php?p=76553&postcount=124
Romik also makes a running board style step for the CR-V and both styles are available in either the PSS or black painted steel.
Hi Gravy, thanks for your photo. I really appreciate that. :)

I'm trying to decide whether I should go for the Romik "running board" style of side steps, or the genuine Honda chrome "side steps."

I found the Honda chrome "side steps" installation guide (PDF) at here:
http://www.handa-accessories.com/crv/07steps.pdf

There is also a YouTube video about how to install this "side steps" online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6arC3xoSXzI

My concern is that for Honda genuine "side steps," you will have to cut out a piece from your plastic under-cover. It seems that on the other hand, Romik doesn't need to cut out any pieces and no drilling either, see http://www.autoanything.com/Popups/VideoPlayer.aspx?ProductID=3740

Is it true that Romik running boards really do not require cutting? Any experience that you could share with us? I have also Google'd around and found some "not so successful" stories..

http://www.autoanything.com/nerf-bars/61A3740A-1A1.aspx#community
http://www.nitroforumz.com/showthread.php?t=27645

Thoughts or comments about this? Also, what's the pros and cons between the "tube/bar" style of side steps, versus "running board" style of side steps? Thanks!
 

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CR-V 2011 side step

I want to buy the after market side steps but so far I've got more hits for 2007 through 2010 and very little for 2011. I was just wondering if anyone knows if the side steps for CR-V 2010 would work on the 2011 model. Thanks.
 

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I want to buy the after market side steps but so far I've got more hits for 2007 through 2010 and very little for 2011. I was just wondering if anyone knows if the side steps for CR-V 2010 would work on the 2011 model. Thanks.
Yes they will fit. 2007 - 2011 are all the same when it comes to the fit of side steps or running boards.
 

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Hi Gravy, thanks for your photo. I really appreciate that. :)

I'm trying to decide whether I should go for the Romik "running board" style of side steps, or the genuine Honda chrome "side steps."

I found the Honda chrome "side steps" installation guide (PDF) at here:
http://www.handa-accessories.com/crv/07steps.pdf

There is also a YouTube video about how to install this "side steps" online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6arC3xoSXzI

My concern is that for Honda genuine "side steps," you will have to cut out a piece from your plastic under-cover. It seems that on the other hand, Romik doesn't need to cut out any pieces and no drilling either, see http://www.autoanything.com/Popups/VideoPlayer.aspx?ProductID=3740

Is it true that Romik running boards really do not require cutting? Any experience that you could share with us? I have also Google'd around and found some "not so successful" stories..

http://www.autoanything.com/nerf-bars/61A3740A-1A1.aspx#community
http://www.nitroforumz.com/showthread.php?t=27645

Thoughts or comments about this? Also, what's the pros and cons between the "tube/bar" style of side steps, versus "running board" style of side steps? Thanks!
Yes the Romik and Honda mount differently. The way Honda mounts you have to remove plastic panels and trim with a utility knife. Should not be a big deal. Romik uses other existing holes in the body without removing the plastic shields. I have not done the Honda but looked at the instructions and they only mount one way while the Romik can be adjusted in, out, up and down. So you either have to spend time with the plastic panels with the Honda or spend time adjusting alignment of the Romik. I put my Romik steps all the way down and all the way out then adjusted them until both sides were the same. I have wider tires than stock on my CR-V so with stock width tires they might look better mounted a bit more inward. Romik also makes a two inch bracket extender but I think that would be to much on the CR-V. One other note the Romik Stainless Steel running boards or side bars have a limited lifetime warranty. Romik Black Painted Steel is 10 years. Honda Black Painted Aluminum or Chromed Aluminum are only one year from date of purchase or up to the end of your three year factory warranty (not covered under the extended warranty) if installed by a Honda dealer.
 

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Yes the Romik and Honda mount differently. The way Honda mounts you have to remove plastic panels and trim with a utility knife. Should not be a big deal. Romik uses other existing holes in the body without removing the plastic shields. I have not done the Honda but looked at the instructions and they only mount one way while the Romik can be adjusted in, out, up and down. So you either have to spend time with the plastic panels with the Honda or spend time adjusting alignment of the Romik. I put my Romik steps all the way down and all the way out then adjusted them until both sides were the same. I have wider tires than stock on my CR-V so with stock width tires they might look better mounted a bit more inward. Romik also makes a two inch bracket extender but I think that would be to much on the CR-V. One other note the Romik Stainless Steel running boards or side bars have a limited lifetime warranty. Romik Black Painted Steel is 10 years. Honda Black Painted Aluminum or Chromed Aluminum are only one year from date of purchase or up to the end of your three year factory warranty (not covered under the extended warranty) if installed by a Honda dealer.
Hi Gravy, this is very helpful info, thanks!

I have read some terrible stories about installing Romik running boards (people complain that their "installation instruction" is too simple). Did you also find that's also the case?? Do you mind posting a photo or two about how it looks like after you install it on your V? Does Romik has any dealer that is located in San Francisco Bay area? Thanks!
 

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Hi Gravy, this is very helpful info, thanks!

I have read some terrible stories about installing Romik running boards (people complain that their "installation instruction" is too simple). Did you also find that's also the case?? Do you mind posting a photo or two about how it looks like after you install it on your V? Does Romik has any dealer that is located in San Francisco Bay area? Thanks!
As long as you are capable of a little abstract reasoning have some mechanical experience you wont have any problem with the instructions.

Basically there are eight pieces, two each make up the four corner brackets. one side have green dots and the other side have red dots. Take the four brackets of one color and look and the pictures. Arrange them so they look like the pictures in the instructions. (Yes the instructions are really that simple). Ok they don't tell you this but put the Bolt-nut-washers through the two pieces that make up one bracket and snug it up but leave it loose enough so it slips a little. Look at the picture again and determine whether it is the front or back bracket you are holding and go to that position on the car (remember the color of the dots determine the side). There is no need to lift the car just lay on the ground or you can use the box to lay on. Hold the bracket under the car near where it looks like it should go and you should be able to figure the mounting positions. Bolt it up but leave it just loose enough so you can wiggle it around later during alignment. Do all the above with the other bracket for that side. You got this far no need to explain the other side brackets. Hang the Max Bars or Side Steps on the brackets looking at the pictures so you get them the same with the bolts. Same thing leave loose enough to wiggle. Now you just have to go around the car a couple three times eyeballing with the lower panel, rims mud flap or any which way you like and tighten, loosen, wiggle, tighten until it's all square.

That may make it sound way more difficult than it is but you asked for details. You really just need to look at the pictures in the instructions and use your head.

Search the net you should be able to find pictures. If you still need me to take some pictures ask me again after Friday and I'll take some when I have the time.

I think the Romik sites (USA and Europe) are being updated so they are sometimes inaccessible lately. When I bought mine I found JC Whitney to have the best deal shipped especially if you can wait for them to go on sale which they do from time to time and combine it with a coupon code (do a search same thing from time to time) for 15 or 20% off.
 

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Search the net you should be able to find pictures. If you still need me to take some pictures ask me again after Friday and I'll take some when I have the time.

I think the Romik sites (USA and Europe) are being updated so they are sometimes inaccessible lately. When I bought mine I found JC Whitney to have the best deal shipped especially if you can wait for them to go on sale which they do from time to time and combine it with a coupon code (do a search same thing from time to time) for 15 or 20% off.
Thanks! This is very helpful. Will you be able to post some photos here in this forum about how Romik runningboard looks like on your V? Many thanks!

I found another interesting discussion thread on benzworld.org regarding "nerf bars" vs. "runningboards":

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w164-m-class/1463690-running-boards-vs-nerf-bars.html

Just thought that some of you might be interested.. :)

By the way, are Romik and Westin the only two companies that are making "runningboard" style of side steps for 3rd generation V (07 - 11) right now? I can't seem to find other companies that are making "runningboard" style of side steps.

It would be great if some company can make something similar to this (love the look, this is a Mercedes ML 350 aftermarket running board I believe):



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Here are the links (and pictures) to Westin Running Boards:

http://www.autoanything.com/GenericPages/ProductImage.aspx?ProductID=3796&GroupID=1
 

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Funny, but unfortunately TRUE, the Romik bars and steps are high quality and they do last for the duration of the use of the vehicle and sometimes even outlast that, whereas the Westin and others are of lower grade steel or stainless that has been mixed whereby the product is now prone for rust in specific portions of that area. I have the OEM Honda black side steps, I am happy with them, very simple install, an extra set of hands helps out, although somewhat costly, they provide me with what I wanted, an OEM simple product, and the height needed for my son to get in/out the car all by himself. I also use them to step on when adding things to my roof rack/basket, makes getting to things really easy.

 
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