(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
What's up, guys? Travis from americantrucks.com, and today, we're taking a look at a super-popular, relatively affordable, and pretty nice-looking side step for your '14 to '18 Silverado 1500, so you can make getting in and out of that cab a little bit easier. Obviously, our truck's got a big lift on it, and this does a nice job of providing some stepping area, again, so you can get in and out safely.This is Barricade's 4-inch oval bent end body mount side step bars. That's a mouthful, but these are super-popular for a couple of reasons. Number one is cost. They come in at around $140. Makes them pretty affordable, especially in the 4-inch category. Keep in mind, though, the price does go up from there, depending on your cab size.They're also made out of stainless steel, not just the basic carbon steel with a polished finish on them. That's really important because these things are going to be living outside in the elements year-round, most likely, and you don't want them to rust out on you or start looking crappy any time soon. So, that shouldn't be a concern for you.We're also working with some really heavy-duty brackets to actually mount the steps to the body itself, and again, we're using those body mount bolts, so it's a bolt-on job, no pun intended. I'm going to give the install a simple one out of three wrenches for that reason, and it'll probably take you about an hour or two to get these things in place.Couple other things to consider here is actually how these things mount to the vehicle. You have the rocker panel, you have the pinch seam, then you got the body mount bolts. If you're looking for one of the easiest-to-install steps, this is going to be the ticket here because you're literally just pulling out a bolt, putting a bracket in, and tightening that bolt back down. If you're not confident with turning wrenches, or you don't have a bunch of power tools, maybe you only got a couple of sockets laying around and a big breaker bar, this is going to be the ticket for you.And because we're using those body mount bolts and these very heavy-duty brackets, which measure about ¼ of an inch to ½ an inch thick, by the way, you can safely throw a ton of weight on these things, won't have to worry about them flexing on you, or breaking, or anything like that. So, you can have passengers on all four of the non-slip pads at any point in time, and that's pretty impressive, again, starting at $140.So, consider Barricade's steps a little bit more. You want an easy install, you want something that's functional and looks good, these are going to be the ticket. Pull the trigger on them, come back in a bit. I'm going to show you how easy it is to get them bolted on.Okay. To install our side step, we'll obviously need a standard drive ratchet and a couple of metric sockets, including a 13, a 19, and a 21. Those can be shallow or deep, either one, however, I would definitely recommend having either a big impact gun. If you do use an impact gun, you'll need a swivel socket because it's kind of a tight fit. If you don't have one, definitely invest in a big breaker bar for those body mount bolts.Okay. We're going to start at our rear body mount bracket right here, so go ahead and grab your 21-mill socket, and grab your impact gun or your breaker bar and break this thing loose. Now, before we actually loosen this up, if you've never removed these bolts, there is some locking compound on there, so if you feel a lot of resistance, just work it slowly in and out to break up that compound so you don't cross-thread anything.All right, so once you've removed that bolt, go ahead and separate the large flat washer from the bolt itself and grab the rear-facing driver side bracket, put the bolt up through it, and put the flat washer on top. Go ahead and get that back in there. We're not going to drive these home all the way, but we do want to tighten it up a little bit so it doesn't go anywhere. So, go ahead and snug that up, but leave it loose enough that you can rotate it.Okay. Next, we're going to remove our center bracket here in order to install our center mounting bracket for our side step. Since we're working on a 2014 or newer truck, we do not need that secondary bracket that's included in the kit. And again, you want the flat washer on the body mount bolt to come in above the bracket itself. Go ahead and get him hand-threaded a couple turns first and get him snugged up a little bit. And lastly, we're going to do the same exact thing for our front bracket here.All right, so we have all three brackets in place. Now all we need to do is get our side step bolted on loosely, double-check our fitment and our alignment, then we can tighten everything down.So, this actually has three points of contact. Obviously, we have that center bracket. That's going to bolt to the bottom here with some smaller bolts in the kit, but we'll get to those in a second. For starters, you want to grab these very large hex bolts. You also need the crush washers and flat washers. These are going to secure the ends of our steps to the front and rear brackets. Once you get those in place, you need a 19-millimeter socket to tighten those down.All right, so when you go to get all the hardware in to secure the side steps to the three brackets, like I said, you want to get these large bolts on either end in place first, and you want to keep them hand-tight for now. You want to keep some looseness in here so we can play around with fitment a little bit more before we tighten everything down.All right, now when you go to throw the bolt in here on the front side, you want to use the topmost hole on the mounting bracket. The bottom hole is going to be for 2013 or older trucks.All right, now we can finally secure our center bracket here, and they do provide smaller bolts in the kit with the crush and flat washers pre-installed. Once you get all three of these bolts in place to mount the side step to the brackets, you can actually begin tightening everything down. That's going to secure the side step to the brackets, then we'll tighten down our body mount bolts. For this center one here, you can use a 13-mill socket, and again, a 19-mill for the ends.All right, now when you go to tighten down the ends here, you might need a swivel socket if you're using an impact gun. All right, now we can tighten down those body mount bolts, and again, 21-mill socket for these guys.All right, so once you got those body mount bolts tightened down, just double-check, one more time, that you're happy with where the step is sitting, and then you can go ahead and torque those things to spec. I used an impact gun with the old German method, 'gutentight', but you want to torque those to 122 foot-pounds, and that should wrap up the install.That'll also wrap up my review of Barricade's 4-inch oval bent end body mount side step bars. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things Chevy and GMC, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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