Dodge Nerf Bars: DIY Guide to Installing These Accessories
Some accessories are for aesthetics, adding extra flair to the vehicle. Others are designed to be functional. With nerf bars, you're getting both of these advantages. These are installed along the sides of the vehicle, under the door. They give extra boost to the cab, so passengers can climb in and out of the cabin easily. They also provide stable footing even in wet weather and can accentuate the vehicle's side profile. Installing these accessories will require just the basic set of tools. These can be easily done in the garage, and this will take just take a few minutes. Here's a step-by-step guide to installing Dodge nerf bars:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Nerf bars
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Socket set
- Wrench set
Prepping up for the task
Check the package first to see what's in it. Aside from the nerf bars, you have to see if listed pieces and hardware are all there. The package may also come with installation instructions, which you should take time to read. Before you start work, park the vehicle on a level surface or in an area where your most comfortable with. Make sure that the parking brake is on for safety.
Removing the old nerf bars (if your Dodge is already equipped with these steps)
Raise a side of the vehicle using a floor jack and support it using the jack stands placed under the frame rail. Once supported, get the jack out of the way. To remove the nerf bar one by one, you have to undo the bolts holding the bar bracket to the frame. A socket can be used to unlock the bracket. Lower the rear part of the nerf bar and remove it. Be careful not to ruin anything as you pull out the bar. Use the jack to bring the raised side of the vehicle back to the ground as you take out the stands. For the other side, you have to follow the same steps.
Installing the nerf bars
Check if the vehicle has factory-drilled mounting holes in the frame for fitting nerf bars and other types of steps. If they come with pre-drilled holes, then installing these steps can be straightforward and easy. If there are no available holes, you'll have to drill one. Follow the manufacturer instructions for the exact location of the holes and for the size. The holes you'll drill should match the ones on the nerf bars. Otherwise, they won't line up.
The mounting holes in the frame should be aligned with the holes in the mounting brackets. Once aligned, bolt in the mounting brackets, anchored to the frame. The brackets should be facing forward, in the right direction. After this, you can now attach the nerf bars to the brackets. Make sure that the steps are centered. Give it a once-over before you secure the bar with the mounting hardware. Tighten the bolts-see to it that the nerf bar is securely fastened. To check if it's properly installed, try stepping on it. If everything checks out fine, do the same to the other side.
Aries Nerf Bars
Aries nerf bars bringing added safety from the raceways to the roads of everyday. These are precision-fit to the exact specification for any vehicle they are made for to guarantee a sure fit every time. Made from high-grade steel, these nerf bars are carefully formed to ensure they are a balance of strength and flexibility. These qualities ensure that they perform under a number of conditions--from summer hot to winter cold--without warping, bending, or breaking. Included with every purchase of Aries nerf bars are four molded step pads to ensure no slipping or skidding when mounting the bars, as well as all the mounting hardware and installation instructions you will need. Aries nerf bars come with an extended three-year limited warranty.
Dee Zee Nerf Bars
Dee Zee nerf bars are designed to provide both style and safety. Made from high-quality stainless steel alloys and buffed to a gleaming shine, these nerf bars are very rugged, durable, rust-resistant, yet very stylish and masculine. Carefully measured to exact specifications, they are a sure and secure fit for any vehicle they are installed onto. While installation may require drilling, they are intentionally frame-mounted for extra strength and longevity. Dee Zee nerf bars come with molded plastic step pad for sure footing and support when entering or exiting the vehicle. Additionally, Dee Zee nerf bars are covered by a lifetime limited warranty.
N-Dure Nerf Bars
Adding both safety and style to even the toughest trucks, N-Dure nerf bars are built to look good and last. They are made from high-grade stainless steel that is carefully formed and treated to guarantee maximum rust-resistance and durability--while maintaining a very polished and stylish look. These nerf bars are also crafted to very precise and exacting specifications to guarantee a stable and sure fit every time. These nerf bars also come with plastic UV-resistant polymer pads for sure grip for the feet. Installation is made easy--no drilling required, and the N-Dure nerf bars come withal the brackets and hardware that are needed. N-Dure nerf bars come with a two-year limited warranty.