If you have decided to get nerf bars for your vehicle, then you have definitely made a great choice towards adding both style and convenience to your ride. Nerf bars provide a convenient step that makes it easier (not to mention safer) to get in and out of your vehicle. They also give your vehicle a charming, rugged look. You can follow that great decision with another one by getting a quality nerf bar mounting kit. Those nerf bars won't do you much good if they don't stay attached to your vehicle or cause inconvenience by scraping against the pavement as you drive. You especially don't want your nerf bars suddenly falling off when you step on them. A mounting kit will give you all the components you need to ensure that your nerf bars are properly and securely installed.
DO familiarize yourself with the types of nerf bars
You will find that nerf bar mounting kits are often designed for specific types of nerf bars. While nerf bars come in many different sizes and styles, they come in three general shapes:
- Round - These have a diameter of 3 to 4 inches
- Oval - With a diameter ranging from 4 to 6 inches, these allows for bigger step pads.
- Hooped style - These have U-shaped steps that jut out below the bars
And in three different types or lengths:
- Cab-length nerf bars - The most common type, these run the length of your vehicle's seating rows and provide a step pad below each door.
- Wheel-to-wheel nerf bars - As the name implies, these span the entire length between your front and rear wheels. These are ideal for trucks because they also have a third step near the rear wheel which would make it easier to get to the truck bed.
- Sport tubes - These are much smaller in diameter are purely ornamental. They don't have step pads since they aren't designed to support any weight.
DO consider the following:
- Direct fit or generic mounting kits - Direct fit mounting kits are designed for a specific type of vehicle and a specific type of nerf bar. This makes installation very easy. Generic mounting kits, however, can be used on a wider variety of vehicle and nerf bar types and are cheaper. However, they are harder to install and may not look as good on your vehicle.
- Durable mounting brackets - Since these will be positioned under your vehicle, the mounting brackets will constantly be assaulted by road debris. We recommend high-quality mounting brackets made of non-corrosive material like stainless or powder-coated steel.
- Checking your vehicle owner manual - The manual can tell you the ideal mounting position for your vehicle as well as all the necessary components for nerf board installation. By reviewing it, you can check if the mounting kit you're getting really has all the parts you need.