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Old 06-30-2013, 01:54 PM
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Hey all, just got my 13 sport few weeks ago and loving it! Bought the new amp power boards and am wondering if anyone has installed them on a 13 yet? I am having trouble trying to find the wiring for the door switches, I know where they are but holy crap its the tightest space ever and my meathooks won't fit in there. Is there another option?

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Hey all, just got my 13 sport few weeks ago and loving it! Bought the new amp power boards and am wondering if anyone has installed them on a 13 yet? I am having trouble trying to find the wiring for the door switches, I know where they are but holy crap its the tightest space ever and my meathooks won't fit in there. Is there another option?

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I just posted my experience with a Power Step install. I am waiting to find out what went wrong with the install. I would recommend that you do NOT disconnect the connectors to make the wire connection easier. Hopefully someone will have an idea of an easier way to connect the wires.
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Post some pics when you get those on, some close-ups underneath and how they look from the side, would ya? I might get those too.
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I just posted my experience with a Power Step install. I am waiting to find out what went wrong with the install. I would recommend that you do NOT disconnect the connectors to make the wire connection easier. Hopefully someone will have an idea of an easier way to connect the wires.
I installed the steps several months ago and the only way the the wires can be connected is to remove 3 connectors from their power block. That being said it was one of the hardest installs I have every done. It took me at least 4 hours just to hook up the wiring. The connections are so high up under the dash that work can only be done with one hand. I am not a fan of the wire connectors that come with the steps but it is probably the best for the situation. The only way I could use these connectors with one hand was to install the connector on the power step wiring first and then slip the connector over the truck wiring last. The detailed instructions are great and if needed AMP CS is very helpful. The rest of the install was easy except for the fact that my steps hit the bottom pinch weld when retracting. According to AMP this is becoming a more common problem. The fix is to grind a bit off the bottom weld, something I wasn't real happy with on a week old truck, but by being careful and using touch up paint you cannot tell it was ever done. The steps have worked flawlessly for several months. The product is great and if Ram hadn't buried the wiring this would have been a strait forward install.
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I installed the powered steps from AMP last weekend on my 2013. I used t-taps to tap into the wires and make the connection. I agree that the area is extremely tight and I also could only get one hand in there. I would find the wire that I needed to tap into and pull it forward and all the other wires back so it kinda sticks out. Then I would put a blue t-tap into a pair of pliers with pliers closed only leaving enough of the t-tap open to get the wire in. Then with one hand clamp the t-tap on. I really don't see any other practical way of installing the wires. Doint it this way I was able to get the wires under the dash hooked up in 30 minutes, including getting the other items out of the way to get to the wiring needed. Good Luck!
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I am, or at least was, really close to buying these (today actually) but all the stories of installation pains (including one where an Amp dealer screwed up a guy's electrical system) have made me stop. I'm more heavily investigating the Bestop Powerboard NX now. Any thoughts/experiences on that product?
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Installed them on 6/28 and yes the wiring was the hardest and longest part. Total install time was 6 hours. For me to hook up to the door wires I took all the connectors on the board off to bring the wiring down alittle further but they were a B**witch about 3 hrs the instruction were good. One otherthing is make sure u have a right angle drill or accuss to one. They look great once they're on. If I had to do it again I would not hesitate to put them on again.
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I am, or at least was, really close to buying these (today actually) but all the stories of installation pains (including one where an Amp dealer screwed up a guy's electrical system) have made me stop. I'm more heavily investigating the Bestop Powerboard NX now. Any thoughts/experiences on that product?
If you look around on the various forums, the ones with motor issues are the Chinese knock offs. Amp is the original, made in USA. The wiring will be the same no matter the brand.

I had a set on my 2009 and now on my 2012. Both Amp, no issues at all. The wiring on those models was under the hood in the TIPM, relatively easy to access. I see per the newest instructions that it is different now, not the fault of Amp though that the location has changed.
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Hmm, okay thanks for the advice guys. I think I will let the closest installer do the wiring under there. Thanks!
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