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Shortly after buying my 2014 Sport and with the help of ROC, I knew I would want to make a few changes ASAP. Thus, research and elimination began. Price vs. function vs. needs. A short time later, I ordered a couple items and put the Ridgeline's bed to use for the first time.

Having seen older posts from years past where these were mentioned and not caring for the Honda offerings as I was looking for something that would stay "tucked" in, the Romik Side Steps kept coming to the top of the list.

Being 6'2" step rails or an aid to get in the cab are not needed. Was simply looking for something to keep the tar and road debri off the lower side of the Ridgeline. The decision was made to take a chance and order a set of Romik Step Bars which I got from Amazon (only one set in stock) and were at delivered the next day.

Being these are nothing new, I will post a few pictures displaying the product along with results and a few tips for install. Let the show begin!
 

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Picked up the Romik Step Bars and a Tonneau cover. Lined the contact areas of bed with a heavy blanket to prevent marking the touchy Ridgeline surface and made the 80 mile trip back home.



Here is the package when first opened. Romik 12100118 Black Running Board Side Step as described on Amazon. Product was well protected. Bars wrapped nicely. "Spacers" filling voids.



Very basic instructions. A little hard to read for us older guys. Ended up looking for more information and was only able to find a video which helped a tad which can be found on Romik's Website here.



Brackets marked with colored dots representing left and right or driver/passenger side. Unlike others bars and steps, only two brackets per side are used. They are of nice thickness though did not measure.

 

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Assorted hardware.



Only basic tools needed to install the Romik's as seen below. Used a small screwdriver to pop out the frame plugs. Anti-Seize for the bolts.

 

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A couple tips when installing.

Place a washer, lock washer and nut on the mounting tab shown below BEFORE installing. This will help prevent the bracket from falling inside the frame.



Leave the Steps wrapped! Simply cut or rip and opening to allow access to the bolt holes. This will help prevent marks and possible scratching.



I like doing installs and such solo as I hate being rushed and don't make for good company when things are not going so well. In this case, I used a couple empty boxes to support the steps during the bolt-on stage. Also nice time to take a break and get a good idea as to how the steps are going to look.

 

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Picture of the front bracket...



Rear bracket with tab installed. Takes a little wiggling but will go in. Tends to turn or spin as you tighten. When mounting brackets, take your time. Do not tighten until steps are mounted. Then secure all bolts.

 

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Now the rusults. As you can see, the steps are tucked in and don't really make for a great step as footing is limited. Romik does offer two inch Step Extender if desired.



From the side. As you can see, mission accomplished for ME. They do not stick out or look like bat wings which is why I did not go with Honda OEM steps.



Would actually like the steps up higher but this is what you get.



 

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Overall, happy with the product. :act035: A couple notes: The steps are not perfect if you are a perfectionist though nice.



A little concerned about the limited access to the body lift support area though suspect any tech will just use another spot. We'll see. Picture below is the front "pad."



Rear.

 

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And finally, clearance. Not the best picture but as one can see, you have about eleven inches give or take.


For more information, go to Romik.com. End of review.
 

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I got the chrome version (from a ROC sponsor), of these steps because I was told they would last longer than the black. Mine are 3 years old and starting to show signs of rust. I think I would like to change them to black, any advice appreciated. Otherwise I am very happy with how they function.
 

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Only finding the SS ones and do want the black.
I purchased mine through Amazon but they are not available at this time. Did find the black version here for about the same price. No experience with that company.
 

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Note photo on post #5. You do not find the brackets extend beyond the rocker panel on many cheapie bars (ie; no name/ebay, etc.).
 
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