Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Barricade HD Steel Running Board, fitting all 2009 to 2014 F-150s. In this video, I'll be going over the styling, appearance, and the functionality of the Barricade HD Steel Running Board, as well as its materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the install, which I'll also let you know upfront is a very simple install almost anybody can take care of with a helping friend, and of course, will get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.
The Barricade HD Steel Running Board you see with me today will be for any '09 to '14 F-150 owner looking to swap out their factory running boards or side steps for something a lot more aggressive, a lot more unique, and something that strays away from the very common side step styling.
Now, for those of you out there just looking for something to help you get in and out of your truck, especially if you've got a lifted setup, you have a bunch of different options when it comes to helping aids. You got side steps, nerf [SP] bars, and running boards, of course, like the one you see here, a lot of which will have different price tags, different stylings, so it really comes down to what you want it to look like and how much you're willing to spend.
As far as running boards go, they typically offer a sufficient amount of surface area, as you can see here, but will sit flush up against the rocker panels on your F-150. Nerf bars and side steps, on the other hand, typically leave a negative space and are gapped out from the body of the vehicle and offer similar stepping pads in a very small fashion, like you see here, under each one of the doors. Ultimately, like I said, it comes down to what you want it to look like, how much you wanna spend on it, and what kind of styling and aggression you're really going for.
Now, like I said, this particular set of running boards from Barricade will offer a sufficient surface area. You really get a heavy-duty material, as it is coming from their HD, or Heavy-Duty Series of lineups here, and it does offer a stronger material than the factory option that came on your truck if you've got one equipped with side steps already.
In addition to that, you do get the stepping pads, like I mentioned before. These are the most unique ones I've seen on this site, and honestly, it might be one of my favorite sets, considering they are just so much more unique and offer a really aggressive appearance. This has almost like a Louver styling, if you're familiar with Louver's, like that rigid kind of blind series you see here. They're kind of raised up here to give you a lot more grip, especially useful during the colder winter months if you're in, like, a snowy area. You get a lot of grip here with that, and of course, the appearance doesn't hurt at all.
As far as materials and construction goes, this one being a part of the HD, or Heavy-Duty Series of lineups from Barricade, will offer a heavy-duty steel material for durability and a long-lasting use. On top of that, you get the black powder-coated finish for good looks, but of course, more importantly, corrosion resistance. On top of that, you get the six-and-a-half-inch surface area, which is actually about a half an inch more than most options on the market. So with the aggressive option here with the Louver-style gripping and, of course, a six-and-a-half-inch surface area, there's gonna be a lot of bang for your buck here.
Now, speaking of bang for your buck, Barricade is really known for making extremely budget-friendly and affordable parts, some of the most budget-friendly side steps and running boards and nerf bars on the market for the F-150 scene. Now, this particular option will run you between $280 and $300. Of course, the variation in pricing will depend on your SuperCrew, SuperCab, or just regular cab. It depends on your fitment, of course. Now, in my personal opinion, this is going to be one of the more attractive options. Just the fact that they're budget-friendly makes it all the better.
Now, I am typically a fan of side steps that gap out from the body of the vehicle. Of course, they're trucks. You get that negative space in-between and separate gripping pads. But I'm actually a really big fan of this particular kit here just because it looks so much different than other options. Looking at a side profile view of the F-150, you almost hardly notice it wasn't a factory option, but once you get up close, you really notice the difference in design, which, in my personal opinion, is a really big plus.
Now, one thing I always like to point out when we're talking about side steps and nerf bars and running boards is that a lot of times they're advertised as protection for the sides of your F-150. Now, I always wanna point out and give you a full disclosure that these aren't really considered a complete off-road armor. Now, if you are taking your truck off-road, expect this to be able to handle small trail hazards, like small rocks, and if you're taking it on road and you're not really an off-roading type, it'll help you against door dings in the parking lot and just typical daily hazards.
Now, I would not expect this to be a full on armor. If you are running into a lot of bigger, more dangerous trail hazards, this might not hold up as much. But if you are looking for that, there are other options out there for you. Check up on the site for the bigger trail, off-roading hazard options that'll help you out for more protection. But this, of course, door dings in the parking lot, small trail hazards, small rocks and dirt and things of that nature, definitely protect you against that.
Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, like I said in the very beginning, a simple enough job for anybody to take care of with a simple ratchet and socket set, and you'll be able to take care of this in about an hour's worth of time at home, which is why it gets that one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.
The first thing you'll need to do is, of course, remove your factory side steps, if you have them installed. To do this, all you'll need is a simple ratchet and socket set and just remove the couple of bolts on each side of the vehicle. So you'll start by placing the clear washers on the already existing bolts on the interior wall of your rocker panel and then attaching the brackets provided in your kit, of course, up to that. From there, all the hardware is included in the kit to help you do the job.
Once each of the brackets are in place on each side of the vehicle, tighten those down to spec. Once you've got everything tightened down and you've repeated the process for the opposite side, you're good to go. Definitely an install almost anybody can take care of in the driveway at home, making this one a direct bolt-on installation. Overall, about an hour's worth of time and a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.
Wrapping things up here, guys, if you're the owner of a 2009 and 2014 F-150 and you're looking for a very unique way to hop in and out of your truck, especially if you've got a lifted setup, or if you're just looking to replace your factory side steps with a more unique and aggressive option, you might wanna check out the Barricade HD Steel Running Board, which is available right here at americanmuscle.com.