Originally Posted by proverbs2221
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.