Adding AMP Research Steps to a Ford F-250 – Easy Entry Photo Gallery
Corey Simone –
Jul 13, 2017
Photo 1/18 | Amp Research Step Installed Lead
Photo 2/18 | Amp Research Step Install Damged Factory Step
Photo 3/18 | 002 Amp Research Step Install Factory Step Removed | The damage to our factory step was hard to miss, and it was quite the eyesore. With the old steps removed, we were ready to install the new AMP Research steps and have our truck looking presentable again.
Photo 4/18 | 003 Amp Research Step Install Mounting Arms Smal Pieces | With all the small pieces laid out, we made sure all the components were on hand and ensured that none would wander off during the installation.
Photo 5/18 | 004 Amp Research Step Install Harness Mounted | Before putting the truck on the lift, the tech at 4Wheel Parts started the install by mounting the PowerStep controller to the factory ECM Harness on the passenger side of the engine bay using the supplied zip ties. Once the controller was mounted, the harness was then routed over the wheel wells and ready for us to plug into the motors.
Photo 6/18 | 007 Amp Research Step Install Speed Clips Installed | The AMP Research mounting arms use existing holes in the factory body. With the top two holes only having access from one side, speed clips were utilized.
Photo 7/18 | 008 Amp Research Step Install Mounting Retractable Arm | Once the speed clips were installed, the mounting arms could be attached to the body. We attached the arms’ four bolts loosely, leaving us plenty of slack to mount the steps without binding.
Photo 8/18 | Amp Research Step Install Retractable Arm Mounted
Photo 9/18 | 010 Amp Research Step Install Step Set In Place | With both mounting arms installed, we could set the step into the mounting grooves on the arms.
Photo 10/18 | 011 Amp Research Step Install Mounting Step To Arm | After the step was located in our desired location, we used the hex-head bolts to secure the step to the mounting arms.
Photo 11/18 | 012 Amp Research Step Install Tightening Mounting Bolts | Now that the step was secured and everything was moving freely, it was time to tighten the bolts holding the arms to the body of the truck.
Photo 12/18 | 013 Amp Research Step Install Parking Brake Cable | To clear the AMP Research step when retracted, the parking brake cable needs to be relocated. The supplied bracket attaches to the front of the leaf spring hanger on the driver’s side. With the slack pulled out of the cable and held with locking pliers, the cable is easy to handle and attach to its new home.
Photo 13/18 | 015 Amp Research Step Install Motor Installed | Three bolts attach the motor’s retractable arms. Pro tip: Make sure you align the teeth of the gears so the motors can actually drive the step.
Photo 14/18 | 016 Amp Research Step Install Led Light Installed | With the steps secured and motors mounted, we turned our attention to the courtesy LED lights. The lights require a small hole to be drilled to run the wiring and mount to the bottom of the cab with the supplied 3M double-sided tape.
Photo 15/18 | 018 Amp Research Step Install Heat Shrinking Connections | The LED lights are the only part of this kit that require a crimp-style connection. With a set of crimpers in hand and a pocket torch, quick work was made of the LED connections, giving the PowerSteps that OE-style lighting feature.
Photo 16/18 | 020 Amp Research Step Install Door Conection Wiring Routed | The final step in the wiring process was to route the four wires that control the retractable feature of the PowerSteps. The wires were fed through where the connections could be made by removing a drain plug on the passenger-side floorboard.
Photo 17/18 | 023 Amp Research Step Install Door Step Retracted | It’s easy to see how well the PowerSteps clean up the appearance of the truck. By not having a huge step hanging down all the time, our risk of future damage, whether on the street or the trail, just went down and we still have the functionality of a factory step.
Photo 18/18 | Amp Research Step Install Step Extended