A bit late to the party, but I loved the Westin Platinum (Chrome Plated Stainless steel) bars on my last truck. 9 Years through Michigan winters adan they still looked great and were rock solid. The OEM steps on my Suburban make it look like an old man truck.
My Westin CPS stepbars are 7+ years old and still look new. I also use my truck to surf fish in the summer.
I love my 5" Raptors. Very solid mounting (on my Ram), and so far very resistant to dings and scratches on those polished endcaps!
One thing worth noting (and a huge factor in my decision) - the Raptor 5" has a 500# weight rating. Ionic 5" was 375#. Double-check me on that, I'm going from memory. Now, neither me nor mine are anywhere close to 375#, much less 500#, but it seems pretty straightforward that the Raptor is built to be stronger, which is a good thing overall.
Also, if you want even bigger, Raptor now has a 6" oval.
I have Raptor Series black 4" ovals on my truck and love them. Fit and finish are great and the price ($199) and warranty (5-yr for black) were better than anything else I could find.
My truck is mid-size not full size so I only have two mounting brackets for the side steps. I believe full size applications use the 5" ovals and get three mounting brackets increasing the load capacity and stability.
Thanks All for the input. I ordered the Raptor 5" Magnums tonight. I was going to go with the Ionic ones but the more I thought about it the more I liked the heavier duty Raptors for only $30 more. The best part, when I called to clarify the part number they had on the web site, the guy asked me if I wanted to order and I said I would just do it from the web site. He said if I ordered then I could get another $30 off which actually put it at the same price as the Ionic ones so I really didn't pay anymore than I originally planned on spending. Plus free shipping in about 5 days. So far so good.
Mike & Company
2012 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab (5.3L V-8, 3.42 rear gear)
2008 KZ Spree 318BHS
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