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Old 04-15-2011, 06:41 PM
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Default Install of N-Fab Nerf Step

So, I finally got my N-Fab Nerf Bars installed (4 step cab length). Yes, picture is attached. I think they look really good, but I do have some complaints with the install.

First you have to drill some 1 inch holes in order to install some nut retaining clips behind each bolt hole. The 1 inch hole is just barely big enough to squeeze in each retaining clip. The second clip requiring the use of a hammer due to the tight squeeze. I think a 1 1/4 inch hole might have been more appropriate. But, maybe they are worried about structural integrity by cutting too big a whole. Who knows.

Second, once you put the bolts in and start tightening them down, the washers provided are not sturdy enough or sized properly for the holes in the actual bar. So as you try to tighten the bolt, it starts pulling the washer through the whole, keeping the bolt from tightening all the way. I have bought some new washers to replace the originals. That should solve the problem.

Third, they make them vertically adjustable, by 1 inch or so. That’s great if you need it, but I want the bars up, which means they are not as secure as they could be, because they could always work their way down, if I can't get the bars tight enough. I don't think it will be a problem, but still an issue I would prefer to not worry about.
Well, complaining aside, they still look good. What do you all think?
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Looks good! I think that style looks best on lifted trucks like yours. I just installed some Go Rhino 3-step bars on mine & had no problems at all...bolted right into existing holes. I thought the N-fabs were pretty much the same, but guess not.
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I just found another recent to be somewhat irritated. Since I bought the new washers, I took the bolts out, put the new washers on (with some locktite) and noticed that some of the bolts have stressed and started to torque on themselves, because of the over tightening due to the crappy washers. I guess I will have to keep and eye on them and make sure nothing starts moving around. Otherwise I will have to replace the bolts.
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I think they look great!
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Krpto, I recently installed my n-fab bars and I agree with you on the bad mounts/installation technique used by N-Fab. I couldn't believe I had to drill 6x1" holes in my brand new truck. I used an air grinder to open the 1" holes out (instead of a hammer). I only did that on one side before I switched to a 1 1/8" hole saw for the other side. That was all I needed to not have to do any more grinding to make them fit.

I also have a complaint about the fact that the instructions say to only use 15-20 ft/lbs to tighten the bolts. I tried that and they were too loose and rattled all over the place. I had to go a lot tighter on them in order to secure it.

That said, I like the look of them and think they are very functional. I just wish they would come up with a better mounting system.
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nice job! Did you take photos of the install?
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I don't know about Krpto but it was such a PITA that I didn't take any photos of the install due to me cussing so much. I snapped some pics of mine when I was done and here they are. My truck isn't as clean as Krpto's but it was late and I was tired.

btw Krpto, I really like your truck and think the N-fab bars look good on it... I just realized I hadn't told you that.
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i bought the wheel to wheel N-fabs
at that time they didn't make a 3 step bar, so i had mine modified
i used grade 5 hardware, not what came in the package, they used grade 3
i have not had any problem with them, it was a great purchase
I use my rear steps everytime that i do a job, i weigh 285 lbs, no slippage, no rattles, no rust
i mounted them 2 years ago this month

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Sorry I didn't get a chance to respond back on this one for a week or so, but I was in the middle of moving.

So, are the other types of nerf bars for these modle years all hooking on behind that door panel, or do the others bolt to the frame? Mine seem to be working where there at, but I would like to theink they offered a little protection for the body if I hit something, but since they are bolted to the body and not the frame, I am not sure they would do a lot good.
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I like this kind of feed back on the install of nerf bars on our trucks! I am designing the mounting system for a set of rock sliders now. I think I will do a combination of rocker mounting and frame mounting.
The thing is usually.... the better the mounting (sturdier etc.) the more invovled and less "at home" friendly the install is
so it's really a trade off
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