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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Feedback needed on new product

A good friend of mine is starting new business of offroad products and he asked me to dig up some feedback (and who better than a group of Land Rover owners for true heartfelt criticism)...this is a rear step he has designed and is building. It is designed for any kind of purpose but the idea was dreamed up for a duckhunter. It is all aluminum and has 2 color options powdercoat silver (natural) and Powdercoat black. Nonskid dimples on top and the sides have boot scrapers. It comes with a quick release pin and is adjustable on how far out it comes from the truck (multple holes)... the price here at Land Rover Nashville is $219...but else where may be under $200....We have sold a few. I want to know change ideas??price???Etc???

He is also in the process of designing a line of all aluminum roof racks for the Land Rover line...Maybe even a ST D90 ....


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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:31 AM
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I may be dense but how does it attach to the truck?
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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It goes into any stanard class 3 receiver 2"x2"
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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If we are talking just Rover feedback...

It sticks WAY far out there, looks like just about anything larger than a speed bump at the mall will catch on that. Knock a foot off that extender to bring it closer to the bumper for starters. From the looks of the 3rd pic, its still under the spare a bit so not like its going to be used for much with the door closed so might as well take off all that extra extension and flush it against the rear bumper.

Used as a step its not beneficial at all. Mounted, its the same height as the rear bumper step so there is not much step functionality for people that would need an additional step that would be mounted lower. It would be helpful for people whos trucks have a lower hitch mount but I dont think that crowd is flocking to LR dealerships to begin with.

The boot scraper functionality is nice but the design doesnt flow with the rear of a Rover. Since the step feature is not worth much in this vehicle application, make it smaller so it not such a drastic difference from the flow of the rear design.

Price seems real steep for a boot scraper.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:50 AM
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If you want criticism, post this on Dickheadweb.org... Those pin head would criticize Mother Tereasa.

I like it, it sticks out enough to stand on it with out interfering with the spare tire. I would not drive around with it, as it is too long, but it would help with loading a roof rack or kayaks and bikes.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Sorry I didnt see that it was adjustable distance in the hitch
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Old February 12th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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It is designed to fit several models...Including the newer Range Rovers..with the hitch that is hidden farther back under the truck....
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Hmm, length is adjustable is a good thing. To be honest, it may be the same height as the bumper, but I always find the tire gets in the way of using the bumper step unless I open the door up.

My concern is the sides being angled down. Looks like a great way to slide off the steps and crack open your shins. Particularly if you are moving around and going by feel. I'd say make the whole thing the same height, and maybe put a couple lips that go UP on the side, to keep your foot from sliding off.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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All good input thus far....It is hard to tell in the picture but on the angled sides the aluminum has fins that stick up to catch you from sliding/ and scrape boot soles. I just got a phone call and he is debating the price....How about 159.00$
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All good input thus far....It is hard to tell in the picture but on the angled sides the aluminum has fins that stick up to catch you from sliding/ and scrape boot soles. I just got a phone call and he is debating the price....How about 159.00$
The fins I saw, but honestly I'd get the thing (and your boots) really good and muddy, then test it out to make sure. If you step on it properly, I'm sure it would hold. What I'm worried about is if you are off by a bit, and put your instep on the edges, stuff like that.

But, then again, I'm one of those "assume the worst when testing" kinda guys.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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I don't knoow about anybody else here, but I really don't give a hoot if I get mud in my Rover. I always hose it all out afterward anyway. 200 clams for a bootscrape? Not too likely.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 04:43 PM
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Scott- don't hold back, how do you realy feel about Dweb? LOL!!! Sorry Kelly, died laughing, had to post. I like the step for a street 110 and kids kinda thing; 90 wise, not so much...
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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:05 PM
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I think it is great if it is lightweight and can be removed quickly. Helping to load a rack or for folks getting into the back of a truck. I find that the rear bumper being only 3 or 4 inches wide is not enough of a step for folks getting in or out of the rear of a truck.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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i see lot sense in it, as the collapsible step is not enough for me, but imo even when it is adjusted to be just as close to the car as possible, it would still stick too far over rear bumper and be illegal here in Europe.
I would love to have something wider than collapsible step because when i want to go around the car without stepping on ground or load something inside (girl with heels driving often in muddy terrain) i cannot do it comfortably (have to step on the trailer attachment).
so just make it smaller, flip up and available in Germany :-)
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