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> Best Steps for a Lifted Truck

Best Steps for a Lifted Truck

Published Date
April 2, 2018

The increased ride height of lifted trucks makes truck steps even more necessary. Most standard truck steps, like the Voyager Plus Running Boards and Raptor's 4-Inch Curved Nerf Bars, have a step surface that's about 2 to 3 inches below the pinch weld. For trucks with lifts, these steps can be difficult to access as they're nearly as high as the cab. We'll take a look at several options that work best with a range of lift heights, including hoop steps and electric boards, so you've got the best options.

Low Step Drop Height

Some hoop steps have a drop distance of 3 to 4 inches from the pinch weld, making them suitable for lifted trucks. They provide an extra step for getting into your truck cab at a leveled or lifted height from 0 to 3 inches.

Lower Step Drop Height

Bestop Powerboard in use
Bestop Powerboard in use
Bestop Powerboard in use

Bestop Powerboard

Bestop Powerboards feature a 6-inch drop distance from the pinch weld. They work great with trucks lifted between 3 and 6 inches. At 6.25 inches wide, the step has a 600 pound weight capacity and an integrated lighting system that lights the top of the board and the ground below when the doors open and the step is deployed. The board automatically retracts when the doors close. Made from heavy-duty aluminum that’s rust and corrosion resistant, the components are weather resistant, too. These boards are backed by a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty.

Lowest Step Drop Height

AMP Research Powerstep white chevy 2500 with XD milled black xd820 grenade wheels
AMP Research Powerstep in use
AMP Research Powerstep white chevy 2500 with XD milled black xd820 grenade wheels

AMP Research PowerStep

The PowerSteps from AMP Research have the farthest drop distance of any board or bar out there. From the pinch weld, PowerSteps drop between 7 and 9.5 inches, depending on the application, so they're the perfect addition to trucks lifted between 5 and 10 inches. They’re electric, too, so they deploy when the cab doors open and retract to the outer rocker panel when the doors close. Integrated lights shine on the board when deployed, making them as easy to use at night as they are during the day. Aluminum construction provides a rust and corrosion resistant barrier to the elements, and weather-resistant components provide lasting durability. The step itself is 6 inches wide and has a 600-pound weight capacity. AMP Research PowerSteps are backed by a five-year, 60,000 mile warranty.

Recommended Products

Havoc HS2

Havoc HS2

The HS2 steps from Havoc Offroad have a hoop step surface that drops a few inches below the pinch weld for easier cab access.

ICI Magnum RT Steps

ICI Magnum RT Steps

ICI's Magnum steps drop about 3 inches from the pinch weld and offer a rugged-style step up into your truck.

N-Fab Hooped nerf bar wheel to wheel on ford f-150 raptor

N-Fab Hooped Nerf Bar

N-Fab's Hooped Nerf Bars feature a step distance that's around 4 inches below the pinch weld, making them well-suited for leveled or lifted trucks between 0 and 3 inches.

Bestop Powerboards

Bestop Powerboards

Bestop Powerboards have a 6-inch drop from the pinch weld.

AMP Research PowerStep

AMP Research PowerStep

AMP Research PowerSteps have the farthest drop distance from the pinch weld: between 7 and 9.5 inches, depending on the application.

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