2015-2019 F150 Addictive Desert Designs Rock Slider Side Step Bars w/ LED Strips Review & Install

2015-2019 F150 Addictive Desert Designs Rock Slider Side Step Bars w/ LED Strips Review & Install


Justin: If you’re looking for one of the toughest
side steps in the category that can also double as lower rocker protection for your ’15 and
newer SuperCrew or SuperCab off road, then, the ADD Rock Sliders here would be an absolute
no brainer. Now, the ADD Sliders will feature an incredibly
tough 120″ wall steel build, black powder coat, and even some included LED lighting
all for right around $1,500 price point. Which, yes, is steep, but you won’t find a
tougher step in the category. Install isn’t terribly difficult, but, keep
in mind, these suckers are heavy, so, therefore you wanna have a buddy around to help you
lift everything into place. But either way, figure a couple of hours from
start to finish with that included wiring. And I’d say middle of the road two out of
three wrenches on the difficulty meter, with a full walkthrough to come later in the video. So, full disclosure here, guys, I did add
these ADD Sliders to my Raptor shortly after we completed the build. And I absolutely love every minute of them. Now, not only do these things look absolutely
killer, but, are completely functional as well, and I’m confident that if I ever do
get a little high centered on an obstacle or anything like that off-road, I’m not gonna
totally tear up the lower rockers on my SuperCrew. Now, one thing that I do wanna address here
that some people might take issue with, and that is the fact that these secure through
the factory location on the standard running board studs on your F150 and not to the frame. I know some of my Jeep buddies out there always
say, “Well, listen, it’s not technically a rock slider unless it mounts to the frame.” And while, yes, there is some truth to that,
making that happen on a newer F150 isn’t as easy as you might think. So, therefore, I’d say, this is probably as
close as you’re gonna get to a true rock slider while still maintaining a relatively easy
install. But, with semantics out of the way, let’s
talk about what you are actually getting here, and again, in my opinion, one of, if not,
the toughest steps in the category 120″ wall steel platings, fully built and welded here
in the U.S.A in the great state of Arizona. In fact, if you guys want, you can actually
see how some of these parts come to life, feel free to check out our tour video of Addictive
Desert Designs or ADD on our YouTube channel. You even get to see one of these puppies being
built, and I actually did some work on it myself. So, pretty cool video, a good way to check
out what they actually do and how these things are built. Now, the steps are dimpled up top here for
some traction purposes and do feature the ADD Rock Slider logo front and center there,
CNC cut, and that logo does get illuminated thanks to the included LED strips and wiring
that basically tap in your door and the dome light wiring, which, by the way, do allow
the lights to illuminate, turn on and off automatically with the door opening and closing. Pretty cool stuff. Finally, guys, the slider portion is given
a nice, smooth surface underneath here to help distribute the weight of the truck on
any given obstacle off-road and help essentially the truck slide off, for lack of a better
word, any rock or obstacle that you happen to get up on on the trail. So, we’ve talked about that burly plate steel
construction along with the traction surface here, guys, you are getting traction surface
the length of your cab by the way. But I did also want to point out that these
have been finished off in that satin black powder coat for durability over the years
of course, and it help prevent any corrosion on that steel itself. And, if you should encounter any issues with
these things, ADD does have your back with their one year limited warranty on the steps
themselves. But now, let’s get into the installation. And again, these things aren’t exactly light
at roughly 75 pounds per side mind you, so, with that in mind, you might want to grab
a buddy before getting started as I did with my buddy Andrew who’s tackling the install
for you guys. So, here it is, without further ado, detailed
walkthrough and quick tool breakdown. Andrew: Tools used for this installation,
quarter-inch drive with an 8-millimeter socket, 3/8ths-inch drive with 13-millimeter sockets
deep and short, a universal swivel, impact is optional, a sharp knife or razor blade,
electrical tape, wire strippers and crimpers, a pair channel locks or a nice pair of pliers,
and a trim panel removal tool. All right, guys, let’s get this rock slider
on. Get a 13-millimeter socket, I like to use
a deep one with the universal swivel on an impact, you can use just a regular socket
wrench. I’m also going to go grab a jack to put on
the center of this sidestep so we can move it under and jack it up, because it is quite
heavy All right, so I have Justin over here helping
me instead of a jack. And there are three studs on the back of the
pinch weld here that we’re just going to lift this running board/rock slider into place. And then we are going to back it up by our
washer and our 13-millimeter nuts. So here are the studs that I was talking about
on the back of our pinch weld underneath our cab. We’re just going to tighten up these 13, I’m
gonna be using an impact. All right, moving forward on the rock slider,
we’re going to tighten up these three nuts. All right, let’s move on to wiring. All right, guys, so, we are still on the driver
side, forward of our running board. And just up here you can see a grommet, you’re
actually going to remove this grommet, it is underneath the floor mat just in front
of the driver’s seat, so we got to pop our door sill off, get this grommet popped out
and run our wires. All right, so, to run our wires, we are on
our passenger side because we have to have access to this kick panel right here. So we have to remove some of these trim pieces,
the sill comes off first, what I do is just put a finger behind here and lift up, you
can use a trim panel removal tool, or be careful with a flathead screwdriver because you don’t
want to marr the finish on that. We’ll just set that off to the side. We’re also gonna take up this piece of trim. And that one just pulled straight back. Now we’re going to lift up our carpet here,
get it over this tab here, and you can see our grommet, now we’re gonna push our grommet
through. We’re also gonna cut a slit in it so we can
run our wires. But there’s going to be a wire loom right
here that we are going to have to tap into, so we’re carefully gonna remove this tape
and splice our wires with an alligator clip. All right, guys, this is the wiring harness
that ADD or Addicted Desert Design supplies with you. Now we’re gonna take our ground and our positive
side, you can see that we have a short one that’s going to be for the passenger side
here, and then we have a long loom that’s gonna run to our driver side. But what we’re going to do with this is take
our grommet that we just pushed out, cut a slit in it, so we can run that positive wire
and our ground wire through it. We gotta make it big enough for that terminal
there with that eye. And I’m actually gonna poke a little bit of
our wiring loom. All right, just like that. Now I’m going to go up from the bottom and
push the ground and the positive through and make sure our grommet is seated. Make sure you seat that grommet evenly all
the way around. Awesome. Now we can run our power and our ground wire. All right, so, since our next step includes
splicing into our factory wiring harness, I’m going to remove our negative side terminal
from our battery, just to make sure there’s no flow of electricity through our system. This is always good practice if you’re working
on any electrical component. I’ll just put that off to the side. Now our vehicle is safe to work on. All right, guys, so, what we’re gonna do now
is wire up the LEDs for our Addicted Desert Design rock sliders. This is a wire stripper and crimper. So I’m just gonna strip back a little bit
of this wire here. Next, I’m gonna take my knife here, and we
are going to find our gray with purple wire. It looks like it’s right around there, so
let me carefully remove this tape, making sure not to splice into any other wires. Maybe I’ll peel them back a little bit there. All right, I’m just gonna peel back a little
bit more so we have some room to work with and pull that wire out a little bit further. All right, and that should be good there. Now we have to find our wire. And, that looks like it’s right there. That may be a gray and brown, that is gray
and brown, we need gray with a purple stripe. All right, guys, so we located the gray wire
with the purple stripe. Again, this is for your dome light, so, any
time that you open up the door and your lights pop on, so will the running board lights,
as well when you unlock it, your exterior and your interior lights will come on as well
as your running board lights. So, this is an alligator clip, you can see
that there are two channels to put your wire. We are going to put the gray and purple wire
through one of these channels, and then our power wire for our step. So let’s do that now. What you’re going to need for this step is
a pair of pliers to press down on this clip. And what that will do is strip back the wire
and put the copper through that channel. So, we’ll bring the clip in, and run it through
just like that, make sure it is sitting properly in there. Make sure your red wire is still in there. We’re going to press down as hard as we can,
get our pliers, which I have a pair of channel locks here. Grasp on the end here and press down. All right. All right. So, there is a little tab here on the back
just to lock it in place. Now we’re going to follow this up with a little
bit more electrical tape, just to seal that off. And our last step is to connect our ground,
we’re going to connect it right here to an existing ground point. All right, so, let’s attach that ground wire. Again, this is a 13-millimeter socket on the
end of my quarter-inch drive. Kind of a weird shaped nut there. All right, we’re gonna tighten that up. So, before we wrap all this up, we’re going
to wire our others step, test it out, and then put everything back together. Because we would hate to put everything back
together, test it out just to find it doesn’t work. So let’s keep this how it is right here, and
wire our step in. All right, what we’re doing now is running
our harness to our rock slider step. I just picked a spot in our frame that has
a good hole on both sides that we can run our harness through. Now, I recommend using some zip ties to keep
this from moving, and there is quite a few things that you can connect it to. And now, ADD did supply you with some butt
end connectors here with some shrink wrap at the end. We’re going to take the ends of our LED here
and put these into our butt connector. I already stripped back our wires here. So it’s just gonna be really easy install,
just put them in there and crimp the butt end connector. So, let me grab my crimpers here. Make sure it is on there nice and tight. Okay. And you can see where I crimped it right there. So now we’re going to crimp our ground wire. All right, and they even supplied you with
a little extra plastic loom here so you can hide your wires. Let’s get that over. All right, repeat those steps on your passenger
side, and then test your lights. All right, now I’m connecting my negative
terminal. And awesome, looks like they are lit up. All right, once that we tested our lights
and we know that they work, we’re going to put some electrical tape over our harness,
put our carpet back over that and our two trim pieces. And of course, enjoy your new rock sliders. You do wanna make sure that your weather stripping
is behind this panel here. So I’ll just pull it out a little bit. All right, guys, that’s gonna wrap up my install
of the addicted desert design rock slider with sidesteps and LEDs. For all things F150, keep it here at americantrucks.com

4 thoughts on “2015-2019 F150 Addictive Desert Designs Rock Slider Side Step Bars w/ LED Strips Review & Install

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  2. If these arent being installed into the frame of the truck Im not sure how you can call them rock sliders. From the looks of the install they are being installed into the underbelly of the truck (sheet metal), one nice rock/tree is going to wrinkle that aluminum like its a tin can.

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