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AMP Research Accessories

PowerStep™ Running Board by AMP Research®, 1 Pair. Ford and GM have been equipping their new trucks at the factory with AMP Research PowerStep automatic retracting running boards for years, and so should you. High-grade aluminum construction with powder coat finish ensures strength and freedom from corrosion, plus OEM-quality hardware with durable seals ensures long-lasting, smooth operation. Some drilling required for power motor and LED light installation.

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  • PowerStep Running Boards produced by AMP Research are original factory equipment on some vehicles
  • Running boards extend outward when doors are opened, then retract flush underneath the vehicle when doors are closed
  • Ideal for off-roading or other use where traditional fixed-in-place running boards may become damaged due to ground clearance issues
  • Running boards are triggered automatically when any door on the corresponding side is opened or closed
  • Sealed power motors mount directly onto the folding linkage assemblies with ease
  • Running boards extend and retract in approximately one second
  • Safe for young children because pinch protection sensors will reverse direction of the boards if resistance is detected
  • Each side is rated to support 600 pounds
  • Comes with a controller module which mounts under hood and wires directly to your battery
  • Bushings are sealed for protection against grit and the elements, and require no lubrication
  • Die cast aluminum construction and stainless steel pivot pins ensure a lifetime of freedom from corrosion
  • Running board surfaces feature a powder coated finish that effectively resists scratches, chips, and discoloration
  • Manufactured in the United States

Add the ultimate touch of luxury to your pickup truck or sport utility vehicle with stylish, power-operated running boards that extend outward when you need them, then retract neatly out of sight underneath your vehicle when you don't. AMP Research has engineered and built all fixed and moving PowerStep components to very high standards – so much so that Ford and General Motors offer these very running boards as an OEM factory option on their own vehicles. They are perfect for 4x4 owners who need maximum ground clearance during off-roading and for those who prefer not to alter the original lines of their vehicle with fixed running boards. Whatever the length of your truck's cab, AMP Research offers running boards sized to fit your make and model that achieve an OEM-quality fit.

Mounting brackets with a pivoting design fit easily onto vehicle body mount bolts or existing frame holes. A centralized control module is placed under hood for easy power connection to your vehicle's battery and comes complete with heavy grade wiring that runs through door ajar sensors, then through sill plates after drilling. Once underneath the vehicle, the wiring connects easily to power motors that mount directly onto bracket ends and to LED lights that secure to the vehicle frame with the use of double-sided tape. To ensure moving parts do not become compromised by mud and grit buildup, motors and pivot points are sealed with internal lubrication – making them virtually maintenance-free. Running boards on each side can support up to 600 pounds and textured surfaces give maximum grip, even when covered in mud, ice, snow, or rain.

AMP Research also offers the Extension Arm Kit with four extension pieces that mount between the standard PowerStep mounting brackets and the running boards to create a step height that's two inches closer to the ground. The extension pieces fold out of the way when the boards retract, maintaining a side profile that is flush to the vehicle while providing added convenience for lifted trucks and passengers with difficulties climbing larger steps.

For those that wish to add an elegant touch of brightwork to their running boards, AMP Research offers Stainless Steel Trim Strips in multiple lengths that slide easily onto the front edge of newer style running boards. For those that have older AMP Research running boards of a different shape that is not compatible with these trim strips, the Complete Stainless Steel Trim Upgrade Kit gives you new-style replacement running boards that bolt on easily to existing arm brackets. Replacement LED lights are also available in the event any on your vehicle should become damaged. AMP Research builds all components in the United States and backs them with a 5-year / 60,000 mile warranty against failure due to manufacturing defects.

Founded in 1980 in southern California, AMP Research® came together with a wealth of engineering talent drawn from company founder Horst Leitner and others who were previously involved in motorcycle racing and engineering. During the 1980s and 1990s, AMP Research pioneered the first 4-stroke engines for off-road motocross bikes as well as other suspension and chain torque advancements for bicycles and motorcycles. Hauling dirt bikes to racing events in the back of their pickup trucks, company engineers rigged up temporary bed extenders to keep chairs and other items from sliding out on the road when tailgates were down. What they did worked so well, AMP Research patented the idea and introduced it for 1998 - quickly becoming a supplier to vehicle manufacturers that offered the bed extenders as factory equipment. During the following decade, AMP Research pioneered power retracting running boards and has become a featured supplier to major automakers who use them as well. AMP Research is ISO 9001:2008 certified for best business practices in manufacturing and customer satisfaction, and their range of high-quality products is widely respected throughout the industry. CARiD is proud to offer the best values on the full AMP Research lineup of power retracting running boards, step pads, bed extenders, and all individual replacement parts at prices that can't be beat.

Warranty Information

AMP RESEARCH warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for FIVE (5) YEARS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE, provided there has been normal use and proper maintenance. This warranty applies to the original purchaser only. All remedies under this warranty are limited to the repair replacement of the product itself, or the repair or replacement of any component part there of, found by the factory to be defective within the time period specified. The decision to repair or replace is wholly within the discretion of the manufacturer.

This warranty specifically excludes labor. If you have a warranty claim, first you must call AMP Research factory for instructions. You must retain proof of purchase and submit a copy with any items returned for warranty work. Upon completion of warranty work, if any, we will return the repaired or replaced item or items to you freight prepaid. Damage to AMP Research products caused by accidents, fire, vandalism, negligence, misinstallation, misuse, Acts of God, or by defective parts not manufactured by us, is not covered under this warranty.

Any implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose created hereby are limited in duration to the same duration and scope as the express written warranty. AMP Research company shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damage.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

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AMP Research® - PowerStep™ Black Powdercoat Running Boards
AMP Research® - PowerStep™ Running Boards
Average Rating: 4.7 of 5
4.5 of 5
Awesome Boards
I love these running boards. Easy installation. And they really improved the look of my truck.
BPosted by (Ogden, UT) /
2011 Ford F-350
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5 of 5
Great Running Boards!
Love these running boards! They are outstanding and fit is perfect! Top notch product.
JPosted by (Picayune, MS) /
2009 Ford F-150
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4.8 of 5
Top Notch!
Customer support advised me this running board and i wasn't lost. Installation required some tools, but instructions were good.
TPosted by (Hanover Park, IL) /
2010 Dodge Ram
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5 of 5
AMP Research PowerStep
Shipped quickly. Easily installed. Looks great!
JPosted by (Buda, TX) /
2013 Chevy Tahoe
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4.8 of 5
Great Sevice
Installed with no issue , works amazing, perfect just what we ask for. Customer was happy with this item.
CPosted by (Daytona Beach, FL) /
2014 Jeep Wrangler
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4.3 of 5
Way Cool
I love the way these retract and are hidden from view, then pop out when you open your door. It's kinda of like having a spy car or the batmobile. Keeps the lines of your truck looking clean and makes it easier for my wife to enter the vehicle.
PPosted by (Imperial, MO) /
2003 Dodge Ram
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4.3 of 5
My Experience with Our Steps
I have the Ford F-150 two-door. The steps were actually made for a four-door F-150 heritage. Without too much trouble, all you have to do is cut the steps. This will work fine as they will look fine because they are made to be cut. After they are cut, you install the factory caps. They look just fine, they don't look like you did anything at all. So enjoy them.
PPosted by (Florence, MA) /
2004 Ford F-150
Was this review helpful for you? Yes
4.8 of 5
It is very nice aftermarket add on. The running boards came quickly, work really great and look fantastic. Installation was very straightforward. This was exactly what I was looking for!
RPosted by (Tampa, FL) /
2011 Dodge Ram
Was this review helpful for you? YesThis review was helpful for 2 users!
4.8 of 5
Great Product
I recently purchased your Power Step product for my 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab. While I had high expectations based on the reviews that I had read, I have to say that I was very impressed. The fit and finish is very high quality, the instructions were clear, specific, and easy to understand, and I was able to install it myself in less than three hours. Plus, it works great and is a very, very cool product. My wife wanted running boards to help her get up into the truck, and I wasn't willing to sacrifice ground clearance for them. This is the perfect compromise - thanks for making a great product!
MPosted by (Wiseman, AK) /
2008 Dodge Ram
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