Review & Install Video
The Barricade five-inch, oval, bent-end, wheel-to-wheel side step bar is available for any '09 to '14 F-150 owner who might be looking for some added help to hop in and out of their truck or bed safely throughout the year, especially useful for lifted setups. Now, this particular option from Barricade offers a beefy five-inch, polished stainless steel bar that has stepping pads going from wheel to wheel under each of the doors, and even one for the bed. Now, that makes it a little bit more unique, as there aren't many options out there with a wheel-to-wheel side step bar design. Because of that, it will come in around the $400 mark. Now, as far as the installation is concerned, it will still get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, no different than any other side step on the market. When taking a look at any of these aftermarket options, side steps pretty much all offer the exact same function, which is very obvious. The decision-making comes into play with the design, styling, and appearance of each particular option. Now, a side step like the one you see in front of you, will actually gap out from the body of the truck and offer stepping pads on the bar under each of the doors. This one, however, is a little bit different. Because instead of going from door to door, it goes from wheel to wheel and in addition to those stepping pads under the doors, it'll actually give you one for the bed as well. So if you find yourself constantly hopping in and out of the bed, jumping on the wheels to get in, this is definitely useful and is geared toward you. However, if you're looking for a running board, or you're more interested in a running board, those will actually attach to the body of the truck and offer a stepping pad, instead of under the doors across the entire bar. Obviously, the prices will vary, but it all comes down to which one you're more interested in. Now, if you do find yourself gearing more toward something like this one with an extra pad for the bed, the Barricade one in front of me has a beefier, five-inch diameter option in an oval design, that offers a polished stainless steel tubing throughout, also with a mirror-like shine on top of that. This is great for guys looking to add it to any exterior chrome trim they might already have on the truck. In addition to that, you do get the three stepping pads I mentioned that have tire tread-like patterns on top, with an ABS plastic finish and a textured, black powder coating. This does offer a rust-resistant finish, of course. It's not going to chip, fade, or crack along the way. But it also offers year-round grip, no matter what your weather conditions are like. Definitely, an added bonus there. Now, if you know anything about Barricade, then you're aware that pretty much all of their products offer a very budget-friendly and affordable price, especially when it comes to the side steps. This one is going to be a budget-friendly option. But because there are so few wheel-to-wheel options out there, the price does come in a little bit higher, around the $400 mark. Still, in my opinion, for what it's worth, a very budget-friendly piece with some durable materials. Shifting over to the install portion of the video, it is still going to get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. You want to have a ratchet and socket set on deck, as well as a helping hand. Because it's so long, you might have to have someone hold it up while you do the ratchet work. Now, speaking of that, I would say, from start to finish, maybe an hour, two at the absolute maximum, just to get this one installed on both sides. So pull the brackets out of the box. There will be several for each side. You do want to keep that in mind, and the hardware is included in the kit for you as well. The preexisting mounting holes already located on the interior wall of your rocker panel will be where the brackets will go, and it's just a matter of bolting those down, no drilling required. Once that's taken care of, have a helping hand get the bar settled onto the brackets, and bolt those down. Repeat that process for the opposite side, and you're good to go. Like I said, it's really not too hard of a job, and I would expect you to get it done in about an hour or so's worth of time. So that just about does it. To wrap things up here, if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F-150, you might want to check out the Barricade five inch, oval, bent-end, wheel-to-wheel side step bar in the polished stainless steel finish, which you can find right here at americantrucks.com.