2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Putting the Step Bars Back On
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 4, 2016
Remember when I took the step bars off our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel? I do. It was more than a year ago. At the time, it was theoretically halfway through our 12-month test with the Ram. We'd get six months with the step bars, six months without them, a pretty perfect comparison test.
Those six months lasted a lot longer than expected. Out of sheer will, desire and interest to see how it held up, we kept the Ram much longer than our regular long-term vehicles. Six months quickly turned into fifteen months and now it's finally time to put the truck back to the way we bought it.
The process was simple. A jack, two jack stands, 16 bolts, and an hour of labor, and the the truck looked all fuddy-duddy again. I missed the old look without the step bars right away.
After 15 months without the side rails, not a single staff member asked me to reinstall them on the Ram. I had one passenger comment about stepping up being difficult in the back, but I mostly shrugged it off on account of her sub-5-foot height.
All things considered, our experience in the Ram was excellent, with or without the rails.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 50,056 miles