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Removing the step bars on the 2003 edge

Anyone know how to get thease things off. stock stuck about what to do about them near the front of the rig. okay on the back where the two doors meet but went under there and looked and was stumped there is a U bolt with nuts that hold the thing on. but other then that what do i do?

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When and if it stops raining, I'll grab a couple of pics for ya.
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You loosen the 2 nuts and slide the step bar bracket out. Then you can remove the 2 nuts completely and the Ubolt slips out the bigger hole towards the outside.
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Okay I i have another question ahout this subject. From what i have been told and remember by trying to remove the step bars. When your removed them. one bracket if welded to the frome and the other is just bolted on. Now Have you just kept that one bracket on the truck or welded/cut it off it off From what i could remember it is bolted and welded. maybe i am wrong. just thought i would ask what you all have done. When i seen it, it crossed my mind if it was welded and that is when i stoped and put everything back together. maybe it is a dumb question but hey....we are all rookies at one point and learn from our mistakes and others. thanks for the advice

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These aren't OEM step bars are they?


If OEM, just get under the truck and look....towards the front, there's two 15mm nuts that need removed. If 4 dr, you'll have a total of four bolts that take a 15mm socket to remove in the rear. If 2dr, you'll have 2 nuts and bolts to remove per side, then you need to remove the bracket that is bolted to the truck. Once the bars are removed, get inside the truck and lift the carpet where your feet would be while driving or riding shotgun. Pop off the rubber grommet, and pull out the studs in which your bars bolt to. This way, you'll have any and all hardware off the truck so whoever you sell them to, will be able to bolt them on the truck without being left with two useless 6ft pieces of tin.
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they are factory step bars that came with the truck. the all black ones when you buy it from the dealer. what do you mean by OEM? my truck is a 4 door also. Ill look under and see. thanks for the advice
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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. aka Ford Factory Parts.



mkay..you've got a 4dr. Get under the truck and look at the back brackets....there's two bolts that go vertical and two bolts that go horizontal on the backside of the rocker. I suggest you just loosen the far front two nuts, then go and take out the horizontal bolts on the back bracket. Then hit the vertical ones. Loosen the fronts a little bit more, then slide the bar towards the rear of the truck, and when the rear bracket clears the holes in the rocker, your bar is now removed.
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okay so onces i get the nots off from the U bolt, how do i get the U bolt out?
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Pull up your carpet where the pedals are, pop off the rubber grommet/dust cover, then push it up through that hole. It's a piece of cake man.

It's not actually a U-bolt...it's actually two bolts in a flat bracket.
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Okay buddy, i attempted it onces again. BUT i was not strong enough to get the bolt under the carpet to even budge. lol i feel so weak! anywho maybe one of you guys can help me with it at the meet.

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You got to the grommet under the carpet right? that bolt in there is your body bolt...don't remove that. Towards the outside of the truck from that bolt, but still in the 'hole in the floor' as that bolt, there'll be the bracket with the studs in it....and it just slides right out. Virtually effortless.
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...shane i'm going to have to call you a lier man....when i took mine off i never had to go into the truck to do anything. I just un bolted the rear that went into the rocker panel and into the bar and then took the u bolts out of the front by rolling them over
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The "u-bolt" should just lift up and come out the bigger hole in the frame from the bottom.
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yes.. you DO NOT need to go into the cab of the truck to remove the step bars.
and i have a 2001 4 door with the factory OEM step bars.
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Okay...maybe I've not been successful at figuring out that trick yet....idk. And honestly, idc.


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yes.. you DO NOT need to go into the cab of the truck to remove the step bars.
and i have a 2001 4 door with the factory OEM step bars.
You're right....but it'll suck for the guy buying your old bars seeing as though he's got no way to mount the front....Believe me...it happens all the time. I had to deal with that with a set of bars.
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You got to the grommet under the carpet right? that bolt in there is your body bolt...don't remove that. Towards the outside of the truck from that bolt, but still in the 'hole in the floor' as that bolt, there'll be the bracket with the studs in it....and it just slides right out. Virtually effortless.
Yes i went under the carpet and took the garnmont out and looked in the hole in the floor and tryed gettin that bolt undone and no luck. I did this on the passanger side. but really there would not no differances between the two sides.
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yes.. you DO NOT need to go into the cab of the truck to remove the step bars.
and i have a 2001 4 door with the factory OEM step bars.
I agree. I've only worked on the 2 door model but it has the same U-bolt. You can remove the U bolt from the bottom. You just fish it out of the big hole. Thats why one hole is bigger to fish it up through and over to the small hole.
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okay can someone put a picture of the dang bolt that needs to be removed?

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Few minutes and you'd be done.


My step bar bolts are rusted to all hell and back.
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umm that is not what i had in mind LOL
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okay i found the bracket ill attemted them again this weekend....
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it's not a single bolt... You know those nuts on the front bar mount under the floor of the truck? It's what those nuts thread onto....it's a C-shaped bracket with two threaded studs sticking out of it.

I can't find my pics at the moment.
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got the rumming boards removed thanks for all your help!

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