Removing the Step Bars - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Removing the Step Bars

September 18, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

A while back, Dan Edmunds asked if you, the readers, thought we should lose the step bars on our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Like many of you, my response was, "Yes."

So this weekend, to prepare for a bit of light off-roading, I removed the rails. It would give me more clearance along dirt roads. And I think they make our truck look a bit clunky. Plus, I'm always looking for an excuse to get my hands dirty. Cue the workshop music.

Each side rail was held on by a series of eight bolts: four 10mm bolts and four larger 3/8" bolts which hold most of the weight. I always find it a bit strange and annoying when a company uses both metric and standard bolts on the same vehicle, especially in such close vicinity to each other.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The smaller bolts were in a tight spot so removing them was a bit tedious, but the entire process of finding the right tools, taking off the rails and putting it all away took less than 30 minutes.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

These little holes along the lower trim are the only signs that the rails are missing. Strangely, there's a third set of phantom-holes located near the center of the truck, where nothing was attached.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

To my eye, this makes the truck look much less retirement home friendly and much more big-and-capable.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Now that's done, it's time to engage four-wheel drive and climb up some mountains. Stay tuned for more on that soon.   

Travis Langness, Associate Editor


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