Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a quick overview and installation of the Barricade Six-Inch Oval Straight Side Step in the gloss black finish, available for all '09 to '14 F-150s. So, in this video, I'll be going over the styling and appearance you can expect when adding this particular side step to your own truck. I'll also touch on the materials, construction, and the functionality and then top it off with the installation, which I'll let you know up front here is gonna get a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The Barricade Six-Inch Oval Straight Side Step in the gloss black finish you see here today will be for any '09 to '14 F-150 owner who might be looking for some help getting in and out of their truck if their truck did not come with steps from the factory. They'll also be for those truck owners looking to step away from the stock bringing an option for a bolder, much wider six-inch one that isn't straying too far from the factory design. These are a more basic aftermarket option that runs the length of your cab with a bigger diameter, so the price definitely reflects that coming in right around the $200 mark. If you're looking for something smaller or more unique, there are other options available ranging from a direct OEM replacement to an electronic step that comes out with a motion sensor, which obviously depends on how much you're looking to spend. Now, again, as far as functionality goes, if your truck did not come with any side steps from the factory, this is a great upgrade for the guys looking to go a lot bolder and get a unique styling for the sides of their truck. However, if your truck did come with sidesteps from the factory, this really isn't straying too far from that OEM design, so in all essence for the functionality, does the same job, the only difference is you get a bigger stepping pad and stepping surface to help you get in and out, especially useful for the guys out there with lifted trucks.As far as materials and construction goes, it's extremely straightforward here. With a six-inch in diameter stainless steel tubing throughout, it gives it the oval shape and runs the entire length of your cab from wheel well to wheel well, giving you a stepping pad for each of your doors. Now, speaking of the stepping pads, they are a slip-resistant pad with a tire tread-like pattern, perfect for all types of weather. No matter where you're located, snow, rain, sleet, hail, or the sunny days, it'll help you get in and out safely. Definitely a big plus when it comes to the six-inch options, because they are so much bigger. Now, as you can see with this one, it has a gloss black powder coated finish. It really blends in with the lines of the truck, and, of course, the stepping pads are in a matte black textured finish. Now, for the guys out there looking to get something more polished, more noticeable, kind of stand-outish, there is a polish stainless steel option as opposed to the black, so there's something to fit everyone's preference. So, I do wanna point out that these are sometimes described as a protective part for the sides of your F-150. Now, although that may be the case for door dings and small rock chips from the parking lot, they, however, are not going to be full-on protective armor for the sides of your truck if you're going off-roading. Now, guys doing some extreme off-roading might be looking for something to protect against trail brush, big rocks, and things like that, in which case there are other options out there for that, but this unfortunately is not gonna be the case. To further elaborate on the bang for your buck I touched on a second ago, this product from Barricade is priced very affordably, definitely a budget from the item for the exterior appearance of your truck. You can pick this one up in black for just about $200. Now, keep in mind the price may shift a bit depending on your trim. The SuperCrew options will be a little bit different than the regular cabs, but the price won't stray too far from that number.Shifting gears over to the installation portion of the video, like I said in the beginning, this is gonna be a very simple job for almost anybody to take care of with about an hour or two's worth of time in the driveway at home. Because of that, it will get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now, all the hardware you need to get the job done is included in the kit, including the brackets that you'll be mounting to the preexisting holes located on the interior wall of your rocker panel. Once you have those brackets mounted up to your rocker panel, you can go ahead and pick up the side steps, mount them on top of the brackets, and bolt those down as well. Repeat that exact same process for the opposite side, and you're good to go. Again, overall an hour or two at the absolute most and a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of a 2009 and 2014 F-150, you might be looking for a convenient and affordable way to hop in and out of your truck if your truck did not come with steps from the factory. If they did, however, you might be looking to beef up the side profile and the look of it. Now, if that's the case, the Barricade Six-Inch Straight Oval Side Steps in the gloss black finish might be for you, and you can find them right here at americanmuscle.com.