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Default Anyone install AMP/Bestop Powersteps?

Hi,
I'm looking into some side steps, nerf bars - call them what you want! I've been focusing on N-Fab's 3 hoop bed access or the Go Rhino Dominator III - both are essentially the same.

But both come with a pretty high price tag. Also I must say I'm not really a fan of their look (the ones above are the style I like the best) but I do like their function. That said I'f been looking at some of the powersteps/boards. Since they hide away, and they aren't but a few hundred more than the above mentioned nerf bars.

But they come with a much harder install...I'm a weekend warrior when it comes to wrenching, but some of these have you tapping into the truck's door wiring, etc. Others are wireless to make install easier, but how good does that work??


So I'm looking for comments on the installation and long term use of powerboards (as for use my truck is never off-road...the most off road it sees is a dirt road on a rainy day...and its not in a sand/salt environment).

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Amp Research PowerSteps cannot be beat.... they also have a new plug and play model so there's no more tapping into the vehicle wiring. You wont regret getting them, I can assure you of that!
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I have the Amp power steps on my 14 and love them!
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Amp Research PowerSteps cannot be beat.... they also have a new plug and play model so there's no more tapping into the vehicle wiring. You wont regret getting them, I can assure you of that!
Did you install them yourself? I'm looking for an idea of complexity and amount of time to do so.

Also - are these able to be set to stay extended - say for when you park in your local wally world...as a means of ding protection (let their doors hit the steps instead of the ram body)?
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I have the Amp power steps on my 14 and love them!
Same question to you...did you do the install yourself? If so how hard/long? If not mind sharing the rough install cost?
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according to the website
http://www.amp-research.com/products...ies/powerstep/

it takes about 4 hours to install the AMP Powerboards & the skill level required is Experienced

Yes you can leave the boards out when the door has to be closed
' firmly hold your foot down on the step while at the same time closing the door '
To resume normal operation, open and close the door
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according to the website
http://www.amp-research.com/products...ies/powerstep/

it takes about 4 hours to install the AMP Powerboards & the skill level required is Experienced

Yes you can leave the boards out when the door has to be closed
' firmly hold your foot down on the step while at the same time closing the door '
To resume normal operation, open and close the door
Yes thanks - I just found the install instructions. So it sounds like you can't drive with them out - not unless someone holds their foot on them as you get in (not sure why you would want to but...).

I also wonder what experienced means...I mean the instructions don't look to hard...I've not done a whole lot of auto work outside of regular maintenance - oil, new brake pads, etc. I have replaced all my floors in my house with full wood, can install light fixtures/fans, normal plumbing etc....not sure if any of that would translate.

I just don't want to spend 1200 and get stuck....
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Stay away from the Bestop boards. They essentially broke off from AMP to do their own thing and make lower quality boards with smaller motors. Many people have issues with the motors burning out every 6-8 months. AMP is definitely the way to go for Powersteps.

The install isn't overly difficult. Especially if you had OEM steps installed from the factory. You will reuse the factory rivnuts to bolt the new steps too. Otherwise you do need to install them which would probably be the most complex part. Other than that you just need to drill 4 holes per bracket (2 in the pinch weld and 2 on the backside of the rocker panel). As far as wiring goes I believe AMP now has a plug that just goes right into the OBDII connector to run the steps. If you don't want to use that you will have to tap into the wiring under the dash which is a little more complex but again, not overly difficult. Overall I think the install took me around 4 hours and that included installing the rivnuts for the front arms.

As mentioned above you can have them stay down when parked but you have to put your foot (or hand) on them when closing the door to get them to stay down.
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Stay away from the Bestop boards. They essentially broke off from AMP to do their own thing and make lower quality boards with smaller motors. Many people have issues with the motors burning out every 6-8 months. AMP is definitely the way to go for Powersteps.

The install isn't overly difficult. Especially if you had OEM steps installed from the factory. You will reuse the factory rivnuts to bolt the new steps too. Otherwise you do need to install them which would probably be the most complex part. Other than that you just need to drill 4 holes per bracket (2 in the pinch weld and 2 on the backside of the rocker panel). As far as wiring goes I believe AMP now has a plug that just goes right into the OBDII connector to run the steps. If you don't want to use that you will have to tap into the wiring under the dash which is a little more complex but again, not overly difficult. Overall I think the install took me around 4 hours and that included installing the rivnuts for the front arms.

As mentioned above you can have them stay down when parked but you have to put your foot (or hand) on them when closing the door to get them to stay down.

Thanks for the feedback. I don't have any OEM steps....I'll have to look at the rivnut install part of the instructions again.
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