A step bumper is a wise investment for trucks or pickups designed for work. It's designed to supplement your vehicle's existing bumper-making it easier to for you to access your tools and equipment. Since this bumper isn't designed for absorbing impact from collisions, it's best to replace it when damaged.
In this guide, we have prepared the necessary tips, tools, and steps to help you accomplish this project.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools that You'll Need:
- Socket set
- Tape measure
- Washers and bolts
- Penetrating lubricant
- Spray undercoat
- Brackets and receiver brackets
- Replacement step bumper
- Always wear recommended safety equipment like closed-toe shoes, an industrial-grade dusk mask, safety goggles and gloves.
- Consult your vehicle's dealer or the manual for the correct step bumper model or make.
- Make sure that your work area is a flat, level surface.
- Locate your step bumper and inspect it for any damages.
Step 1:Use a penetrating lubricant to soak all the bolts and brackets supporting the step bumper. This will help loosen the bolts when removing them.
Step 2:After a few minutes, use a socket wrench to remove all the bolts and brackets. Carefully remove the step bumper and disconnect any wires attached to it. Set the old fasteners aside for later use.
Step 3:Install the gray cladding and black plastic treads before installing the replacement step bumpers.
Step 4:Spray a generous amount of undercoat to protect the new step bumper from rust
Step 5:Remove the bumper brackets and its wiring guides, from the vehicle's frame. Check the brackets before installing the hitch receiver. Position these brackets between the frame and bumper brackets; use bolts and washers to install the bumper brackets.
Step 6:Use a socket wrench to fasten your replacement bumper to the brackets. Apply the necessary torque to avoid any bolts losing its tread or grip.
Step 7:Attach all the guide wires and components that were removed to the new step bumper.
Step 8:Check the bumper for proper alignment and if the backing, license plate lights are working
Installing a new step bumper will take about 45 minutes for an expert DIYer and around an hour for a beginner. It's a fun project to work on a lazy weekend afternoon.