Overland Equipped Ladder Steps on 4Runner

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Overland Equipped Bolt-On Secondary Ladder Steps

Overland Equipped Bolt-On Secondary Ladder Steps

Extra Accessory Steps (Bolt-On Step Mounts) for Off-Road Ladders, including the Gobi Ladder

As time goes on with your build, you may start running out of space to mount your gear and accessories.

Recently, we mounted the Hi-Lift jack on our rack using the 4XRAC mounting brackets. Next to that will go a handful of storage boxes and recovery boards, and ultimately we needed a spot for fuel cans. RotopaX or Jerry Cans are a couple choices and for now, we are going RotopaX.

We can mount our RotopaX cans on the top of our rack as well but I would like to preserve as much rack space as possible for future storage boxes.

Seeing how we have a Gobi ladder on the back, mounting the RotopaX is pretty damn simple thanks to the Overland Equipped RotopaX bracket.

Why Extra Steps on a Ladder?

Overland Equipped RotopaX Mounting Bracket

The Overland Equipped RotopaX bracket with storage containers mounted is going to take up some ladder real estate. Because the containers will be covering our ladder steps, we needed to add additional steps.

Thankfully, Overland Equipped also has this covered.

Eventually, we may have more accessories mounted to the Gobi so adding Overland Equipped (OE) steps will help us make room for accessories while still being able to climb up and access our roof rack accessories.

Installing a set of ladder steps on the outside of the ladder will allow us to access our rack while mounting more accessories like recovery boards, fuel cans, shovels/recovery gear, some type of trash carrier, and much more.

Overland Equipped Ladder Steps

Overland Equipped Ladder Steps

Features & Highlights

  • Made in the USA
  • Laser-cut 1/4″ steel step plates
  • Hole for 1/2″ bolt on end to mount Hi-Lift jack or other accessories
  • Hole for 1/4″ bolt for Quick Fist mounting
  • Black textured powder coat
  • Fits up to 1″ round or square tube – GOBI or other straight ladder applications only
  • All-weather stainless steel bolts
  • Easy bolt-on installation, no drilling
  • Reversible, mount on either side of your ladder
  • Money back guarantee
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Where to buy? 

Easy Install

The bolt-on ladder step from OE bolts directly onto any straight off-road ladder, like the Gobi pictured here. If you have a BajaRack, you may need to look at another option.


This ladder step is about 50% less than the competition.

Incredibly Strong

Featuring a two-plate design, the Overland Equipped bolt-on ladder steps are incredibly strong. Sitting at 5’9″ and 165lbs, the ladder steps didn’t budge when climbing up and down. I am not sure of the exact weight rating but they are stout.  Their design includes improved footing and a side-grip which is useful when climbing in less-than-ideal weather.

Flexible and Universal

If you want to use your actual ladder steps to step on, you can also use the OE steps to mount accessories. The OE steps have multiple holes for mounting tools and accessories. For example, you can use the 1/2″ hole on the end of the steps to mount a Hi-Lift Jack or the 1/4″ hole to mount off-road shovels/tools with quick fist mounts.

The OE steps can be used for a wide variety of applications, not just steps. They are incredibly universal.

Overview and Installation

Installing and adding the ladder steps is about as basic as it gets but with something important to note. These bolts are stainless steel with corrosion fighting capabilities. Those corrosion fighting capabilities come at a cost though, they can seize up on you if you don’t prepare accordingly. I know this because it happened to me.

In the Overland Equipped directions, it called for an application of anti-seize lubricant on the bolts, and even though I added the lubricant, it was not enough. A few bolts seized on me.

I actually installed the bracket with the OE logo reversed so I needed to remove the steps in order to reverse them. When doing this, a couple bolts seized and I had to break a few bolts off.

For the second installation, I put a healthy helping of anti-seize lubricant on the bolts for good measure.

Anti Seize Lubricant

Anti Seize Lubricant

Again, this is pretty important. You want to apply a healthy amount of anti-seize lubricant in order for easy removal, just in case.

Line up brackets and bolts

Line up your brackets, nuts, and bolts. Prepare your washers and lock washers accordingly.

Note: Add the lock washer on the outside of the washer to not scratch the powder coat.

Washers, Lock Washers, and Nuts

Thread Down Nuts

Tighten everything down and you are good to go!

For steps that are 50% less than the competition, I think these are a great option for anyone out there with a ladder.

Whether you are keeping your ladder free and clear of accessories or adding to it, the Overland Equipped ladder steps are a good option to consider.

Questions or Comments? Leave them below!

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  • GYG

    last two image- quality of the powder coating is not too confidence inspiring. Oh well, at least its stainless steel which is always a good thing

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      GYG, oh yeah that’s my bad man. Maybe I should have said something there, all those silver marks are from the anti-seize lubricant. It washes off. The steps are high-quality, and so is the powder-coating.

      • GYG

        Got it, thanks for the clarification!

  • Jacky Yeung

    All the bolts are rusted after 1.5 months in our Canadian winter…will need to replace them when Spring comes around.

    The steps are still very functional though.

    • Hammer

      Simple solution for the rust issue is stainless hardware. Anytime nuts and bolts are added, you should always use stainless.

      • Brenan - Trail4R

        I agree with you on that one.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Are you saying that your bolts from Overland Equipped are rusting or bolts and steps from another company?

  • DerekC

    What’s keeping the steps from spinning on the round tuber of the Gobi ladder ?

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      The four bolts on each step hold them in place pretty damn well!

      • Hammer

        Too bad those are pre-drilled for 3/8th, over kill. You could use 5/16th or even 1/4in would work fine and half the weight.

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