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Installing oem step bars on an 01 4dr

I just picked up a pair of oem stepbars for my 01 4dr. I can see where the rear brackets mount, but it looks like I'll have to lift the carpet to loosen the cab mount bolts for the front. Is the correct? if so, how difficult is it to do(my interior is very clean and the thought of pulling up the carpet worries me)
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pulling up the carpet isnt hard at all.. that plastic trim on the door sills, pull that up and the carpet can easily be folded and pulled up to get in there...
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Cool, thank you for you time.
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I'm not sure how the 4 door step bars bolt up, but I know the 2 door extend cab version doesn't have to be done that way. The front has these little metal studs/plate that fit inside the chassis and poke out that you use to bolt the bars on. Somewhat similar on the back. Can anyone with the 4 door please verify that you have to loosen the cab bolts for Mike? That is a pain, I know because I did a body lift, so I don't want you to waste your time if that's not the right way.
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Thanks Stephen. Another question if I may? once the cab mount bolts are loose, do I have to jack up the cab to create the space for the bracket?
Thanks again for your help.
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No, Ill go snap some pictures real quick but Im getting ready to go to work so Ill try to get them on tonight.
you dont need to loosen/lift/remove etc anything to install the bars, I just threw some carpet on the driveway, rolled under the truck with the bars and figured out which bar went on which side. It was tricky for me to, took a few to figure out how they went on. running out of time, leme go snap some pics and Ill get back to you later tonight.
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Thanks again guys for all the help and advice. Pics would be nice Matt but don't rush yourself getting them to me as it's probably going to be next weekend before I have the time to mount them(and I'm planning on respraying them too).
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No rush man, I hope these pics can help.

Lets start where you should start, the back end of the bar goes in the back slot like this shows.

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Dont worry about bolting them on yet.
Next is the front. You first need to loosen the screw holding the support bar for the mudflap.

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The easiest way I found to do this, I put the two screws in losely that hold the bar in the front, while laying on the ground I lift the bar up and placed it close to the screws then I lift the back end up with my legs, got the back end in the slot and slid it forward, left the front loose and got the screws in the back then tightened the front. Probably not the easiest way, or maybe it is I dunno, only done it once hehe. Once the bar is on you can put the mudflap suppot bar back on, it just goes over the bar bracket, theres a small hole that you can see where the lip of the bar will go.
I really hope these help, I dont play around with the photo editing very much, but Ill play with it a little bit and maybe put some markings on the photos to show everything better.
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Those are perfect man! It also tells me that I'm missing the bolts/studs? that mount the front bracket. I was thinking of taking the brackets off the bar then mounting the brackets, then the bars back to the brackets, does that sound easier? At any rate, I thank you again for your time and effort in helping me with this.
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when I did mine, I left all the bolts loose, even the one that connect to the step bars. Then tightened it all up when I was done. Those pics are exactly what mine looks like.
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Hey guys, driver sides on and I'll do the other one tomorrow. Thanks again for the help.
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