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So today we're talking about Innovative Creations Magnum RT Full Length Side Step Bars, in this black textured finish, fitting your '09 to '18 RAM 1500. And these are the steps that you should be checking out if simply put, you want some of the lowest hanging steps to make getting in and out of that cab as easy as possible. Now, after we threw these steps on, I actually did some measurements. I measured from the top of the step itself to the bottom of the footwell area where you'd normally get in the truck if you did not have steps, and we have about 13 inches of drop. So these are pretty significant. If you have a lifted truck, these are going to be the ticket for you.They also look pretty good. They got really heavy-duty 10 gauge cold-rolled steel, all welded as one piece, so they're definitely going to provide some protection for the rocker panel and pinch seam area. They'll help out with keeping that paint looking good. Now, normally if you wanted side steps that hang this low, you would have to deal with some clearance issues, obviously. If we had this entire bar coming down all the way, you really wouldn't be able to take your truck off-road. You might even have some problems with some big speed bumps. But that's not the case here. The reason why they did this is they wanted this rocker panel guard to stay up nice and tight, and then they only have the steps dropping down where you need them.So it's a little bit of a compromise. Obviously you're not going to be able to do any rock crawling with this stuff, but it's nice because as much of a drop step as you get, you can still take your truck off-road. You can still go through some fire trails and tackle some light obstacles. And again, because these are so well made, even if they do take some light strikes or things like that, you won't have to worry about them bending or cracking or anything like that. They're probably one of the most well-built steps that I've installed thus far.And again, on top of that 10 gauge steel, we have a black powder coat finish. It's not just the painted-on finish. Powder coat's actually a cured and baked-on finish, it's tough as hell, and even if you do manage to take some of that paint off again, you've got really high-quality stainless steel underneath, so you don't have to worry about rust or corrosion anytime soon. If you get these really dirty, Magnum took the time to actually make the steps themselves removable, and they are perforated with a little bit of a diamond plate on there, so that'll help with getting some grip when it's wet outside or if you have any mud on your work boots.Now, as far as price is concerned, yes, these are a little bit more expensive than other steps, but at around $400 you're definitely getting what you pay for. Ten gauge steel is the thickest steel that we currently offer on any of those side steps, and Magnum is definitely one of the big names in the industry when it comes to fabricating any sort of armor or drop steps for any other vehicles. You see these oftentimes on some trophy trucks and a lot of heavily modified off-road vehicles. So even though you daily drive your truck, you're getting some really top-grade stuff here, so price is definitely not a factor in my mind.And the last thing to consider is the install. These install very easily. Even though they're so heavy-duty, they're still a bolt-on job. You don't have to make any custom modifications. We're going to be reusing all of the pre-drilled holes in the pinch seam and rocker panel area. So for that reason, I'm going to give the install a pretty modest one out of free wrenches on my difficulty meter. I imagine it will probably take you about an hour or two to get these bolted on in the driveway.All right guys, before we get started, you're going to need a standard drive ratchet, as well as a 10-millimeter deep socket and wrench, and a 13-millimeter deep socket and wrench. Now, optional but helpful tools include an impact gun and a magnet, in the unfortunate event that any of your brackets fall inside the rocker panel.Okay, so we did put our truck up on the lift just so we can give you guys a better picture. That way we can show you what we're actually doing underneath here, but basically you're gonna be using some of these brackets, as well as some of these bolts and crush washers and flat washers, in order to secure the actual mounting brackets for the side steps to the truck itself. There's all kinds of holes drilled underneath here in the rocker panel and the pinch seam. So let's go ahead and crawl underneath and I'll show you guys where all this stuff is supposed to go.Okay, so we're starting at the back of our cab today. And depending on which model year truck you own, that's gonna dictate what kind of hardware you're using. So if your truck has both of these holes pre-drilled and threaded, then you're gonna be using one of these single bolt plates, and you're gonna secure it right here. Then what you're gonna do in order to secure your actual mounting bracket is we'll grab one of these studs with these flat washers and crush washers, and you'll tighten them that way. But because of those holes of ours are not pre-drilled and threaded, we're gonna be using one of these triple bolt plates. So we're going to fish that in there and in order to retain that, we're going to use that little plastic square provided in the kit.Now we could throw on the primary bracket for the side step, and we're also going to throw our supporting bracket in place for the pinch seam itself. Now again, this stuff can kind of move around on you, so you want to keep some pressure on that top stud until you can get some hardware on there. Just go ahead and hold this very carefully, and then you're going to be using your crush washer as well as a flat washer and a nut in order to tighten all this stuff down. All right, once you got that hardware on that top stud you can play around a little bit, line up everything, and then you're going to be grabbing these bolts in the kit with a crush washer and a flat washer on each one, and you're going to secure it to those bottom nuts that are drilled onto our bolt plate inside.Okay, before we tighten all this stuff down, we want to get that final bolt through the pinch seam itself, so go ahead and line up the holes on that bottom bracket. Now, to tighten this stuff down, you'll need a 10-millimeter deep socket as well as a 10-millimeter wrench. All right, once you got that pinch seam tightened down, tightening down the rest of this hardware, you will need a 13-millimeter deep socket.Okay, the next two brackets are the same step. You're going to grab one of those bolt plates, get it inside of the rocker panel, and make sure you secure it using one of these plastic retainers. And again, once you got that up there, go ahead and throw the bracket in place, secure that hardware on that top stud. And again, we're only hand tightening this stuff until we get those secondary brackets for our pinch seam in place. Okay, so that secondary bracket is going to slide into the primary bracket like so, and you're going to line up the oval holes on the back end of the support bracket and secure it to the primary bracket using these small bolts in the kit.Again, you'll need a flat washer on the outside, as well as a flat washer and crush washer on the inside. And then you'll need one of these smaller 10-millimeter nuts to tighten all this stuff down. And again, you'll need a 10-millimeter wrench and 10-millimeter socket to tighten this hardware. And again, you don't want to tighten any of this hardware with any of your power tools or wrenches, because you want to get the hardware into the pinch seam at first. Okay, now that all of our hardware is secured, we can tighten it down.Okay, so all of our brackets are in place. Now we can finally throw our steps up there. These are pretty heavy, so you definitely want to have a friend with you, and if you're doing this without anybody else, it's helpful to have some floor jacks to help keep this thing supported when you bolt it down. In order to bolt it down, you're going to be grabbing these remaining large bolts provided in the kit. You're going to need two flat washers, a crush washer, and the appropriate size nuts. You'll also need a 13-millimeter wrench and a 13-millimeter socket. What you're going to do, you're going to grab these and you're actually going to feed them through the brackets on the inside so the head of the bolt is inside the step. You're going to put your wrench on that end. Go ahead and feed the stud through all the brackets, tighten them all down, and we should be good to go.All right, so once you got those brackets all tightened down to the steps themselves, go ahead and double check the fitment, make sure you don't have any clearance issues up in here. Make sure they're nice and flush, make any final adjustments, and you should be good to go.So that wraps up my review and install of Innovative Creations Magnum RT Full Length Side Step Bars, in the textured black finish, fitting your '09 to '18 RAM 1500. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching, and for all things RAM, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Advanced Style and Serious Protection. One small step from ICI, one giant leap for your RAM's convenience and protection. Actually, these ICI Magnum RT Cab Length Side Step Bars aren't that small, though they are no larger than what's necessary to provide a firm and secure side step for convenient entry/exit. ICI designed these steps based on the serious strength from an angular box rail. That means these steps aren't going to bend either up or down under load and they provide strong protection for the underside of your truck's cab. The interesting design combined with the smooth black powdercoat finish and non-slip diamond-pattern steps make them look great, and the set includes both driver and passenger side steps. The compact and close-fitting design keeps them up and out of the way during your off-road explorations. This is a new way of doing side-steps, and they're going to help you get the most out of your RAM.
Stout Construction. ICI engineered an angular closed-box design for the step rail. That means these side steps use the same strong architecture as your truck's frame rails. The cold-rolled 10ga steel construction means they're strong enough to take abuse while providing an easy way in and out of your RAM. The black powdercoat finish is thick and protective. They're designed to protect your lower rockers and the structure of the cab itself. ICI knows your RAM was built to get used, and these steps are built to keep up with the rest of your truck.
Easy Bolt-On Install. These ICI Magnum steps are true bolt-ons. They require no drilling, welding, or cutting. Gather your hand tools (and maybe the help of a buddy) and get to work. Give it about an hour for a full installation. All necessary hardware is included.
Limited Lifetime Warranty. ICI stands behind these steps with a full limited lifetime warranty. They're in it for the long haul. Consult the ICI website for warranty details.
Application. These ICI Magnum RT Cab Length Side Step Bars in basic black will fit your 2009 through 2018 Dodge RAM Crew Cab or Quad Cab.
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