It’s easy to get caught up in a project build and forget a vital component. Of course, once the error is recognized it’s only natural to play it off as an acceptable exclusion.
Such was the case on this single-cab ‘06 Ford F-150 build. The little red rider started as a bone stock grocery getter but was transformed into an off-road runner in just a single weekend in our February 2012 issue. But after transforming the truck with a 6-inch lift and 35-inch tires, it was significantly higher. The easy solution was with a set of step bars, in this case the AdjustSTEP from N-Fab.
While the bars are designed to protect the truck from road debris and other obstacles, we were really more concerned with their adjustable steps to make getting into the truck less of a task (and less of an amusing event for onlookers). The steps are impeccably welded and offer 5.5 inches of adjustability up and down. We found that somewhere in the middle of their adjustable range did the trick and made truck entry/exit easier than when it was stock yet didn’t compromise breakover angles by having a low slung step either.
Installation was surprisingly simple, though when done alone it requires a little bit of balance until the bolts are attached. Because the bars are model specific, the mounting points lined up perfectly with the stock side bar mounting points. Each bar took less than five minutes to hang, with another handful of minutes added in to mount the step in the correct position.