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07-17-2012, 07:51 PM #1
Steps and Bars Yes or no?
Ok I have to throw this out to the gang. I just took off my step bars off my HD. My wife is pissed, whatever she doesn't hardly drive my truck. I put them on a month after getting the truck per her request. The '11 is pretty high to get in so I agreed to put them in.
I'm about 6'0 and a big guy. I hurt both my news in the last year mostly my left knee, bad enough to require an MRI and luckily no surgery. I started thinking about the steps, could they be a partial reason for the knee issues? First and foremost my extra weight is the main reason but the steps and how I get in the truck and out def tweaked my knee. The way I get out pushed my knee outward causing the pain. I took them off and the motion is so much smoother for me. I just step out and plant my foot. To get it one leg up and grab the wheel and I am in.
Anyone else have this issue before? I do have 36K and bought the truck brand new last Jan 2011 so I have a decent amount of time behind the wheel.
2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLE 4WD/Z71 Crew Cab Gray Green Metallic 6.0 Gas 6spd Auto 3.73 gears, HD locking rear differential. 18"Alum Wheels (Stock) Stock Michelin LTX AT-II Tires, Banks Monster Exhaust, Westin Platinum SS Oval Step Bars, EGR Window Deflectors, Extang Trifecta Tonneau, Front and back Weathertech Digitech liners. Factory Remote Start with Onstar App on iPhone.
2003 GMC Envoy SLE Black 4WD 4.2 175,000 Miles all original drivetrain and runs like a champ and no rust or rot!
07-17-2012, 08:32 PM #2
I'm short (5'5" tall) so I require the steps on my truck given its 6" of lift and 315/70R17's ... so I can't relate.
Your wife's issue likely has less to do with difficulty getting in and out and more to do with not being consulted about taking them off when she likely felt you put them on for her, at her request. Had you talked through with her the fact that it's less painful for you to get in and out BEFORE you took them off, she likely would have approved of the change. This is exactly the sort of thing that makes me glad I'm not married, anymore!
If it's truly easier on your knees ... leave them off. Just make sure the wife knows why. Perhaps let her calm down, first. If you're feeling belligerent, ask her if she wants to put them on her vehicle since they seem to be so important to her!
P.S. Now you see why I'm a divorced man; I'd have actually done that ... or worse, bolted them onto her vehicle (which was a Saturn, LOL) without asking ... just for fun!
Last edited by SurrealOne; 07-17-2012 at 08:37 PM.
07-17-2012, 08:47 PM #3
The funny part is I have been telling her for weeks now that they are coming off do to my knee's hurting, she said to leave the passenger side on for her, yeah right. She's 5'4 and my truck is pretty tall factory height with LT265 70R 18's about 32 1/2" tire and plenty of clearance above the tires too. She can driver her Envoy anyways lol
(P.S I thought about bolting them on the Envoy but no welder avail when i took them off lol)
07-17-2012, 08:49 PM #4
Umm, I'm 5'5" tall and would have no issues getting into that. What's her deal?
07-17-2012, 08:52 PM #5
07-17-2012, 08:56 PM #6
You'll probably need to put the steps back on if you lift it...
07-17-2012, 09:00 PM #7
Shhhhh don't tell her that, I may get a plastic step stool at walmart tomorrow and put it on the floor in front of the passenger seat as a joke,
As much as you are correct I think my truck looks so much better without steps, I need to take some pics and update my profile
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