Ford F-350 Super Duty Nerf Bars
Maintenance Tips for the F-350 Super Duty Nerf Bars
Nerf bars for the Ford F-350 Super Duty are designed to withstand the rigors of the road, but they still do need periodic maintenance to protect against them wear and damage. In this guide, we've listed down some key maintenance tips for the Ford F-350 Super Duty nerf bars.
- Clean them regularly.
Cleaning the nerf bars not only keeps it looking fresh but also prevents the onset of rust and decay of the nerf bar's metal and plastic components. General cleaning with your preferred car shampoo and warm water should effectively remove mud, dirt, and most stains, although we recommend using a soft-bristled brush to remove debris from the mounting points and other hard-to-reach areas of the bar. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean rag.
- Protect chrome bars with metal polish.
After every wash, we also recommend adding a layer of metal polish on chrome nerf bars. Aside from giving the bars a mirror-like finish, the metal polish also helps repel dirt and moisture. However, not all metal polish products will work with chrome bars, so make sure to check the instructions first before applying it on the nerf bar surface.
- Remove rust spots.
Corrosion is a common problem in nerf bars, especially for vehicles that are frequently driven in humid, off-road conditions, and removing these depends on the type of bar you have and the severity of the damage. For chromed nerf bars, for example, minor rust spots can be cleaned up by scrubbing the affected area with cola and aluminum foil. Non-chromed or painted bars, on the other hand, will require sanding, application of body filler, and repainting. However, if the damage is extensive that the integrity of the bar has been compromised, it is best to have it replaced with a new one instead.
- Make sure that the bolts are tightened properly.
Ideally, the mounting bolts for the nerf bar should be tightened to 65ft. lb unless otherwise stated by the instruction manual. Tightening the bolts beyond that might damage both the threads of the bolt and the mounting holes. On the other hand, tightening the bolts less than the recommended torque will gradually become loose. In addition, it is also recommended to tighten the bolts by hand with a torque wrench, as using an impact wrench tends to over-tighten the bolt.