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PowerSteps

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:29 pm
by HockeyWagon
Hi-
Anyone install Powersteps on their PW? Do you like them? Do they fold up out of the way enough for off-roading?

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:40 pm
by Retired BLM Rig
HockeyWagon wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:29 pm
Hi-
Anyone install Powersteps on their PW? Do you like them? Do they fold up out of the way enough for off-roading?
My answer to all of your questions is yes.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:54 pm
by SeppW
I have them, but off road worthiness is uncertain. As long as it's light to moderate should be okay. But if doing something where the rockers would contact ground, rocks, stumps, or stuck in mud to the point the frame is submerged, then they would be more than likely damaged in some shape or form. All parts are replaceable and available though. There are some special maintenance actions required, but nothing out of the ordinary. All day job if you DIY and not without challenges. Just make you sure you follow the directions to a tee. If you muck up the rivet nuts you're not screwed, but you will be in a world of hurt to fix it. The rivet nuts are very soft and easily stripped. Rivets are also used to secure the linkages to frame, these are tough to install on the front linkage with their close proximity to the cab body mounts. Need to use a small drill with 90 degree chuck. There a number of ways to interface with truck electrical to trigger steps to deploy and stow. I recommend buying a Y cable and interface with the OBD II harness. Clean and no splicing into factory harness. AMP sells an OBD interface, but it has to remain plugged into port and it would not fit my port for some reason I can't recall, which is why I went with the Y harness. The Y harness keeps the OBD port open so diagnostic and programming devices can be attached. One additional tip, if after installing and the steps hit the pinch weld seam, deploy the steps, stand on them over the idler linkages, and bounce up and down a few times. That'll force the idler linkages to "settle" and it will clear the pinch weld.

I went with AMP Research. I think a 1 or 2 others make them, Bestop is another. Likely would have not done it all had wife not been complaining about getting into and out of truck, but after installed she was happy and I have to come like them too.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:43 pm
by FordyceCreekTrail
Rock Sliders are amazing as steps on these. I can simply walk into the cab. Hard to believe considering how hard it is to get in stock!

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:10 am
by Punishher7
FordyceCreekTrail wrote:Rock Sliders are amazing as steps on these. I can simply walk into the cab. Hard to believe considering how hard it is to get in stock!
Do you have WK sliders? I didn’t think they were low enough to be good steps? I’m still planning on getting them mainly for protection.


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Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:57 am
by FordyceCreekTrail
Yes, I have WK. To be honest on all my other 4x4s sliders are actually a HINDRANCE to getting in! My Monteros, 4 Runner....But for what ever reason its perfect on the Power Wagon. I can walk up, step on the sliders and get in with out using the grab handle or anything else. If you had told me that before like I am telling you I would have laughed at you. To be honest, I love big 4x4s, but getting in before these was so miserable I really hated that. I even injured my arm jumping to grab that oh shit handle. Its pretty silly these trucks dont have something from the factory.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:04 am
by Punishher7
FordyceCreekTrail wrote:Yes, I have WK. To be honest on all my other 4x4s sliders are actually a HINDRANCE to getting in! My Monteros, 4 Runner....But for what ever reason its perfect on the Power Wagon. I can walk up, step on the sliders and get in with out using the grab handle or anything else. If you had told me that before like I am telling you I would have laughed at you. To be honest, I love big 4x4s, but getting in before these was so miserable I really hated that. I even injured my arm jumping to grab that oh shit handle. Its pretty silly these trucks dont have something from the factory.

Great info, thanks!


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Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:06 am
by Bill2014
All of the new 2019 Power Wagons on the dealer lots (that i've seen) do have some sort of steps. And it's definitely not a robust rock slider! :doh:

I'd rather have the step(s) as optional from the factory so the buyer can put on something appropriate based on their intended use (rocks or mall)

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:12 am
by KevinABQ
With the plates the WKs are fine for the mall. Not as nice as some of the electric ones I’ve seen, but not bad.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:42 pm
by FordyceCreekTrail
The Raptor comes with a rock ready steps. Not sliders exactly, but I would take em. The cheap nerf bars they have are not appropriate. The PW deserves an innovative rock slider/step. May not be as nice as electrics, but they wont rip off as easy or be expensive to repair.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:44 pm
by SeppW
Bill2014 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:06 am
All of the new 2019 Power Wagons on the dealer lots (that i've seen) do have some sort of steps. And it's definitely not a robust rock slider! :doh:

I'd rather have the step(s) as optional from the factory so the buyer can put on something appropriate based on their intended use (rocks or mall)
That stuff is usually for aesthetics and serve no functional purpose except lighten the pocket, especially if a dealer add-on.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:11 pm
by HockeyWagon
Thanks all for the comments. I need the steps to help my parents step into the truck.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:58 am
by StefanB
Depending on the passengers size and physical fitness you definitly need steps on the Power Wagon, even more when you start increasing cab height with 35" or more tires and suspension mods.
I went with power steps because I love the ground free look of the truck with them tucked in and I hardly have the chance for ground contact with cab and frame where I go.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:23 pm
by HockeyWagon
Thanks Stephan. That’s what I’m thinking.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:23 pm
by HockeyWagon
Thanks Stephan. That’s what I’m thinking.

Re: PowerSteps

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:48 pm
by RustyPW
Drove a 2019 1500 4x4 with power steps the other day. Didn't know it had the power steps. Open up the driver's side door, and the steps comes out and cranks me right in the shins. :shock: That got my attention.