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Noah: Noah here, from American Trucks. And we're checking out the AMP Research BedStep for the '21 and newer F-150. Sometimes, you need to reach into bed to get something awkward to lift, or maybe you're just like me and the step on the factory bumper is too high for you to reach with skinny jeans on. Either way, a bed step from AMP Research is a great addition to any F-150 if you use your bed to haul stuff.Right off the bat, this step is pretty sturdy and it folds away really nicely. Sometimes, steps and running boards can look really bulky and awkward hanging down the side, but the really neat thing about this step is that it folds right up underneath the bumper pretty much entirely out of sight. It's also gloss black, so it sort of blends in with everything underneath the truck as well, and it doesn't draw any attention to itself. And since this guy mounts right underneath the bumper, it's totally usable with the tailgate down or when you have a trailer attached as well.As far as construction goes, this guy is made out of aluminum and it's pretty burly, but it's lightweight and low profile and can still support up to 300 pounds with ease, which I think is pretty impressive. And it does retract on precision stainless steel pins with self-lubricating bushings. And those are gonna guarantee that the retraction function will never need maintenance. Everything is finished in a super-strong black powder coat, so this thing will stay looking nice for a long time and it comes with a three-year 36,000-mile warranty.Coming in around 340 bucks, this AMP Research step is definitely more expensive than a hitch step or a bed ladder, but it has a lot more function than some other designs and clearly, some thought has been put into the design of this guy. If you're looking for ease of access to your bed that doesn't get in the way of your truck's other functions, then spending a bit more on a bed step like this will definitely be worth it in the long run.You're looking at an install difficulty of only one out of three wrenches and an hour install time. Everything you need for the install is included with the kit, so it really shouldn't be too much trouble at all. Here's an AT customer that installed this step on their F-150 and they're gonna walk you through that process step by step.Man: For the installation of the AMP Research BedStep, I used a 24-millimeter, 1/2-inch deep dish socket and ratchet, Torx wrench, 13-millimeter open-end box-end, 13-millimeter socket, 15-millimeter socket, long in extension, T20 Torx wrench and a Torx bit, one socket, and a large screwdriver.For this portion, we are going to assemble the brackets in preparation for going up the vehicle. Two bracket portions here. This is to the bottom of the lip, so your bottom fits like this. This comes over the top, so it's important to make sure the back holes align properly. And we'll be using a 13-millimeter bolt and nut. It's important to not tighten this all the way down. This is gonna need to remain finger-tight at best. You're gonna want them pretty loose. Make sure everything fits together. Take a look at the other side.Next step is to get the extending arm mounted onto the bracket and the side bracket down as well. They all come together right through this little arm. So I've marked the two holes that we'll be using. Those two holes will line up. Put the holes on this extending arm, and we'll be using the 15-millimeter bolts and this bracket. And this bracket will only go through one of the holes. Placed like this, it will not work for the '21 F-150, so it'll be just going through this hole right here.One of the tricks is to get these holes lined up properly with the moving brackets. These holes have to be lined up well for the bolts to come through. One way I've found that's worked pretty well is I hang the bracket over like this and then I start the bolts into a hole like this. That seemed to work out pretty well. This one here, we'll use the hole on the left and the bracket. Align it. I'm sure we can get these started through. Now that we've got them started through, see 'em there, we'll place the bracket on the bottom. And we have the two holes like this while the arm is extending back that direction, and then we'll tighten these up. These again, you do not wanna go beyond snug, we're gonna want flexibility as we're installing in the truck. Here, I'm using the 15-millimeter socket to tighten these up. All right, now we're ready to go to the truck.All right, we are now down underneath the truck. We are on the driver's side, at the back of the bumper mounting brackets. We'll need to remove the middle and the top dut on the main mounting bracket. And then we will need to remove this bolt on the far end bracket. Far end bolt is a 13-millimeter. Take that one off. We'll need to completely remove it. We got that one removed. Now, over to the large nuts, this is a 24-millimeter. I do have a deep dish set socket that I'll be using. All right, now we've got both of those removed. We are ready to bring in the bracket assembly and start the installation.All right, with all the nuts in the bolt removed, we are ready to place the bracket in place. Now, I would make sure that this side bracket is turned around facing the back of the vehicle so they can match up to this hole just fine once we get it all in place. Bracket slides over the nuts here. Reach up inside here and get the nuts started. What I'm doing is I'm sliding the nut into the deep dish socket. The nut won't go through the hole, but the socket will. And that allows me to get it up there and get it started. I'm not gonna tighten these down until I get everything in place. I'm making sure that I don't have any of the wiring pinched in between the brackets. That might be good. Luckily, I can get this 13-millimeter socket with a long extension up here. That's very, very nice to be able to get that.All right. Pinch this down just a little bit. Next step is to tighten down the bolts on the top of the extending arm. For that, I'm using a 15-millimeter socket, and I can just get right up here on the top side. All right. Great. Next up, the last two bolts holding two bracket halves together. We'll get those tightened up next. All right, for these brackets we're gonna need 13-millimeter, we need a wrench, and we'll need the socket long extension.Next, we'll be mounting on the step plate. All right, we're now working on the last step. We have a step plate here, we'll place around the top of this. Just these areas here that'll fit into the recessed areas here. So I'll just place this there. It fits in real nice and snug. Close it up. All right, what I did was I went and got a T20 Torx with a socket ratchet. It's probably gonna work quite a little bit better here.Noah: That was the AMP Research BedStep for the '21 and newer F-150. For all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Reliable and Retractable BedStep. Equip your Ford F-150 with a solid access to the truck bed by installing this Amp Research BedStep. This bed step features a drop-down design, as well as a wide, high-traction footpad that lets you access the truck bed with comfort and ease. Moreover, it conveniently flips down or retracts with just the nudge of your foot and is designed to support loads up to 300 pounds. This step also mounts under the rear bumper, so it works even with an open tailgate or when towing.
Long-Lasting Functionality. With durable aluminum alloy construction, this BedStep is made to withstand corrosion, wear, and repeated pressure. It is reinforced with a black powder-coated finish for longer service life and a bolder appeal. This platform also comes with precision stainless steel pivot pins and self-lubricating bushings that offer extra stability and maintenance-free performance.
Frame-Mounted. Designed for a bolt-on installation, this BedStep easily mounts to your vehicle’s frame by means of the vehicle-specific brackets and hardware provided. The installation completes using basic hand tools with light mechanical skills.
Limited Warranty. Amp Research backs this BedStep with a 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty against the manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship. Some exclusions may apply; please check the terms and conditions for full details.
Application. This Amp Research BedStep is specifically engineered to be used on all 2021-2023 Ford F-150 models.
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(approx) 1 Hour
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