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Old 02-01-2013, 02:12 PM
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I'm pretty sure they are mounted to the frame.
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They're only attached to the body and not the frame? How solid are they? Could they hold over 300 lbs without bending anything?
Correct, body mount only with 12 bolts. No brackets attach to the frame. I'm 195lbs and I can feel them move a little when I place both feet on the step at the same time.
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Correct, body mount only with 12 bolts. No brackets attach to the frame. I'm 195lbs and I can feel them move a little when I place both feet on the step at the same time.
That doesn't sound too great for me...lol
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A better option is the AMP Research retractable boards. They are $$$ but they are VERY well made. They fold completely up under the body and are invisible until you open the door. My 84 year old mom can step right in now and I am 260 lbs, they do not flex. They are extruded aluminum with a non skid coating. The install was a breeze, the directions were very clear. Best $1k you will ever spend. I have yet to see a set of nerf bar steps that are not rusted through in a few years. Road salt is a bitch.
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How do you wire up the retractable version? If they slide out when door is open, wiring is obviously required...is it plug and play?
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A better option is the AMP Research retractable boards. They are $$$ but they are VERY well made. They fold completely up under the body and are invisible until you open the door. My 84 year old mom can step right in now and I am 260 lbs, they do not flex. They are extruded aluminum with a non skid coating. The install was a breeze, the directions were very clear. Best $1k you will ever spend. I have yet to see a set of nerf bar steps that are not rusted through in a few years. Road salt is a bitch.
Those are really nice and I may add them later on as the do run around 1-2k for a set. they are really sweet. so till then I will be ordering the wheel to wheel.
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when i install mine, the mopar version, they bolt/rivet to the fram, no movement, not loose at all, it still solid after 3 years,...

But i did install it with a air impact, i guess if someone would install them with regular ratchet without torquing them enough it might become loose after a while because the more you torque the rivet bolt, the more it become bigger in the hole, it not like a regular bolt,..

my truck is a 2009 but i really dought the install is different on a 2013,.
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My sales guy put my order in on the 2nd of this month, but now the wheel-to-wheel side steps aren't available for regular cabs... not sure when it'll be back on dealer connect as a regular cab option.
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That doesn't sound too great for me...lol
I have them on my 2500. Im your size and use them to get in the truck. They seem solid enough for me.
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Correct, body mount only with 12 bolts. No brackets attach to the frame. I'm 195lbs and I can feel them move a little when I place both feet on the step at the same time.
Thanks for confirming that. I might have been tempted had they attached to the frame but absolutely will not entertain the thought of body mounted side steps. There's a pretty informative thread here http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=125965 about what can happen if those body mounts start pulling out.

I hope that the air suspension park mode will largely compensate for a lack of side steps. With my present truck I had to remove them because of problems getting stuck in deep mud and snow where they become giant floats and don't allow the tires to dig in.
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