Review & Install Video
The Recon billet illuminating door sill plates in the brushed aluminum finish will be available for any '09 to '14 F-150 owner, looking to get a little bit more custom with the interior appearance of their truck. Not only does this help with the styling, but it also helps with the visibility hopping in and out of the truck at night. Now, this is offered in a brushed aluminum finish with your choice of red or blue F-150 illuminated logos in the middle. It does carry higher-quality materials, so that'll carry over a higher cost of about $300. The installation also requires just a small amount of drilling into your factory door sill plates and the splicing underneath to get the wiring done. Because of that, I'll be giving it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The factory door sill plates are obviously all fine and dandy. But if you're looking to upgrade and go a little bit further with customization, this is a great place to take a look. But if you're looking to stay in the F-150 family, this one actually has the F-150 logo embedded in the materials with a translucent cover that illuminates in your choice of red or blue. The Ford logos are also on both sides and covered on top of a brushed aluminum finish. It has pre-drilled holes in the sides here to mark the locations you'll need for the install, but we'll touch on that a little bit later on. Now, if you're not too interested in the brushed aluminum finish, there is a black anodized finish, both of which are manufactured from a lightweight billet aluminum. Now, because of that it is warp-free and, of course, will not crack or fade over time. So it's built to take a beating. Now, the lighting here will not crack either, as it's not really glass. It's still covered over by that brushed aluminum. Because of those high-quality materials and because it is so impact-resistant, this is definitely going to cost a little bit more than the average Joe door sill plate. Because of that, you should expect to be spending around $300, which to some guys out there might sound like a little too much. But it is definitely good for guys looking for the customization and want that high-quality material. Now, it's great for off-roaders, because if you're hopping out of your trucks a lot in your boots, carrying in the mud, you want something that is going to show off that customization, but also take the beating in the long-run. For this price, you definitely can't beat the quality materials. Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, as I mentioned in the very beginning, it does require minor drilling and some splicing to get the job done. Overall, it's really not too hard. But for the guys who aren't too comfortable with that job, I will give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now, the holes, as I mentioned, are already pre-drilled into this and have a stainless-steel material around it, to make sure it doesn't fray. Now, that does mark the drilling location, so that's pretty much straightforward. All you'll need is a screwdriver to pop off the factory door sill plate to get underneath to attack the wiring. Once you pop off the factory plate, you can see a couple of wires underneath. You'll get a solid black and a solid red. Now, with the Recon plate, you're getting a solid black and a black with a white stripe. Now, black to black makes sense, because that gives you your solid ground or negative connection. Now, the black with the white stripe will splice to the red wire to give you your positive. Once those are connected using the splicing connectors provided in the kit, you'll be good to go. Now, before you tighten everything up and bolt everything down, and do your drilling, you definitely want to test the connection. So throw your ignition switch on and open up the doors to see if the illumination works. If it does, you can put the factory door sill plate back on, put your Recon one into place overtop, and drill down into the pre-drilled locations on the plate. Once that's taken care of, you are good to go. Overall, I will give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, because it does require a few extra steps, but it's not too hard. You should definitely have it done in about an hour's worth of time from start to finish. Just to wrap this one up here, if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F-150, you might want to check out the Recon billet illuminating door sill plates available in your choice of the brushed aluminum or the anodized black finish with an F-150 logo. Now, this'll be available right here at americantrucks.com.