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Well when I ordered my 2020 Aviator running boards wasn’t available. It has been a struggle for both of us (wife & I) to enter and exit our Reserve II trimmed ride. I did order it with the Air Glide Suspension with Dynamic Lower Entry option but that feature is limited to functioning

from start up only. For instance if you were running a errand and you needed to get out for a quick moment then jump back in without shutting the vehicle off the height of the SUV wold stay up. At this point I would struggle t re-enter the vehicle as the driver or if my passenger entered after I started the vehicle which often is the case when my wife rides with me the vehicle would be in the high position - it made quick stops difficult on the egress/engress for short legged folks like we are. 

 

Finally as of early March the OEM running boards became available so I ordered them. What a difference in getting and getting out of the vehicle - I’m so glad I made the investment to add these. They been on my Aviator for three days at this write and it is so much easier to get in (and out)of the vehicle! Plus they enhance the look of the Aviator as well.

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Thanks for posting the photos, I was wondering what the running boards and mud guards looked like.  Do you know if they were direct bolt on or if drilling is required to install them?

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Yes they are bolt on...from what the service desk mentioned to me I took it that the holes were already on the Aviator for the hardware. 

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I like them. I wonder if they fit the Explorer, since it's on the same platform?

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I ordered the running boards and they were just delivered. They came with instructions and hardware.  There are three mounting brackets already installed on each board.  Each bracket requires three bolts, so nine bolts per side.  There are existing frame slots and tabs to clip on nine Spring (U) Nuts per side.  Then there's a numbered torque sequence for tightening the bolts.  That's it!!!

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing the info on the installation - it cost me three hours labor according to the “book”. 

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On 3/10/2020 at 10:08 PM, MKX1960 said:

I like them. I wonder if they fit the Explorer, since it's on the same platform?

Both the part number label on the box and the instructions say Ford, not Lincoln.  Don't know why the running boards are just listed in Aviator Accessories and not Explorer.  

 

 

 

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On 3/18/2020 at 2:42 PM, CoolScoop said:

I ordered the running boards and they were just delivered. They came with instructions and hardware.  There are three mounting brackets already installed on each board.  Each bracket requires three bolts, so nine bolts per side.  There are existing frame slots d tabs to clip on nine Spring (U) Nuts per side.  Then there's a numbered torque sequence for tightening the bolts.  That's it!!!

PICS please, I'm thinking about them, just want to see them on GT trim.  How are you liking yours?

 

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3 hours ago, mustangchief said:

PICS please, I'm thinking about them, just want to see them on GT trim.  How are you liking yours?

 

Still in the box... not sure when I'll get a chance to install them with everything going on right now, but will post pics when I do.  The plastic is VERY thick with a rough texture, so they look to be extremely durable.  My wife is vertically challenged and her seat setting is all the way up, plus she doesn't give the air suspension enough time to lower. The boards will also protect the lower parts of the doors and door seals. 

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10 hours ago, mustangchief said:

PICS please, I'm thinking about them, just want to see them on GT trim.  How are you liking yours? 

 

 

I'd love to see how they look on a GT with the black lower molding vs chrome on regular Aviator.  Although if you have the air suspension you'd be buying them mostly for looks because it kneels down a decent 2" or so (if you wait the 10 seconds for it to drop) making for very easy entry/exit. 

 

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On 3/20/2020 at 5:43 PM, rampagex7 said:

 

I'd love to see how they look on a GT with the black lower molding vs chrome on regular Aviator.  Although if you have the air suspension you'd be buying them mostly for looks because it kneels down a decent 2" or so (if you wait the 10 seconds for it to drop) making for very easy entry/exit. 

 

As someone else pointed out, it doesn't kneel with the engine running. If you needed to get and and back in while the engine is running, the suspension would be at drive height.

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I ordered the running boards for several reasons.  My wife is vertically challenged and her seat height setting is all the way up... and as mentioned above the suspension doesn't lower when it's running and the delay is too long after it's turned off.  The running boards will also help protect and keep clean the underside of the doors/rockers and the bottom door seals, even better than the splash guards would.  The styling and textured flat black finish should look good with any model Aviator.

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10 hours ago, CoolScoop said:

I ordered the running boards for several reasons.  My wife is vertically challenged and her seat height setting is all the way up... and as mentioned above the suspension doesn't lower when it's running and the delay is too long after it's turned off.  The running boards will also help protect and keep clean the underside of the doors/rockers and the bottom door seals, even better than the splash guards would.  The styling and textured flat black finish should look good with any model Aviator.

I put a set on the 17 Explorer I used to have. I got them from Dee Zee and were a direct bolt on that took me about an hour and a half to install. I'm thinking about getting another Explorer and would add them again if they fit. At this time, Dee Zee doesn't offer them for the new Explorer.

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Separate but related question: did you guys use accessories.lincoln.com or parts.ford.com to order your splash guards and running boards? I ask because it looks like parts.ford offers better pricing for the parts (but says nothing about installation services). I'm considering purchasing the guards, running boards, and floor liner for the 3rd row and cargo area.

 

Thanks, as always.

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