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Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at, and, of course, installing the Rough Country Cab Length DS2 Drop Side Steps in black, available for all 2007 to 2018 crew cab Silverado 1500s. As you can see, we've got this installed on 2016 crew cab LT here, and they have a super aggressive look. If you're looking to get an easier way to get in and out of your truck, side steps are a great way to go. Now, there are a ton of different designs in the category. This one is a mixture between a side step and a drop step, a drop side step. Side steps are usually a little bit more traditional, have a little bit of a gap between the top of them and the body of the vehicle, and they go from the front wheel well toward the back or the start of your bed.Now, drop steps, on the other hand, are typically just a solo step that comes down a little bit lower than some of the other options in the category. This one uses both designs. You can see it's a one-piece black powder-coated piece of steel that has the bar going across with the step that comes down a little bit lower, and there's no gap in between that to make sure it's a secure mounting point for your foot when you're getting in. This particular one uses a textured or raised holes to give you that added grip all year round. And the nice thing about that is if you're located in a wintery weather area like we are here on the East Coast, you might see a lot of snow, rain, or ice in the wintery months. This can come in handy.Something that's also a little more unique to this particular Rough Country drop side step is that it does have some adjustability. Now, when I say adjustability, I mean the brackets on the back that mount to the vehicle itself are slotted, so you can slide them forward or backward. If you want to position the step directly under the door, you can do that. If you want to put it a little bit more forward, you can as well. So, depending on how you traditionally get in your truck, you can customize it a little bit in terms of the position of the step under the door. This also has a 6-inch lift installed on our '16 Silverado, which is a pretty big one. So if you're short like me, having side steps can really go a long way to make it easier to get in and out of your truck.Now, if you're not interested in the black finish we have here, there are other finishes in the category as well. There's also traditional side steps, Nerf bars, drop steps, powered steps if you're looking for something a little bit more modern and technology-driven. There's a side step out there for everyone. I think this one's pretty angular, very rugged, and it's extremely durable. Now, this one comes in right around 350 bucks, making it a little bit closer to the affordable end of the spectrum. You can get side steps for as low as about 150 bucks and as high as over $1,000, so huge pricing spectrum. This is still a little bit more affordable.Install gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It is a lot easier with a helping hand, but I'll show you how to tackle it by yourself. Hardware is included. No drilling required. It's an extremely simple job. You'll get it done in about an hour's worth of time from start to finish. I'll show you every step of the process. Let's get to it.Tools used in this install include an impact gun and/or a ratchet and a 13-millimeter deep socket. All right. We're going to start here on our driver's side. We're going to install the brackets right onto the rocker panel and pinch weld. Now, you want to locate these open holes on your pinch weld and the pre-threaded holes drilled into the rocker panel. For the pinch weld, take one of these U-nut clips, slide that guy right into position. Grab your bracket along with your 13-millimeter bolt included in the kit, a split washer, and a flat washer. You're gonna tighten this down through the bracket to the rocker panel. I'm gonna go all the way down as far as I can by hand. Grab another bolt and do the same thing for the pinch weld. Now, when you do this, the top one is slotted, so it can kind of move up and down. You want to bring it up, so it's flush up against the pinch weld. Perfect.Now, grab your ratchet and 13-millimeter deep socket and tighten them down. We're going to do this two more times. All right. So, move over toward the rear of the truck and you to go to the center. There's another pinch weld there and another threaded hole up top. Take the same kind of bracket and do the same thing again. All right. Now, closest to our bed, we're gonna do the same thing with a slight variation, U-nut clip on the pinch weld as usual. The top, though, is not a threaded hole. It's got a larger hole and a smaller one. Take another one of those U-nut clips. You're going to insert it through the bigger hole so that the threading on it is now in the little hole, and put a bolt through the U-nut at the top. The same thing on the bottom.All right. Next step is to take our double-bolt plates. One of them is gonna have a bolt welded to it. The other one there is an open threaded hole. Basically, what you're gonna do is insert that into the back of your side step. It's gonna slot in just like that. Now, when we insert that stud into the bracket on the vehicle, this will go through the hole, and then we'll take this bolt and thread it onto the front, but you want to make sure it's going through the bracket already installed in your rocker panel. Do this for the other two.All right. So, now we can lift this up and set it onto the brackets, and while you're doing that, you want to put the bolt through the other side. Once you have one bolt through, take the nylon lock nut and thread that on the top with the bolt on the bottom. All right. Repeat that for the other two. All right. So, at this point, you can level out the side steps and tighten these down. Grab your 13 deep socket and tighten them down. All right. Repeat on the other side, and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Rough Country DS2 Cab Length Drop Side Step available in black for your 2007 to '18 Silverado. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Style and Functionality. Make your Silverado 1500 look more stylish with these Rough Country Cab Length DS2 Drop Side Step Bars. These side steps feature an aggressive drop-step design, allowing you to have easier access in and out of your truck. Furthermore, these side step bars act as side barriers against damaging trail hazards.
Sturdy Construction. Each Rough Country Cab Length Side Step Bar is made of 1-piece solid steel for enhanced durability. They also come with a stunning, black powder-coat finish that makes your truck look sleek and at the same time, protects the material against rust and abrasions.
Bolt-On Installation. Even if you have little mechanical knowledge, you can easily install these side steps with their bolt-on design. No drilling is required. However, the installation can take 30 minutes to an hour.
Lifetime Replacement Warranty. This product is covered by a lifetime replacement warranty. All products are warrantied to be free from manufacturer defects for the life of the vehicle.
Application. The Rough Country Cab Length DS2 Drop Side Steps are engineered to fit 2007-2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab models.
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Not Compatible with the 2007 Silverado 1500 Classic Model.