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Old 04-26-2011, 09:22 PM
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After my install, I had the thought that I could go to a machine shop and cut out some braces that would run from the back of the mounts of my n-fabs, that would run over to the frame and help create that support and stiffness I wanted from the nerfbars, but then I realized that would screw up the whole body mounting systems that allows it to flex on the frame. So that Idea went out the window.
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I'll chime in with my $.02 here. I think that steps and nerf bars are two completely different things. Steps should be for access to the truck (primary) while nerf bars should be there for protections (primary). It's almost impossible to get both because steps need to be low in order for them to function while nerf bars need to be up close to the body and mounted to the frame (if possible). If you do both then you get the worst of both worlds.

I used to off road jeeps all the time and built a few up from scratch. I'm very familiar with how they work and what they are used for. I chose the N-fab steps (that look like nerf bars) because I liked the look and the hopes for less snow/mud catching in them. I have no expectation that they will protect my truck. In fact, I expect them to cause more damage to my truck if I get into an off roading glitch.

This is because they are low to the ground and could damamge my rockers because they are only bolted to the sheet metal (like 99% of the other steps out there... to include OEM).

I would say that building a hybrid of the 2 doesn't make much sense because they wouldn't be good at either job.

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After my install, I had the thought that I could go to a machine shop and cut out some braces that would run from the back of the mounts of my n-fabs, that would run over to the frame and help create that support and stiffness I wanted from the nerfbars, but then I realized that would screw up the whole body mounting systems that allows it to flex on the frame. So that Idea went out the window.
I think any frame mounting should be to the body mounts, and only mount to the frame if there is no body connection (as you said to allow that built in flex)
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I'll chime in with my $.02 here. I think that steps and nerf bars are two completely different things. Steps should be for access to the truck (primary) while nerf bars should be there for protections (primary). It's almost impossible to get both because steps need to be low in order for them to function while nerf bars need to be up close to the body and mounted to the frame (if possible). If you do both then you get the worst of both worlds.

I used to off road jeeps all the time and built a few up from scratch. I'm very familiar with how they work and what they are used for. I chose the N-fab steps (that look like nerf bars) because I liked the look and the hopes for less snow/mud catching in them. I have no expectation that they will protect my truck. In fact, I expect them to cause more damage to my truck if I get into an off roading glitch.

This is because they are low to the ground and could damamge my rockers because they are only bolted to the sheet metal (like 99% of the other steps out there... to include OEM).

I would say that building a hybrid of the 2 doesn't make much sense because they wouldn't be good at either job.

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Rock "skis" or sliders for jeeps are mostly mounted to the rocker or sheet metal like you said as well as all jeep "body armor"
But the mounting spreads the load over a greater area and of course are constructed from thicker material of course.

Sorry to thread Jack...I will continue this discussion in my section
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I'll chime in with my $.02 here. I think that steps and nerf bars are two completely different things. Steps should be for access to the truck (primary) while nerf bars should be there for protections (primary). It's almost impossible to get both because steps need to be low in order for them to function while nerf bars need to be up close to the body and mounted to the frame (if possible). If you do both then you get the worst of both worlds.

I used to off road jeeps all the time and built a few up from scratch. I'm very familiar with how they work and what they are used for. I chose the N-fab steps (that look like nerf bars) because I liked the look and the hopes for less snow/mud catching in them. I have no expectation that they will protect my truck. In fact, I expect them to cause more damage to my truck if I get into an off roading glitch.

This is because they are low to the ground and could damamge my rockers because they are only bolted to the sheet metal (like 99% of the other steps out there... to include OEM).

I would say that building a hybrid of the 2 doesn't make much sense because they wouldn't be good at either job.

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steps and nerf bars are the same thing... are you sure you aren't thinking of rock sliders, or sport bars? because a nerf bar is for stepping up into the vehicle... hence the black rubber non slip pad on top of them or a perferated non slip metal step like the n fabs, a sport bar (rock slider) what ever you choose to call them is strictly for looks and to protect the bottom of the rocker panels... which is why they have no grip at all on them and they hug the bottom of the rocker panels. just wanted to clear that up.
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rough01 are yours the wheel to wheel length ones?
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rough01 are yours the wheel to wheel length ones?
Mine are not. I didn't like the look of that style personally and I like the way it looks by ending with the cab.
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Sorry to hear about the difficulty of installation. I was going to purchase the N-Fabs as I think they look great on the truck but I'm not trying to go through the fuss.
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I got the wheel to wheel, if I figure out this new laptop I will post pics. And yes, they were alittle extra work to put on but it was what I liked.
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