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Unread 04-07-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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RFC: Bumpers, Side Steps

So somewhere down the road I am looking to replace my bumpers and add some side steps/nerf bars or whatever they are called. I have been looking at tubular designs primarily. I may want to put a winch on later, and I may want to do some light towing as well. Think pulling a lawnmower on a small trailer for about 10 miles.

I want to have a consistent look all around, both tube size and finish.

Any thoughts/comments on the following would be greatly appreciated:
  • Any reason NOT to go with the tubular design?
  • What manufacturers should I look into? Stay away from?
  • Are the integrated tow hitches a waste of time for what I am looking in to?
  • Nerf bars - are bolt-on OK? Just looking for a step up and some minor protection.
  • If a manufacturer offers different models, what features in particular should I look for? Stay away from?

Again, thanks in advance for any input.

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Unread 04-07-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Never been a fan of nerf bars... They mount to the frame, and normally bend pretty easily, actually damaging the body when they get knocked up from a rock, etc. I'd go with a rocker guard. It bolts onto the body, get a side step welded on and you get what you're looking for... Plus you get actual protection. You can even get some with frame tie-ins for added strength.

For rocker guards, I'd suggest AtoZ Fabrication. Top notch quality and Zach is great to deal with.

Never been a huge fan of tube bumpers... And never had any real experience with them... I'll say that my AtoZ bumpers have held up great for the past few years though.
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Unread 04-07-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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So I am getting confused by some of the terminology here then. Most of what I see listed as "side steps" online are what I would also call nerf bars. Basically a tube or bar that is attached to the frame, with a step area incorporated. What exactly is the difference between a side step and a nerf bar?
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Unread 04-07-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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Look at the smittybilt line...for all of the above..ax the nerf bars and get the rock sliders with bars...they all look great and great value for the $$$
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Unread 04-12-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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Bump. Anyone else have any thoughts?
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Unread 04-12-2010, 03:31 PM   #6
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I personally don't like the looks of any of the traditional tube style bumpers or nerf bars. For the price the smittybilt XRC line is pretty good and decent looking I think. (Smittybilt XRC Armor | Tube Fenders | Jeep Corner Guards | Jeep Rock Sliders) It boils down to,,,, it's your Jeep and your money, get what you like. If you're not going to be playing around in any big rocks a nerf bar would probably work just fine for you, especially since you seem to only really be looking for a step.
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