(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
If you want the widest possible step that you can get your feet on to make getting in and out of that cab as easy as possible, and you want to do it by spending the least amount of money, then you've found the right steps. These are the Duratrek 5-inch Oval Bent End Sidestep Bars, featuring this really nice black powder coat finish. And at around the $200 price point, any steps that are gonna cost less than these are typically gonna be smaller in terms of the actual stepping area, or they're gonna be nerf steps, which are individual steps located underneath each door. So, this is a best buy as far as price versus how much step you're actually getting.Now, there are a couple of other things that are really nice about this. Even though it's $200, even though it's really affordable, it's not cheap by any means. These are actually made out of stainless steel, and the oval bent end piece is a nice little touch. You might not have thought about this, but they're actually capped and welded on the ends, sealing the step up completely. That's important, because over time, moisture could otherwise get inside the step, in which case you end up bubbling off that powder coat and you develop a little bit of corrosion inside of there. That's not gonna be the case here because the oval bent ends are closed off, and you're actually working with stainless steel underneath, so even if you do manage to take that powder coat off of these steps, you're not gonna have to worry about these things rusting out on you, breaking, or falling off anytime soon.And as far as how these install, it's very simple. These are rocker panel mount steps, so we're reusing all the factory holes inside the pinch seam and the rocker panel itself. Whether or not you have pre-threaded holes, they do provide speed clips provided in the kit, so there's no cutting or drilling required, no modification whatsoever. All you gotta do is throw the brackets in place with a couple of speed clips, throw the step in place, tighten everything down. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two. And for that reason, I'm giving the install a very easy one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter. If you've never crawled underneath your truck or turned any wrenches, this is an excellent first mod, and I'm sure your family and friends will enjoy it, especially if you got a lifted truck.All right, guys. Before we get started, you'll need a standard drive ratchet with a 13-millimeter socket. Either shallow or deep works. And you'll also need a pry tool or flathead screwdriver for some rubber grommets. Optional but helpful tools include an impact gun with an impact swivel socket for clearance. All right, guys. Once you got your tools, you want to grab your flathead screwdriver, crawl underneath the truck. You need to pop this little rubber grommet out of this double hole area right here. Once you've done that, you're gonna grab one of those speed clips provided in the kit and you're gonna thread it through there so that the threads line up with that smaller hole. You want the threads on the inside. Once you've done that, you're gonna do the same to the pinch seam. And you can grab your bracket, and you're gonna throw your bracket in place, so you're just gonna hold it up there. And you're gonna secure it using the provided bolts and washers in the kit. Now, you'll need one crush washer and one flat washer on each of these bolts. And we're just hand tightening this hardware for now. We want to have a little bit of adjustment and a little bit of play in the brackets so we can line up the holes for the side step itself, then we'll tighten everything down. Once you've done this for the rearmost portion of the truck, we're gonna repeat these same steps for the rest of our brackets. Same process for all the other ones.All right. Now depending on what model year your truck is, some of the other holes inside the rocker panel may actually be pre-threaded, in which case like I'm doing now, you just put that hex bolt in there. You won't need one of those speed clips. But you will still need speed clips for all of the pinch seams. Depending on your model year, some of them may have a nut welded there, in which case you don't need a speed clip on the pinch seam either.So we have all of our brackets in place, everything's looking good. Now we can finally throw our step in place. Pretty simple stuff, you're gonna line up all the pre-threaded holes on the steps with the holes inside the brackets. You're gonna be grabbing these black hex bolts provided in the kit. They already have the washers pre-installed, takes out all the guesswork. Once you've got everything hand tightened, take a step back, make sure you're happy with where the step is actually living, then you can tighten everything down. You'll need a 13-millimeter socket and if you're using power tools, it's helpful to have an impact swivel socket. All right. So now our step's tightened down. Now we can tighten down our brackets.All right. So once you got the steps themselves zipped down and you've tightened down all that hardware, crawl out from underneath the truck, take a step back and make sure everything looks good. You want to make sure that these non-slip pads line up with the doors themselves, and if you need to make any adjustments, crawl back under there, loosen up those bolts, slide everything around, tighten them down, and that'll wrap up the install.And that also wraps up my review of the Duratrek 5-inch Oval Bent End Rocker Panel Mount Side Step Bars, in the texured black finish, fitting your 2014 or newer Silverado or Sierra. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. For all things Chevy and GMC, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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