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.