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Lowering nerf bars

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by YotaSandman, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    YotaSandman

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    New guy with a question about lowering the nerf bars on my new prerunner. I've looked through several pages and can't find a thread on this subject. Due to the height of my running boards my children nor my wife are able to use them at all. I would like to lower them a bit but can't seem to find a mounting bracket. Any one out there have this same problem? And how did you fix it? I could bend some steel but if there is something in production I would prefer to go that route. Thanks, for listening.
     
  2. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:09 AM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    People actually use those things:eek:? I thought they were just for looks:D..
     
  3. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:25 AM
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    For me at 6'2" no problem but you can imagine at 3 foot nothin.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:27 AM
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    moserjjx

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    factory nerf bars or what type?
     
  5. Dec 30, 2008 at 9:19 AM
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    I have them and they are great for getting dirt on my pants. Or I can use it and hit my head getting in.:cool:
     
  7. Dec 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM
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    Yes, factory bars. I know they are for looks as everyone says but if you lower them, they have to be somewhat functional besides getting mud all over my legs.
     
  8. Dec 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM
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    some pictures of the mounting might be helpful
     
  9. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM
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    I just looked at them, each side is held by two bolts in three places. Maybe you can have some spacers made at a machine shop and get longer bolts. I don't know if the spacers might put more pressure on the bolts ect. So it might be easier to sell yours and buy ones that fit your needs.
     
  10. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM
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    They are attached with simple S bracket. It seems like someone would make an after market bracket that has a longer distance between the two mounting surfaces. Am I crazy or does that make since?
     
  11. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM
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    They must be dif. than mine.
     
  12. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM
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    sounds like you'll have to fab something yourself. extending them could put more torque on them and make it bend easier so whatever is fabbed should be very sturdy. some pics might help but i agree with others about the n-fab step bars - they are on my list. they appear the most functional to me
     
  13. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM
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    Mr. Ed, thanks for your persistence. I appreciate you and everyones help.

    Unless I'm mistaking. It looked as though the bracket attached to the undercarriage and then went straight down and then extended under the running board in an S manner. How is yours attached?
     
  14. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM
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    could you cut those brackets in half and add an extension? i'd make it overly beefy
     
  15. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM
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    Something like cut the bottom off of the bracket and attache a beefed up L to mount the running board?
     
  16. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:37 PM
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    Would you bolt the attachment or weld?
     
  17. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM
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    well its hard to say how i would do since i'm only imagining what these brackets look like but i was thinking of cutting the "drop" part and adding an extension there. sorry i can't be more specific - pic would help. as far as bolting or welding, depends if its aluminum (bolt) or steel (weld). you could bolt either way if it worked and you don't have a welder (like me...)
     
  18. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM
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    nerfs useless!
     
  19. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM
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    Point well taken. I will get some pics for added support.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  20. Dec 30, 2008 at 1:45 PM
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    moserjjx

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    then again, if you hack the stock brackets you can't put it back "the way it was". maybe remove a bracket and find a local fab shop to make something similar but longer. doesn't sound that complicated
     
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