(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com, and today we have a review and install of the Barricade 3 inch Side Step Bars in black fitting your '02 through '08 RAM 1500. These are perfect for the RAM owner who's looking to add the convenience of a step to their truck and wants an extremely budget friendly option with this nice, black finish. These side step bars provide a step for easy entry into your truck, especially if it's lifted or leveled and add a bit of extra side protection against door dings. These 3 inch, round side step bars feature heavy duty steel construction with a black powder coat finish, as well as these durable non slip step pads.So, as far as price goes, these come in at around $100, making them the most budget friendly step option for your RAM. I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. They feature direct bolt up installation that can be done with within one hour. So, with that said, let's jump into our install.For this install you will need an impact gun or a ratchet, 19, 18, and 16 millimeter sockets, a small extension, and a 16 millimeter wrench.All right. So, the first step in our install is to grab our brackets, and we're going to get them bolted up underneath the truck. Now, they are different lengths, so we're starting with the smaller bracket up front. All right. So, starting with these body bolts using an 18 millimeter socket, we're gonna remove them off the truck. Next up, we're gonna grab our bracket, and this was the smaller one that goes up front. The flat face faces out towards the step. We do have to place this spacer on top of this bracket before we line it up to our body bolt mounting location. Next up, we want the longer bolt with a washer and lock washer. We're gonna go through both the mount and spacer and loosely thread it in for now. We're gonna tighten it all down later.Next up, we're gonna install these bolt plates into the opening on the truck's body here. We're going to the frontmost opening. We do have one of these clear washers. We're just gonna thread it on a few threads on the end. That's just gonna keep it from falling into the body. So, line it up here. This one is pretty tight. You might need to finagle this a little bit to clear it. And then once its in, either push or thread this washer on in place.Next up, we're grabbing this angled bracket. It's the one that has like a angle towards the end of there and one hole in the far side. And this is gonna go over top of this bolt and then the hole on the far side goes into this part of the bracket we just installed. So, grabbing a washer, lock washer, and nut, install it over top of this bolt plate. Then again, we're just leaving this snug for now. We will come back down and tighten it later.Next up, we're grabbing another bolt with two washers and a lock washer and a nut. And this will go through the angled bracket, through the bracket that we installed on our body mount, on the outside of it.All right. Now we're moving onto the rear. We're gonna use 18 millimeter socket to get the body bolt out. And then we are gonna install this bracket the same as the front with the spacer on top. The long bolt through and make sure you have a washer, lock washer on there as well. Leave it loose for now, and then we're gonna get the other part of the bracket hooked up.Now we're gonna install the bolt plate into the rearmost section of the body. We're gonna get the brackets with the 90 degree bend on them here and the two bolt holes. We're going over top and we're going to the front outside edge of this bracket. And on our truck, it's gonna line up to this closer hole. It's pretty tight of a squeeze, but lift the bracket loose, you can finagle into place. Make sure you're installing your hardware with a washer and lock washer. And make sure you install the hardware over top of your bolt plate here as well.All right. At the point, we can get our steps bolted up to the brackets that we just installed. There's one thing we need to do first. These rubber boots on the end of your steps do need to come off. Then, you can go ahead and get them bolted up, and you may want a friend to just hold the step in place while you do so to make it a little easier. Lift up your step to meet this flat side on the bracket. Grab your larger hardware with a washer and lock washer and thread it into the step. Repeat that on the front bracket. Now you can grab your 19 millimeter socket and tighten this down. Now we're gonna tighten the bolt going from our bracket to our support bracket with a 16 millimeter socket and a 16 millimeter wrench. Now we're gonna tighten our bolt going into the body of the truck with a 19 millimeter socket. Now you can use a 16 millimeter socket and tighten down the nut going onto the bolt plate.Moving onto the back, using our 19 millimeter socket, tighten down the bolt going from you bracket to your step. Next up, we're gonna tighten up the bolt going into the body of the truck. You may want an extension for this rear one because it is pretty high up there.Next up, using your 16 millimeter wrench and 16 millimeter socket, tighten down the bolt holding your main bracket to your support bracket. And finally, tighten down the 16 millimeter nut going to your bolt plate.All right. So, that is gonna do it for the review and install of these side step bars and remember, for all things RAM, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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March 31, 2020
Install Barricade 3 inch side step bar
Installs as Barricade stated. No fuss no mess. Great design. Installed on a 2004 Ram Larmie that never saw ice much less snow - thus NO RUST. Truck never left the Low Country of South Carolina.Helpful (0)
March 10, 2020
This is a true “bolt-on” kit requiring no drilling. East to assemble, looks great, and most importantly, it works. I’m short and my wife is shorter. This kit makes entry and exit a breeze.Helpful (1)
January 14, 2020
Have had these on my 2013 Ram for almost a year now. They were a great upgrade! Very solid and sturdy.Helpful (2)
January 25, 2019
Easy to install. Came with complete hardware. Truck looks so much better and easier to get in truck now. Structure good and does not bent when stepping on.Helpful (5)
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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