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Old 12-09-2011, 10:31 PM
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Hey guys. I just installed new ionic 3" nerf bars. I was going to buy them for $350 and they were slashed on Cyber monday to $204 no tax or shipping. I went with the smaller 3" bars figuring they would whack me in the shins less than the larger ones. I bought them for wifey and the kids, i"m 6 ft 4 in and will never use them. Anyway the bars and the trucks suspension flex a little, and i'm ok with that. There seems to be alot of play where they attatch to the truck. The brackets were hardcore strong and probably impossible to bend but if i use the steps i can see the whole bracket bend inward like the undercarraige is weak. Every bolt came with a washer and lock washer and I went back underneath and made them extra tight to no avail. Is this normal ?

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:34 PM
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Where do they attach to the truck?
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Was looking at pictures on google to see what the bars look like, the brackets do seem kind of "iffy" compared to other nerf bar companies. Also curious to where they mount/exactly how.

But as the saying goes "you get what you pay for".

I got my bars and I can seriously jump on them without any flex and im 170. But I did have to drill into my side support frame (which is wear the brackets mount onto). Hard to explain where its mounted too but its the support frame right behind my rocker panels . I did pay twice what you did though..

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the brackets attatched underneath the doors. There were pre existing holes that were covered in factory tape before the truck was painted. The brackets themselves were 1/4 inch re-inforced steel and basically 100 times stronger than they need to be. the front bracket is probably 8 inches wide bolting in 3 spots in a wide "Y" -ish pattern. Then it also had a cross member which attached on a 45 degree angle from the bottom of the "Y" bracket (where the steps attach) to an existing bolt about a foot inside attaching to the horizontal undercarriage. basically if you stood at the back of the truck looking foward, there would be a vertical and horizontal 45 support like this " 1/ " . I have seen other installs which used the same bolt locations and had no problems.

Where did your bars attach ?
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got some good pics in the dark Yay !!!
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Ill try and get ya some pictures tomorrow its like -20 celsius and dark out right now.

They seem sturdy enough though??
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*** Tips hat*** Thanks.

p.s. Dang that's cold. I thought it was bad here in southern NY @ 5 celcius.
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damn those bars shouldnt flex at all... i have the same steps as bordin and we dont have those supports up to the body mounts, and our steps dont flex... im a large man 250 pounds and there is minimal flex on mine (some but not like you are describing) not sure whats up there
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like I said, the bars themselves flex a little, but I purposely went with 3 inch bars and not 4 or 6 inch, so I'm ok with that. The brackets themselves (as you can see) are rock solid. The underneath of the truck.... not so much. It would be one thing if I was starting to rust down there, or had any other visible weakness, but it appears to be fine. I figured I give it a few weeks to let it all flex as much as its going to, and then re-tighten it all. Other than that I'm kinda lost. My girls are 6 and 3 years old so the bars will work fine for many years to come. They will also work plenty good enough for the Mrs too and that's why I got them in the first place............. but still....... lol good enough isnt always good enough, you know ??
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I weigh about 285 & mine flex a bit, but they have been on for over 2 years
i just noticed that i still have not put in a bolt that we lost during assembly





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