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Got my R1T LE,LG right before Memorial Day Weekend. I needed some running boards so my 5' 0" wife could get in and out of the truck a little easier (mobility issues after a few brain surgeries). I didn't care if they were rock sliders so I chose the most economical from EVBase using Branden Flasch's discount code.

Getting those Torx bolts out was a pain until you had the right tools. Once those Torx bolts were out, it was fairly easy to install the running board hardware. Instructions were practically useless and there is a diagram that you could put the body panels back on, but no templates or measurements on where to cut the panels.

I saw from other websites and manufacturers that they had templates to cut holes into the panels to mount the hardware. I contacted EVBase to see if they had templates. They sent back a screenshot of what looked like someone holding a template but then they said that they didn't have any templates. I contacted Hansshow since they are the supplier and we went back and forth on WhatsApp. They would send me the instruction manual that I already had. I told them that I needed templates and even sent them their competitor's templates as an example. They were of no help either.

I wanted templates so I wouldn't have to go underneath the truck and eyeball it and take measurements, but that's what I was forced to do. Here are some pics of the running boards installed the end of May, my naked underside for over 2 months, and now the body panels cut and re-installed today.

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nice work. you should create a template, add these pics and sell them to EVBase/Hannshow
 

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Looks good, did you remove and reinstall with panels or slid and clipped the cut panels onto the installation ?

any advise on measurements or cutting techniques from your experience?

I agree and experiencing similar customer service with Hasnsshow. I was sent wrong part and working through WhatsApp on resolution.
 
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Looks good, did you remove and reinstall with panels or slid and clipped the cut panels onto the installation ?

any advise on measurements or cutting techniques from your experience?

I agree and experiencing similar customer service with Hasnsshow. I was sent wrong part and working through WhatsApp on resolution.
I removed the panels before installation and kept them off for a few months while I went back and forth on WhatsApp with Hannshow. I ultimately got under the truck and measured several times and drew in pencil on the panels. Used my table saw to make the cuts and then reinstalled the panels.
 

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Great Work Dean,

Can you tell me the dimensions between the slots on the plastic panels? I am planning to cut the panels on my table saw as well.
 

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Great Work Dean,

Can you tell me the dimensions between the slots on the plastic panels? I am planning to cut the panels on my table saw as well.
I was able to measure the passenger side before it started raining. From the front edge of the body panel to the bracket is 16.75”. Measuring from the connection of front and mid panels to middle bracket is 26.25”. For the last bracket, measure from the edge by the rear tire to the bracket, which is 15.25”. Cut the body panels from the side closest to the running boards and work your way in. After installing the brackets, I placed the panels up several times to measure and make sure of the right placement before cutting.
 

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Thanks Dean,
I made a jig for the Dremel to cut the slits and added HVAC Foil tape for extra protection. I want to keep as much of the road grime off the car as much possible especially during winter months with brine.
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Thanks Dean,
I made a jig for the Dremel to cut the slits and added HVAC Foil tape for extra protection. I want to keep as much of the road grime off the car as much possible especially during winter months with brine.
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Is yours the same brand? Looks different. Nice work.
 

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I went with a different look. I think the Silver matches my car with the standard rims. If you don’t know. Majority of these running board are from China. I went with the boards that are selling on Ebay, Amazon & etc. They are pretty much from the same manufactured made in China. I see other people posting about why cheap-out on running boards for a 100k vehicle. I took a chance and like the aluminum silver look for my vehicle. The board are universal but the mounts are custom to your vehicle. The American made board are very nice but expensive and unnecessary for my normal usage. I don’t plan on climbing rocks nor going extreme off-roading. There is a larger selection of these universal boards. Just ensure you select the board made for your specific vehicle. It comes in two boxes. One box is the universal board and the other is the custom mount for your specific vehicle.

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