Review & Install Video
The Barricade 5-inch Oval Bend and Side Step Bar in the polished stainless-steel finish is available for any '09-14 F-150 owner who might be looking for some safe and secure ways to hop in and out of their truck, especially if it's a lifted set-up. On top of that, this does get a beefier, 5-inch wide polished looking bar with bent ends, just to make it a bit more unique, and it also has gripping stepping pads under each of the doors. Now, with that said, the install is extremely straightforward, and will definitely get a one-out-of-three wrenches on our difficulty meter, making it a direct bolt-on, but we'll touch on that later.So, side steps pretty much serve the same function across the board, no matter which one you're looking at. That's pretty obvious. When it comes to decision making, however, the appearance, styling, and design is really what plays the biggest factor. Now, in talking about the different options on the site, you'll see side steps like the one in front of me today, but you'll also see Nerf bars and running boards. So, side steps and Nerf bars like this one will actually gap out completely from the truck, and offer stepping pads only under each of the doors and, in some cases, under the bed as well. Now, if you're looking at running boards, however, they will stay flush against the rocker panel on your truck, and offer, pretty much, a gripping pad across the entire bar. Now, it really comes down to what you're looking for. Side steps typically are more after-market looking, whereas running boards offer a more OEM-like pattern. Obviously, it all comes down to what you're looking for as far as styling and appearance, because they all do, at the end of the day, serve the same function.As far as the one we're taking a look at today, this one actually does offer a 5-inch diameter, stainless-steel tubing, with a polished, mirror-like shine finish on top. Now, that's pretty standard. You'll see a ton of options out there with this type of finish. But, what makes this one a little bit different than some of the others is the bent ends we have here. These are bent in toward the vehicle, just to add just a little bit more styling and customization to it. You'll see two stepping pads here for your grip. They offer a tire tread-like pattern, which offers your grip for your boots or shoes, or whatever it shall be, all year round, no matter what the weather condition is like: rain, snow, sleet, or hail.Now, if you know anything about Barricade, then you know they typically offer all of their products for a very budget-friendly and affordable price, and this side step is absolutely no different. The 5-inch polished option I have here is available for around the $200 mark. There's also a black option if you're more interested in the stealthy approach, which falls in the same price range. Definitely something you can get to aid your hopping in and out of the truck, great for lifted set-ups if you need that angle to get up there. If you're short like me, it makes all the difference.Shifting over to the install portion of the video, as I mentioned in the very beginning, this is gonna be a direct bolt-on install. It's extremely simple stuff. There is an instruction manual included in the kit for you, but it's really, really a no-brainer. As far as install tools, you'll need a ratchet and a simple socket set and, really, that's about it. From start to finish, shouldn't take you longer than an hour, and I will definitely give it a one-out-of-three wrenches on our difficulty meter. All you really need to do to get this job done is pick up some of the brackets included in the kit there, as well as the hardware, and bolt it down to the pre-existing holes located on the interior wall of your rocker panels. No drilling or cutting necessary, because everything is already on the vehicle to start from the factory. Once the brackets are bolted down, you might need a helping hand to get the bar into place while you work the ratchet, but that's really just a matter of bolting down about four bolts. Repeat this exact same process for the opposite side and, well, you're good to go.And that just about does it here. So, if you're the owner of a '09-14 F-150, you might want to check out the Barricade 5-inch Oval Bend Side Step Bars in the polished stainless-steel finish, which you can find right here at americantrucks.com.