Jeep Wrangler TJ Nerf Bars
Tips on How to Maintain the Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Nerf Bars
The nerf bars for the Jeep Wrangler (TJ) are typically designed to be rugged enough to withstand a drive through rough terrain, but that ruggedness will only go so far without regular maintenance. As with any other accessories for the Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler (TJ) nerf bars are also vulnerable to wear and damage that will inevitably shorten its service life.
Maintaining the nerf bars in your Wrangler is not that hard, and in this guide we'll show you how you can do just that:
- Wash the bars regularly.
Whether you have chromed bars or matte black bars, washing the nerf bars with mild detergent and warm water will help keep its clean and vibrant appearance. For bars with a chrome or machined finish, we also recommend applying a layer of metal polish on the chromed surface to achieve that mirror-like appearance.
- Take note of rattling or thumping noises.
The bolts that hold the brackets of the nerf bars tend to loosen over time, causing the metal parts of the bar to make rattling or thumping sounds while on the road. If this happens with your Wrangler's nerf bars, check the bolts and tighten them as necessary. We also recommend applying a coat of white lithium grease on the bolts to further minimize contact and friction against the metal parts of your truck.
- Clean up rust.
The location of the nerf bars make them highly exposed to dirt and mud, which in turn facilitates corrosion. The bolts and brackets, in particular, are the areas most affected as these are where mud and debris accumulate often.
How you clean the nerf bars will depend on the type of coating it has. If the nerf bar has a chrome-coated surface, you can use balled-up aluminum foil soaked in vinegar to scrub off the rust spots; the aluminum and vinegar reacts with the rust particles and cause them to break them down. For painted nerf bars, use sandpaper or a wire brush to scrape off any loose rust particles and apply a coat of rust dissolver on the affected area. However, if the bars are already rusted to the point that its integrity is already compromised, replacing it with a new set of nerf bars is the best option to take.