Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
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:
-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 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.
-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).