New Product Spotlight: Bestop’s Wi-Fi PowerBoard

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by Enkeiavalanche, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Now this is cool.....

    [h=1]New Product Spotlight: Bestop’s Wi-Fi PowerBoard[/h]
    By: Restyling Staff
    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Broomfield, Colo.-based Bestop’s new PowerBoard NX features patent-pending Wi-Fi component technology, which the company says allows the automatic running board to be installed in less time because no cutting, splicing or tapping into the OEM wiring harness is required.
    “Modern truck wiring is not only massively complicated, it’s constantly changing” said George Stickles, Bestop’s aftermarket head of engineering, in a company press release. “The PowerBoard NX just ignores all the truck wiring. So there's no conflict with other aftermarket things like alarms or remote starters. [The automatic step] eliminates issues where the factory just used a different color wire the day they made your truck.”
    The running board’s Wi-Fi system components include door sensors that affix to each door pillar without drilling, plus a receiving unit solidly attached to the frame beneath the truck. Instead of relying on the factory “door open” wires, the sensors use a magnetic trip.
    As soon as the door opens, the battery-equipped sensor sends a signal to the receiver, triggering the step unit to instantly extend into position. When the door is closed, PowerBoard NX automatically retracts after a 5-second delay.
    In addition to it being easier to install, the company notes that the PowerBoard NX will have all the features of other Bestop PowerBoards, such as a load capacity of 600 lbs. per side and a matte-black powder coating for foot surface grip in all conditions.

  2. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Too bad they're still ludicrously priced.
  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    They are high but if you ever saw the engineering that went into them you would see why Amp research the Co that makes them also makes some sweet Bike frames and other thing that are well engineered with moving parts.
  4. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    X2 on the high price, they're cool but not that cool. Your better off going to a late model salvage yard, and getting a set of another vehicle. I actually found a set at a local yard for $400 complete, I have been thinking about putting them on the Colorado.
  5. AMac

    AMac Member 2 Years GMTC Chick 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    If they need product testers I'm in!
  6. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    When I was in the market for nerf bars I'd have paid $750-ish + S&H for the model intended for my year. Tops. Maybe a little more (+$100) if a wheel-to-wheel varietal had existed...
  8. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Anyone else? What would you pay?
  9. RayVoy

    RayVoy Well-Known Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    They were on my truck when I bought it. Pretty cool idea and my wife loves them (she's only 5'2"); but I don't need them. My only complaint, when open they are a little wider than fixed boards and a little harder to step across. I love the way they look when closed and they are not bad looking when open.

    I don't off-road, but I will take it on old roads to a lake, or hunting spot and I'm always a little more careful where the rocks and boards are concerned.

    And, they are a great conversation starter.

    And, after all my venting I think they are far nicer than fixed boards and a lot more flexible (I can turn them off open, or closed). Would I buy them? On a new Avalanche, in Canada, the dealer price is $1,425.00 that is a lot of money for boards.

    I would probably pay $500 to $600.
  10. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Here are some better pics of this setup DSCF1169.jpg DSCF1170.jpg DSCF1171.jpg As you can see the steps are nice and wide and come away from the Body of the truck for a better step up...

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