Retrieving supplies from your truck bed gets much easier when you have a higher center of gravity, and the BedStep and BedStep2 products from AMP Research offer some convenience when reaching into the bed of your truck. Instead of having to step onto the wheel or climb in via the tailgate, the AMP Research BedStep2 allows you to easily drop down a step when you need to get that additional reach. The BedStep2 is an incredibly convenient product that goes right behind the cab, and you can barely see them when they’re stowed away. We installed a pair of BedStep2 steps on each side of our Ford F-150 work truck (positioned behind a set of stainless steel LUND nerf bars) to see if they’d work as well as advertised.
AMP Research BedStep2 Features
The AMP Research BedStep2 is a durable composite product mounted to a steel hinged frame that installs easily and quickly to the frame of the truck. It can be fitted to just about any full size or mid-sized truck, and AMP Research has multiple models that will come with the appropriate mounting hardware. The step itself is made with a glass-reinforced composite material (similar to cordless power tool bodies), and it has a nice non-slip surface—which I tested thoroughly by running my truck through mud and using the BedStep2 steps in the rain.
What I love most about the AMP Research BedStep2 is that it’s not overly complicated in design or use. Amp Research constructed it so that it both extends and retracts easily with just the push or pull of your foot. There’s no lock, no release levers…it just works. What’s more—it can handle up to 300 pounds, so even your “husky” Uncle Bubba can step on it to reach in and pull out that cooler full of brown water bottles. We mounted two BedStep2 steps on the right and left sides of our Ford pickup. While you can get away with one (and I’d recommend mounting it on the drivers’ side), two gives you all the more flexibility. Finally, it’s worth noting that AMP Research BedSteps are made in the USA.
Installing the AMP Research BedStep2
Installation was easy—but that’s because we had the right tools. The system comes with two steel pieces that attach together to securely hold the hinge assembly to the frame. Since we had a 5 ft 6 inch bed, we used part number 75412-01A which is customized to fit the newest Ford F-150 trucks. After assembling the steel brackets for the driver and passenger sides (remember, we had two of these to install), we bolted on the two L-brackets and tightened the 13mm M8 bolts. Finally, we inserted the included U clips into the frame, set the linkage in place, and tightened all of the 15mm bolts to 20 ft-lbs (having a torque wrench really helps). If you have a set of offset box wrenches you might have an advantage that makes your life a whole lot easier. Finally, we installed the step pad and tightened it using the included T25 Torx screws.
The BedStep2 on the Road
To use the Amp Research BedStep2, you just put your toe on the step and push it down and away from the truck. Lift underneath, and it locks right back in place. It’s not shaped like an airplane wing, so it never once accidentally deployed—even at high speeds and over long distances. It’s a very secure installation, yet it’s easy to use when you need it. Regarding the original Amp Research BedStep, it’s a very similar system but goes on the back of the vehicle just under the corner of the bumper. On our Ford F-150 we have a Draw-Tite Round Tube Max-Frame receiver hitch and found that there wasn’t enough thread clearance left to install the BedStep. If that’s an issue for you, it’s yet another good reason to consider the side-mounted Amp Research BedStep2.