Chevy Silverado is a full-size truck, and it may be a challenge to get into the truck, especially when it’s wet, slippery or if the truck is lifted. This must be the reason why Bully USA side steps, nerf bars and step bars for the Silverado are that popular. If you are not ready to order somewhat overpriced OEM running boards, you are welcome to consider one of many quality aftermarket options that are backed up by the manufacturer’s warranty and come with everything needed for easy installation.
Chevy Silverado running boards installation
If you decided to buy a set of running boards for your truck, there are several ways you can go about installing them:
- You can have a dealer install them for you;
- Check with a local shop to see if they can get your new running boards on your Silverado truck;
- Having basic technical skills and simple tools, you can proceed with the installation by yourself.
Just consider your skills, time and budget to get the new running boards on your truck in the most convenient way.
How to install running boards on Chevrolet Silverado: Step-by-Step Instruction
Details and specs on the specific running boards installation depend on the exact year, model, cab type and trim level of the Silverado. All details are noted in the installation sheet that is available along with every package. Bully USA includes installation brackets and hardware with the running boards for your truck, unless the product description states that the hardware is not included. It is enough to have the generic running board installation instruction handy to install running boards on your Silverado truck by yourself and save on the installation.
- Step 1. Start the running board installation procedure from the driver’s side of your Silverado truck. Inspect the rocker area of the truck and locate 5 tabs (pinch weld). You need to install brackets by bolting them to the 1st, 2nd and 5th tabs.
- Step 2. Once the holes are located, remove the rubber plug from the larger hole. The clip nut will go into the larger hole and the threaded nut has to be aligned with the smaller hole.
- Step 3. Keep in mind, that the brackets are universal and will work right both on the driver’s and passenger sides. Mount brackets with bolts to the OE threaded holes. Snug but do not tighten the bolts for now.
- Step 4. Repeat these steps for the remaining 2 brackets on the drivers’ side. When brackets are installed, position the running board on the mounting brackets and and make sure it matches the bolts along it. Do not slide or rotate the running board to avoid damages. The running board has to be aligned 3 inches back from the wheel opening. When done, attach it with bolts but do not overtighten the hardware (you can tighten it once the running board is leveled and adjusted).
- Step 5. Move to the passenger side of the Silverado truck. When doing the installation at this side, make sure that the boards and mounting hardware does not interfere with the fuel tank or lower tank under the tray. If it does, the tank or tray will need to be dropped a bit (tank/tray removal is not required).
- Step 6. Proceed with the installation of the passenger side running board as you did on the driver’s side. When the installation is complete, make sure the bolts are properly tightened and the hardware is not loose.
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