Re: making non-stainless step bars last.
the ones that were on my truck when i got it had held up for about 10 years, unfortinitly the hack - job install job didint. they are actually rusting from the outside in, which from what i've seen is pretty uncommon. i think if i were to try to re-do them i would coat the inside with some kind of bedliner or undercoating, then try to seal up as many of the holes as possible like the ends with silicone, then coat the outside in bedliner as well, along with the mounts.
although 8 years is a damn good run for painted step bars!
2000 XLT 4X4, 3.0, Auto, regular cab - throttle cable mod, K&N drop in filter, taylor thundervolt 8.2 plug wires, autolite sparkplugs, Accel coil pack, AVS Ventshades, Rampage LED tailgate light bar, BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires, Trail F/X toolbox, cruse control pod light fix, Cobra 19 ultra II CB, lil wil antenna, pioneer door speakers, expo woodgrain radio bezal, 06+ mirrors & tails, powerdome hood
2000 XLT 4X4 Offroad, 4.0 / auto, supercab - the project truck!