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HD Video How-to: Installing a Bestop® TrekStep™ on the Dodge Ram
See the HD video how-to coverage of the
Trekstep installation on our Dodge Ram—with its aftermarket bumper!
truck's complete makeover last fall, the four-inch lift suspension has worked well. The Dodge Ram 3500 has drawn a
lot of attention and favorable comments. One of the trickle-down effects of a lift and oversize tires, however,
is a higher, more difficult to access pickup bed. We needed a solution for the new bed
solution, we turned to Bestop®. The Trekstep™, which we covered last fall at
the SEMA Show, offers
access to the pickup bed. In this HD video how-to, we fabricate a bracket to mount the otherwise "bolt-on"
Trekstep to an aftermarket Buckstop bumper bracket. Although this modification turned the usual 1/2-hour
Trekstep installation into a "project", the results are great. See for yourself in the HD video how-to
coverage (below) of the Trekstep assembly!
Here is the Trekstep trial fitted with
the fabricated bracket. The Trekstep does not require any modification if fitted to a stock bumper. Our Ram truck
has an aftermarket bumper with different brackets than stock. See the Trekstep with a stock bumper
at theBestop YouTube
Our installation required a fabricated
bracket. We welded the custom bracket to the aftermarket Buckstop bumper
brace. Weld wire is ER70-S2 in
0.035" diameter, offering a yield strength of71,000 PSI and 83,000
PSI tensile strength. This welding was performed in-position as overhead and vertical down passes. Tack
welds started the process.
modifications and the fabrication work described are not required for the installation of the Trekstep on a stock
pickup truck...The magazine's Ram 3500 has an aftermarket bumper with a different bracket configuration than stock.
(Note that Bestop neither endorses nor warrants modifications to its products.) We chose to perform this work in
order to benefit from the Trekstep's versatility, utility and function...If you do install the Trekstep on a truck
that requires modifications, use caution and safe practices...The example shown here is for our Dodge Ram truck—and
not intended to dictate or suggest how you perform your installation.
Here is the Trekstep installed and in the
extended position. The custom bracket enables installation on this Buckstop aftermarket bumper. We took full
advantage of the Trekstep's benefits. See the Bestop YouTube
video for a full description of the Trekstep with a stock bumper.
Note: When mounting the Trekstep to
the fabricated angle bracket, we used 10mm x 40mm replacement bolts. Like the original bolts furnished with
the Bestop package, these new bolts are 8.8 Grade and 1.50mm thread pitch. In conjunction with the washers
furnished by Bestop, we added graded split-ring lock washers...Always match grade and thread pitch when
The Trekstep has a weight capacity of 300
pounds. With our aftermarket bumper and custom bracket, that weight limit is assured. The rugged Trekstep
mechanism has spring pressure to retract quickly and stay up securely. Here, climbing into the
high bed has become easy!
Retracted, the step is attractive and fits
nicely with either a stock or aftermarket bumper. This is a solution to the common problem of bed access.
Bestop has built a quality, highly functional accessory!