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Old 04-06-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Amp Research Power Step Refurb

So I scored a well used set of Power steps for an 02-08 quad cab and I am going to cut them down and mount them on my regular cab. Questions-

Anyone done this? It looks easy enough to shorten them but I haven't really checked the mounting other than to make sure the same type of slotted holes are on my truck as are on the 4 doors. Obviously they are not in the same places, but the brackets can be mounted anywhere along the boards, so this shouldn't be too bad I hope.

The running boards have some minor scuffing, some of it showing through to the aluminum. Anyone ever touched up or re-painted the boards? They have a very rough textured powder coat on them. How about Line-X or other bedliner? Too slippery?

I really didn't need another project (my garage is full of exhaust system right now, and there is a ton of fab work I need to do on that) but I stumbled onto this on Craigs list and couldn't pass it up.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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Installed a few sets at work but never tryed cutting them down
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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Cool, I'll be hittin you up for pointers.
JK actually it doesn't look that bad except I need to find the passenger door switch wire in the harness. From what I hear it's not the same color as on the QC's so no help from instructions. Should be on the wire diagrams but I haven't looked yet.

Also e-mailed Amp and they say to use rhino liner or Duplicolor TR-250 bedliner in a spray can to re-paint. As far as cutting them down it's just an aluminum extrusion, take the end cap off and saw it off. They have a video on it, sounds like they make the installer do it on some models.

For now I've got to find my garage floor (too many hobbies!) and touch up a couple rust spots on the rockers before I can do this project. I'll throw some pics up later when I get going.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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Hey NewBlue, I am actually about to do the same thing on my 78. I have the power steps on my 2500 as well. I already cut mine down to size and was able to get the cap off the end of the piece I cut and reattach it onto the shortened step. Then I recoated it with the rattle can bed liner stuff. I’m going to throw them under the truck this weekend.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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Update- turns out I bought Bestep knock-offs not Amp Research steps. They seem pretty well made and virtually no visible difference except the way they mount the lights. I cleaned everything up, shortened them to fit a 2 door, and did re-coat them with the duplicolor bed liner. I added some holes to the rockers and got things mounted- it was a real sob to get everything in perfect alignment with shims, etc- which you must do or they will bind up and not work. Wired it up and controller works but motors are shot. There are some gears inside the motor assemblies that are stripped and they slip instead of operating the step. For a mere $320 I can have a new pair. Ran out of time, patience, and $, will probably throw good money after bad this spring and end up with a set of steps for $720 plus $30 for new hardware and $10 for a can of bedliner.

Next time I'm fabbing my own fixed steps out of stainless.

Bassman- The main problem I had with fitting them on a 2 door was that there weren't slotted holes on the inside of the rocker panels in the right places. The front holes were too far back and the rears were right under some frame members and the brackets hit. I added a pair of holes for the rear brackets and just used what was there for the fronts. They could have been a little farther forward. If it doesn't work I will add two more holes. Good Luck!
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