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Due to my work schedule, I took my 2013 Ram 2500 4x4 to a shop to have the Amp Research Power Steps installed. The installer was listed on the Amp Research website as a dealer. I dropped the truck off at 8:00 am to get the steps installed while I was at work. I returned after work and waited for 90 minutes. The sales person told me my left brake light will not light and the windows will not close. They stated the dealer would need to reflash the computer. I immediately took the truck to the dealer and realized none of the electronics were working. When I arrived at the dealer, the check engine light was on. The dealer stated the repairs would be billable as the cause was not covered by the warranty. I will be contacting Amp Research on Monday to find out what the installer did wrong to cause the problem as well as finding out from the dealer what it will take to get the truck back to running condition. I will follow up when I get the answers and the resolution as well as pictures of the install.
 

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Have you looked to see where they tapped in to to get power? If they tapped into the truck's wiring, they're sending signals where they don't belong. If you can disconnect those wires your dealer may be able to get the truck back where it's supposed to. Perhaps dedicated (fused) wires directly to the battery would work for the steps.

Too many electrical changes to the 13s and many dealers don't know much about them. Case in point, the post here about the key FOBs. Good luck, Lobo.
 

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Well now doesn't that suck!!

I would make sure that the place that you had install the Amp steps (or at least attempt to install the Amp steps) knows that a bill is coming their way.

If the install instructions are clear from Amp Research (which from what I've heard, they are) then how did these people screw it up so bad?

Well good luck and do keep us posted.
 

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I know from experience that the install on these powered boards is pretty tedious and cutting corners to save time can result in the issues that you are having. I would definitely have the dealership give you a report on what the cause of the problem was and have the shop that tried to install the steps pay for it. I would also call AMP and let them know what happened when you used one of their authorized installation shops.
 

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Sounds like the installer messed up the wiring. The Amp instructions definitely are clear, you just have to take your time and double check the work before reconnecting the battery. One wire out of place and it could get pretty ugly. Remember, there are up to 40 computers on the new trucks. It's not really that hard, you just have to be careful and double check all the connections are correct.
 

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I have installed these steps myself and after installing I can tell you that I would not let any shop do the install. The problem is in making the 4 connections for the door open signal. There are components (computers) that have to be removed to get to the connection points and then 3 large wire connections must be disconnected and tapped into. It took more more than 4 hours just to make these 4 connections and if I knew how hard it was before I started I probably would not have done them. But.... I do know, that if done properly the steps work great in these 2013 trucks. I have had mine in for 3 months with no problems. This install is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced and I would only let a Ram dealer's must experienced tech do something like this (if they would even do it).
 

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Got my Ram back today. The installer of the Amp steps bent a pin in a connector which shut down the trucks computer. Here are some pic of the steps installed.

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So did they figure it out, or was it the Ram dealer?

I hope you didn't have to pay for anything extra......in fact I hope they gave you a discount!
 

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Glad you got it squared away. My dad's new F150 came with power running boards and they are definitely handy.
 

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I'm jealous. I prefer the look without steps, but my wife would like me to get some so one of these days I will need to get a set of these.
 

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I agree, the 4th gens don't look good with the bars hanging off the sides. What is nice about these is that when they deploy, they drop lower than a standard tube step making it very easy to enter / exit. Your wife would appreciate that feature.
 

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Went back to the installer today and got a check to pay for the charges at the dealer. The installer made it right.
 

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Glad it was made right. I installed my own on my F-250 and the wiring as a chore for sure, lots of wires and they can be very similar seems like an honest mistake that the installer made right. Enjoy
 

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How much did the install cost? Also, how much total with the steps? What kind of warranty, if any, do you get?

I think they look great:smiley_thumbs_up:
 

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Man those look great :smileup:. I really want to get them done. Everywhere I have checked in Missouri has quoted me $1500 and up....
 

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I love those steps. Just concerned about their performance in with snow caked on them after a nice winter drive.

Anyone in a snowbell have a report on these?
 
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