Why I installed Running Boards on my Dodge Nitro
Well first off they were not available as “Factory Installed” on the R/T in 07, but this vehicle has every other option, except the engine heater and smokers group. If they had, I guess they would have been on it.
The reason is that here in the Mid West and most parts of the US the weather makes it hard to keep the sides clean, even if it is dry! I added molded factory Mopar black (part # 82210591AB) running boards this week end. I previous had a white Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited that I had the same issue with and by adding running boards helped correct this consent clean-up.
Have not driven enough to tell you how effective they are keeping mud or melting snow off, but they have to work. Were easy to install, but have no adjustment. My Wife will like and use them but since the Nitro has no grab bar on the pillar post, she does not like that. Out of four SUVs we have had, this is the only one not to have one, and even the new Jeep Liberty does not have it! (one on the dash instead, big joke) Some Ford SUVs even have them on both back doors.
Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options