The 8 Best Running Boards For The F-150
This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in August of 2019. These running boards can help you get in and out of your F-150, and many also improve the aesthetic appeal of your truck. They can be bolted to the underside of the frame reasonably easily and come in a variety of designs to suit all tastes. Our selections were made considering features such as dependability, material quality, ease of installation, and affordability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 04, 2019:
Running boards can really improve the look of your truck but more importantly, they are functional and can even protect your rocker panels from damage and increase structural support in the area. Rocker panels are vitally important to today's frame and body design. Modern automobiles have 'crumple zones' designed to protect the cabin during collisions. The rocker panels are designed to help maintain the structural integrity of the cabin while the crumple zone steel gives way. While your rocker panels will probably be fine on their own, running boards do provide some protection against debris.
There is an important trade-off when deciding what running boards you should purchase. Steel is structurally stronger and can take more weight (for the same size part) than aluminum. However, aluminum won't rust if you live in an area where road salt is used to clear up snow. We've included models like the Tyger Auto TG-AM2F20118 and the Rough Country SRB091491 if you're not too worried about rust. We've included the AMP Research 76139-01A and the APS IA-57371752 if you want your running boards to last in cold climates.