(continued) Using all of my force I couldn't get my spar in or out. It's also important to note that my step was 1/4" (6.5mm) wider than others. Is it possible that the steps of my '96 and the '00 were worn down just from regular use? Or are there noticeable variances in the step from year to year? I called APS and they had no clue. I called LP and they were no help either.