You managed your way through the terrain, and you were able to clear most obstacles along the path. However, as you approach the steep slope, you realized that your rig's ground clearance wasn't enough to keep the rocker panels from hitting the ground. You ended up having gashes and small dents on your rig. So what could have you done to prevent it? This is where nerf bars come in. Side protection for your rig is just as important as its front and rear protection. It will be part of the frontline that takes the hit before any hazard can damage your rig's paint and sheet metal. ARB, a manufacturer of premium off-road equipment, has its own line-up of nerf bars for your rig. We installed an ARB nerf bar on our Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series to see how it can handle the rugged off-road terrain.
- Steel tube construction
- Mandrel bent
- Combination of side rail and steps
- 2 years limited warranty
- We were quite happy that the ARB nerf bar design incorporates two main purposes: step boards and side rails. The extra protection wrapped around the rig gave us an assuring sense. As we trailed, we encountered hazards. The steel bumpers and nerf bar prevented the rock terrain from scratching the rig's body. Likewise, the side steps were useful. It allowed us to climb up the lifted Land Cruiser easier.
- Aesthetically speaking, the ARB nerf bar is a good addition to the overall look of our rig. The extension further adds to the brute vibe that the Land Cruiser 80 Series already has. Furthermore, the black powder coat accentuates the square lines of the steel piping that wraps the rig.
- We really like the idea of keeping the ARB nerf bar along with the front and rear steel bumpers. The only downside of having these modifications is the extra bulk. What kept the rig cleared from the boulders off the road worked the opposite way on the streets. Having the steel extensions made it harder for us to squeeze in traffic and park in tight spaces. And with a rig as big as a Land Cruiser, maneuvering it as such was a daunting task.
- Since the ARB nerf bar is made of steel, it was also an excess baggage that could affect your engine performance and fuel economy.
Equipping your rig with the ARB protective equipment, like the ARB nerf bars, is an ideal move. This goes especially to you if you go off-road more often than most people. However, keep in mind that with extra armor comes extra weight. If you think your wallet can handle its implications, by all means, go for it.