Review & Install Video
What's up, guys? Travis from americantrucks.com. And today we're checking out Westin's very cool HDX Drop Step Nerf Bars in the really cool textured black finish. Now, if you own a 2007 to 2018 Silverado or Sierra with a crew cab and you wanna make getting in and out of that cab as easy as possible, especially if you've got a big lift on your truck like ours, then these are gonna be the steps for you. Now, there are a couple of other drop step options available but Westin says that this step provides two inches of extra stepping area compared to some of those other comparable options. And as far as actual drop step height, I actually measured from the foot pad in the cab down to the top of the step here and you're getting a whopping 10 inches of extra legroom. So, again, if you got a big lift on your truck like ours, we're rocking about a four and a half-inch lift here, it's just gonna make getting in and out a lot easier, especially if you've got kids or small passengers. Now, these do come in at around the $400 price point but honestly, you're definitely getting what you pay for. There are other drop step options that are available but they're gonna be less expensive than this because they're simply not as well-built. There aren't many side steps available that I would qualify as protection or basic armor but these guys really do the job. They're made out of really heavy gauge steel, stainless steel, by the way, and they're all welded as one piece. And what I like about these steps, in particular, is that you still get a little bit of a compromise on ground clearance. Normally, when you have full cab length steps like these, the entire step comes out pretty far and you kinda kill your ground clearance, especially up here behind the rear tire as you're rolling over debris or going off-road things like that, you create a pinch point here and any debris or stuff that's behind that tire is gonna come up, it's gonna crush your step now. That's not the case here. The actual step bar itself tucked up nice and high. And again, we got welded ends on here, they're really heavy-duty. This step can definitely take some light strikes, stand up to some debris. And what's nice about these steps as well, they have a powder coat finish on them. That's not just a painted finish, powder coat is actually baked on, it's tough as hell, it's really scratch-resistant and again, even if you do manage to make it through the powder coat, you got stainless underneath so no worrying about rust or corrosion. A couple of other cool things to point out here. They do have some really nice punch plates on these dropped steps. Other options don't have that, they're just one piece but these are nice because let's face it, you got mud on your work boots, you put these steps through a lot of abuse, you can take these off, you can replace them, clean them up, do whatever you want with them, throw them back on. They're just a couple of button head bolts. So as long as you got an Allen key you should be good to go.And as far as the install goes, these are very simple. They're a bolt-on job, there's no cutting, there's no drilling required. We're reusing all the holes, pre-threaded holes and all the regular holes in the pinch seam in order to bolt these guys on and they do provide all the hardware that's needed in the kit. So, for that reason, I'm gonna give the install a pretty soft one out of three wrenches on my old difficulty meter and I wager it'll probably take you guys about two to three hours to get these bolted on from both sides. And that's something you can do in the driveway with basic hand tools. So, again, if you want one of the lowest hanging drop steps currently available, you got a big lift on your truck and you want some of the coolest and some of the most well-built ones, then the HDX steps are gonna be for you. And if you guys decide to pull the trigger on these steps, come back in just a little bit when they show up at your front door, I'm gonna show you exactly what tools you need to get the job done and I'm gonna walk you through that entire install step by step.All right, guys, before we install our side steps, we need a standard drive ratchet with a 13-millimeter socket. And it's helpful to have either a trim panel removal tool or a flathead screwdriver for those rubber caps under there. And optional but helpful tools include an impact gun with an impact swivel socket.All right, guys, once you got those tools out, you're gonna grab your flathead screwdriver and you're gonna meet me under the truck here. We're working with the rocker panel and the pinch seam. Now, we're starting off on the driver's side at the rear of the cab here, you can see a little body mount in the corner here. What you need to do is pop this little rubber plug out here so you can get your speed clip in place. Now, once you got that rubber plug out of there, go ahead and grab the speed clip. Make sure the threaded end is facing on the inside of the rocker panel, slide it through that large hole and line up the threads in the smaller hole. And once you got that first speed clip in there, you're gonna put another speed clip on the pinch seam right here. Once you've done that, you're gonna grab bracket number four in the kit, item number four, and you're also gonna grab two of those hex head bolts. Now, you're gonna go ahead and you're gonna grab these bolts and you're gonna thread them through the bracket and into the speed clips we just installed. Now, we're just hand tightening these right now because we do want a little bit of play in the bracket. It's gonna help us line up our steps when we install them on the brackets themselves. All right. Once you got these bolts tightened down and this thing is hand tightened, we're gonna move on to our next brackets in the middle and front of the rocker panel on the driver's side.All right. So, our middle bracket is gonna go right in front of this body mount right here and in the case of our crew cab, this is a 2016 truck, one of the holes is actually pre-threaded so we only need one speed clip. We're gonna be putting that on the pinch seam here. Now, this speed clip is actually gonna be facing upward, you're gonna be throwing the bolt through the bracket on the bottom instead of the top. And again, we're just hand tightening this hardware. All right. Now, we're up at the front here. The front bracket is the same as the middle bracket, you got one pre-threaded hole and one hole on the pinch team. Now, the hole in the pinch seam is like the rear facing bracket. You want the threaded end coming down out of the bottom because the bolt is gonna be going through the top. All right. So, all of our brackets are in place, now we can throw the step up there. It is a little bit heavy so just take your time, you obviously don't wanna scratch your paint or anything like that. What you're gonna do, you're gonna throw this step up onto the brackets. Now, the two end brackets are flat faced so you're not gonna be able to hold it in place. However, the middle bracket is actually recessed into this pocket in here. So, as long as you get the steps up on that middle bracket, you can let it gently rest inside of this pocket that'll hold it in place. Then what you're gonna do, you're gonna grab more of those hex bolts provided in the kit with a flat washer and a crush washer on each one, you're gonna thread those through the brackets into those pre-threaded holes in the sidestep. You should be good to go there. Then we're gonna tighten down all the bolts that we put in the brackets securing them to the truck and our install should be pretty much done.All right, guys. Once you got the side step supported by the middle bracket, go ahead and rotate it, line up those pre-threaded holes, and install the bolts in through the brackets. Now, to tighten these down, you're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket. The same applies to the brackets securing themselves to the truck. Now, we're only tightening down the bolts that secure the step to the brackets, then we'll make sure everything is flush with the truck, and then we'll tighten down the brackets on the truck itself. All right. Now that our step is secured to our bracket, we're happy with how the step is actually sitting along the pinch seam/rocker panel. Now, we can tighten down the brackets up here. All right. So, once you got all those bolts tightened down for the steps and the brackets themselves, do yourself a favor, crawl out from underneath, take a step back, make sure everything looks good and make any final adjustments as needed, retighten everything, and that'll wrap up this install.And that also wraps up my review of Westin's HDX Drop Nerf Side Step Bars in the textured black finish fitting your 2007 to 2018 Silverado or Sierra with a crew cab. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. Keep it right here at americantrucks.com.