(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 4-inch Oval Bent End Side Step Bars in Stainless Steel fitting your '02 to '08 RAM 1500s. These are perfect for the Ram owner looking to add the convenience of a step to their truck and wants a budget-friendly option that features a nice polished finish.These step bars provide a step for easy entry, especially if your truck is lifted or leveled like ours and also add some extra side protection from door dings. These 4-inch oval step bars feature heavy-duty steel construction with a bright mirror-polished finish and durable non-slip step pads. So as far as price goes, these come in at around $150 putting them on the lower end price-wise when compared to other options and making them a nice budget-friendly addition to your truck.I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on a difficulty meter. It features direct bolt up install with no cutting required and can be done 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 and 16, 18 and 19-millimeter sockets.All right, so the first step in our install is we're gonna get these plates bolted up. Now they are side specific for the front and the rear and passenger and driver so make sure you're grabbing the ones labeled passenger front and passenger rear. Let's get these bolted up.All right, so the first step in our install is we're gonna get these bolt plates in these holes so that we can mount up our plate. So you do want to put one of these clear washers on the end of it. They say halfway, but just a little bit so you can maneuver it and then put these bolt plates into these two openings. Now it is kinda tight, so you might have to sort of maneuver it on an angle in there. The purpose of these plastic washers are sort of to hold it in place so we don't lose it in there. So once you do have it in, spin it as much as you can in to just hold that stud in place. You can also just push in as well. It'll skip a couple threads but it's fine. All right, now we're gonna repeat that with the hole right next to it. And again, just be careful with these. They're pretty tight and we don't want to lose them in the body of the truck.All right. At this point we can grab the passenger front bracket and it goes in this position with this ear down the bottom towards the front and go over top of these studs. A washer, lock washer and nut on each. And we're gonna leave this loose for now until we can get our step installed.All right, now this point, you can repeat that process with the rear mounting points. May a little bit of maneuvering to get this front one in. It is quite a bit tighter than the rear one, but it does eventually go in and let's install this plastic washer so we don't lose that into the body of the truck and repeat that process with the rear mounting point. And you can grab your bracket and get it bolted up. And, again because there is so much adjustability here, we're going to leave these loose. Make sure you're installing a washer, lock washer and nut.All right, next up to install our support brackets, we need to remove the body bolt. These are an 18-millimeter, so grab an 18-millimeter socket. Let's get these out. So at this point, we can install our support bracket and these are all different, so make sure we're grabbing the one that says passenger rear. And now there is an angled portion, this one goes to the bracket we just installed and the portion that's a little bit more flat, that's not really sitting on an angle, that goes up to the body bolt section. So we're using one of these large washers to go up to the truck and then the support bracket and then the bolt. Make sure there's a washer on the other side, a lock washer as well. Now again, we're gonna leave these loose for now and then tighten it up when everything is bolted up.All right, repeat that process for the front body bolt, also with an 18-millimeter socket. All right, same process as the back portion. This large washer goes up first, the bracket with the flatter side here, and then the bolts with another washer and a lock washer. Go ahead and leave these loose and then we're gonna bolt up our step.All right, so at this point, we're going to get our step bolted up to our brackets loosely as well and then we'll get underneath and tighten everything up. Grab your hardware and you may want a friend for this step just to help you hold up the other end. Line it up to both the support bracket and the flat bracket and get the bolt through.All right, make sure the bolt is going through the support bracket as well as our flat bracket and then we're gonna thread it into the step. Thread it loosely for now so we can get our other side bolted up. Line up the rear portion of the step as well, again, making sure the support bracket is first, then the flat bracket, and then threading into the step. Also, make sure you're using a bolt with a lock washer as well as a washer. Using a 19-millimeter socket, tighten down the bolt from the bracket to your step. Next up, grab your 19-millimeter socket and tighten down the body bolt that's up top going into the body of your truck.Okay, now with the 16-millimeter socket, tighten down the nuts going into the body of your truck. We're gonna switch to a ratchet for this one. It's a little bit harder to get on with the gun, so grab a ratchet and your 16-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Repeat that process on the front of your truck.All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install these step bars and remember for all things Ram, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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December 01, 2019
Good but bolts were stripped
They look and work great. Some of my bolts were stripped and made it way more time consuming than necessary. I was afraid I would have to return them. But luckily we got them to work. Next time I want my items new! Thanks.Helpful (0)
November 14, 2019
Super easy to install took about a half hour to doHelpful (0)
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Simple installation for anyone.
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