Pilot Nerf Bars with Installation Kit Installation - 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install the Pilot Nerf Bars with Installation Kit on a 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on our 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Quad Cab, we're going to be installing the Pilot Black Powder Coated Nerf Bars, part number NB-1203B. Here's what our tube steps look like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and show you how much easier it is to get in and out of your vehicle using the tube steps. Now let's go ahead and begin our installation. We're going to begin our installation over here on the passenger side. Let's first point out our mounting locations that we'll be using for our new tube steps. This front body mount is the front mount location here on the passenger side.

The rear mounting location will be right here.This will be the same on both the driver and passenger side. We're going to need to remove the bolt from the rear and the forward mounting locations to install our brackets. To do that, we're going use a 19-mm socket. Now we will be reusing this portion; this bolt here we will not be reusing. Go ahead and repeat the same process here at the rear body mount.Next, let's go ahead and go over the hardware that comes with the tube step mounting kit.

This right here is what one of the front bracket looks like; it is smaller than the rear. It will be mounted like this, with the shorter edge and the hole on the top, and the other side with the slot mounted outward it's going to go up in there like that.To attach it, we'll be using this 12-mm x 120-mm bolt, 1/2-inch lock washer, 1/2-inch flat washer; it will go through the under side here. We'll then take our 2 pieces that we're reusing, slide them over, and rethread them in. For now, we're just going to put them hand tight so we can make some adjustments to the tube steps.Here's what the rear mounting location bracket looks like. Here's the top, here's the front.

Notice you have another angle piece here. Again, we'll be using a 12-mm bolt, 1/2-inch lock washer, and a 1/2-inch flat washer. Let's do the underside. Take our 2 pieces that we're reusing, slide them on. Again, for now, we're just going to hand tighten everything.Next, let's go ahead and point out the hardware that we'll be using to attach the tube step to each bracket.

We'll be using a 1/2-inch x 2-inch long hex bolt, 1/2-inch lock washer, and a 1/2-inch flat washer. We'll put it through the back side of the bracket and thread it into the tube step. We'll be using the same hardware for each of the mounting brackets to attach it to the tube step.Now we're ready to install our tube step. Now I'll go ahead and hold it down. You'll notice that there's a 2 foot pad area on it. Let's also go ahead and show you how you can determine which is the driver and the passenger. The passenger side, the rear will be longer in this section here. This hole here will also be higher up or farther from the bottom of the tube step compared to the front.You'll also want the foot pad here to be closer to the bend at the rear of the vehicle. That's how you know that this side here is the passenger side. Heres' what the underside or where we'll be securing the tube step to the bracket looks like. There's a plate in here that's threaded that we'll actually be putting this bolt into.It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the tube step up as you install the hardware. Now that we have the tube steps attached to the brackets and everything is just hand tight, we'll go ahead and make sure that our tube step is located from the front to rear, in the area that we want it. Next we'll go ahead and tighten down the bolts that secure the bracket to each body mount.Now that we have the bolts securing the bracket to the body mount tightened down, next we're going to take a level to make sure that our tube step is level. You'll see here this slot, it's kind of built into the bracket; it will allow you to adjust the tube step up or down to make sure you get it nice and level. We'll go ahead and check the vehicle first. We're nice and level.Go ahead and set it on top of the tube step. As you can see here, we're level as well. If you we're not level, you would use the bolts on the back side that secure the tube step to the bracket, in that slot, to raise or lower the front, to make sure that you get the tube step nice and level with the vehicle. Now that everything's nice and level, we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts that secure the tube step to the bracket.Now that we have the 4 bolts that secure the tube step to the bracket, and the bracket to the body mount tightened down, we can go ahead and torque all 4 of those to the manufacturer's specification. Now that we've got our 4 bolts torqued down, we'll go ahead and check our level. Still, as you can see, we're nice and level. Now we have 2 more items that we still need to attach here on the passenger side.We have these 2 straps that are additional support straps. You'll notice how 1 one of them is longer than the other. The short 1 goes on the front; the long one attaches here at the rear. To attach the support strap to the tube step, we'll be using a 3/8 self-tapping bolt with a larger hole, and that will thread in to the tube step itself.There's a hole at the front and the rear. For the top side, we'll be using a 1/4-inch self-tapping screw and it will attach to the underside of the body of the vehicle. Here at the rear, the 3/8 self-tapping bolt will be using this hole here. This strap will line up and we'll put our self tapper up here. Now that we have the bottom bolt tightened down, go ahead and take our self-tapping screw, and install it in the top one.Once we get the screw in, so we don't over tighten it with our drill, then we just go ahead and use a socket; just using a 3/8 socket. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the front support strap. Now that we have the front support strap installed as well, we can go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side for the installation of that tube step.That will do it for the installation of the Pilot Black Powder Coated Nerf Bars, part number NB-1203B, as installed on our 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Quad Cab.


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