(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today, we're gonna be working with the Barricade 5-Inch Oval Bent End Rocker Mount Side Step Bars in Polished Stainless, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s. Now, this set of side steps here is gonna be perfect for the Silverado owner that's looking for a budget-friendly set of stainless side steps to do it all. These Barricade side step's got heavy-duty tubular stainless steel. It's got that classic 5-inch oval with the bent ends, which are there to just clean up the looks a little bit.This is going to be finished in that bright, polished stainless steel, which is going to perfectly match any chrome accent on your truck. That tubular stainless steel is going to be extremely tough, so tough, in fact, that Barricade advertises these to double as some side protection for your truck. The light ding on the trail or in the parking lot just adds a layer of protection that otherwise wouldn't be there, keeping those things off the paint of your Silverado.Now, on top of this step, we also have two threaded non-slip pads, which is going to make getting in and out safe, even in wet or muddy conditions as the channels on there are going to help you get a good footing on there when you're getting in and out. All in all, these are gonna give you about 4 1/2 inches of flat area for you to get your foot on there. Now, if I did have one gripe about this product. These aren't made out of plastic. Now, that's not to say that this is gonna break as soon as you get in and out of your truck for the first time. They're definitely built to stand up to the abuse. But if there's any area for improvement for Barricade, I think that would be it.Let's touch on options here. Now, if the chrome look isn't your style, Barricade understands that. They also offer this same exact side step in black as well as a 4-inch version. This is the 5-inch version we're working with today. There's also the rocker mount, which I'm gonna show you how that works in just a second here, and the body mount option as well. Now, while we're on the topic of that rocker versus body mount, I don't think one is better than the other. I don't think this is gonna flex more as a body mount. I don't think it's gonna flex any more as a rocker mount. It's just two different ways to mount this up to your truck, both of which are going to be no drilling, no modifications to get installed. So, it's really just how do you wanna get these installed on your Silverado.So, now, let's move on to what I believe is one of the biggest strong points for these side steps. And that is going to be pricing. Regular cab, double cab, and crew cab versions of this, which, again, is what you see right here, they're all going to hover around the $300 mark. Now, for a step that is completely stainless steel and features this sort of build quality and fit and finish, $300 is a bargain. You're getting it a lot for your money there, so much, in fact, that I think I can give it a pass for these plastic step pads. Now, as far as install goes, this is going to be extremely easy. This definitely gets an easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, should take you no longer than an hour or two to get these installed on your truck in the 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's 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 going to 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 can just grab any one of them. And we could 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 the 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 in the pinch weld. And then, we could take our bracket and more 13-millimeter hardware and get that tightened down.So, now, we have all of our brackets installed. We're just gonna grab a side step, put it up on the brackets, and tighten it down to those using the other 13-millimeter hardware included in the kit. I'm gonna get to that in just a second here. A couple of things to note before we put this up on our brackets. If you're measuring from the front of this pad to the top of the step, it should be a little bit longer at the front and a little bit shorter at the rear. That's how I know I have the driver side step in my hands here. And secondly, if I flip this around here, you see there's pre-threaded holes all along the length of this. We're just gonna run our 13-millimeter hardware straight into the step. And with that said, we can flip this around and put this up on our mounting bracket.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 brackets 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. Now, the install is going to be the same exact thing on the other side.That's gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade 5-Inch Oval Bent End Rocker Mount Side Step Bars in Polished Stainless, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s. Thank you for watching. Subscribe for more videos like this one. And, as always, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Chevy.
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