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Air Cooled VW 1946-1979 Heavy Duty Running Boards with Hardware

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Brand Logo EMPI
Part #: 303-294
VW Part #: 113-821-509-M
Availability: In Stock - Ships today if ordered by 3 PM CT
Fits Years:
  • Standard Beetle 1946-1977
  • Super Beetle 1971-1979
Sale Price! was $109.99
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1946-1979 Heavy Duty Running Boards with Hardware

Replace your Volkswagen's worn out or rusted running boards for improved looks and restored functionality. These 1946-1979 Reproduction Running Boards, made in Mexico, are a great choice if you are working on a budget.

These high quality running boards look and function just like the German originals but come in at half the cost. Each set is stamped from OE thickness steel and includes original style ribbed rubber covers along with 16mm aluminum trim strips that can be used for any year range.

  • Fits 1946-1977 Standard Beetles
  • Fits 1971-1979 Super Beetles
  • Sold as a Pair
  • Direct Replacements
  • 54" x 6"
  • 16mm Aluminum Trim
  • Rubber Covers Included
  • Mounting Hardware Included


1952-1966 Trim Molding is 33mm
1967-1972 Trim Molding is 18mm
1973-1979 Trim molding is 10mm

Clips measure:
28mm for the 33mm Trim Molding
16mm for the 18mm Trim Molding
 8mm for the 10mm Trim Molding


NOTE: When replacing running boards it may be necessary to drill larger mounting holes for extra clearance of sagging doors. Sagging doors are a common headache when replacing running boards. Fix up your doors too with new hinges or pins! Sagging doors can sometimes be adjusted using a #3 Phillips screw driver and help from a friend!

Also known under these part numbers: (For reference only)

  • 00-6831-B
  • 113-821-509-M
  • 113821509MHD
  • 707924330465

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VW Running Boards: Add Personality to this Functional VW Part

VW Running Boards: Add Personality to this Functional VW Part

A running board, sometimes also called a footboard, is an external vehicle accessory that essentially acts as a step or balance for passengers. In most cases it is located beneath the doors and runs along the side of the vehicle, all the way from the front wheel well to the back wheel well; cars and trucks that have these almost always have two, one for each side.

Running Board Origins

Running Boards, featured on many of the earliest cars as a matter of safety and convenience, originated as early as the 17th Century and served to aid passengers in entering and exiting carriages. The same function was employed on early vehicles, as well as today's trucks and SUVs, with higher ground clearance. Still, some vehicles take advantage of the custom looks created by Running Boards. Whether functional or fashionable, a worn, rusty Running Board get noticed for the wrong reasons. When it comes to Volkswagens, Mid America Motorworks tells you how to replace old Running Boards to keep your VW at their best.

Running Board Changes

Keep in mind that while VW Beetle Running Boards remained fairly standard over time, there were a few subtle changes as The People's Car evolved.

  • 1950-1966: Running Board Molding was 33mm, 1 5 /8"
  • 1967-1972: Running Board Molding was 18mm, 11/16"
  • 1973-1978: Running Board Molding was 9mm, 3 /8"
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Changing VW Running Boards

Rust is the number one enemy of Running Boards, causing them to weaken over time. When the time comes to replace your VW's Running Boards, the project is fairly simple.

  1. Raise the vehicle and place it securely on jackstands.
  2. Apply penetrating oil liberally to the bolts that hold the running board to the front and rear fenders and the four bolts that hold it to the body. Allow time for the penetrating oil to do its job.
  3. Remove the nuts, washers and bolts that attach the running board to the front and rear fenders.
  4. Remove the two rubber spacer washers from between the fenders and the running board.
  5. Remove the four bolts that attach the running board to the body.


    If you are reusing the running board bolts, clean up the threads and lubricate them to protect them from corrosion. If you are replacing the body bolts, apply lubricant to the bolts and run them in and out of the nuts that are welded to the body (inside the heater channels) a few times.

  6. Loosely reinstall the four bolts that hold the running board to the body.
  7. Place the new running board in position over the four bolts in the body.
  8. Using new rubber washers in the front and rear, install the bolts that hold the running board to the fenders. Tighten the bolts evenly and gradually to a torque of 11 ft-lb.
  9. Tighten the four bolts that attach the running board to the body to 7 ft-lb.
  10. Lower the vehicle.
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It's All About Style

Running Boards add the finishing touch to your Air Cooled VW. They can complement your Volkswagen or make a contrasting statement, depending on the look you want. Mid America Motorworks reviews a few of the options available to personalize your Running Boards.

Stainless Steel

Say goodbye to rusted running boards! Stainless Steel creates a sleek look that keeps shining for years to come!

German Quality

Just like the good ole days, these Running Boards are OEM quality with precise looks and fit. Some are available with polished aluminum molding for a pop of style.

Gloss White

Make your VW stand out from the crowd with bright Gloss White Running Boards! If your goal is to restore a vintage look, these running boards should be your first choice.

Aluminum Running Boards

Polished Aluminum Running Boards add a sleek touch to your VW and come in a variety of finishes, from Satin and Polished Aluminum, to Gloss Black Aluminum and Billet Aluminum with Polished Sides.

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