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We offer running boards for the VW Beetle in a variety of styles, for any budget. Follow along as we highlight our selection of VW Running Boards, explain the differences between them, and help you decide which running board is right for your classic VW.
Hello I'm Sam with
California Pacific JBugs.
Today we're are going to
go over our three most popular running boards that we offer. We're got our
German made board, our Mexican made board, and the Nutech aluminum boards. The
running board hardware will be the same for all the running boards or at least
similar. The only difference of course being the molding clips. The aluminum
boards do not have molding so they're not going to have the clips.
The molding clips do
change in sizes between the 10 millimeter, the 18 millimeter and the 33
millimeter molding. They'll be narrower or wider than this clip here for the 18
millimeter. You've got the bolts for either side where the running board itself
would bolt to the fender at the front and back edge. Then you have the bolts,
bolting the running board itself to the body.
Here we have our factory
German running boards. These are actually still made by the factory that
produced these for Volkswagen. We offer them in a couple different molding
widths with 10 the 18 on the 33 millimeter molding. As you can see they'll come
with the rubber mat just pressed into the rail here at the bottom, which will
require you to actually flip the board over and stretch the rubber mat onto the
back lip. Quite easy to do doesn't require any tools just a couple of minutes
per board to stretch the rubber in place over the back lip. Very very easy to
do. Just got that section to show you how pretty simple and easy it is. It
actually goes through and tightens up the board. These have a very high quality
rubber mat over a nice satin finish on the running board. The quality on the
boards is fantastic throughout with the original tabs, trims, notches it's all
very high quality.
We're going to show you
how to install the running board molding which does not come installed on the
German boards. For those that want to install the running board molding it's
quite simple. The clip itself is going to slide into the groove on the trim. With
the clip installed into the molding we set it through the back side or rather
the front side poking it through to the back side. This point it's going to
stick out that slot we can grab it with a pair of pliers on other side and
twist it about 90 degrees that will then hold the board and trim together
Here we've got the
Mexican made running board. The running board comes with the 18 millimeter
molding installed. The molding is protected with a blue protective wrap which
we've pulled off here to show you what it would look like out of the box with
the blue protective covering. That's just peeled off after the installation to
reveal the nice finish here on the molding. As you can see the Mexican boards
come with the rubber mat already stretched into place. On the back side you can
see the finish isn't as this crisp and clean as the Germans but at roughly a
third of the cost these are a great alternative for those on a budget.
Here we've got the
Nutech extruded aluminum running board. We've got it here with the satin black
top and the polished aluminum lip. We refer to this as our vintage style board.
As from 20 feet away you could almost swear it's a stock running board. We also
offer this in a full satin finish, a full gloss finish. You can get them with
polished ribs on the top edge, a polished lip or any combination thereof.
We also offer them a
fully polished aluminum board as well. These are a fantastic board very heavy
duty being solid aluminum. On the back side here you can see that the extrusion
is cut in overall shape of a stock running board. It's got the tabs welded in
place for mounting to the fenders and to the body on the back sides here. These
are made in the USA and very high quality product and one of our favorites
we'll use these allot on our own restorations here at JBugs.