Over the years, full-size trucks and vehicles have gotten taller; you may have noticed. If you own a tall truck or SUV, you and your passengers may need a little help getting inside. When you get tired of jumping into the driver’s seat, or if you simply want to improve overall aesthetic appeal, you may want to fit your ride with a nerf bar.
Whether you call them running boards, side tubes or nerf bars, these enhancements will allow you and your passengers to climb inside your ride with the greatest of ease. At Truck Works, we have a wide selection of nerf bars to fit your needs and will happily provide our expert opinions and direction. If you have specific questions or would like to speak directly to a Truck Works associate about which product is right for you, please give us a call at (816) 842-4222.
We invite you to call us about our selection or if you have questions. If you’re down to learn a little more, stick around and read the information we’ve provided below.
Side steps, or nerf bars, are those steps below the doors of everything from midsize SUVs and Jeeps to full-size trucks and other vehicles. They provide some extra assistance with getting into these vehicles and also enhance overall aesthetics. Often an aftermarket add-on, nerf bars bolt onto a vehicle’s frame in a pre-existing mounting site, which makes installation relatively quick and easy in most cases. Some of the benefits of fitting your ride with a set of nerf bars include:
Also, there’s generally no need to worry about weight capacity with side steps, for your everyday set of steps can accommodate more than 300 pounds at once. This heavy weight capacity is due to nerf bars’ heavy-duty mounting brackets and their dense steel construction. If you desire some added weight capacity, there are many side steps that come complete with aluminum support frames under the stepping surface that can hold up to 500 pounds.
Weather is fickle at times and can make footing unstable when it rains, hails, sleets or snows. With nerf bars and side steps, you don’t have to worry about slipping when climbing into your vehicle, for they come complete with treaded pads that provide sturdy footing in all weather conditions. What’s more is these pads are designed in a manner that directs water away from where you step. Further, nerf bars’ design helps keep the outdoors outdoors by providing the perfect place for you and your passengers to wipe your feet before entering the vehicle.
Nerf bars are functional, stylish and come in six main types:
Running boards are wider and offer a bigger place to step than nerf bars; they can also accommodate more weight. Like nerf bars, running boards come in a few different types:
As we mentioned before, nerf bars are strong and made up of heavy-duty materials. Typically, their design employs thick-walled steel tubing—either stainless steel or cold-rolled carbon steel. Please note that carbon steel is only utilized for powder coat models. When it comes to their surfaces, nerf bars use a molded polymer, a powerful plastic supported by an aluminum frame that’s embedded in the plastic itself.
As far as finishes are concerned, you typically have two options: a smooth black powder coating or highly polished steel. Powder-coated nerf bars feature impeccable black surfaces that protect against scratching and chipping. Polished nerf bars, on the other hand, are made of high-quality stainless steel, which keeps them safe from corrosion, fading and tarnishing. Further, most of the nerf bars you’ll find come in dark gray or matte black finishes, however many models allow for customization with automotive-grade paint.
As with other aftermarket components, you need to make a few considerations before purchasing nerf bars or running boards for your ride. These considerations include:
After you’ve made these considerations, it’s time to select your nerf bar! If you’d like a little more direction about selecting the right nerf bar for your vehicle, call us for recommendations.
If you’re wondering which type of nerf bar would look best on your vehicle, consider the following:
If you’re thinking about what length of nerf bar you need for your vehicle, consider the following:
Every vehicle and vehicle owner is different, so consider the following when thinking about what type of nerf bar finish is right for you:
Nerf bars and running boards are strong by design, but if you’re worried about weight capacity, consider:
The team here at Truck Works stands at the ready to assist you with all your nerf bar and running board needs. Whether you need more information, want additional recommendations or require professional installation, do not hesitate to call us at (816) 842-4222 or contact us here!