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> How to Install Running Boards

How to Install Running Boards

Published Date:
July 20, 2018

Installation Videos for Ionic 61 Series Running Boards

How to Install Ionic 61 Series Running Boards on a Ram 1500

A good set of running boards can make your truck much easier to enter and exit, not only for you, but for your friends, loved ones, and even the family dog. This installation guide will help you get a new set of running boards on your truck in no time, giving you a secure, non-slip way to get into and out of your truck cab. This installation covers our Ionic 61 Series Running Boards, but installation is similar on many other boards and bars. Check out RealTruck’s YouTube page for helpful videos on step installation for different step types for all makes and models.

Note: While we used a lift to bring you the best pictures of the installation process possible, this installation can be done in your driveway using a creeper, padded mat, or even a sturdy piece of cardboard.

Installing Your Running Boards

Inserting bolt plate into factory hole in rocker panel

Step 1: Install Bolt Plate into Factory Holes

This piece allows the brackets to be fastened securely without requiring drilling.

Brackets being attached to inserted bolt plate

Step 2: Attach Front Brackets with Provided Hardware
Leave these brackets finger-tight for now as they may require adjustment later.

Middle and rear brackets being attached.

Step 3: Repeat Process for Center and Rear Brackets
Number of brackets will vary according to your truck's year, make, model, and cab size.

Bolts being inserted into running board channels

Step 4: Slide Provided Bolts into Underside Board Channels
Threaded portion should face down when the board is placed on the brackets.

Placing running board of top of brackets.

Step 5: Place Board on Brackets
Make sure running board bolts align with bracket slots.

Bolts being fed through slots on bracket

Step 6: Feed Bolts Through Slots on Brackets
Perform this step on each set of brackets.

Attach with Provided Hardware

Step 7: Attach with Provided Hardware
Leave finger-tight at first for ease of adjustment before final tightening.

Tightening running board brackets.

Step 8: Tighten Brackets to Truck and Board
Once satisfied with the board's position, tighten bracket and board bolts down.

Process repeated on opposite side.

Step 9: Repeat Other Side
Complete the previous steps on the opposite side of the vehicle.

Young child using running boards

Step 10: Enjoy Your New Running Boards!
Periodically check your hardware and re-tighten as necessary.

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