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Running Board Install Cost by Dealer(s)

I looked into having my Honda dealer install the OEM running boards. They charge $204.70 to do this. I searched around on eStore.Honda.com and looked at 3 other Honda dealers install costs. They were $99, $135, and $180.I was amazed to find such a large difference between 4 dealers that were within 50 miles of one another. When I asked my dealer if he could match any of the others he said "no way".
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I looked into having my Honda dealer install the OEM running boards. They charge $204.70 to do this. I searched around on eStore.Honda.com and looked at 3 other Honda dealers install costs. They were $99, $135, and $180.I was amazed to find such a large difference between 4 dealers that were within 50 miles of one another. When I asked my dealer if he could match any of the others he said "no way".
Get a good friend to assist and put them on yourself. Believe it or not IMHO they are very easy to put on. I put my wife's Element side steps on, which were a bit harder than the ridge, myself. Why waste a couple hundred?

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I read where a special Riv Nut tool was needed that I do not have. Is there away to get one or away around it?
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I read where a special Riv Nut tool was needed that I do not have. Is there away to get one or away around it?
I don't have the OEM running boards, but I was told by someone whose running boards I was going to buy that the rivnuts were unnecessary. There are plenty of places to bolt on, just like if you were putting on an aftermarket accessory. Perhaps some others can chime in with how essential they feel the rivnuts to be.

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I don't know how essential the rivnut is, but I am having my running boards installed by my dealer, (Honda of the High Country, in Boone, NC), and they are only charging me $60.00.

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Maybe I should drive down to NC!
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If gas wasn't so high, you could and spend some time vacationing at the same time.

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I read where a special Riv Nut tool was needed that I do not have. Is there away to get one or away around it?
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You gotta get around.

$1.87 Rivet nut tool for step/running boards

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Hard to believe dealerships charge that kinda jack to do easy installs like this. They have the people to do it, they have the right tools, they have the know-how and would be very easy for them to do the install...throw the truck on the lift, lift it up, put the running boards on, and that's it. It should take a knowlegable "service tech" about 15-20 to put them on....and about 1/2 of that time would be taking them out of the box...!

Anyway, as noted above this is an easy install. I guess you can decide if the rivet nuts are needed or not. I used the $1.87 rivet nut tool and installed mine myself. I would say the hardest thing was to get those rivet nut things to expand and seat right. It takes a little elbow grease and a little patience. Other than that...it's nothing but lining up holes, putting the bolts through, and tightening the nuts. Definitely not worth paying $200+ for somebody else to do it. Even at $99...IMHO that is still expensive...unless you don't want to do it yourself...which then it would probably be reasonable...I dunno.

I installed my own hitch and harness too...and the running board install was much easier...not that the hitch/harness install was all that hard either....

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Thanks for the info! I'll look into it, the rivnut tool, and save the install $'s for some more add on"s. Thanks again.
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