Consumer automotive journalists talk a lot about the ingress and egress of a vehicle. In the case of trucks, getting in and out becomes a task as the height increases (like if you’re running upsized tires). But with aftermarket accessories like running boards, side steps, or nerf bars, reaching the seat is just one step away — literally. In this guide, we take a look at the Best Dodge Ram 1500 side steps.

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Superb value
Tyger Auto Black TG-RS2D40078 Riser for 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic)/10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
Best Design
APS iBoard Running Boards 5 inches Custom Fit 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500 3500 (Nerf Bars Side Steps Side Bars)
From the Future
AMP Research 75138-01A-B PowerStep Electric Running Boards for 2009-2018 Ram 1500 (All Cabs), 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 (All Cabs)
For the latest
Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20608 Star Armor Kit for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (Not for Classic) | Textured Black | Side Step | Nerf Bars | Running Boards
Not so regular
TAC Side Steps Fit 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab 3" Black Side Bars Nerf Bars Running Boards 2 Pieces
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Tyger Auto Black TG-RS2D40078 Riser for 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic)/10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
APS iBoard Running Boards 5 inches Custom Fit 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500 3500 (Nerf Bars Side Steps Side Bars)
AMP Research 75138-01A-B PowerStep Electric Running Boards for 2009-2018 Ram 1500 (All Cabs), 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 (All Cabs)
Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20608 Star Armor Kit for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (Not for Classic) | Textured Black | Side Step | Nerf Bars | Running Boards
TAC Side Steps Fit 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab 3" Black Side Bars Nerf Bars Running Boards 2 Pieces
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$169.00
$199.86
$1,399.00
$398.49
$119.99
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Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
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Superb value
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Tyger Auto Black TG-RS2D40078 Riser for 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic)/10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
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Tyger Auto Black TG-RS2D40078 Riser for 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic)/10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
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Price
$169.00
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Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
Foldable
Best Design
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APS iBoard Running Boards 5 inches Custom Fit 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500 3500 (Nerf Bars Side Steps Side Bars)
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APS iBoard Running Boards 5 inches Custom Fit 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500 3500 (Nerf Bars Side Steps Side Bars)
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Price
$199.86
Prime
Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
Foldable
From the Future
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AMP Research 75138-01A-B PowerStep Electric Running Boards for 2009-2018 Ram 1500 (All Cabs), 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 (All Cabs)
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AMP Research 75138-01A-B PowerStep Electric Running Boards for 2009-2018 Ram 1500 (All Cabs), 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 (All Cabs)
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Price
$1,399.00
Prime
Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
Foldable
For the latest
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Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20608 Star Armor Kit for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (Not for Classic) | Textured Black | Side Step | Nerf Bars | Running Boards
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Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20608 Star Armor Kit for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (Not for Classic) | Textured Black | Side Step | Nerf Bars | Running Boards
Our Rating
Price
$398.49
Prime
Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
Foldable
Not so regular
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TAC Side Steps Fit 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab 3" Black Side Bars Nerf Bars Running Boards 2 Pieces
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TAC Side Steps Fit 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab 3" Black Side Bars Nerf Bars Running Boards 2 Pieces
Our Rating
Price
$119.99
Prime
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Made of Steel
Bolt-on on most trucks (see compatibility below)
Foldable

Superb value: Tyger Auto Black Side Steps

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Tyger Auto Black TG-RS2D40078 Riser for 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic)/10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
  • Important: only fit Crew Cab with 4 full-size doors. NOT for quad Cab not for Mega Cab. (Please check the Cab size picture. )
  • 100% brand new OE-style step bars for both driver & passenger sides. All mounting hardware and DIY instruction included
  • Step bars are made of 4inch wide heavy duty triangle mild Steel tubing in Black powder-coating for rust-resistant with UV resistant non-slip wide step pads
  • Easy Bolt-On installation. For 2009-2011 and some 2012 models, minor drilling required for 1/4'' holes through the pinch weld for support brackets. (DIY instruction included in the package).
  • TYGER No-Hassle 5 year against manufacturing defects!

This is a factory-style step bar for all four doors, made for use with Dodge Ram/Ram 1500 Crew Cab (model year 2009 to 2018). Tyger includes all the tools you’ll require to bolt these on, and there’s no need to drill holes to accommodate the clamps unless you have the 2009 to 2012 model year builds. It’s good practice to check with the seller before ordering to be sure, both in terms of mounting points and compatibility as well.

Inconspicuous appearance

The entire step is painted black, which adds to its inconspicuous appearance. The powder-coated heavy-duty, mild-triangle-steel tubing is rust-resistant. The 4-inch-wide step pads, located below each door, are also non-slip.

Tyger also offers a stainless steel version, which does away with the muted appearance of the black model. A wider 5-inch version and a wheel-to-wheel nerf bar is also available, among other variations. The links to these two are mentioned below.

What do we think of it?

Given its fair price, the Tyger Auto Black Side Steps is a product worth your time and money if you’re looking for a simple solution. Some owners have complained of fitting issues, so our suggestion to get around that is to confirm with the seller the part’s compatibility and probable fitment issues well in advance.

Tyger 5-inch:

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Tyger Auto TG-RS5D50078 Riser Compatible with 09-18 Dodge 1500 (Including 2019 Classic) & 10-19 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 5inch Black Side Step Rails Nerf Bars Running Boards
  • IMPORTANT: Only fit Crew Cab with 4 full-size doors Not for Quad Cab NOT for Mega Cab (Please check the Cab Size picture)
  • 100% brand new OE-Style step bars for both driver & passenger sides All mounting hardware and DIY instruction included
  • Step bars are made of 5inch wide heavy duty triangle mild steel tubing in black Powder-Coating for rust-resistant with UV resistant non-slip wide step pads
  • For 2009-2011 and some 2012 models, minor drilling required for 1/4'' holes through the pinch weld for support brackets (DIY instruction included in the package)
  • TYGER No-Hassle 5 year against manufacturing defects!

Tyger 4-inch stainless steel:

Tyger Auto TG-RS2D40077 RISER For 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500/2010-2019 Ram 2500/3500 Crew Cab 4inch Stainless Steel Side Step Nerf Bars Running Boards
  • Important: only fit Crew Cab with 4 full-size doors. NOT for quad Cab not for Mega Cab. (Please check the Cab size picture. )
  • 100% brand new OE-style step bars for both driver & passenger sides. All mounting hardware and DIY instruction included
  • Step bars are made of 4inch wide marine grade T304 Stainless Steel triangle tubing with UV resistant non-slip step pads
  • Easy Bolt-On installation. For 2009-2011 and some 2012 models, minor drilling required for 1/4'' holes through the pinch weld for support brackets. (DIY instruction included in the package).
  • TYGER No-Hassle Lifetime against manufacturing defects!
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Pros
  • OE look
  • Price
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Cons
  • Some fitment issues

 

 


Best Design: APS iBoard Running Boards

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APS iBoard Running Boards 5 inches Custom Fit 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500 3500 (Nerf Bars Side Steps Side Bars)
  • Package includes: (2) iBoard running boards, mounting brackets and hardware kit for an easy DIY install
  • SOLID RUNNING BOARD - 100% aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum build, iBoard side steps offer the best in corrosion protection, durability, and strength (300 LBS load capacity)
  • FULL COVERAGE STEP PAD - 5" wide corrugated rubber step pad covers the entire running board, providing a secure, slip-proof, comfortable step for the whole family
  • UNIQUE LOOK & DESIGN- Upgrade your truck's style with iBoard's clean, low profile design and look different with iBoard's silver aluminum finish
  • Easy to install Rocker Panel Mount (Drilling May Be Required on Some Models) and custom fit for your: 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup 4Dr & 2010-2019 Ram 2500/3500

A step upward from the usual nerf bars is this unique offering from APS called the iBoard. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, the APS iBoard for Ram 1500 not only offers great style but also a solid build. It’s offered for a wide variety of trucks, but some of the installations may require drilling.

As listed by APS, the iBoard is available for use with Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (1994-2000), Dodge Ram 1500 Regular and Quad Cab (2002-2008), Ram 1500 Quad Cab (2009-2016), Ram 1500 Regular Cab (2009-2016), and Ram 1500 Crew Cab (2009-2017). There are some exceptions, so you can check with the seller about the iBoard’s compatibility with your Dodge Ram 1500, before placing an order.

Great to look at

This Ram 1500 side step is made of a solid block of aluminum CNC-ed into a well-sculpted piece that’s supposed to be stronger as well as great to look at. The entire step is covered in rubber, ensuring slip-free access to your truck. Its load capacity is rated at 300 lb, whereas APS claims the side step is thoroughly tested against corrosion and weathering.

What do we think of it?

It’s one fine-looking side step, the APS iBoard. Made of aluminum, it’s also said to be resistant to corrosion. But a lot of owners have complained that the side step doesn’t fare too well in that regard.

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Pros
  • Looks good
  • Wide compatible
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  • Users have complained of corrosion

 


From the Future: AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Board

AMP Research 75138-01A-B PowerStep Electric Running Boards for 2009-2018 Ram 1500 (All Cabs), 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 (All Cabs)
  • Power Step for Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 2009-2010, Mega Cab 2010-2011
  • High strength, die cast aluminum alloy linkage arms, anodized and coated to resist corrosion
  • Precision, zero maintenance stainless steel pivot pins
  • Extruded aluminum steps with a textured powder coat finish for maximum grip and durability
  • 600 pounds load capacity (each side) and integrated LED light system comes standard

The thing about most side steps, running boards, or nerf bars is that while some might look good, but they are far from the original, clean look of the truck. The best workaround is to have a side step that just moves out of the way when not required – that’s what the AMP Research PowerStep Electric Running Board is.

Retracts automatically

It extends from underneath the truck as you open the door, and retracts as soon as the door is shut. Finished in black, it comes with the necessary hardware, but keep in mind that owing to its nature, you’d need to drill, fit the motors, and even do some connections. The instructions are mentioned in an illustrated guide on AMP’s website, too. It’s bound to take anywhere between 3 to 5 hours, and the skill level required is ‘Expert’.

The PowerStep is compatible with a variety of models — 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Regular Cab, Crew Cab, and Quad Cab. But for installation in the Regular and Quad Cab versions, certain modifications need to be made.

What do we think about it?

It’s the most expensive model we’ve listed here, but does it deserve a five-hold premium over a standard sidestep? It entirely depends on what you’re looking for from the product. If it’s just going to be a robust side step, then the AMP PowerStep won’t make any sense. But with its automatic retraction and an overall cleaner look, we think it’s a product worthy of a second look. And it even gets an integrated LED system as well.

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Pros
  • Clean design
  • Automatic features
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  • Expensive
  • Not an easy fit

 


For the latest: Tyger Auto Star Armor

Tyger Auto TG-AM2D20608 Star Armor Kit for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (Not for Classic) | Textured Black | Side Step | Nerf Bars | Running Boards
  • IMPORTANT: Only fit Crew Cab with 4 full-size doors. Not for Quad Cab NOT for Mega Cab. (Please check the Cab Size picture. ) Not for 2019 Classic model.
  • TYGER unique patented Star step pads serve a helpful step in and out of the Cab. Dual girder system provides maximum protection for underside from damaging impacts
  • Up to 500 LBS weight capacity for each side. Heavy-duty 2inch diameter tubes. One-piece design. Dual stage powder coated textured black finish
  • Easy Bolt-On installation. No drilling required. (DIY instruction included in the package. )
  • TYGER 5 year against manufacturing defects!

The 2019 Ram 1500 is a cool new design, which means it’s all the more necessary for your side step to fit that style. The Tyger Auto Star Armor for Ram 1500 doesn’t fall short in terms of looks. It’s made for the new Ram 1500 Crew Cab, boasts a solid 500-lb weight capacity, and even gets additional underside support.

No drilling required

Tyger Auto maintains that it’s an easy, bolt-on installation with no drilling required. The heavy-duty 2-inch tubes are sealed at the ends to ensure no water/mud goes inside. The black exterior gets a nice texture for looks and an e-coat for protection against rust.

What do we think of it?

The Tyger Auto sidestep for the Ram 1500 (2019) is solid and backed by a 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects. The user reviews so far have been great. And that makes the Tyger Auto a worthy choice for your new 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

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Pros
  • Solid, weight capacity
  • Easy installation
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Cons
  • Basic side steps

Not so regular: TAC Gloss Black Side Steps

TAC Side Steps Fit 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab 3" Black Side Bars Nerf Bars Running Boards 2 Pieces
  • FITS PERFECTLY - Fit for 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab (Incl. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic) / 2010-2019 Dodge Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 Regular Cab (Please contact us to confirm fitment before ordering.)
  • SURFACE FINISH- Made by ultra strong and heavy duty powder coated mild steel round tube for rust-resistant with UV resistant non-slip wide step pads.
  • OUTSTANDING DESIGN - TAC side steps give your car outstanding appearance and extra protection, make you convenient to get in or out of your car.
  • EASY TO INSTALL - Easy bolt-on installation. No drilling or cutting required. All mounting hardware and Installation instruction included.
  • NO-HASSLE WARRANTY - OE quality standard. 3-Year warranty against manufacturing defects!

If you’d specced your Ram 1500 with a Regular Cab, it’s highly likely that you haven’t seen too many choices for running boards. The TAC Gloss Black Side Steps is made for the Ram 1500 Regular Cab and as long as you’re okay with straight-forward appearance, it will work just fine.

Enhances the Regular Cab’s looks

Compatible with Regular Cab versions of the Ram 1500 (Model Year 2009-2018), the TAC product is made of heavy-duty mild steel and has non-slip wide step pads. It’s easy to install, and with the gloss black appearance, it looks good — enhancing the handsome image of the truck.

It gets a 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects, and TAC suggests getting in touch with them before ordering for the suggestion on a perfect fit.

What do we think of it?

It’s a good choice for Ram 1500 Regular Cab. Since it’s made of steel, it’s bound to last long, and stand the everyday driving wear for longer. The gloss-black, straight-forward appearance is on point, too.

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  • Easy to install
  • Simple, good appearance
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  • Limited appeal

 

Final thoughts on Best Ram 1500 Side Steps

There’s no denying that the Ram 1500 is a great looking truck, and it deserves the best looking side steps as well. Some of these trump others when it comes to looks, while some offer functionality that’s hard to miss. In terms of looks, the aluminum-made APS iBoard is an easy choice. But if you’re looking for a more conventional option, then the Tyger Auto Black Side Steps is a great product. And for a more modern truck (the 2019 Ram 1500), the Tyger Auto Star Armor does its job well, too. Side steps are generally made for various models, for something like a Regular Cab variant, we like TAC’s Gloss Black side steps; it doesn’t cost too much and complements the truck’s appearance as well. But the most tempting one here is the AMP Research PowerStep. The automatic step retracts and hides when the doors are open and shut, respectively, thus maintaining the original design of the truck but still offering added functionality of a step when required.