AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Boards
The Original Automatic Retracting Step: The PowerStep from AMP Research
When it comes to automated electric steps, AMP used to be the only game in town. And they make a great product, so it was no surprise that for so long they had no competition and that they have remained on top still to this day. This motorized step bar deploys when you open your door. Then after a 3 second delay it retracts back under your rocker panels, hidden away and protected against any damage from bottoming out. With an optional 2 inch extension kit, this step can extend anywhere from 11 to 13 inches below your rocker panel. With built in anti-pinch technology for safety in case anything is stuck or lodged between the board and the motor, this electric-powered running board is hard to beat. And did we mention the LED light kit included with every Power Step? Yeah, there’s a lot to like about the AMP Power Step.
Bullet Point Breakdown of the AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Boards
No time to read this whole article? Just want the quick and dirty dets? “Too long; didn’t read” you’re fav acronym? Don’t worry. We hear ya. Here’s our Midwest Aftermarket Bullet Point Breakdown of the AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Boards:
- An Automated Step with a 600 LB Load Capacity
- Included LED kit lights up the PowerStep Running Boards when you open the door
- Side steps close automatically after a three second delay once your door is closed
- Door opens, the AMP Running Boards deploy instantly
- Great for Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150’s and just about every other pickup truck around
- Anti-pinch technology prevents the steps from closing on a person’s foot or a branch wedged in between step and vehicle
- This great safety feature prevents both your loved ones and your step from getting damaged
- LED Light Bulbs installed on each rocker panel help with visibility even in the darkest of nights
- These nerf bars make getting into and out of your vehicle a breeze
- Enjoy the luxury of automatic Power Steps
- The PowerStep tucks up under your rocker, hidden away when not needed
- This protects your step and your rocker panel, plus it makes your truck more aerodynamic
- And let’s not even forget how stylish it is to have this hidden step deploy as you open your door
- While install instructions are included, professional install is recommended with this product
- But if you’re comfortable running wires, this step is probably something you can install in your home garage
- Designed to last, the PowerSteps are backed by AMP’s 5 year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
- The 7 inch wide step area is large enough for even the biggest of feet
- Simply one of the best automated running boards on the market today
AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Boards
There’s not much that needs to be said about the AMP Research PowerSteps besides that they look and function incredibly. Have a look at the images above. Check out the videos. If you want to have a step that deploys automatically when you open your driver’s or passenger side door and then retracts up underneath the vehicle when you close the door, these are some of the best on the market.
While the price point is a bit higher than traditional steps, you need to consider everything you’re getting with an automated step, plus the great warranty. AMP stands behind their products. And these legendary steps were the first to hit the market and still today set a very high bar that competition has struggled to reach.
At the end of the day, if you want a running board that is hidden away, tucked up against your rocker panels, when you’re vehicle is in motion, but the step to be there when you need it, these are the steps for you.
And those are just the obvious benefits of this innovative product. These PowerSteps are going to make your Jeep or truck look that much better when you’re rolling down the road and even more so when you’re getting in and out of the vehicle.
But on top of all that great motorized ingenuity, you also get a really excellent step bar.
Let’s not forget that. I’ve reviewed hundreds of steps and personally looked into hundreds more, and few have a list of features as long as AMP Research’s Power Steps.
Here’s one off the top of my head that I find pretty impressive: a 600 pound weight capacity.
Get outta town!
I have seen steel steps that are permanently bolted on to pinch welds on massive trucks that are only weighted for 300 to 400 lbs. And what’s so astounding about that is that AMP’s PowerSteps running boards themselves are made of aluminum. Typically aluminum is more lightweight than steel but also can’t handle quite as much of a load.
Well, guess what? AMP figured out how to do it anyway. And no joke, they have doubled the weight capacity of most other regular step bars, and their running boards retract!
Consider that for a second. These boards are attached to your vehicle using a hinged bracket with a motor. That means that every part of that hinge and motor and the boards and the places these parts all attach has to be better constructed and made of better material than just about any other step board on the market.
And they retract up under your vehicle when not in use.
And it would be one thing if these automated running boards just looked good. There are plenty of products on my truck right now that are really just for looks. There’s nothing wrong with that either.
But the AMP PowerSteps serve a vital function too. Just like regular step bars, these running boards help you get into and out of your vehicle. But whereas most other nerf bars only drop down 2 or 3 inches, since the AMP Research Power Steps are able to deploy when you need them and retract when you don’t, they can extend even further down towards the ground.
On average, according to an AMP rep, the Power Steps drop down 11 to 13 inches from your panels. That’s incredible.
And before you gloss over that, again consider why you might need or want this step in the first place.
Is it because you want an easy way to get up into and out of your truck cab?
Check. The additional inches of drop means it is even easier than most traditional steps.
Is it because your wife wants an easier time getting into your truck?
Double check, because no matter how tall or short you are, these steps are going to make the act of climbing up into your cab easier and more natural.
Is it because you’ve had other steps in the past, but your huge boots or shoes just wouldn’t fit comfortably on them? You’d always feel like you were wedging your foot in between the step and the rockers and it felt awkward?
11 to 13 inches, folks. You aren’t going to feel cramped here. Even the biggest of boots will have plenty of clearance.
Have you felt like the step area on other boards is just too narrow or it doesn’t provide a wide enough target for you to hit consistently without looking down to make sure you’re hitting the step just right?
It is one thing to step up into your truck on a traditional board. It’s another when you’re trying to get out. Looking down to find the step that is right up next to your rocker is awkward and sometimes just not possible.
With AMP you don’t have to worry about any of that. The step deploys in such a way that the act of getting into and out of your vehicle becomes even more smooth and natural.
And did we mention these boards are 7 inches wide? You don’t have to worry about slipping off these suckers.
And finally, do you have an older or disabled loved one who rides with you often and needs help getting in and out of your truck?
These steps, especially because of their increased drop, make it much easier for someone who needs help getting into a vehicle to do so. They are stable, strong, have a wide step area, and they run the length of your cab, so you don’t have to worry about hitting a specific step pad or hoop step or anything like that.
When it comes to quality, AMP has knocked it out of the park. And they’ve included great additional features like their LED lights as well.
You almost think they’ve got it all figured out because they’ve been perfecting the AMP Research PowerSteps for years. And you’d be right.
Go with the original. Go with a company you can trust. Get an automated step that not only looks amazing but also functions great. These running boards deploy smoothly and quickly. And they tuck back away under your rockers just as fluidly.
I can’t think of a product I use more often when it comes to my truck because every day, each and every time I get into and out of my vehicle, I use these steps. They are well worth the investment. And I’m sure that on future vehicles to come, I’m going to remain loyal to AMP because they produce a quality step that is light years ahead of the competition.
Get your PowerSteps today. You won’t regret it.
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