Amp Research

AMP Research was founded in 1980 by Horst Leitner, a famed motorcycle racer and inventor of the "Horst Link" suspension system. It is an American research and development company that designs products that are intended to improve the functionality of cars, light trucks and SUVs.


In 1998 AMP Research turned its primary focus to the automotive world. The AMP Research Bed X-Tender™ for pickup trucks is a construction of tubular aluminum and glass-reinforced resin connectors which extends the cargo area of the bed over the folded-down tailgate, letting owners fully utilize the space created with the tailgate in the horizontal positions. The AMP Research Bed X-Tender™ can be flipped forward for compartmentalized storage when the gate is up, and can also be removed for carrying larger cargo items. 2009 saw the introduction of the AMP Research Moto X-Tender®, with a unique slant-back design, which allows more room in compact pickups for motorcycles, ATVs and other longer cargo.


To make climbing into the bed of a pickup easier, Leitner invented the BedStep®, a clever retractable truck step mounted to the bumper/frame attachments at the rear corner of the vehicle that can be extended down with the flip of a toe to facilitate climbing up into or down from the pickup bed, and which retracts under the rear bumper, nearly out of sight, after use. In Mid-2011, AMP Research began shipping BedStep2™, new side-access steps for pickup truck beds that mounts on either side, just behind the cab. providing a faster, easier and safer route to access toolboxes, equipment and cargo in the bed.


The AMP PowerStep™ provides a running-board/retractable truck step utilizing a patented, kinematically-engineered linkage and electric motor. The AMP PowerStep™ extends when any vehicle door is opened, and retracts under the vehicle, for added ground clearance and reduced aerodynamic drag, when the doors are closed. By 2010, over 30,000 Power Step systems had been sold, both as line-installed OEM components on Ford and GM vehicles and through multi-step distribution in the automotive aftermarket under the AMP Research brand.