Additions to your truck or van must both be functional and decorative--after all, you are spending your hard-earned money for them. One add-on that you will definitely love to have is a nerf bar. Always coming in pair, nerf bars are tubular bars installed on each side of your truck in order to allow you to have an extra step when going in or out. They are functional, yes, and they also give your vehicle that off-road appearance. But if you have a race car, you could also use this add-on, given that nerf bars were actually first intended for this vehicle type back then. It is just lately that their function has become extended for off-road and off-road-capable vehicles. So, if you are planning to install this add-on, make sure that you get the unit from a known brand like Go Rhino. The brand's Dominator II series is good to start with. But to make sure that you will not be wasting your time and money, let us first put the unit under scrutiny.
- Made of steel
- Powder-coated black
- Sold in set of two
- With a three-inch diameter
- Cab coverage
- Requires no drilling
- Carries a five-year Go Rhino limited warranty
We tested this component on a 2007 Hyundai Tucson and a 2000 Mitsubishi Triton, and here is what we have to say:
- The units looked really appealing. The polish was not that glossy--somewhat matte, actually--but that was not a big issue. The tubes were solid and had the right diameter and cab length, the side steps were expertly welded, and the side step pads were high-quality.
- It was a good feature that the side step pads could be removed in case we opted to custom-paint the bars.
- After the forty-five minute installation on each vehicle, we stepped on the components to see how strong they were and the mounting fasteners. The units actually withstood the weight two medium-built persons.
- The nerf bars did not interfere with how the Tucson and the Triton cruised on the highway in high speed. There was no aerodynamic drag whatsoever.
- When we opened the package, we were quite unsure if what we saw were tube ends that were bent up a bit. But we were able to confirm that by seeing the end caps that were pushed in the tubes sideways. That was poor quality control from the company, for the damage could not have originated from shipping.
- The package was missing two bolts and a washer. We did not find them when we searched the package a couple of times. We just decided to send our blessings to where those fasteners could have been left.
If you prefer nerf bars with side steps, then this kind should definitely be your bet. A pair is actually well-priced, and this sort of design is not very common among manufacturers, making it kind of unique. Performance and warranty are also good. Thus, you will not be wasting your time and money on this product.