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Old 10-12-2006, 06:38 AM   #1
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Nerf Bars?

First off why are they called that...they are not Nerf. HAHA..
Secondly I installed some weston's(nice black one's) and its like 2-3 inches from my rear tire....is that normal?Safe?


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Old 10-12-2006, 09:13 AM   #2
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im not sure why they are called nerf bars but mine are that close also...its perfectly fine

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Old 10-20-2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thanks =) They were a pain to install, the driver side took forever and the passenger side went on real quick.!!!
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:04 AM   #4
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I agree, it is perfectly normal and safe to have installed 2-3 inches from your rear tire... I think comnig from the word itself "nerf" which means, to weaken or make less dangerous... Maybe it was named nerf bars to act as a step to ease or lessen the danger of entering and exiting from your vehicle to prevent a slip whenever it is rainy or your shoes are wet... It is also known as step bars, boss bars, tube steps or step tubes.
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:47 PM   #5
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I always thought the nerf bars were to increase lateral strength of the jeep and minimize side impacts.

The step is for the lady's convenience.
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:35 PM   #6
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"Nerf" bars are pretty much for looks and convenience. They are pretty thin so if you impact them pretty hard they will bend up and hit the tub. If you don't offroad where that can be an issue they are fine but they add almost nothing structurally.

SuperNerfs (JKS), sliders, and rocker guards are generally made to withstand the impacts and prevent damge to the tub.
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Old 05-02-2007, 05:06 PM   #7
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The run we did in Llano (JJ) we had a guy in our group with nerf bars on his Unlimited. He came down on a rock so hard in bent the one on his drivers side into a nice little V shape. It was so severe he couldn't open the drivers door. We managed to get 3 guys to stand on it and jump up and down until it bent back down enough so that he could open the door.
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Im putting a rough country 4" lift in as we speak... hoping to be done in a couple days. I plan to throw on 33x12.5x15 wondering if the bars will clear? Measuring from center, I think I'll have 1/4" to 1/2" of space between them and the tires. If they fit, they'll work good to scrape the mud off as the wheel comes around.

Don't know why they are nerf. They always remind me riding around the gocarts as a kid with that bumper rail all the way around the outside!
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:55 PM   #9
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Actually getting a set put on this week. I really don't want them, but my wife and little girl have a hard time getting in and my wife is going to start using it to take her to school back and forth. She's pretty much taking over my Jeep during the week to save miles on her new SUV.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #10
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Amen Brother. My wife got me some for X-Mas. I put them on a week after X-mas. Really easy to put on. my wife and kid love them. I have driven my OWN Jeep once to the store since then. Hell half the time i can't find the Keys to my own Jeep and she also has the spare key. Guess I will just have to get me another Jeep.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:43 PM   #11
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In the late 60's when I was racing Sprint cars, Nerf bars were 2 vertical bars on the front and rear of the race car. We didn't use bumpers - too heavy and they'd tangle.
They were to protect the body when "Nerfing" - bumping pushing, shoving or being Nerfed. All practices against the rules of course - but He He - "accidents happen."

Side bars went on the sides - they helped keep the open wheels from tangling - they did anyway, but the bars did help.
When open wheels tangle often somebody is going to go airborne.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:05 PM   #12
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Got mine put on. They were the Westin black tube style. It made a world of difference for my wife to get in and now my daughter can actually get in on her own. Now my little girl wants to go everywhere with me in the Jeep. That right there made it worth it to me. I'm actually afraid to use them since I'm 330lbs. I just step over them and let my wife and daughter use them.

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