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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:06 am    Post subject: Vanagon Entry Steps Reply with quote

so Im thinking about adding a side step to my westy.
either gowesty or bus depot…Im assuming they are the same.

Ive never seen one in person and images online have been less-than-ideal to virtually see how they look.

I mean I do like how they look but I'm having a hard time visualizing how far they hang or how far the stick out to the side.
perhaps I just need measurements to check out for myself, but pics would be nice.

Ive been thinking about one for a while now but after the new tires and wheels,
Ive added an inch in ground clearance… I have a feeling I'm really going to want one this season.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

Hmmm

Never thought of a side door step.

My wife has knee issues and that large step is a hindrance to her getting in.

I'm curious too!

Watching!!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

I want to see pix as well. My '67 SO-42 had an automatic retracting step that pivoted up and down when the door was opened or closed, cool trick. Glad to be a Vanagon driver now. Those Splitties are sweet, but only when they are total rebuilds. Looking forward to selling my '67 DBL soon!!! (pending sale, down to last of paperwork running by Lawyer for the "all good" green light) And with the meager dough I'll end up with, I intend to get the conversion kit for my EJ22 -- although only an additional 50% power increase, thats going to be great! Now a step idea! budget budget budget!!!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

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I want to see pix as well. My '67 SO-42 had an automatic retracting step that pivoted up and down when the door was opened or closed, cool trick.


yes, those came on ambulances.
I'd love something like that (assuming I came across one), but alas…
I have a large grey water tank right where it needs to mounts. so no go.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

The Land Rover Discovery II has a retracting rear step that might work.
Put it on your pick'n'pull list.
Here is a link to a picture.


http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/290679610142-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

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Appears to hang about as low as a Westy propane tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

don't have pics but we added one of these single steps to mom's 86 westy.
we used angle iron to bolt it to the PS propane tank mounts.
w/o it mom couldn't get in/out all to easy or often. add a handle to the inside/outside of the slider as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

Kam... those were factory/dealer options...a buddy of mine has those on his
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

Tequila, what are you doing here? ..... You're a Chevy guy now! Wink

These are sold as reproductions by the Vanagon suppliers still.........

I just sent an email asking why BusDepot is so much more expensive....... Anxiously awaiting a reply! 🤑

I will be buying one....... For me it's just stupid not to!


Go Westy.....
http://www.gowesty.com/product-details.php?id=2586

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Bus Depot....
http://www.busdepot.com/ac821213

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+ BusBoys @ $195.95
http://www.bus-boys.com/bbaccess.htm#step

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

I assume you're probably talking about a sidestep for the slider.

But assuming you're talking about the two front doors, I've got this for you:
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Not my rig... one I was considering buying till recently... but it had those and I was actually a big fan of them having been installed.

As far as I can tell they are Bully steps, and run between 45-100$ depending on what and where you buy it from... Installation seems pretty straight forward.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

TequilaSunSet wrote:
Kam... those were factory/dealer options...a buddy of mine has those on his


Last photo is from GoWesty's online store. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

Oh Gee Dwarf!

You're killing me here!

Why must you show me this stuff??
Again, for my wife's comfort....... Two (2) Bully steps to be ordered!

You owe me!!!

EDIT: Order Placed...... Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:

You owe me!!!


Dave


correction...

I owe you MORE... I'm already indebted to you for your help. Wink

Despite that van being a wash, I really dug those steps... If you don't mind me asking, what did you end up getting and for how much? (For my wife I'm thinking I'll add them to whatever westy I get.)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

[quote="DwarfVader"]I assume you're probably talking about a sidestep for the slider.
But assuming you're talking about the two front doors, I've got this for you:
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Wow DV, only the second set of Bully side steps I've seen on a Vanagon. Other than the set I made around 2005.

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Side door steps have been available since, (bay windows?)
Front door assist steps have not been available commercially AFAIK...

Took a day or so to make the drivers side. The passenger side took half a day..javascript:emoticon('Very Happy') Very Happy

The Bully universal step set cost me $100 CAN$. The custom brackets were another $100 for welding and mock-up. Meaning few would pay the price for a set..javascript:emoticon('Sad')

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
Tequila, what are you doing here? ..... You're a Chevy guy now! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

kamzcab86 wrote:
TequilaSunSet wrote:
Kam... those were factory/dealer options...a buddy of mine has those on his


Last photo is from GoWesty's online store. Wink


Well crap... that's what I get for acting like I know sumtin... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

I purchased this one, $39.00 total for a pair.

Kind of cheap, I'm hoping that..
A) I get them
and
B) that they aren't some sort of crap knock off.

But, buying through Amazon, returns are easy and painless.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049NQWRE?psc=1&...ge_o00_s00


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:36 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

VanShrugs...... that's some impressive modification to the mounting of the step!

I am hoping for a more simple fastening system but I may be seriously deluding myself?!?!?

We'll see next week when they arrive.......

Thanks for your detailed posts and photos!!!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

I know I'm cheap, but here's our solution:

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http://www.amazon.com/Plastics-101-6-White-EZ-Fold...lding+step

We only use it when parked/camping...folds & tucks behind the driver's seat.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Side step pics Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
don't have pics but we added one of these single steps to mom's 86 westy.
we used angle iron to bolt it to the PS propane tank mounts.
w/o it mom couldn't get in/out all to easy or often. add a handle to the inside/outside of the slider as well.

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