TAC Sniper Running Boards Review

TAC 4" Drop Sniper Running Boards On 3rd Gen Tacoma

Affordable Metal Side Steps For 3rd Gen Tacoma

The TAC 4″ Drop Sniper side steps are a popular choice among Tacoma owners for both their functionality and aesthetics. They’re easily available on Amazon too. They offer a sleek and rugged design that serves as a sturdy step for easier cab ingress while adding a touch of style to the truck’s side profile.

If you’re trying not to break the bank, these are an excellent budget friendly option for daily drivers and weekend warriors (so long as you’re not traversing anything too extreme).

These will fit a 2005-2023 Tacoma.

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Design & Construction

Side Steps For 2023 Tacoma

These side steps have a robust construction featuring a heavy-duty carbon steel main tube and steps ensuring durability and longevity even under harsh driving conditions. In addition, TAC’s e-coating and finely textured powder coating has been rust-resistant.

The boards are designed to effortlessly withstand the weight of passengers as well as provide a stable platform for accessing your roof. They have a weight rating of 500 lbs. per side.

One of the key features of these running boards is their low-profile design, which gives them a sleek and streamlined appearance that complements the overall look of the Tacoma. Despite their slim profile, they offer a wide stepping surface for users to comfortably place their feet.

Install Overview

Installing Running Boards 3rd Gen Tacoma

Tools & Materials:

  • 13mm Socket
  • 13mm Ratcheting Wrench

One of the advantages of the TAC setup is their straightforward installation process. They are 100% bolt-on and use the existing mounting points. Installation can be completed using basic hand tools and typically requires no more than an hour, two tops. It took me all of 45 minutes, in the dark and at 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

The steps are clearly labeled “L” and “R” to avoid any confusion. Even the front brackets are clearly labeled PF (passenger front) and DF (driver front) and the remaining brackets are labeled P and D.

Simply mount the brackets in their designated spots (hand-tight), attach the corresponding running board, check for proper alignment, and tighten everything down.

Functionality

Affordable Side Steps For Tacoma

Side steps get a bad rap compared to actual rock sliders due to the risk of damage they present on the trails. However, they provide a more convenient step for cabin ingress and egress, especially for shorter individuals, children, or elderly passengers.

My fiancée hated getting into my truck until I installed these. She would complain that dirt, mud, or whatever was on the side of the truck was getting on her pants. They also still protect the vehicle’s lower body panels from road debris and door dings in the parking lot. The non-slip steps are the cherry on top.

Appearance

Tacoma Side Steps

The matte black finish blends in nicely with the body of the Tacoma. They fit snugly to the body avoiding that big gap that you see among other styles and brands. The sharp edges give these running boards a clean and modern look. If you’re looking for something simple, sleek, and effective, this is for you.

Final Thoughts

TAC Sniper Running Board Review

Whether you’re looking for a reliable step for everyday use or simply want to enhance the look of your truck, these are an excellent choice.

My only complaint is that mud does get gunked up when off-roading. However, this is easily remedied by a quick rinse. Other than that, these things are tough! I took a rather rough road to a hot spring and bottomed out a few times, hitting the boards. However, upon inspection, I found that they were unscathed.

Overall, I highly recommend these for Tacoma owners looking to improve both the functionality and appearance of their trucks. With their durable construction, easy installation, and sleek design, they offer a perfect balance of style and practicality.

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Tom Worrell
1 month ago

The best put on truck dropped down step 5 in easy to get in and out with 4 in lift

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