FAQs— Jeep Nerf Bars
- I’m planning to install Jeep nerf bars but I got confused when I saw that this add-on comes in different types and lengths. When it comes to length, which do you think will better match my Jeep?
It depends on the type of Jeep you’re driving and the number of doors it has. Cab length nerf bars are long enough to cover length of the cab of two and four-door vehicles while the wheel-to-wheel nerf bars run along the area in between the front and back wheels. The latter type is ideal for pickup trucks as it has an extra step for those who are accessing the truck bed. There are also nerf bar steps that are at least two feet or less in length and are designed to be mounted outside each door. Of course, longer nerf bars can better double as the vehicle’s shield against road debris thrown by the tires onto the Jeep’s body.
- What are sports bars and what advantages do they have over other types of nerf bars?
The sport bars are actually the cab-length type of nerf bars, extending from behind the front wheel well to the area behind the door of the vehicle. Since they aren’t that long, these nerf bars don’t add too much weight into your off-road vehicle. These nerf bars are also efficient in doing the task of facilitating entry and exit of the driver and passengers while helping protect the sides of the Jeep from the damage that may caused by rocks and road debris.
- I need secure side steps for my Jeep but I don’t want to outfit my ride with running boards. Can the nerf bars help me in my attempt to balance the way my Jeep appears and my passenger’s safety?
Of course, Jeep nerf bars can help you with that. If you don’t like how your ride looks with running boards on, you can still ensure safe entry and exit for your passengers by outfitting both the passenger and driver sides of your Jeep with oval nerf bars that feature larger step pads.
- After installing my Jeep nerf bars, I took my ride for a short drive and noticed that one of the bars is rattling. What could be causing this?
Such sound is usually produced when a metal hits another metal. Drive back to your and inspect your nerf bars. Try to loosen all connections and adjust the brackets to clear all the metal around the bracket. The metal-to-metal connections can also be greased or applied with white lithium to ensure smooth connections between them. Properly tighten all connections.
- I don’t like to have something hanging on the sides of my vehicle particularly when I’m off-roading, but I admit I need stable steps on the sides of my Jeep for when I travel with kids and the elders. What type of nerf bars should I consider?
You should go for spring-loaded nerf bars, which can be retracted by springs when they aren’t needed. When you need to go out of the vehicle, you can easily move the nerf bar down and step on it until you’re off your ride. As soon as it’s not in use, the spring will retract the nerf bar out of view again. This is great for serious off-roaders who are minimalistic when it comes to their vehicle’s styling.
- When placing the bolts through the slots on the Jeep nerf bars and the factory mounting holes, why am I discouraged in tightening the bolts right away?
Slotting the bolts in but not tightening them right away allows you to install the nerf bars in place, so you can check their fitting and make little adjustments. If you tighten the bolts and adjustments are needed, you will need to loosen all of them before you can do slight alterations. Tighten the bolts only when you’re 100% sure of the nerf bar’s fitting and position.
- When installing my newly purchased Jeep nerf bars, I noticed that the bolts can’t be properly slotted in the mounting holes. Can it be that they are not the correct size for the nerf bars?
While it’s possible that the bolts packed along with your nerf bars aren’t of the right size, it’s wise to check first the bolt holes for things that might be covering a part of the hole. Check if there’s some portion of the plastic grommet that covers the bolt holes or if there are rust deposits on the edges of the holes. The bolts should also be checked as it’s possible that they have filthy or rusted threads, causing inappropriate fitment.