FAQS—Chevrolet Nerf Bars
- They look like the same thing to me, running boards and nerf bars. What is the difference between the two?
If there’s any noticeable difference between running boards and nerf bars, it has to be the stepping pads. Nerf bars are designed with stepping pads for each door or entry point in the vehicle, while the stepping pads of running boards run the entire length of the vehicle. Running boards are designed with a flat (typically rectangular) surface compared to the nerf bars’ tubular shape or pipe-like design. The entire running board has a non-slip surface. The nerf bars’ design has emphasis on style, while the running boards’ design focuses more on safety.
- Do all nerf bars carry or support the same amount of weight? Or do they differ in weight capacity?
nerf bars can support up to 300 lbs. This is the usual weight capacity, which can match most drivers’ or car owners’ needs. However, if you need a bigger weight limit on the nerf bars, you can shop for one with a larger capacity. Just check the specs of these accessories.
- Do all nerf bars come in the same standard length? What are the variations, if there’s any?
Nerf bars come in different lengths. The cab length spans the entire size of the cab, while the wheel-to-wheel nerf bars run the entire length of the vehicle between the rear and front wheels. Wheel-to-wheel types may come with an extra step for the truck bed. Nerf bars that measure around 2 feet or less are known as nerf bar steps. These small bars are installed outside each vehicle door. Nerf bars are made for a specific type of vehicle, whether you’re driving a truck or SUV or have a two-door or four-door vehicle. Choose nerf bars that are made for your vehicle’s make and model for exact fit.
- Is there any advantage to using oval nerf bars vs. the standard bars? Or is the difference in shape and design just a matter of style?
Oval nerf bars give you more stepping room compared to standard bars that typically come in round pipes. The oval shape adds a little more surface area. Some also go for oval nerf bars because of the style. The shape, for some, has more visual appeal.
- I’m customizing my truck and am looking for a good set of nerf bars to replace the oval ones that I have. Can you tell me something about the drop step nerf bars, sport tubes, and spring loaded types? This will help me narrow down the search from an overwhelming list.
Spring-loaded types are quite unique than others in terms of how they work. They have retracted springs that allow the nerf bar to be hidden out of view after you step into the pad. Drop step nerf bars, on the other hand, have loop-shaped steps hanging down off the pipe. The low-hanging steps are the main feature of these nerf bars, and some car owners go for this type of design. Sport tubes don’t offer much in terms of versatility. They’re mostly used as accents or decoration on the vehicle. These bars are smaller in diameter and are set close to the vehicle. They don’t hold much weight unlike other nerf bars with more solid stepping pads.
- My Chevrolet nerf bars have a bit of rust on them and it’s starting to spread to other parts of the tube. How can I fix the rusty bars? What would you recommend as an effective rust-removing product or solution?
Naval jelly can help you remove rust on the nerf bars more easily. Using a wire brush, scrub off some loose surface rust. Apply naval jelly on the rusty area using a rag or paintbrush and then rub off the rust using a wire brush or steel wool. Adding baking soda on the applied naval jelly will help dissolve rust faster. Make sure that the naval jelly is rinsed off. After cleaning off the spots and bits, you can now spray paint the bars.
- I heard some thumps and rattles and found out that they’re coming from the nerf bars. What can I do about this?
The noise may be coming from metal-to-metal contact. You have to loosen all connections and have to make some adjustments on the bracket/s. Applying some grease on the metal connections will help. As you make your adjustments, make sure that the connections are properly sealed. Keep the connections tight.
Chevrolet Nerf Bars: What Makes Them Great Exterior Accessories
One great way of dressing up or customizing a Chevy pickup truck, crossover, or SUV is by outfitting it with nerf bars. These bars are used along the sides of the vehicle. They make it easy to step in and out of the vehicle. But more than that, these also give the vehicle a better-looking side profile. These are functional add-ons for any ride. Here's what you can get from buying and installing Chevrolet nerf bars:
Giving your cab the extra boost
With steps beneath the doors, climbing in and stepping out of the vehicle is made easier, especially for children, older people, and pregnant women. It makes loading and unloading some cargo also more convenient. These accessories will add more to passenger comfort. This also ensures safety when alighting a bigger or higher vehicle and when trying to step into it. Nerf bars are built to hold a certain weight. The capacity can be as much as 300 lbs. They're supported by heavy-duty brackets and are durably built.
Providing stable footing or safe steps in wet weather
Nerf bars are designed with treaded pads, so when climbing in and out of the vehicle, passengers can get a more stable footing or can use safer steps. The pads typically have grooves, which direct water away from the surface of the steps. With this feature, slipping and falling can be prevented. The non-slip surface even minimizes the dirt or mess from your footwear that you can drag into or bring inside the vehicle. The pads can be used to wipe off some dirt, grime, and mud from the footwear. These all-weather pads feature a grooved design that channels water away from the stepping surface.
Accentuating the vehicle's side profile
Nerf bars not only provide sure, safe steps. They can also give the vehicle a sportier look. They come in various shapes and styles as well as in different types of finish and material. These choices allow you to find the best fit for your vehicle, ones that can best complement its style or can upgrade the look of the exterior. Nerf bars come in different shapes and lengths. In terms of size, available options include the cab-length and wheel-to-wheel nerf bars. They also come in varied shapes and designs such as the oval nerf bars, which have wider steps than the standard round bars, and the sport tubes, which use a smaller tubing and are mostly used for decoration. You can also choose from individual nerf bars and retractable types
These bars also come in different materials such as cold-rolled carbon steel and stainless steel and in various types of finish and color to match the vehicle's style and design, whether you're going for the seamless look or that rugged appeal or want something flashy for the exterior. Choose nerf bars that best meet your needs and also enhances the look or aesthetics of the vehicle.