I suppose running boards may make sense for certain applications, but the running boards that came on the 4Runner would be useless even if it wasn’t going to be modified as an adventure vehicle. I found that because of a lack of spacing between the running board and the rocker panel, a person can’t even fully step onto the board. The best that can be managed would be a toe-hold. Not being able to plant a foot fully means that slipping is probable.
Both running boards were also damaged, testifying that even in a vehicle that probably hasn’t seen any off-road use, curbs and other urban hazards abound. Given the nature of the board mounting height, those same hazards would probably not have caused damage to the vehicle had they not been there.
Removing the boards was easy and fast – remove 6 bolts holding the running board brackets to the underside of the rocker panels. Ground clearance went from 9.75″ to 13.5″