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Opinions & Information on Power Steps

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by 53flattie, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Jul 23, 2015 at 5:43 PM
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    53flattie

    53flattie [OP] New Member

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    So, I decided that I didn't like the looks of the step bars that I had on my 2015 CM. so I sold them and I'm shopping for power steps. I see that there appears to be three options - Amp Research, Bestop, and Bestop NX.

    My questions are:

    1. What's the difference between the two Bestop models? I looked at both online and I can't see any discernible differences. One is around $1100 and the other around $1200.

    2. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better between the three models (two Bestop and the Amp Research)? They are all pretty close in price.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Jul 23, 2015 at 7:51 PM
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    I've only heard of the Amp Research model...only thing I've heard is if you're in any sort of freezing winters - they can freeze up and not come down...this is probably the same for any of them though.
     
  3. Jul 23, 2015 at 11:04 PM
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    Bestop = made in China. Amp = Made in USA. done.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM
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    :oldglory:
     
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  5. Jul 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM
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    I guess it's preference thing. I do like the look of the step bars. Moreover, they do provide some protection against door-dingers.

    The only negative thing I heard about Amp steps was that they freeze in the winter.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2015 at 4:16 AM
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    Thanks for the info. After a bit more digging, I found out that the Bestop NX are wireless. They have sensors that you install in the door jambs, which communicate with the boards when the doors are opened.

    With the prices on all three being so close together, I'll definitely go with the Amp units since they are made in America. (Not to mention the fact that Amp invented the power board and Bestop distributed them until the patent ran out. At that time, Bestop copied them and started making their own. They even have the same part number.)

    In case anyone in the future reads this, I also found some threads on other truck forums, one of which described how the motor and internal parts are of higher quality on the Amp units.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2015 at 7:38 AM
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    And here in upstate SC our winters are not that bad so you shouldn't have to worry about them freezing much.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2015 at 12:56 PM
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    So I just started installing my AMP steps on My DC. I have to say the quality of the parts and the installation instructions are top notch. Bonus points for not having to wade through 10 pages of non-English instructions :).

    One word of caution if you have a DC. They sell only one kit for CM and DC and instruct that you shorten the boards by 15 ½ inches for the DC. IMNHO, this is completely unnecessary and sub-optimal. After dutifully cutting one of them, I discovered that it was too short for my taste. Fortunately a replacement board can be had for ~ $116 on that South American River place. YMMV
     
  9. Dec 8, 2015 at 6:50 PM
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    Please create a separate thread and post pix per rules

    Thnx
     
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