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Factory step bars are available as a Ford Accessory, part number 8L8Z-16450-AB, which includes all hardware.

How to remove the factory rocker panels

The following parts are required, and are included in the accessory step bar kit:
1 - 16451 - Running board
2 - N808328 - Body-to-running board bracket screw
3 - W701834 - Running board bolts (4 required)
4 - Push clips
5 - 16C469 - Running board trim bezel

Removal and Installation

1) With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02 .

2) Release the running board trim bezel push clips and remove the running board trim bezel.

3) Remove the 4 running board bolts and remove the running board.
* To install, tighten to 25 Nm (18 lb-ft).

4) Remove the body-to-running board bracket screw.
*To install, tighten to 10 Nm (89 lb-in).

5) To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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Bethenys said:
I am interested in taking off my Factory Step Bars (intrgral running boards) on my 2009. I ordered them with the car from the factory, but really now would rather have chrome tubes. It is safe to say that if I remove the running boards that I will need to buy the plastic "rocker panel" you speak of here to trim out the car before I put on the new chrome tube bars, right???

Know anyone in the San Diego area that wants to trade running boards for the plastic trim??
Yes, you will need to replace the factory running boards with the factory rocker panel trim. Since they're around $175 to $200 each, you should put up a thread in the Swap 'N Shop section.

Don't lose the filler piece on each side.
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