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Simple installation for anyone.
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If you own a 2015 to 2018 SuperCab or SuperCrew F150 and you're looking for basically the most rugged and in my opinion some of the most badass side steps for this truck, then you should be checking out the Barricade HD Rocker Steps with this nice textured black finish. Now I say that because out of all the options available on the product page these are definitely gonna be the most well built or close to it at least. They're actually made out of a one-piece welded all-steel construction. The side steps themselves, the plates here are made out of 8-inch thick steel and the brackets underneath are actually made out of a quarter-inch thick steel plate and then you got these really nice wide tubes here, so it's safe to say these things are very well built structurally. Now obviously the price is a little bit higher compared to some of the other options on the page but these are actually still a lot less expensive than some of the top-tier brands, and some of those top-tier brands have a similar build quality to these ones so you're actually saving a little bit of money for going with something that's just really well built but might not have some of those crazy features like powered boards or accent lights or things like that. These also installed very easily and that generally thanks to the F150's bolt-on design here. You already got the studs underneath inside which I'll show you guys in a minute here, but basically it's a simple bolt-on job with a couple of sockets and a ratchet. Or obviously you can use some power tools to make it even easier if you want to. I would say you could probably get this done in about 15 to 30 minutes, and that's honestly if you're taking your time. To install your new side steps you'll need the following tools: a standard drive ratchet and a 13-millimeter deep socket. Optional but helpful tools include an airgun and a swivel socket. All right. So if your truck came with factory running boards or side steps, obviously you have to remove those first, right? It's pretty straightforward, all you gotta do is tackle the nuts that are on the factory studs. In order to do that you're gonna need a 13-millimeter deep socket and if you're using some air tools like me, it's helpful to have that swivel handy. So when I go to remove all of these nuts on the factory board I'm actually gonna leave this top corner one here in place on either end, instead I'm gonna remove these bottom ones and the center ones. That way since I'm doing this by myself I can come back to this corner nut at the very end, I can let each one down by itself and I can let each corner of the factory board come down gently without the whole thing crashing down. All right. So as you saw, removing the factory running boards, pretty straightforward, right? If you are on the fence about upgrading to a new step like the Barricade ones, well it's pretty easy to see what an upgrade they are now that we got them next to each other. Couple cool figures to throw out at you guys. The step plates themselves are actually eighth of an inch thick whereas the mounting brackets themselves come in at about a quarter of an inch thick, so it's safe to say that these things are pretty beefy. The tubes themselves are about two and three quarter inches in diameter and I'm actually happy to say even though these look a lot sleeker than the factory boards they are actually just about as wide. These guys are just shy of 7 inches if you include this little lip right here. These steps come in in about six and a quarter, maybe six and a half inches, but what's nice about that is you don't have this little lip right here so technically in my mind, you actually get a little bit more of a stepping area with these Barricades steps. Obviously, besides functionality, these things are a hell of a lot more rugged, right? These are made out of plastic. They're nice, they're strong but they're not gonna stand up to some really hard hits. If you want take your truck off-road I wouldn't go as far to say that these are gonna act as armor per se, but they will definitely be able to take some real abuse and that's also thanks to the black powder coat finish on these guys. That's actually a baked on finish, it's not just paint so this is not gonna chip unless you really throw some stuff at it, right? So overall a pretty big improvement over the factory steps in terms of looks, function and overall ruggedness. Now that you see the comparisons here, let's go ahead throw these new ones on. All right. So before we throw our new running steps on we have to do a little important step, no pun intended. We have to throw these little plastic covers over the studs. Now that might seem optional but honestly, you really need to do that. What will happen if you don't is kinda bad. If you throw the running boards on without these plastic pieces on there eventually the aluminum body will start to corrode at an accelerated rate. Obviously, you don't want that. So go ahead and take the time to throw these on before you install the running boards. Once you got those plastic covers in place, you can throw your running board in place. This guy is pretty heavy so just take your time with this, might be helpful to have a friend with you, or if you're doing this and the driveway on the ground you can even use a floor jack. At any rate, once you get this thing lined up on all the studs go ahead and grab the hardware in the kit. You're gonna need nine of the flat washers in the nuts and the kit, you're gonna need that same 13-millimeter deep socket in order to get these installed and tightened down. All right. So once you've got those nuts and washers bolted on that's pretty much it. That will wrap up the install. Go ahead and check for your tightness here, make sure nothing is loose and crank those down further if you need to. That also wraps up my review of the Barricade HD Rocker Steps with the textured black finish fitting your '15 to '18 SuperCab and Crew F150. I'm Travis, thanks for watching, and for all things F150 keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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