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Old 01-24-2014, 09:44 AM   #51
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The lack of a handle on the driver's side isn't a problem for me. I just put my hand on the steering wheel to steady myself when I get in.
Wait! You can grab onto the steering wheel to pull yourself in? I thought it was only for steering?
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A friend of mine has a 2012 FX4 crew and we went riding around yesterday. I noticed that he had running boards so I asked why he had purchased them because I was pretty sure his previous 07 Lariat didn't have them? He told me that they are necessary to get into the truck. He said without the driver's side grab handle that ford deleted on the current body style you need the running boards to hop up into the truck!! So not only did ford delete a helpful part that you didn't have to pay for (cost savings), but they made it necessary to buy running boards (cost $635). I started looking around after this conversation and noticed that almost all of the current f150s have running boards. They don't look good, i know this is a subjective statement, but they definitely add weight and they definitely reduce your ground clearance!
I too was kind of disappointed that my new truck didn't have the grab handle. After coming from my 2006 Super Duty, I instinctively reached for it for several weeks. No handle coupled with the terrible factory running boards of the 2013 FX4 package made getting in and out of the truck a royal pain.

The best solution, though a rather expensive one, was the installation of Amp Research power running boards similar to what comes standard on the Platinum. These boards deploy into a position that is ergonomically correct to get in and out so the grab handle becomes less necessary. This should also cut down on excessive seat wear.

And when they are retracted the trucks clearance isn't compromised. IMO it also looks much better than those juvenile, boxy running boards that came with the truck.
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Am waiting for the 2015 F-150 release and availability of its parts to install ...
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Is it just me or does that front end look an awful lot like a Tundra?
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To the post of “X2 stupid”, was that referring to no grab handle or the 6” lift?

I'm 5'11" at 210 and use the driver side grab handle on my '01 150 every time I get in the thing.

To me it seems wrong to use the steering wheel and quite frankly, I don't think it works very well as a grab handle.

I hate running boards and find them more of a hindrance than a help, especially exiting the vehicle. About the only thing running boards do for me is get my pant legs dirty and cause leg bruises.

I decided to keep my ’01 instead of getting a ’13 partly due to no grab handle. Had I gotten the ’13 I would likely have removed the running boards, or is that “running tubes”.

To each their own.
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Bought Dee Zee NXT black on black running boards for my truck after I sold the chrome stock nerf bars. Haven't seen any stock running boards/nerf bars that I ever thought looked good IMO, except maybe the Raptor's but they're $900. Hopefully one of the aftermarket companies will come up with a drivers side grab bar.
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Is it just me or does that front end look an awful lot like a Tundra?
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Is it just me or does that front end look an awful lot like a Tundra?

Yup, makes me that much more happy I bought a 13, because there is no way in hell I'd buy that, going to have to wait for the next redesign if Ford wants my $$ again.

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I'm loving it...can't wait to get one.
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Yup, makes me that much more happy I bought a 13, because there is no way in hell I'd buy that, going to have to wait for the next redesign if Ford wants my $$ again. .
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