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So the ADD Venom side steps that we're taking a look at today are going to be a very aggressive and premium option for my F-150 owners out there that are looking to get into, hands down, what are the most unique set of side steps out there. That's going to feature built-in LED lighting, as well as making it easier to get in and out of your truck, especially for my lifted owners out there. But a great thing about most, if not all side steps out there, guys, is that these are going to install with little to no effort at all. For that, I'm going to be giving them an easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, an hour's worth of labor, and I'm going to show you how, coming up soon. Now, these are going to be a premium side step option for my truck owners out there that want to get into a set that's going to be able to take a serious beating over the years, all without rusting, chipping, or cracking. Now, additionally, these can act as some side protection for your rig. But if you think you're going to be doing some heavy-duty trail-running and you're looking for a little bit more protection, I might personally suggest checking out a set of fender flares, as you're just going to have that added security. But in terms of the construction and materials, if you're unfamiliar with Addictive Desert, this outfit has been around for almost 10 years. They make some incredibly well-built parts, right here in the U.S. We're going to see that these are going to be made up of some heavy-duty, tubular steel, as well as featuring laser-cut steel on top. We're going to see that Addictive is then going to have them finished off in a hammer-coat, black powder-coated finish, which is going to be able to take abuse from over the years, if you're concerned about any type of chipping, rusting, or flaking. That added size, the unique design, quality of materials, and having that unique lighting feature is going to come at a premium. You should expect to be spending about $1,000 to get into this set. But again, it's honestly going to be one of the best-built options out there at the time of shooting this video. That pricing is primarily going to be due to the fact that these are manufactured right here in the U.S. They're coming with quality materials, as well as a tough finishing process, which means to you that these are going to be able to take a beating over a lifetime. Switching gears to the installation portion of the video, you're looking at a very easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here and about an hour's job. Now, looking ahead, some things I'd make sure to have on hand is only just going to be a full socket set, a hex key set, and given their size and their weight, it might be a decent idea just to have a second set of hands around. So to begin, you're going to want to remove your factory side steps if equipped, which can be found via the mounting brackets on the interior rocker panel, where you'll locate the stud. Now, once those are off, it's simply going to be getting a helping hand, throwing your new steps in place, and then tighten them down. But after that, you're then going to need to do the slightest amount of wiring work, where you'll need to stretch that wiring harness from underneath the car. Then, get inside the cab and pull up on your factory door sill, where you're then essentially going to be tapping into your dome light harness. So that once you're opening your doors or hitting the unlock button, you're going to see that logo light up. So that'll conclude the installation portion and my review of Addictive Desert Design's Venom side steps, fitting your '09 through 2014 F-150, which can be found right here at maericantrucks.com.
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Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone