Project Dodge Mega Cab: AMP Research PowerStep & BedStep
Project Dodge Mega Cab has been tricked out with some diesel performance parts, off-road suspension, and some other goodies. Itís really starting to take a transformation of its own. One thing is for sure, the truck is tall and after we leveled the suspension, it got even taller. We are currently running 33-inch tires and are looking to go either 35 or 37s in the near future. Before we can go any higher, we needed to address a safe way to get in and out of this mega truck.
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We looked around at different steps, running boards and even considered fabing up some rock sliders that would double as steps. In the end, the simple and clean design of the PowerStep by Amp Research won us over.
WHY AMP POWERSTEP?
The AMP PowerStep is truly a mechanical marvel that has set the standard in power steps. Designed and made in the USA from high-quality materials, the AMP PowerStep is more than bolt-on gingerbread for your truck--itís a hardworking component that adds function and safety to your truck.
AMP has been around since 1980 and is located in Irvine, California. They invent, build and market products designed to improve the function and utility of cars, trucks, SUVs, bicycles and motorcycles.
An ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer, AMP Research supplies quality components for the automotive aftermarket and OEM cars and trucks for Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
Founder Horst Leitner is an off-roader himself, having an extensive motocross and off-road racing career. He understands what works and doesnít work for those that play hard. We quickly figured this out after being introduced to AMP Research a few years back at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The AMP PowerStep provides a safe and sturdy non-slip surface that extends below the truckís floorboard--making it a breeze to step in and out of your truck.
We found that most 4x4 trucks today, even in their stock form, are tall and cumbersome when getting in and out. The AMP PowerStep is the answer to this.
Donít get me wrong--I donít mind a little work. But when you factor in loading a baby, two dogs and my wife into the truck, getting a step up into the cab is the way to go.
Here are some other key features of the AMP PowerStep:
ē Integrated LED Light System Ė Standard
ē High-strength, die-cast aluminum-alloy linkage arms, anodized and Teflon® coated to resist corrosion
ē Precision, zero-maintenance stainless-steel pivot pins
ē Extruded aluminum steps with a textured powder-coat finish for maximum grip and durability
ē 600 lb. load capacity (each side)
ē Weatherproof, OEM-quality electric motors and wiring harness with sealed weather-tight connectors
ē AMP-designed electronic controller employs pressure-sensitive, pinch-proof safety technology
We worked with Off Road Warehouse (ORW) in San Diego, CA, for our AMP PowerStep installation. ORW is an AMP Research dealer and has been installing their product for quite some time now. ORW has four stores in San Diego County and Temecula that offer great off-road products, installation and service.
Neil Bradley, Store Manager at ORW in El Cajon, CA, was gracious enough to lend a helping hand and give us access to his shop and techs.
Hereís an overview of the AMP PowerStep installation:
The last step was to connect the power (+) and ground (-) wires to the battery to juice up our AMP PowerStep. DONE.
The entire installation took less than 2.5 hours.
We asked James what he thought about the AMP PowerStep installation. He really liked how simple they were to install. He also liked the safety features they have. The AMP PowerStep has a built-in safety mechanism that wonít allow them to close if there is any obstruction or force placed on them (e.g. like a foot or hand).
Wow, what a great product. It was easy to install, the instructions were simple to follow and everything worked the way it should. We like that.
Some of the features we really like is how well hidden the steps are when not in use. They stay nicely tucked underneath the cab. The high clearance assures us that our AMP Power Steps will not get in the way or high-center our truck when off-road. Iíve seen too many factory or aftermarket stationary steps that lower the vehicles clearance.
Now if all this wasnít enough, the AMP PowerStep also makes a great conversation piece. Itís great to see your friends mesmerized by power running boards with cool LED lights. It really is amazing how smooth these steps come down and retract from under the cab.
My wife canít stop talking about them--and thatís a good thing. Sheís even coming on more rides with me. She likes being able to get in and out on her own without the use of a clunky stepladder. Heck, even my Lab is having a good time using the steps.
The AMP BedStep is a nice little bonus to add to any truck that gets use of the bed.
I am now able to load and unload things from the back of the truck with ease. It also makes getting up on the bumper and into the bed easy on this lifted truck.
All in all, we are really glad we went with AMP Research. They are truly a step above the rest.
For more information on AMP PowerStep, BedStep and other fine products from AMP Research please visit http://www.amp-research.com/
AMP Research is running a promotion through the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2010). If you buy a PowerStep, theyíll throw in a FREE BedStep or BedX-tender ($200 Retail Value).
Make sure to take advantage of this deal on Off Road Warehouseís website
Phone: (949) 221-0023
Off Road Warehouse
425 N. Marshall Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 442-8689