(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys, Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be working with the Barricade 4-inch oval bent end rocker mount side step bars in stainless steel, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s. Now, this is going to be the perfect option for the Silverado owner that's looking for a budget-friendly stainless steel side step bar that does it all. This is made out of heavy-duty tubular stainless steel. It's got that nice middle-of-the-road style 4-inch oval on there with the curved ends, which is just going to clean up the looks and give this a finish right out of the factory look. Also, cleaning up the looks a little bit is going to be that bright polished stainless steel finish, which is going to perfectly match any chrome accents on your Silverado.The truck we have today is going to be a little bit of a blackout styling. I think if this was going for more of the old-school chrome look, these would look right at home. Now, not only does that tubular stainless steel look good, but it's also pretty tough as well. So tough, in fact, that Barricade advertises these double as some side protection for your truck, whether you're off-roading, it can save your truck from a light impact, or just in the parking lot from door dings, stuff like that. These are gonna provide a nice layer of protection that wasn't there before.Now, another great feature about these side steps are going to be these two non-slip textured pads here, which is going to be a great feature in wet or muddy conditions. It also has a little bit of channeling on there to make sure you get a good grip in those conditions. And all in all, these are gonna give you about 4 inches worth of area to get a foot on there. Now, my one small gripe with these side step bars is those pads are made out of ABS plastic. Now, that's not to say that these are gonna break the first time you get in and out of your truck. They're definitely designed to stand up to the abuse, but if there's one area for improvement, I think it would be these pads. Now, what I'm gonna get to here in a second, I think, does make up for that a little bit, and that is going to be price. These are gonna be one of the most cost-effective options, and given everything else, that stainless steel and the build quality, fit and finish of these, I think the plastic pads are excusable. If the chrome look isn't going to be your style, Barricade understands that. They also offer this in black as well as the 4-inch oval, which is what we have here, and a 5-inch oval if you were looking for a little bit more area. There's also the rocker mount, again, which is what we have here, and the body mount as well.Now, I wanted to touch on that real quick because, honestly, both body and rocker mounts, they're gonna be no drilling for the install, no modifications required, they're just about as easy to do as one another. And I don't think one is more flexible than the other. It's really just a matter of preference how to mount these up to your truck.So, now, let's move on to one of the biggest benefits, I think, with this pair of side step bars, and that is gonna be the pricing. So, for the regular cab version, which is gonna be really short, we're looking at around $140, for the double cab, around $250, and for the crew cab variant, which is what we're working with today, that's gonna cost you around $275. So, no matter what size cab you have, this is going to be an extremely cost-effective option to make getting in and out of your truck just a little bit easier.Now, as far as the install goes here, this is going to be extremely easy. No drilling, no modification required to get these installed on your truck. But, with that being said, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should take you no longer than an hour or two to get these hooked up in your driveway with nothing but hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done. Tools required for this install are gonna be an impact or a ratchet, U-joint, 13-millimeter socket, and a trim panel removal tool.So, we're gonna start our install here at the front on the driver side. And, like I said, there's no modification to get these installed on your truck. However, we do have to install some hardware first, and we're gonna start with these nut plates. This is just gonna clip onto our pinch weld right there. Now, once that's in place, we can come up underneath. Our rocker panel up here is gonna have some pre-threaded holes. And we're just gonna take the 13-millimeter hardware in the kit, hold our bracket up, tighten that hardware down, and that'll be one bracket installed.Coming around to the other side, you can see this nut clip is what we just installed. Up here is going to be that pre-threaded hole. And now that we know where both of those are, we can just hold up a bracket here. And these aren't side-specific, so you could just grab any one of them. And we can also take that 13-millimeter hardware and the washers and get that tightened down to the truck.Now, the one up top might be a little bit tough to reach. You might need a ratchet for this one. Or if you have a U-joint like I do, you can get up to this. Now, we're gonna come to the next open hole in the pinch weld here. It's right before this body mount over here. We're just gonna do the same exact thing. And we're gonna start by installing that nut clip. Then, we can hold up a bracket, and get that tightened down with 13-millimeter hardware, lock washer, and flat washer.Now, we're gonna go all the way down to the last hole in the pinch weld here. This is where we're gonna mount up our third bracket. Now, moving up to the top, you can see there's no pre-threaded hole here. Now, that's okay, you can see there's that bigger hole next to it. That's usually covered up with a plastic cover like this one. If yours is, you can use a trim panel removal tool to get that out of the way. Once that hole right there is opened up, we're just gonna do pretty much the same thing. I'm gonna come in here with a nut clip. Same thing for the hole on the pinch weld. And then, we could take our bracket and more 13-millimeter hardware and get that tightened down.So, now, we can grab a side step. We're just gonna throw this up on the brackets that we just installed, and then we can tighten it down with more 13-millimeter hardware. Before we do, a couple of things to note here. It is out of frame a little bit, but the front of the step should be a little bit longer than the rear of the step if you're measuring in front of this pad here. And, secondly, this has some pre-threaded holes on the bottom, so once you have this in place, we can just run that 13-millimeter hardware straight in.Now, all we're going to do is line up our side step here with the bracket itself and get this hardware started. Now, this hardware I'm using is a little bit specific. This will have the captive lock washer and flat washer. And they're intended to go from the bracket to the side step itself. They even come in a bag like this with the label that says, "Use to attach side bars to bracket only." So, we're not gonna be using the same hardware we did to get these brackets installed on the truck, but they are both 13 millimeters. So, once you have those in place, we can tighten them down using the same socket. Now, we're just gonna come to the middle, do the same thing, and then go up to the front, and do the same thing up there as well. The install, it's gonna be the same exact thing for the other side.But, that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade 4-inch oval bent end rocker mount side step bars in stainless steel, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Subscribe for more videos like this one, and as always, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Chevy.
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March 21, 2020
Instructions were easy to understand and everything went smooth took about an hour and a half just being extra cautious.Helpful (0)
April 26, 2019
I received my barricade 4 in step bars last night, and got them installed in about 1.5 hours - including a break to research some things. I absolutely love them so far, but let me breakdown my experience so others can have a better one: Packing materials: -Comes in a huge box. Easily 8 ft long. All the packing was good though, and they arrived in good shape. You get the two bars, plus a small box that has the hardware nicely organized (it's separated, one bag is for the bars -> mounts, and the other is for the mounts to truck). Build quality: -Build quality was pretty good. I'd rate it a 4/5. The hardware was beefy, and the step boards are very nice, but I know from experience that step bars with the plastic covers (where you step on) often have a problem of breaking off after a while. These are too new to have that happen, but I had similar ones in the past that did this. Either way, still very good. The brackets are super strong. Install: -This is where it gets tricky. These bars come with three brackets per side. The passenger side bracket is two pieces and requires your attention to detail. The rest of the brackets are pretty straightforward. The problem I initially ran into, that I didn't find referenced in the instructions, was that my "pinch welds" (small holes on the underside of your truck) didn't have a nut welded onto them, as was shown in the instructions. If you do have the welded on nut, life is easy and the instructions match. If not, you'll need to use the "speed clips" to push over the hole, and this will allow you to bolt up the hardware without issue. Thankfully, once I figured the part about the speed clips out, it was smooth sailing from there, and I used the remainder of the hardware up. All in all, a good purchase, and I would recommend it to anyone with a 14-18 silverado 1500. My truck looks great now, and most importantly - my family can now get into it without climbing (due to my 6" lift 35" tires).Helpful (7)
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