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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a quick look at, and of course, installing the Barricade T4 Side Steps in black available for your '19 and newer RAM 1500. We got it installed on our '19 crew cab here, but it is available for different cab lengths, which you can get for yourself on the site. You should be checking these out if you're looking for a minimalist or a more traditional style side step, one that looks like it could have come on the truck from the factory. Now, this guy here isn't going to be too expensive. It comes in right around 320 bucks. It comes in a very durable textured black powder-coated full steel construction. It also has ABS step pads that, while look separate from the step itself, are actually attached right out of the box. Now, these step pads are really important. They're very slip-resistant. They have a textured finish, and little notches cut out for added grip in all weather conditions. Now, like I said, this one is very minimalist. There's a ton of different styles of side steps, Nerf Bars, drop steps, power steps, so on and so forth in the category. The difference there being the side step, the traditional side step, leaves a body gap between the vehicle and the step itself without dropping down any lower for the pads. These are all one piece going straight across from wheel well, and in this case, to bed. Now, there are some that extend a little bit farther to the other wheel well to give you an additional step into your bed. If that's what you're looking for, not going to be the case here, there are other options to fit that description. Now, this guy comes down about 3 inches off the bottom of the rocker panel. So, it's got a relatively low step. If you're looking for something lower, drop steps might be for you as they typically come down around 5 to 6 inches.Now, I will say, these use a plastic cap over top of the steel brackets. Now, that's typically just for an aesthetic look. The steel brackets themselves are pretty thin, adding these black caps, which are optional, Add a little bit of thickness to them. And I think maybe look a little bit more aggressive there. Now, of course, they are included in the kit, you can opt to not use them if you're not into that look, but they do match the pads. Now, all in all, 320 bucks is the way to go. There are some less expensive options out there if you're looking for something that's maybe an aluminum construction instead of steel, but this guy is extremely durable. Now, the install gets, of course, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. There's no drilling. There's no cutting. Your RAM, at least these new bodied RAMs have preexisting studs already on the inside of your rocker panel, so you're really just hanging up the brackets and bolting them down with the hardware included. It's extremely simple. I'm gonna show you the whole process. It'll take you about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. What do you say we get started?All right. Tools used in this install include an impact gun and/or a ratchet, 13-millimeter deep socket, and a Phillips head screwdriver. All right. First step, grab one of the brackets. They are universal, so just grab any of them. And you're going to slide this guy onto these three studs. Now, you'll notice the top is offset to the left. They are different in each position, so the one toward the front of the vehicle is offset to the left, the one in the middle of the vehicle is in the center. So, that's why there's multiple slots. It'll slide right on just like that. And then what you're going to do is take a washer and one of the nuts, and you're just gonna tighten that down. Now, ours has been installed before. You can see the paint's pulled off of the threading here. Now, if you have never installed side steps on your truck, you might want to just run this through very easily with a socket and a ratchet before tightening it down too much, just to make sure you're peeling all that paint off so it doesn't gunk up and strip. Put one there, one here. All right. So, now what you can do is take your 13-millimeter socket and tighten them down. All right. We repeat that for the other two on the driver's side. All right. So, now we're moving onto the center toward the pinch weld here on the rocker panel, do the same thing except this guy up top is offset to the middle.Now, you might have enough room over here to get an impact gun in. The front end that we just did prior to this one, it's a little too tight so I use the ratchet. It's up to you. All right. We can move on to the rear. All right. Same thing, but toward the rear of the vehicle. All right. Next up, we're gonna put these plastic caps over top of these brackets. That way it hides some of that metal bracket and it'll, you know, look a little bit more uniform, a little cleaner. What you're gonna do is grab the bracket so that the top lip like this is up toward the vehicle, not toward the side step, up this way. All right. You're gonna slide this guy on and you wanna make sure that it's favoring the side of the bracket. You can see the bracket comes over this way toward the front, make sure that the cover there goes the same way. It can go on sort of like this, but obviously that's not gonna look right. So you wanna make sure you have it installed properly. From here also, what you want to do is grab the little Phillips head plastic screws. You're going to insert that in, grab your Phillips head and tighten them down. All right. Do the same thing up there at the top. Repeat that for each of the brackets. All right. So, at this point, you're just taking your side step and laying it into position, line up the bolt holes with the open brackets. Use the 13-millimeter bolts included in the kit and tighten them down. All right. Now, you don't want to tighten them down all the way just yet, we'll leave a little bit of room for adjustment until all the bolts are down. Do the same thing for all the brackets and then tighten them down. All right. Now we can tighten them down. All right. Repeat this process on the other side.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Barricade T4 Side Steps. You can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Does not fit RAM 1500 Classic Models, fits the New Body Models Only.