Car tuning is very popular among motorists, and vehicles equipped with such elements always attract attention. However, tuning parts serve not only as an additional accessory to the appearance of the car, but also perform a protective function. It is precisely these qualities that the side sills, which are most often installed on SUVs and minibuses, have.
Why do you need side sills for a car
In order to understand whether your car needs side sills, you need to understand in more detail - what function they have, what materials they are made of and what types they are.
In terms of the appearance of the car, the side sill adds more solidity, aggressiveness and a sense of completeness to the design. In addition, the side elements have a protective function and relate to the power protection of the body. After all, when driving off-road, through mud or slush, they act very well as a protective barrier. They protect the car from small stones, various debris or dirt.
Another useful feature of the side sills is their use as a step. It is somewhat difficult to get into the interior of an SUV or minibus, which have increased ground clearance. Especially the steps in this case will be useful for the elderly and children.
What materials are car sills made of?
Protective side sills are made of the following materials:
- Stainless steel;
- Black painted metal;
- Plastic with aluminum inserts;
Most often, car thresholds are made of stainless steel or aluminum alloy. The most durable, wear-resistant and resistant to corrosion are pipes and platforms made of stainless steel. However, aluminum-magnesium alloy side members are lighter and do not oxidize.
Types of car thresholds
- Aluminum shaped platform;
- In the form of a stainless steel pipe;
- Pipe with a sheet in the form of a platform;
- Combination of aluminum and plastic (OEM models)
Tubular are made, as a rule, from a single piece of pipe and may have a special tread pad. The side sill in the form of a flat platform can also have plastic or rubberized pads, which makes it easier to get into the car in slippery weather.
Where to buy side sills
In Ukraine, a very large selection of side sills for various vehicle models is being implemented. You can buy such a product in specialized stores or place an order in an online store. Also, do not forget about the possibility of buying used security elements. For example, used thresholds for Renault Traffic are in good demand and at the same time you can save a lot. In addition, thresholds for Mercedes Vito are frequently searched on the network. This minibus is very popular, so many of its owners complement the appearance with similar tuning elements.
There are many car enthusiasts who perceive car tuning as a hobby. This is especially common among owners of Russian VAZ cars. For example, on the Niva they are relatively inexpensive and perfectly complement the exterior of the model. For off-road vehicles of imported production, the range is also quite large. The side sills on the Touareg have many modifications, although they are much more expensive. The quality of this accessory is usually at the highest level, but do not forget about the manufacturer.
How to install car footrests
Installation of side protection, as a rule, is not difficult. This action can be carried out independently. When buying thresholds, the kit already has fasteners and brackets. The sills are installed in special body holes provided by the vehicle manufacturer. In addition, you can send a request to us for instructions.
Side sill dimensions
|threshold name||Width||Front thickness||Back thickness|
|Maya V1, V2, V3, V4||ten||4.5||2.0|
|Redline V1, V2||fourteen||6.0||3.0|
|Maydos V1, V2||fourteen||6.0||2.0|
Photos of aluminum thresholds on a car
Material anodized aluminium. B along the profile round plastic anti-slip dots, BMW style