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Installing new running boards is a simple job that can make a big difference in the overall look of your Beetle. There are a few steps, that most people overlook, to make sure that the running boards fit correctly. Follow along with our tech as he shows you how to make certain your running boards fit correctly.
Today we're going to be installing a
set of these nutech aluminum boards on our restoration series beetle. The
nutech aluminum board, what we're doing today has a satin black finish here
with the polished lip. We refer to as our vintage style running board. We're going
to go over with you a couple tips and tricks as far as installing the running
boards on the beetle. Pretty simple and easy restoration project for you guys
to do at home.
We start the running board
installation by removing the old running boards first. Here we have the right
side of the car jacked up and sitting on a jack stand. We'll get underneath the
running board and against the body there are four 10 millimeter headed bolts to remove.
Once that's done at the front edge
of the running board, remove the 13 millimeter headed bolt and nut, and that
same bolt and nut at the rear that hold the running board to the fenders. The
running board can then be removed from the body and you can clean any dirt or
debris off the body where the running board sits. This step is often overlooked
and can cause too large of a gap at the front of the running board or at the
back of the running board.
Make sure to loosen the bottom two
13 millimeter headed bolts at the back edge of the front fender and the same two 13
millimeter head bolts at the front edge of the rear fender. Now can install the new boards. We
have the new running board held in place against the body and we'll loosely
screw-in the four 10 millimeter headed bolts and washers. Loosely bolt the front and rear of
the board to the front and rear fenders with the 13 millimeter head bolts,
nuts, and washers. Make sure to install the rubber spacer in between the
fenders and the running board.
With everything loosely bolted, go
underneath the car and tighten the four 10 millimeter bolts holding the running
board to the body. Then tighten the 13 millimeter bolts and nuts at the front
and rear edge of the running board.
Finally back to the fenders tighten
the lower two bolts at the front and the rear fender that we loosened up earlier.
The right side running board is now installed. We have a nice gap at the front
and rear now we can go ahead and install the left side running board.
With the left side running board now
installed we have a nice even fit body and the gaps at the fenders, front and
rear, are both good. The boards are on securely and the nice thing about the
nutech aluminum boards is the strength. I am 215 pounds and I can jump up and
stand on the board without having to worry about them collapsing. The nutech
running boards are great product that will last for many years and they're nice
finishing touch for any year beetle.