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2018 Ram 3500- Unexpected Upgrades: Steppin’ Up Photo Gallery
Motorized Entry and Exit for Our 2018 Ram 3500
Bryan Fross –
Sep 25, 2018
Photo 1/27 | AMP Research PowerStep Lead | AMP Research Powerstep Lead
Photo 2/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 01 | Our kit for this installation includes the running board assemblies, two motorized linkages for driver/passenger sides, idler linkages for each side, a wiring harness, STA controller, OBD II plug, four LED lamps, and all the miscellaneous hardware needed.
Photo 3/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 02 | The factory step install location is where we started, by putting the reinforcement bracket into the upper opening until the lower hexagon-shaped holes lined up behind their counterparts in the truck body.
Photo 4/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 03 | A rivet nut and rivet nut tool included with the kit were placed into the holes and tightened using a 19mm wrench and 13mm socket. We made sure to tighten until the rivet nut was fully collapsed and ready for the next step.
Photo 5/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 04 | We continued to hold the 19mm wrench in place and backed the rivet nut tool out using the ratchet with the socket in reverse.
Photo 6/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 05 | The rivet nuts should look nearly flush-mounted with a small lip when installed correctly in the hexagon-shaped holes.
Photo 7/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 06 | Next, we placed the 13mm hex bolts into the collapsed rivet nuts, leaving plenty of threads available to slip on the linkages.
Photo 8/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 07 | While holding up the lower end of the linkages, we tightened each 13mm hex bolt to secure the linkages to the body.
Photo 9/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 08 | Using a T27 Torx Driver, we tightened the button-head screws into the factory holes on the outer pinch molding.
Photo 10/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 09 | Now the running board was ready to be fit vertically over the linkage pair on each side and then laid horizontally into position.
Photo 11/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 10 | You can clearly see the amount of drop-down the PowerStep provides.
Photo 12/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 11 | Finally, we tightened each socket cap screw to secure the step in place.
Photo 13/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 12 | We popped the hood for the next few steps. The AMP Research wiring harness was connected to the STA controller, making sure the nine-pin harness was in the correct position.
Photo 14/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 13 | The wiring harness was uncoiled and extended in preparation to run each connector in different directions depending on what it needs to do.
Photo 15/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 14 | To keep from shorting out the harness during installation, we pulled the blade-type fuse from the fuse holder and set it aside.
Photo 16/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 15 | Then we ran the power wires for the controller and positive battery terminal along with the black wire for the vehicle body ground.
Photo 17/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 16 | Wires for linkages were run down and to each side along the frame and then plug into the motors. Use tie wraps to keep wiring in place where needed.
Photo 18/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 17 | Next, we drilled a small pilot hole through the pinch weld and worked our way up to a 9/32-inch drill bit to fit the grommet.
Photo 19/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 18 | We applied a small amount of paint to protect from rust before squeezing the grommet into place.
Photo 20/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 19 | Now we could run the LED lamps into the locations mentioned in the instructions based on our truck’s body style.
Photo 21/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 20 | The positive and negative wires were crimped to the LED, and we used a heat gun for the ends to seal them for weatherproofing.
Photo 22/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 21 | We affixed the LED lights into position on the clean, flat surface of the body with the provided double-sided tape.
Photo 23/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 22 | The triggering wires were run through an existing boot on the driver side by making a small slit and pushing them into the cab. They were connected with locking connectors while keeping the wires tucked up and away from any interference with the accelerator, brake, or e-brake pedals.
Photo 24/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 23 | Our wires were plugged into the OBD II port, and we used the supplied tie wraps to keep the wires in place.
Photo 25/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 24 | Finally, we reinstalled the fuse after tucking then tying down the STA controller to the main vehicle harness behind the battery box.
Photo 26/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 25 | We checked that all systems were in working order and that the steps extend and retract when each door is opened then closed. We also stepped on the running boards in multiple areas while they were deployed to make sure they were solidly mounted and double-checked the LEDs on both sides.
Photo 27/27 | AMP Research PowerStep 26 | Our new AMP Research PowerStep running boards are a great addition to the Ram and will do exactly what they’re meant to. They’ll be in position when you need them and tucked away when you don’t!