FAQs—Toyota Nerf Bars
- Aren’t nerf bars basically the same thing as running boards? Is there any difference?
Running boards are designed with a flat non-slip surface (usually rectangular), while nerf bars come in a tubular shape or pipe-like design. Each door has a separate stepping pad in nerf bars. In running boards, the pads cover the entire length of the boards. Running boards are designed more for safety and comfort, while nerf bars, as some would have it, emphasize style in their design.
- What are the available lengths for nerf bars?
Nerf bars typically come in three varying lengths. Cab length nerf bars cover the length of the cab, while wheel-to-wheel bars run the entire vehicle length, from the rear of the front wheel to the front of the rear wheel. The latter may come with a separate step for the truck bed. Nerf bar steps, on the other hand, measure two feet or less. These are attached outside individual doors.
- What are the advantages of using oval nerf bars vs. the standard type? And what’s the difference between drop step nerf bars and standard bars?
Oval nerf bars have a wider room for the steps. These can be a great option if you want something in between running boards and standard nerf bars. Oval nerf bars also seem more visually appealing than the standard round pipes.
Meanwhile, drop step nerf bars are not that different from standard bars. The main difference would have to be the additional loop-shaped steps, which are hanging down off the pipes. Because of the low-hanging steps, these bars are set closer to the truck or vehicle. The drop step nerf bars offer some distinct styling, and extra feature, compared to the usual versions.
- I’m looking for designs other than the oval and the standard round nerf bars. Can you tell me something about sport tubes and spring-loaded nerf bars? I need help picking the right accessories for my Toyota truck.
Spring-loaded nerf bars are great options if you don’t really want nerf bars on your vehicle but like to have the convenience of having stepping pads. These are attached basically the same way as other nerf bars, but the bars can be hidden by sight through retractable springs. The nerf bars can be moved or brought down when climbing into the vehicle, and these will eventually retract. Sport tubes, on the other hand, are more for decorative purposes. They don’t really do much since they hold less weight and are not as flexible as other nerf bar designs. The bars are smaller in diameter and are set more closely to the vehicle. These accessories are used more for visual styling and customization, and not much for safety and added functionality.
- I tried installing the nerf bars by myself, but I had a rather difficult time with the installation. The brackets aren’t aligned with the holes in the step bars. What should I do?
If the brackets won’t line up with the holes, it can be that the brackets aren’t placed in the right position in the truck or the bars aren’t in the correct place. What you can do is switch them up. Check the manual or package for further instructions. If these don’t work, get in touch with the store to report the problem and return the product if the nerf bars aren’t designed for the vehicle.
- I just installed the nerf bars a couple of days ago. I drove to a nearby store and heard some thumps and rattles, and they seem to be coming from the newly installed bars. What could I do about it?
The rattling and thumping sounds may be caused by metal-to-metal contact or friction. What you can do here is to check the connections and loosen them up. You may have to adjust the brackets. White lithium grease, or even usual grease, can be used on metal-to-metal connections so there won’t be too much friction. See to it that all connections are secured.
- The brackets don’t fit. What should I do to install the nerf bars?
Check the parts list and any marking on the brackets. The holes may look a bit different than the ones drawn on the manual. Make sure that the brackets are mounted or installed at the right side or spot. If not, then contact the store to check if there’s been a mix-up or if you got a package with incorrect parts.
Five Easy Tips to Keep Your Toyota Nerf Bars Always Shiny and Clean
Your nerf bars may be small in size and may not be noticeable at times, but they play a big role on your Toyota. These bars are responsible for protecting both sides of your vehicle from other vehicles on the road and keep your tires from becoming entangled. They also serve as a support when your kids or any of your passengers step up inside your car.
In motorcycles, these bars are referred to as footrests, where the person riding behind the driver can step on. These also serve as accessories that can give your vehicle a different style. That's why they need cleaning and polishing regularly to maintain their new look as you drive along the road. Here are some tips that you can do to your Toyota nerf bars to retain their shiny look:
Although this tip is already a giveaway, always make it a point to wash the surface of your Toyota nerf bars with mild soap and water. Being exposed to all kinds of road dirt and debris make it susceptible to premature wear. After washing it, let them dry for a few minutes first before applying polish.
- Polish the bars regularly.
For nerf bars, sometimes, cleaning is not enough. Take time to apply polish to the surface of each bar to make it shinier. You can use a buffering pad or a soft cotton rag to put on the polish, and then spread it all over the complete surface of the bars, including the bottom and back area. Make sure to polish the surface only with light pressure.
- Check the bars for signs of corrosion.
Since nerf bars are usually made of metallic materials, it is important that you inspect the corners or the edges for rust and corrosions. This is usually caused by dried water and dirt. Take note that you should always remove excess polish to keep it from drying and bringing about corrosion.
- Know the right polish for your nerf bars.
If your set of Toyota nerf bars is made of stainless steel, it will produce a black, messy tarnish when polished. If chrome, obviously, you will need to use a chrome polish. It will also produce some tarnish, but not a black mess. If your bars are clear-coated, you cannot use neither a metal polish nor chrome polish. Instead, use a paint polish or paint cleaner and then scrape it if necessary.
Yes, never get tired of polishing your nerf bars as often as you can to keep it always shiny and clean. Make sure to also keep the buffering pad or the soft cotton rag that you use for polishing. Because, in some cases, you will need to use that rag or pad again. It may still contain an acceptable amount of polish on it that you can use once more. It will also serve as guide when determining how much polish you are ought to use, since you are only obliged to use a small quantity of polish.