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Westin PRO TRAXX Oval Nerf Bars Installation - 2015 Ram 1500

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How to Install the Westin PRO TRAXX Oval Nerf Bars on a 2015 Ram 1500


Hi there, Ram owners. Today in our 2015 Ram 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Westin's PRO TRAXX tube steps. These are available in either a black powder coat finish, like you see here, or you can get it with a stainless steel finish. These four inch diameter tube steps are going to make it easier when entering and exiting your vehicle. There are going to be step pads here at the front and as well as here at the back. Now, this is going to vary, depending upon your cab's set up.

The length of the tube steps are going to vary so you want to make sure you're using our fit guide to ensure you're getting the appropriate steps, as well as the appropriate brackets for your particular Ram.Adding tube steps is going to make it easier on your knees because you're not going to have to step up as high. You can see I don't even have a 90 degree on my knee here. But if I we're to step all the way in the cab, it's really going up there and I don't want to rip my pants either. So, having something like this just really makes things all around easier. It's going to be less wear and tear on your joints.

And with the surface having raised edges on it, on those slick conditions, those raised edges are going to stand up out of moisture and out of ice to give you something for your foot to grip on. So, it's also going to be safer getting out, giving you a steady foothold.Our step pads are made of a UV resistant polymer so it's not going to fade out in the sun or dry out and crack and wear out. And one of the big issues with tube steps, and I'm sure you've seen a lot of trucks out there where half the tube step is missing underneath, it's all rusted out. And that's due to moisture getting inside and causing it to rust from the inside out. Westin is stopping this by fully sealing off the ends.

You can see there is no bolt on cap or anything like a lot of them do, they put caps on there, which helps keep moisture out but it doesn't fully seal it. This is completely sealed and powder coated over. And if you've got the polished stainless steel, it's also going to be a sealed metal on both your ends. So, there is no chance of moisture getting inside and this thing rotting out from the inside out.All the hardware that you'll need to get it installed does come included and you can see, we have nice bracket covers here to give it a nice factory look, making it just seamlessly enter in with the vehicle. I really like the black powder coat finish.

It looks great on our truck here because it matches the black exterior. We have got black rims. This whole thing is just all blacked out. Now, if you did have a truck that has chrome wheels and some of the other trim or other colors, the polished stainless steel is going to look great, no matter what color your truck is.In addition to helping you get in and out of the vehicle, a tube step is really nice if you've got it additional accessories on your truck. Maybe you've got an over the cab ladder rack or you have got a roof rack on your truck. Some of those items can be pretty hard. I'm about six and a half feet tall, and I can barely reach towards the center of our cab here., But you add in a step like this and I could easily get any items that I had up here with no problem. Same thing with here at the back of the truck. Stepping on the tire or on your bumper at the back, but maybe you just want to reach something right here in the back. You can step on your tube step, get what you need and get on your way.Now that we have gone over some of the features of our tube step, why don't you follow along with me in the shop and we'll show you how to get this installed. This is a pretty, fairly straightforward installation. It's going to be especially easy if you've got weld nuts already in your frame but, if not, Westin does provide you with nutserts and we'll give you a rundown on how to get those on.We'll begin our installation underneath the vehicle. We're going to go ahead and start on the driver's side. And what we're going to look for is the mounted locations where our brackets are going to go. You're going to see some stickers here, as well as a couple of holes here at the bottom. Now, the stickers are going to be the same on all of them. We're going to peel these back to reveal them. We're going to have three on each side. And below these, you may just have holes here that are kind of a hex shape, or you may have nut inserts. So, we've got nut inserts already on ours, which is great. That's going to be easier for us to make the installation that we need to do.But if you just have holes there, that are kind of a hex shape, you'll need to insert nutserts and they do come included with your kit. And see, they have got a hex on them here so they'll slide right in to those opening holes you'd have. And then you would take this little guy here. This would slide in like this and, what we're essentially doing by sliding that guy in, is we're going to use one of our brackets. We can attach it with a nut here after inserting our nutsert into one of the holes.We can then just line that up with the center hole here. This is going to be tightened down inside there, keeping this pressed up against the frame. And then we can use our hardware to tighten down the nutsert through the round center hole. When you tighten that down, it's going to crush the nutsert making it part of our frame here on the side, and we can then move on and repeat that same process in all the remaining holes that do not have any type of nut in them. Once you've got your nutserts installed, or you already have weld nuts in the frame, we can move on to installing our brackets.On our driver's side, we're going to have three different style of brackets we're going to be using. And they are going to be labeled A, B and C. For our rear bracket, we're going to be using the one that's angled towards the rear here. We're going to be using bracket B for the rear most on the driver's side. So, we're just going to take it and you see it lines up there with the holes. We're also going to be using the pieces that you would use to install the nutserts to further secure this. We're going to take that. There is also a plastic washer that comes in our kit. We're just going to thread that on there a little bit. That just keeps us from accidentally dropping this down into the frame.We're just going to slide this into place and then you can finish this just running that guy down, just to hold it up there for you. We can then take our bracket and this is going to slide through the center hole here at the top. From there, we're going to slide on a flat washer, followed by a lock washer and a nut. We're just going to loosely install this for now because we do want to be able to move our bracket around so we can make sure we got it in the correct position and everything. So, that's good there.For the two lower holes, we're going to be using these smaller brass colored hardware. And these are also going to get lock washers and washers. Slide those on there. Line them up with your weld nut or your nutsert and thread it in. We're going to do the same thing with the nut over here on the other side of our bracket. And again, these are just going to be loosely installed so we can ensure we got everything lined up. We're going to go ahead and move down the frame now to the next spot and just install our brackets in a similar fashion.In the middle, we're going to be using bracket A. And this one, you can see points towards the front. We're just going to peel that off and it's going to attach in the exact same way. This is going to slide in. And then we're going to attach it using the same hardware that we used for the rearmost one.On our driver's side in the front, we're going to be using bracket C. You're only going to have one of these and this one's a little bit different. You can see it doesn't have the hole at the top because there is already a bracket here so it would interfere with it. But we have additional attachment points down here below. These are still fairly similar. This is going to line up with those nutserts or weld nuts, and we're going to use the same hardware to attach it. The main difference is going to be those small holes at the bottom. Now, you may or may not already have holes pre-drilled in your truck that's going to line up with those holes. Or you may not have any holes at all. If you don't have any holes, you just want to use your bracket as a template, and you'll want to drill out those holes.For our lower holes, we're going to be taking the small button head bolts. We're going to place a washer on them. And this is going to slide from the outside, through the holes that are preexisting or the ones that you drilled, and we're just going to follow that up with a small flange nut here on the other side.And then just going to repeat that for the other hole. And once we get this bolt installed, we've got all the brackets here on our driver's side, loosely installed. We can now take the covers that come in our kit. And these just simply slide over our brackets. There is an opening here at the back. We're just going to bring this guy up, drop it down over our bracket, and then just kind of roll it up like that. We're not going to attach it just yet. So, go ahead and do this with the remaining two brackets that we've got here on the driver's side.We can now take our tube step. We're going to put it into position. These are labeled left or right. The labeling is on the packaging when you open it up. So, as you're taking the bag off of it, check on there to make sure you've got the appropriate side. You'll know you've got the appropriate side.You can tell here where the nutserts are on the bottom of it. This is a longer section here towards the front than it is here towards the back. We're just going to hold it up now, lining it up with the holes in our brackets with those weld nuts that we just pointed out. And then we're going to take the larger button head bolts now, and these are going to get a star washer placed on them, followed by a flat washer. And then these are going to thread right up into those nutserts located in the bottom of our step. Once again, we're just going to be loosely installing these, just run them up by hand. And we're going to repeat that for the other one here on this bracket and then the remaining four on the remaining brackets towards the front.Now we've got our step loosely installed, everything finger tight, then we can go back and tighten down our brackets to the frame. Our smaller bolts, we're going to use a 13 millimeter socket. And for the larger bolt, we're going to be using a 16 millimeter socket. We're just going to go ahead and go down and finish tightening those up. When we get to the very front one, there is a couple of extra bolts with some different sizes we'll be using. We can then tighten down those small bolts that we add here. The nut you can hold with a 10 millimeter wrench or I had an adjustable right here, so we could just grab that to hold it. And then the Allen key that you need for the bolt comes included with your kit so you can grab that Allen key right out of that hardware bag, and then snug these up.With all the brackets tightened down, we can come back to our arm now. And it does have some flex to it so we're just going to try to level this out so it looks like a nice even step getting into the truck. So just kind of twist it until you find that desired position and then use the larger included Allen key to go back and tighten up those lower bolts. And you don't need to get crazy with these. They just need to be snug.We can now come back and tighten down our covers for our brackets here. We kind of roll them up. You'll see that those holes there are going to line up with the holes in the bracket. We can then take the smaller black bolts that come in our kit. We're going to place a flat washer on it. We're going to slide it through both the cover and the bracket. Place another flat washer on it and then follow that up with a locking nut. We're going to do the same thing with the other hole that's on this bracket and cover. Just like that. And then we're going to repeat this for the remaining covers. Once you've got them all started, you can go back and tighten them down. We're going to be using a 10 millimeter socket and wrench to do so.And I usually like to kind of just get them both started to make sure they don't fall off and then get this back one started first. It's a little bit easier to get tools on the back one. So, if we can get this one snug, it'll help hold it in place, making it a little bit easier to hold everything lined up and getting that outer one tightened down a little bit easier.Once you have finished up securing everything on your driver's side, we're going to perform the exact same procedures over here on the passenger side. The only thing that's going to be different is which brackets that we're going to use. We're not going to be using a C on the side. Instead, our rear bracket is going to be bracket A and then our middle and our front brackets are going to be brackets B. And they're going to attach just like they did to their respective letter over on our driver's side here. And that completes our look at Westin's PRO TRAXX on our 2015 Ram 1500.


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