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Iron Cross HD Steps ordered from Pickup Specialties (http://www.pickupspecialties.com/Nerf_Bars/Iron_Cross/iron_cross_hd_truck_side_steps.html)
Ordering process: 8/10
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Build Quality: 9/10
Design + Ergonomics: 6/10

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Ordered these because I'm short and have to jump into the cab (even with no lift), and my wife (who is tall) wanted sidesteps she could use while wearing heels. She refused any form of tubular step due to the fact she felt she might slip off in heels, so after showing her 2 dozen styles of steps, we settled on these.

http://www.pickupspecialties.com/Ner...ide_steps.html

Delivery from Pickup Specialties was a little awkward - since I live in Canada (and the shipping to Canada was ridiculous) I had them shipped to a little border town (Pembina, ND) which is a 45 minute drive straight south for me. This took a couple of emails to get sorted out, but responses were generally quick. Unfortunately they ship ground freight via UPS, so international delivery was going to be costly due to UPS's brokerage system/policies. I felt the least expensive option would be to have then shipped to the northern US (about 1/3 the price), then just pop over the border in my truck, pick 'em up, and head home. The gas I'd spend for an hour and a half on the highway would be a small expense compared to the UPS shipping and brokerage. So after about 2 weeks, I got an email from the drop-shipping business I use (Pembina Parcel Service - http://www.pembinaparcel.com/ ) The rails came in 2 cardboard boxes, which were stapled together.

The long skinny box contained the rails, and the smaller box (about 12"X12"X 6" high) had all the hardware. Well, the small box weighs about 40 pounds and split open along the stapled seams as I was carrying it to my car. The contents spilled out; thankfully everything was baggied (although not all the baggies are labelled) so all the little parts stayed together. Otherwise, everything was well packed and there was no sign of delivery damage. There were installation instructions inside the box (also available online in a .pdf format) but they're not good - more on that later. I'll give the delivery process a 8/10; I'd do business with them again.

Quality seems very good, and installation was easy once we got going - the instructions are 5/10 (English teacher here) for clarity; the written part is very vague, and the pictures show parts in the wrong position, but not the correct one, Additionally, there is a parts list included, but no actual pictures of the parts - you get to play a fiun game and figuree out which ones are the "Double frame lockers" and which are the "single frame lockers" and try to hypothesize there the little green plastic washers they give you go. It took 2 of us a half-hour's worth of monkeying around before we got all the bits and pieces sorted and laid out, and then another hour and a half to get them bolted on (by hand, using and 5/16" deep socket and box end wrench). Labelling the parts, and not mixing different types of parts inside the bag would've helped reduce this time, though.

I still need to adjust them and bring them forward about 3 inches, as I didn't realize they were supposed to go all the way forward until I started looking at these pictures. I also need to sort our one squeak - some minor metal on metal rubbing where the rear step brace touches on the rear strut mount when the vehicle has pitched left or right slightly or is jiggling (like under a hard turn at speed, on on washboard). Should be a quick and easy fix, just 1/4" half-moon ground out from the brace arm to create a little extra clearance. Overall, I'd give the installation process 8/10;

(note: these bars are advertised for the '09-'10 Ram 1500's; from the pic in the install guide and looking under my truck, the sheet metal on my strut mount has a slightly different shape, hence the need to modify the unit slightly. I did not penalize them for this.)

So then, build quality? I'll give this area 9/10. Once we got it sorted out it went on very quickly, and this was the first time either of us had installed side steps. At 250# I can stand on these and bounce and they have only a tiny bit of flex; I think the suspension flexes more when I bounce. They seem very well built, the finish is even and medium gloss. The aluminum step plates are bolted on, and the rails themselves are very quick to remove/replace and adjust from the mounting brackets, so when these get chipped up, I'll take off the tread plate, have them sprayed with black bedliner and then replace the aluminum tread plate.

Design and Ergonomics? I'd give that 6/10 - I really like how the rails sit high and tight under the rocker panels and mount solidly to the frame, but the steps don't stick far enough out. You can hardly see them when trying to exit the vehicle (esp. in the dark) and when getting in, they are so tight to the rocker panel that your leg will always touch the rocker panel as you rotate your foot an pull yourself up into the cab, making your wife's black nylon's dirty (and you hearing about it all they way to work for the next week). They should project out maybe another 2-3 inches, and then they'd be perfect, in my wife's opinion. I think they'll be more usefull with a 2.5" leveling kit and 33" tires.

Anyway, pics. Sorry 'bout the filthy truck, we've been using it sandbagging in the wet weather this spring.









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Nice looking steps
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Those look good!
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I really like the look of those steps.
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i don't like how they look like they will fill up with ice and snow. they need some holes in them so it doesn't build up, not to mention water and salt is going to collect on them. def looks like they need to be moved out 2-3 inches, to far under the rig. i like the looks of them though.
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Removed the braces and ground them out a bit on an 8" bench grinder. Coated them with Rustoleum Enamel and bolted them back on, then took the truck down some washboard gravel roads on the way home - squeaks are gone now. Also moved the steps forward about 3 inches, so the steps sits more forward making entry easier.

As an aside, what I thought was black paint on the mounting brackets and supports appears to be some kind of bedliner material, base don my observations as it shredded off on the grinding wheel. Seems like it will last a long time. Bonus!


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i think i might have to give these a try. great review.
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Update: moved the pics, can't edit my original post; so updated links:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r...k/IMG_5095.jpg
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The piece I had to grind out:
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r...k/IMG_5108.jpg

Also, one year update: The front edges of both of the steps have been chipped up pretty badly by gravel and started to rust; I'll be stripping them this summer and applying Line-X.
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I just purchased these steps and can't figure out how to mount them. Seems like I am missing parts although I do have everything on the parts list. Do you have any pics of the underside of the truck you could post?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
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You need to go online and download the installation instructions, I have the same steps on a 12 CC, took about an hour to install both, no issues what so ever, excellent product easy to install, did it my self
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