(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
So if you own a 09 to 18 Ram and you're looking for one of the most affordable five-inch wide step bars with a black powder coat finish, you should be checking out the off-road extreme side step bars from Black Horse. This is gonna be one of the most affordable five-inch bars currently available. And one of the reasons why I really like this bar in particular is the fact that it installs using a double bracket system. You actually have a main support bracket that attaches to the rocker panel and you have a second support bracket that attaches to the pinch seam. That makes for a really rock solid connection on the truck. It'll definitely have a higher weight rating than other bars and it'll definitely stand up to any abuse you might put your truck through, especially if you're going off-road. Besides that, I really like this system because even though it is a double bracket system, it installs very easily. You can install this in the driveway with basic hand tools in about an hour or two I would say. You don't actually have to cut or drill to get these installed. So if you like the way these things look and you like how sturdy they are, which I'm a huge fan, go ahead and stick around. I'm gonna show you the install step by step. It's an easy one out of three wrenches on my patented to difficulty meter. So without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. To install your new side steps, you will need the following tools, a drive ratchet, a 10-millimeter wrench, a 13-millimeter wrench, a 10-millimeter deep socket, and a 13-millimeter deep socket. Optional but helpful tools include a swivel and a cordless impact. So the first step of our install is getting these bolt & nut plates inside the rocker panel. To do that, you're gonna grab one of those plates. You're also gonna grab another one of the hex bolts and thread it into the nut side of the plate. We're gonna use that as leverage as you place this inside the oval hole inside the rocker panel. Once you got the stud in place popping out of the smaller hole inside the rocker panel, we're going to place one of these plastic retainers on it. It's gonna keep it in place so it doesn't fall inside. Once you've done that, you're gonna unfriend this bolt and we're gonna continue on down the line. All right. Now that those bolt & nut plates are in place, we can start installing our mounting brackets. They are marked appropriately, driver's side rear in this case as well as driver's side center and driver's side front, same thing for the passenger side. To get the bracket on the bolt and nut plate, you're gonna need to grab one of the hex head bolts with a crush washer and a flat washer. You're also gonna need to grab one of the nylon locking nuts with again a crush washer and flat washer. To tighten all this stuff down, you will need a 13-millimeter socket. All right. Now that that bracket is in place, we're gonna install our support bracket. To install the support bracket, you're gonna grab another one of those larger hex bolts 13-millimeter head. You're also gonna grab two of these smaller hex bolts in the kit. Those are 10-millimeter head. So you're gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket and a 13-millimeter socket with the appropriate flat washers, crush washers, and nylon nuts to get this in place. All right. Now with the support bracket in place, you can tighten everything down. I recommend tightening the primary bracket first and then tightening the support bracket. Now that our rearmost brackets are in place and tightened down, they are ready for our step. Before we install the step, obviously, we have to do all the other brackets. So it's gonna be the same exact process for the middle and the front. Be sure to grab the correctly labeled brackets for each side when you're installing these. All right. Now that our mounting brackets are in place and tightened down, we can install our new steps. To do that, you're gonna grab six of the hex bolts provided in the kit, the black ones that is. You need a 13-millimeter socket that we used earlier to tighten those down. So as you can see, even though these steps use a double bracket system, they do install very easily. Like I mentioned, it makes for a really rock solid connection. Other than that, that also wraps up my review of Black Horse's five-inch extreme off-road side step bars fitting your 09 to 18. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Convenient Step Bars with Saddle Pads. Climbing in and out of your 2009-2018 Ram 1500’s cab becomes a breeze with these 5-inch Extreme Side Step Bars installed, and you gain better access to the roof, too, in case you have lights, cargo racks, etc. fitted there. An interesting, subtle double curve at the end and a smooth oval cross-section gives these bars a distinctive look that helps dress up your truck’s cab. A pair of non-slip step pads is installed on each side, giving you high traction for all kinds of conditions, from dry, pleasant sunny weather to slippery mud, snow, or rain. The step surface is 5” wide, and the pads are mounted in a saddle configuration for easy access.
Constructed for Heavy Use. These 5-inch Extreme Side Step Bars are built from high-grade tubular steel with thick, heavy-duty walls. They mount solidly to side of the cab for a flex-free setup. The step pads are made from tough polymer that is resistance to UV (ultraviolet) damage, impacts, wear and tear, and temperature changes, so that it won’t crack or fail over long periods of use. Black powder-coat provides a handsome rust-resistant finish.
Straightforward Fitment. Attachment of these 5-inch Extreme Side Step Bars to your Ram 1500 is a simple bolt-on procedure, using hand tools only (drill-free). This pair of bars comes complete with installation hardware and instructions.
3-Year Limited Warranty. A 3-year limited warranty from the manufacturer protects these 5-inch Extreme Side Step Bars. This warranty covers defective workmanship and/or materials, but not misuse, neglect, or damage from modifications.
Application. This pair of matte-black 5-Inch Extreme Side Step Bars are specifically made to fit 2009-2018 Dodge RAM 1500 models with the quad cab or crew cab.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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