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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck Hoop Steps
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Truck Hoop Steps
Ease entry into the cab of your pickup, Jeep, or SUV with a set of premium hoop steps from RealTruck! Hoop steps are a sleek, minimalist style of side step engineered for maximum functionality and rugged looks, best suited for off-road Jeep and pickup builds. These steps feature low-hanging, extra-wide, u-shaped alloy steps that may or may not be attached to a tightly-tucked central tube. Like other side step styles, hoop steps significantly take the effort out of climbing into and out of an oversized or lifted vehicle, providing a sturdy, non-slip foothold at each door.
Hoop Step Benefits
Hoop steps feature several benefits for trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs, including:
Providing an Easy Step-Up: The main reason behind installing hoop steps is to ease entry into the cabs of oversized and lifted vehicles. Hoop steps significantly lower the step surface for yourself and passengers, including children or persons with disabilities.
Keeping Your Clothes Clean: Another purpose of hoop steps is that they can keep your clothes clean as you get out of the vehicle. While getting out of a large vehicle, your clothes tend to rub against the sill of the car, which is usually lain with dirt and gravel. Having an extra step while climbing in and out can save your clean clothes from all the dirt!
Protecting Your Vehicle’s Paint: Hoops steps provide considerable paint protection to your vehicle, guarding the rocker panels against pebbles and kicked-up debris. Additionally, hoop steps prevent rust-prone scratches and abrasions to your vehicle’s door sills, considering the designated step just below.
Hoop Step Types
Hoop steps come in two key configurations, including:
Individual: Individual hoop steps, like the Carr Hoop Step II XP3, feature a simple design consisting of a single U-Shaped hoop. These steps don’t feature a central bar running the length of the cab or wheel-to-wheel, requiring you to purchase one step per door. These steps are traditionally universal, requiring slight drilling and modifications to ensure a flawless fitment.
Drop Steps: Drop steps are similar to nerf bars, featuring a central tube that tucks tightly against the body and extends the length of the cab. They also feature welded-on U-Shaped hoop steps at each door. These steps are sold in pairs and feature application-specific fitments, bolting to existing holes in the chassis.
Considerations When Selecting Hoop Steps
What’s your preferred style? Do you prefer individual steps or cab-length drop steps?
Quality and grip are important. Make sure the steps feature a non-slip tread design and are built to last.
How will the steps be mounted to the vehicle? While some steps bolt to existing holes in your vehicle’s rocker panels, others require drilling and modifications.
How much weight will hoop steps add to your vehicle?
Does the product come in your preferred finish? I.e., chrome, polished, powder coat, paint.
Is your primary concern aesthetics, practicality, or protection? For the latter, rock sliders offer the best protection.