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.

VW Beetle Running Boards


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 securely.


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.