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I am planning to buy some Amp Research Steps in the next few days. Has anyone installed these their selves? If so, do you have any tips? I have been looking over the instructions, and it looks like you run wires to the batteries and then to wires for each door. My truck had the King Ranch running boards on it that had lights. Could I just wire it straight to them on both sides? I'm thinking this might work, but might make both steps come out when you open the door.

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honestly you prob def can if your ok with doing electrical work... me.. i hate it so i just have it done by a professional...

we have them here if your interested AMP Research Power Step

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honestly you prob def can if your ok with doing electrical work... me.. i hate it so i just have it done by a professional...

we have them here if your interested AMP Research Power Step

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Well it seems professional around my neck of the woods must not mean the same as other parts of the world. I would really like to just pay someone to do it, but I have had really bad luck that way. Every time someone installs something for me, they screw it up or something else up and I end up fixing it. I'll check around though and see if anyone actually has experience with these. I should be ordering in just a few days and will definitely check out your site. Thanks!

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I installed them on my 2011. Not too hard, though the instructions are not that good. Locating the wire for the front right door was the most difficult thing for me.
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I am planning to buy some Amp Research Steps in the next few days. Has anyone installed these their selves? If so, do you have any tips? I have been looking over the instructions, and it looks like you run wires to the batteries and then to wires for each door. My truck had the King Ranch running boards on it that had lights. Could I just wire it straight to them on both sides? I'm thinking this might work, but might make both steps come out when you open the door.

Hello Robert.

I don't think you want to use the OEM running board light wiring. I'm not sure how it works, but it may cause some funny delays and stuff to the operation of you Power Steps.

Prior to the installation of your steps you can always call AMP Research and talk to one of us and we will give you some tips. 888-983-2204 option 2.

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Installed mine myself last week on a Super Cab 2011 F250. Mechanical portion is very straight forward, just follow the instructions. Finding the correct wires to connect to is a little more difficult. For one door you need to remove the cloth wrapped around the wire bundle under the passenger side kick panel to find the correct wire. The wire connectors supplied with steps worked well once the correct wire was located. Steps worked perfectly after installation allowing my wife easy access to the cab.
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Those lighs come on when the parking lights are on too, don't they

Either way I would just wire it the way AMP tells you to.

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As ODH said,

Mechanical portion is very simple, the motors and idlers just bolt up to existing holes.

I had to run my wiring along the back of the engine compartment since they weren't long enough to go around the front like the instructions say. I just zip tied the harness up and away from any huge heat sources since they are wrapped in conduit anyway.

The wire tapping was the biggest pain, just finding the right wires. The dark purple one was my issue cause there are about three purple wires that look similar. I had to dig to the bottom of the bundle to find the darkest one. The rest of them were OK to find, just make sure to look through all the wires and weed out the ones that don't fit the description EXACTLY.

I did tap into the wrong one, took the tap off, wrapped the wire in electrical tape, then heat shrink tubing to seal it back up since the tap does not cut the wire, just makes a connection.

The lights were easy to put on. Drill two holes on each side for the wires to go through, crimp the light wires to the wires from the harness, peel off tape backing and stick lights to truck.

I don't think wiring the steps to the existing harness would work cause you have the controller for the boards to worry about and the wiring bundle just plugs into that.

I have had no issues with the steps or the truck (which is what I was worried about after my f up).

On another note, I just had a 6 inch Pro Comp lift put on with 20 inch wheels and 37s and my daughter (5 year old) can still get up in the truck with no issues with these steps. Great product and I am now hooked on them.

Hope that helps with your decision.
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Thanks for all the advice guys! Great info

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i am also looking into buying some, does anyone know the install time? could i do it in a day? thanks
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