(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today I'm doing a quick review and installation of the Barricade 3-inch Side Step Bars in the polished stainless steel finish with the body mount, available for all 1999 to 2013 Silverado 1500s. Now if you're the owner of a '99 to '13 Silverado, you might be looking for a very basic, traditional type of side step to get you in and out of your truck, whether you're using it for a daily driver, hitting the trails with the family on a camping or hunting trip, or maybe you're doing some work on the work site. Either way, this is a very, very safe way to get in and out of that truck no matter the weather thanks to the ABS slip-resistant plastic stepping pads under each of your doors. Now, this one, again, is a more traditional and basic side step. It's got the oval curve design so you see the ends curve in toward the inside of the truck, giving it a fuller design, and this one has that polished stainless steel finish. There are options in a black stealthier look. This one, in my opinion, blends in with a lot of the factory chrome trim. So if that's the kind of a feel that you're going with, this is a great fit. As far as the price tag, this one is on the more affordable side, coming in right around 100 bucks for the pair. That's actually kind of ridiculous in my opinion. You get a great side step getting you in and out of the truck safely for a very, very budget-friendly price. A hundred bucks doesn't get you a lot of mods these days, and for a set of side steps that you'll use every single day, it's a worthwhile investment in my opinion. As far as the installation goes, expect one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. No drilling, no cutting, none of that. And as you can see on our '13 Silverado here, there's no uninstall. If your truck didn't come with side steps from the factory, it's an easy bolt up and go. If it did come with side steps, you'll obviously have to remove those with simple hand tools. We don't have to worry about that today. So, again, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. For both sides, I'd say you can tackle it in about an hour with, again, simple hand tools. So we're gonna get started here on the driver's side. Tools needed for this install will be a ratchet or a power tool, 13-millimeter socket, 19-millimeter socket, 22-millimeter socket, and a swivel joint socket. So to get things started here on our driver's side of our '13 Silverado, passenger side, by the way, is gonna be the exact same thing. So if you know how to tackle this side, you know how to tackle the other side. To get things started, we're gonna install our brackets, which are side-specific and location-specific. So they are marked DF, DC or DR for driver's side front, center and rear, and the same thing for the passenger side. Now starting on our driver's side front here, stamped in the materials, it'll actually go in the place of our factory body mount bolt which is just behind our driver's side front tire. I'll remove that bolt with our 22-millimeter socket here and switch it up through our bracket and bolt this in to the factory location.Now, you wanna get your bolt here nice and snug but not overtightening it just because you'll need a little bit of room for adjustment once you get the other brackets installed. Once your driver side front bracket is installed, you'll do the exact same thing for the center bracket with the smaller center support bracket. All right. Our driver side rear bracket is gonna go right into the body mount bolt as well just like the front and center. Now, for our installation of the side steps, once we have our three brackets in place, is gonna be extremely simple. The front and the rear are gonna be the exact same. You're gonna have your half-inch bolt here going straight through the back and into the one bolt or one threaded hole on your side step. That's for the front and your rear brackets. Your center brackets, we'll use one 13-millimeter bolt just like we did with the longer support bracket in the center. That'll go straight through the bottom into the pre-drilled hole on the bottom of our side step. So we're gonna start here by threading these in by hand on the front, then I'm gonna thread it in by hand on the rear, and then come back and do the same thing for the center, and then tighten everything down.We got our brackets in place. Our side step is bolted down loosely to the brackets themselves. Now we just gotta go back with our 19-millimeter socket, tighten up the front and rear bracket bolts, and then finish up our middle one with our 13-millimeter socket. All right, guys. That's gonna wrap our install and review of the Barricade 3-inch Side Step Bars in the polished stainless steel finish with our body mount brackets. And as you saw, the install is extremely simple without the factory side steps. Even with them, it still gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It could not be any simpler with very basic hand tools. So if you're the owner of a '99 to '13 Silverado 1500, you might be interested in picking up a more traditional, more basic side step just to get you in and out safely while also looking pretty good on the exterior appearance side as well. You can pick up this Barricade option right here at americantrucks.com.
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