(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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What's up, guys. Travis from americantrucks.com, and today I'm lucky to be showing you guys the Duratrek 5-inch Oval Bent End Side Step Bars, fitting your 2019 or newer Ram 1500. Now, obviously, you should be checking out side steps if you wanna make getting out of that cab a little bit easier, especially if you got small passengers like children. And they actually feature a really nice black powder coat finish on them and they're gonna come in at around the $230 price point. Now, anything that's gonna cost less than these steps is generally gonna be smaller in diameter or they might be a little bit lower in quality in terms of what they're actually made out of. Even though these guys are super affordable, you're actually getting full stainless steel here. This is stainless steel underneath this finish. And the powder coat finish is actually a baked-on finish, it's not just a painted finish. That makes it tough as hell. Even if you do take your truck off-road or you get some debris or light strikes on this powder coat underneath that stainless steel is not gonna rust or corrode. So, you don't have to worry about these things falling off anytime soon.And on that note, I really like the way Duratrek went about actually fitting these steps to the truck. The 2019 Ram comes with studs actually built into the rocker panels. They kept things really simple. They designed all the brackets to fit directly on those studs. They're self-aligning, so there's no guesswork. It's purely a bolt-on job. If you've never turned any wrenches before or you just want a really easy install, then these are gonna be the ticket as well. I'm actually gonna give the install a very soften one out of three wrenches on the old difficulty meter and I wager it'll probably take you about one to two hours. That's even if you're doing this in the driveway with basic hand tools and don't have a lift of any kind. So, again, if you're looking for the widest and the most affordable side step bars for your 2019 Crew Cab Ram 1500, then Duratrek's got you covered. And if you decide to go for these steps over any of the other options, you can come back in a little bit, I'll show you exactly what sockets and tools you need and then I'm gonna walk you through the entire install step-by-step, no pun intended.All right, guys, before we get started, all you'll need is a standard drive ratchet with a 13-millimeter deep socket and I would strongly recommend having something like a thread chaser, a die or some paint stripper and a wire brush. You have to remove some factory paint from the studs in the rocker panel. Then other optional but helpful tools include an impact swivel socket and an impact gun.All right, guys, once you have your socket and ratchet, go ahead and crawl under the truck. We're gonna be installing our brackets on these studs that are already inserted in our rocker panel. Now, as you can see, they have a ton of paint on here, unfortunately, and that might cause problems with installing your bracket. You don't want that stuff to get cross-threaded. So, simple little fix here. You can grab a thread chaser or a die, or if you're in a pinch, use some paint stripper and a wire brush. We're just gonna work all this paint off of our studs here. That way it's gonna make for an easy install. Now, when you go to clean up these threads, if you are using a die or a chaser, you wanna do this by hand. You don't wanna use power tools because you could end up breaking one of the studs. Just take your time with this. Work it a little bit, and then back it back off to get some of that paint out of there.All right. You can see that our studs are a lot more clean, that'll be easy for our install. So, make sure you do the same thing for the rest of your studs. All right, guys, once you have all of your studs cleaned up, go ahead and grab your first bracket. You're also gonna need to grab three of those nylon locking nuts and three of those flat washers in the kit. Go ahead and secure the bracket on the studs. They line up with the holes, so there's no guesswork. Then throw your flat washers in place followed by the nuts. Now, when you go to tighten this stuff down, you can use a hand ratchet, but if you wanna use a power tool like me, if your impact gun is a little bit too big, it's gonna be helpful to have an impact swivel socket. There's a little bit of a tight space under here. All right, guys, you're gonna go ahead and install all the rest of your brackets in the same fashion. Again, just line them up on the studs. Grab your flat washers, throw your nuts in place. Once we button up our driver side, we'll do the same thing to the passenger side and then I'll meet you guys outside the truck and I'll show you how to get the steps on there.All right, guys, now we have all of our brackets in place, the hard part is done. All we have to do is throw our step up there and tighten it down. So, go ahead and line up all the pre-threaded holes in the step itself with the holes in the bracket. And you're gonna be grabbing these bolts provided in the kit. They already have all the washers pre-installed, go ahead and drive those bolts in there and tighten them down using your same 13-mil socket.All right, guys, so once you got the step bolted down, just take a step back, double-check you're happy with where it's actually sitting and that'll wrap up this install. And that also wraps up my review of the Duratrek 5-inch Oval Bent End Side Step Bars featuring that really nice black powder coat finish fitting your 2019 or newer Crew Cab Ram 1500. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Does not fit RAM 1500 Classic Models, fits the New Body Models Only.