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Hey, guys. It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the OE Style Running Boards in Silver, fitting all '07 to '18 Silverado 1500s with the Crew Cab. Now this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for an easier way to get in and out of your truck with a factory-style chrome running board that is gonna give you a lot of area to plant in your foot on. So diving into the video here, first thing's first, what is this thing made out of? And I'm happy to report that all this chrome on here is actually stainless steel polished up to a mirror finish, that's gonna be great to make sure that they stand up to the elements and will last a really long time installed on the side of your Silverado. As far as the step pads go, these are polyethylene, they're nonslip on the top of them, they give you about five inches of flat area to plant your foot on there, that's gonna be great if you're doing any off-roading, any wet conditions, you're gonna be able to get in and out of your truck without the worry of slipping off of that thing. On the ends, we also have a polyethylene end cap that's just there to clean up the looks a little bit and seal the ends from any dirt, dust, or debris from getting into the step itself. Now this thing does look pretty good on the side of the Silverado, I think that mirror finish matches the chrome touches on the Silverado almost perfectly. If you were looking for an OE-style running board, you're looking to maintain that factory look on your Silverado, this is gonna be a great, great option for you. Now if that factory polished look is not your style, you're more of a blackout look kind of guy, as you can see, that's pretty much what we went for on our '16 Silverado here. It can also be a good look to go with the blackout version of this which is available, and in fact, it's even a little bit more budget-friendly over this polished stainless look, you'd save about 150 bucks if you did go with the black one. Now also if you don't have a Crew Cab, you have let's say the extended or double cab, there's also a shorter version out there to accommodate for your setup. Now one thing I do want to touch on here, and this isn't a fault specifically with these running boards but basically if you're looking to do any off-roading, you're looking to get the most amount of clearance, most amount of break-over angle for your Silverado these do drop down a couple inches from basically the lowest point of your truck. If that is going to be a worry to you, it will probably be a good idea to ditch these, go with some side armor instead. Also, we do have some options on the site that hug the body of the truck a little bit better if clearance is an issue for you. These do drop pretty low which make them great for the daily driver. I don't think for the daily driver these are gonna get in your way at all but that drop also makes these a little bit easier to use when you're getting in and out of your truck and for a lifted Silverado like this one, we have plenty of clearance, these would be a great option. Just jumping back to price here, I mentioned earlier the black ones will save you about 150 bucks. For this set though, both passenger and driver side, all the brackets and hardware you need to mount it up, we're looking at around $550. Now that is gonna be a little bit more on the expensive side but that stainless steel is gonna be a really nice touch and if you're looking for a factory style, these are gonna be pretty much it and that is a good price to pay for some solid build quality and solid looks to match your truck as well. The install for this isn't going to be too bad, definitely one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. I think at most, if you come with the right tools which there are very few of them to do this install should take at most an hour in the driveway to both sides. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done. For this install, you'll need a ratchet and 13-millimeter socket, a good thing to have on hand will be a trim panel removal tool or at least a flathead screwdriver. So this install is gonna be really, really simple. All the Silverados have pre-drilled holes underneath them, they're perfect for mounting brackets, however, some of them are threaded, some of them are not threaded, and a lot of them are going to have little plastic clips to cover them up. If you do find those, take a basic trim panel removal tool or a flathead screwdriver, pry them out, that'll give you access to the holes. Now where the holes are gonna be threaded, that's great, we're just gonna run the hardware in. Where they're not threaded we're going to be installing these little nut clips to make some threads so we can tighten down our brackets. The first one, we're gonna start all the way up at the front is right about here. So this bottom portion here, no matter what the mounting position is, that will never be threaded. So for all those, we're gonna pop on a nut clip. And you can see at this forward position, our top hole is already pre-threaded. Again, if that is covered up, you can pry out the plastic cover but after that's done, it's gonna be as simple as holding up any of the mounting brackets in the kit, all of them are the same, you don't need to grab a specific one here. And we're just gonna run that in with our 13-millimeter hardware and a couple washers. And then you can tighten those down with a 13-millimeter socket. We're gonna do the same exact thing for the second position. Third and fourth we will have to apply some nut clips to the upper holes.So here is the position for the third bracket and this big hole will have a cover over it similar to this one. We've done so many side steps on our truck that that has gone missing over the years but basically what we're gonna do is peel that away, then you can apply your next nut clip up in that larger hole. So here is number four and this is all the way at the rear right before the last body mount and that is gonna be the same exact deal. So now you want to grab a side step and we're just gonna put this up onto our mounting brackets. Once it's up there, we'll take care of the brackets that actually secure the two pieces together. One thing to make sure before you do that though, you want to make sure you have the right step and the way you can tell is you want there to be a little bit of extra space before you hit that step pad in the front of the truck then at the rear of the truck. So once you got the right one, again, we're just gonna lift this up and put it on the mounting brackets. So once it's up there, we can come in with these bolt plates and you can see this has that ear that bends down and around. All we're gonna do with that is put it up in the step, turn it 90 degrees, lift up a tiny bit, and we're just gonna get that started into our mounting bracket. Now once it's up there, you can follow it up with a flat washer and 13-millimeter nyloc nut. One thing you do want to make sure of before you tighten this thing down, you can see I made a small adjustment back here, you want to make sure that ear on that bolt plate is sitting around this lip right there. As we go along here, we're gonna tighten down these nuts again, 13 millimeters. You want to make sure your step is aligned before you tighten these down. We're gonna repeat the same process for the other three mounting brackets. Now the install is pretty much gonna be the same exact thing for the other side except for the frontmost bracket, that's gonna come in two pieces. And the reason for that is because this kit is also designed to fit 2500 and 3500 versions of the Silverados. And the diesels have the def tank in the way and this basically splits it up so you could get around that. Now to build this bracket, you basically just put the two pieces together like so, run a 13-millimeter bolt through the side and that is pretty much gonna be it. This and all the rest of the passenger side brackets all hang the same exact way to the driver side brackets. Guys, that is gonna do it for me, it's also gonna do it for the OE Style Running Boards in Silver, fitting all '07 to '18 Silverado 1500s with the Crew Cab. Thank you guys for watching. Subscribe for more like this one. Keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Chevy.
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Secure Entry and Exit. Enhance your Silverado 1500’s exterior with a side step modification by installing these OE Style Running Boards with silver finish. These platforms offer secure entry and exit from your truck, while providing side protection from door dings and trail debris. This pair of step boards is covered in a silver finish, furnished with black footpads and rectangular end caps for a stylish OE look.
Heavy-Duty Construction. Built to withstand various off-road impacts, these running boards were manufactured using premium stainless steel. Its high strength and rigidity can also handle the pressures from passengers repeatedly boarding on and disembarking from your truck. Moreover, the boards are reinforced with non-slip pads that offer extra grip for secure footings.
Straightforward Installation. These Running Boards are designed to mount to your truck’s rocker panels using the durable brackets. The installation takes about an hour using basic hand tools with light mechanical skills required.
Application. These OE Style Running Boards with silver finish are intended for use on all 2007-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab models. They are not compatible with the 2007 Silverado 1500 Classic model.
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Not Compatible with the 2007 Silverado 1500 Classic Model.