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Jeep Wrangler Amp Research PowerStep (2007-2017 JK 4-Door) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler Amp Research PowerStep (2007-2017 JK 4-Door) Review & Install


I’m Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this
is my review and installation of the Amp Research PowerStep fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today we’re gonna talk about the construction,
and of course, how you get these installed on your Jeep. Generally when you’re considering a side step
for your Jeep, you’re either looking at a side step that doesn’t offer protection that
will hang down a little bit lower but be a very useful step, or you’re looking for a
step that’s tucked up closer to the body and still offers some protection to the Jeep but
you sacrifice a little bit of that convenience in your step. This PowerStep is going to be a nice balance
of both where it’ll swing down to make it very easy to get in and out of your stock
or lifted height JK, but when you close the door, it automatically retracts up under the
body and gets out of the way. However, this is not going to be able to take
a lot of abuse on the trail. So in my opinion, this is for somebody who
wants a very easy to use step that will then swing up out of the way so it’s not visually
impacting the way that the Jeep looks. However, this is not going to swing up out
of the way and provide any type of protection or make it so that you can go off road and
conquer the hardcore trails with these side steps. On top of that, these steps are going to be
very expensive, so I would not want to take your Jeep off road and put these in a situation
where they could get crushed or damaged. These side steps can really be broken up into
two main components. One would be the step itself and the other
would be the motor and the mount. The side steps that come in this kit are an
anodized die-cast aluminum that is covered in a non-skid black powder coated finish and
in my opinion, they’re a really nice step by themselves. They’re going to be lightweight while still
being very strong. But, when you combine them with the brackets
and the motors that allow these to move in and out automatically when you open and close
the door, you really have the complete package. These brackets are made of a billet aluminum. And the motors that are included in this kit
are an automotive OEM grade weatherproof motor, so even though these are going to be under
the Jeep, you won’t have to worry about them being damaged from the weather. These side steps also include two LED pods
for either side. So as well as the convenience of being able
to get in and out of the Jeep easier, you’re also going to be able to see what you’re stepping
down into. And this kit also includes the wiring harness
that you’ll need to get this hooked up for power and so that they’ll automatically swing
down and swing closed again every time you open and close the doors. Overall the installation for these side steps
is definitely going to be more involved and more difficult than installing a traditional
side step. I would give these a strong two out of three
wrenches because there is some wiring and a little bit of drilling to do. So if you’re somebody who’s not comfortable
with automotive wiring or isn’t comfortable drilling a hole in the pinch seam of your
Jeep, I would recommend taking these to a shop to have them installed. So as far as the installation itself goes,
the first step is to remove any existing side step or Rubi rail that you might have on the
Jeep. Once those are removed, you can install the
brackets that come in this kit. Up front, they’ll just bolt to the bottom
of the tub and onto the pinch seam, but in the rear, you will have to drill one additional
hole to make sure you get the strength you need for these brackets. Once you have both the brackets installed,
you’ll attach the motors to the brackets and finally bolt the side step onto the brackets
themselves. You can slide the side steps forward and backward
on the bracket. So you’ll just want to make sure you get them
centered underneath the rockers before you tighten them down. From there it’s just a matter of installing
the LED lights and then you can move onto wiring. As I said before, the harness that’s included
with this kit does make the wiring pretty simple. You will have to make a couple of splice connections
for the LED lights, but the motors themselves will just plug in. You’ll also have to make a couple of splice
connections into the vehicle’s wiring harness itself so that the side steps know when the
doors are open and when they’re closed as well as making a connection at the battery
for power and ground to power the new side steps. If you are somebody who’s comfortable with
automotive wiring, the instructions and the wiring harness that come in this kit do make
this fairly simple. However, if this is a little bit outside of
your comfort level, you can certainly take this to a shop for install. The whole installation process will take you
around four hours give or take. You won’t need any specialty tools to get
it done although you will need a drill and some good drill bits as well as all of your
wiring tools and some traditional hand tools. As I said before these steps are a little
bit expensive. But, I do think that they’re completely worth
the price that you have to pay for them. Everything from the build quality to the quality
of the design and the motors to the fact that these can hold 600 pounds per side all mean
that they are very well built. You couple that with the fact that they’re
made in the U.S.A. and you have a very high-quality product that you can be proud to own. However, a lot of you guys are going to say
that this is just out of your budget for a side step, and that’s okay. If you’re okay having a side step that hangs
down a little bit lower and isn’t motorized, there are a ton of options on the market that
are going to be a tenth of the cost of these steps. But, if you absolutely want a powered step
that’s going to flip down and then tuck back up out of the way every time you open and
close the doors, I think that this is a really nice option as long as you have the budget
for it. So if you’re in the market for a set of powered
side steps that’ll make it easier to get in and out of your Jeep but then fold up out
of the way to retain that sleek profile view on your Jeep, I would definitely recommend
taking a look at these ones by Amp Research. So that’s my review of the Amp Research PowerSteps
fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

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12 thoughts on “Jeep Wrangler Amp Research PowerStep (2007-2017 JK 4-Door) Review & Install

  1. I've seen a few videos of these with rock guards installed with them and no problem. What rock guard can be used with these?

  2. If someone could tell me the fender flares that are on the car that would be amazing!!! Those flares look amazing

  3. what make of front mud-flaps will fit with these steps installed, on a 2017 Unlimited? can anyone suggest a link?

  4. if i decided to remove my doors on the jku will they fold and unfold? or will they be unfolded at all time? and how would it know when to fold and unfold automaticly if the doors was removed?

  5. Do they work in the ice and snow in the winter? Do they freeze up? Does the motor have protection in case the linkage is frozen? I've cut my wheel wells about 1" at the front of the rear tires in the back to accommadate 39" krawlers, How long are the rails? Can I trim them if needed or are they short enough that no trimming is needed.

  6. Please stop adding the annoying music to your videos. I am trying to listen to the speaker not the MUSIC!

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