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Jeep Wrangler YJ Nerf Bars

How to Maintain the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Nerf Bars: Essential Tips

The Jeep Wrangler (YJ) nerf bars are not high-maintenance components, they do need a bit of care every now and then. Like any accessory for the Wrangler, nerf bars are susceptible to wear; but with periodic maintenance, you can minimize its effects and maximize your investment. In this guide, we'll share some key tips on maintaining the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) nerf bar.

  • Wash the bars regularly.

Cleaning the nerf bars regularly with mild soap and warm water should remove most dirt and stains on the surface. Use a sponge or soft-bristled brush to avoid leaving scratches on the finish and wipe dry to prevent corrosion from forming on the metal components.

  • Check for noises coming from your bars.

Are the nerf bars make rattling or clanking noises while driving? It could mean the bars or its brackets are hitting another metal object. Check the bar for any loose connections and adjust the brackets so that they clear all metal around it. We also recommend coating metal-to-metal connections with an ample amount of grease to further minimize friction and prevent the onset of rust.

  • Wax the nerf bars regularly.

If you're waxing your truck exterior, consider including the nerf bars as well. Just like with your Wrangler's body panels, car wax can add a protective layer to the nerf bar's finish, shielding it against UV exposure, corrosion, and stains while on the road. Simply apply polish the bars the same way as you would with your truck, although we recommend not using wax that contains abrasive compounds as these can leave small scratches on the surface.

  • Tighten the bolts properly.

Manufacturers suggest tightening to 65 ft. lbs of torque, as anything less than that might cause the bars to rattle while over-tightening might damage the threads on the bolt. Most kits often include a lock washer that lets you know if the bolts are at their recommended torque; simply tighten the bolts until the lock washer is compressed, then turn it another half or quarter turn. Make sure to use a torque wrench and tighten the bolts by hand, as using an impact wrench or a similar power tool might over-tighten and damage the bolts.

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  • 3 Handy Tips You Can Use in Fitting the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Nerf Bars

    From giving your truck a sportier look to making it easier to access the passenger cabin, nerf bars will always be a great addition to your Jeep Wrangler (YJ). They're also quite easy to install, as nerf bars are typically sold in kits and are mounted to the truck using steel mounting bolts. So if you have a wrench set on hand, you can definitely install these accessories by yourself.

    Installing a set of Jeep Wrangler (YJ) nerf bars can be quite enjoyable, but it does need to be done properly to prevent injury and damage to the accessory. In this guide, we'll share some simple tips you might find helpful when installing nerf bars on your truck.

    Tip #1: Verify if all parts are present in the kit.

    Nerf bar kits are normally sold with all the necessary hardware included, but sometimes one part does go missing during assembly and packaging. So make sure that all the parts are accounted for before starting. Kits usually come with a list detailing all the parts included in the package, so you can use that for reference. Keep in mind that if the nerf bar is missing a bolt, bracket, or washer, it may be unable to support weight properly and lead to accidents.

    Tip #2: Make sure the mounting brackets do not come in contact with the factory steel body mount bracket.

    Doing so will cause the brackets to rub against one another, resulting in rattling noises while driving and accelerated wear on the brackets. Use a wrench to adjust the position of the mounting brackets so it has ample space between the factory bracket.

    Tip #3: Clean the bolt holes to get rid of dirt and rust.

    Because of its location underneath your Wrangler, the pre-drilled bolt holes may have accumulated rust and debris that may prevent the mounting bolts from fitting properly. Use a wire brush to clean up any buildup around the holes. For stubborn rust deposits, let it soak in a white vinegar solution before brushing it again. In addition, check for and remove any plastic grommet on the mounting bolt hole. Although this serves as a protective cover, it somehow prevents the bolts from fitting properly.