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So if you own a '99 to '13 Silverado 1500, then the Barricade 3-inch body mount side steps are hands down the most affordable option that you'll find currently available. Now even though these are the least expensive steps, that's not to say they are cheap by any measure. They have some really nice anti-slip pads on there, that's awesome if you're going out in the snow or around the work site, you got mud on your boots, you don't have to worry about falling off on these things. They also have a really nice black powder coat finish. It's not just the painted finish, the powder coat is actually baked on and cured. So if you take your truck off-road or you get some light strikes on this thing, you're not gonna have to worry about that finish peeling off and even if you manage to do so, you got stainless steel underneath so you don't gotta worry about these things rusting out on you anytime soon. Now because they use the body mount bolts to secure to the truck, they're also rigid and strong as hell. They definitely have a high weight rating so you don't worry if you're getting in the truck with other passengers. That also makes them a very easy bolt-on install. I'm gonna give this a one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter, shouldn't take you more than an hour or two with some basic hand tools in the driveway. So again, if you want the most affordable side steps for your '99 to '13 Silverado, go ahead pull the trigger on these guys and then come back in a second. I'll show you what tools you need and then we'll get started on the install step by step. All right. To install your side steps, you'll need a standard drive ratchet with a 13-millimeter socket and wrench and you'll also need a 19 and 21-millimeter socket. Now obviously it's helpful to have a pneumatic impact. It will also be very helpful to have a impact swivel socket or a cordless impact. All right, guys, since this is a body mount side step, we are working with some pretty big bolts that are tightened down pretty tight so you're gonna need that 21-millimeter deep socket and you'll definitely need an impact gun of some sort. If you don't have access to something like that, you will definitely need a big breaker bar. So let's go ahead show you where that rear body mount is, let's loosen that first and we'll throw our first bracket in place. All right. Once you've removed that bolt, go ahead and throw the rubber grommet and that giant flat washer back in place, followed by the bracket itself. Put your bolt back in there, make sure your hand-thread it a couple of turns so you're sure that it's not stripping out. Once you've got that hand-threaded, go ahead and drive it home with your 21-millimeter deep socket. And when you're tightening this down, you want to hold onto the bracket, make sure it's relatively flush. You want it parallel with the side of the truck. Now for the middle bolt here, depending on what truck you're using is gonna depend on what brackets you're gonna use. If you have a 2014, you're gonna be using the mounting bracket directly against the bolt. However, if you have any other model year, you'll actually be grabbing this little intermediate bracket and securing that first, then we're gonna place our mounting bracket in place and we're gonna install this with those 10-millimeter bolts provided in the kit. All right. Getting a socket on this bolt might be a bit difficult because of this little metal panel right here. If that's an issue, go ahead and grab a 13-millimeter wrench to tighten this down. All right. Next up is our front bracket which is in the same process as our rear bracket.All right. So we're finally ready to install our side step. In order to do that, you'll need two of the largest bolts provided in the kit with a crush washer and a flat washer and you'll need a 19-millimeter socket to tighten those down. Once you got both ends tightened down, we'll make some final adjustments to our center bracket if needed and we'll install the hardware to secure the center of the side step. All right. Now when you go to tighten down this bolt, obviously it might be a little bit of a squeeze with power tools so you'll probably need to use a standard hand ratchet to tighten this one down. All right. So for our middle bracket, we went ahead and we loosened him up just a little bit just enough to get some play in here so we can line everything up nicely. You're gonna grab one of those M10 bolts with a crush washer and flat washer. Get him nice and tight and drive him home with a 13-millimeter deep socket. Once you've done that, you can tighten the rest of the hardware that you might have had to loosen earlier. So our rear and center brackets are tightened down, we can finally tighten down that front bolt, 19-millimeter deep socket and you can get a power tool in there but you'll probably need a swivel socket.All right. So once you got those large bolts in there secured and the steps are on the brackets, that'll wrap up the install. That also wraps up my review of the Barricade 3-inch body mount side steps fitting your '99 to '13 Silverado 1500. I'm Travis, thanks for watching. Keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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