Heavy Duty 1/4 steel plate makes this rear step as durable as they come. We hit it with a high grip powder coat to seal it up and offer grip while stepping. This is an easy to assemble step on our last time trial we did it in 7 minutes. Ships flat and takes four bolts to assemble then two on each side of your hitch to mount. This step hides the hitch nicely as well. We recommend assembling before mounting and using two people to help hold it in place. You could however do it alone and piece it together as you go. The rear step is only for vehicles with the hitch in place.