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Nerf Bars for Door Dings?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by littleschipper, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Aug 11, 2009 at 7:25 AM
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    My father just got his first Toyota and it's a Taco! (I think he fell in love with my '07 Taco.) He was asking me about nerf bars to protect his truck from door dings. I have a 1982 Jeep CJ-7 that has some old, original Smittybilt nerf bars that bolted to the frame and stuck out several inches from the bodywork, protecting the bodywork from car doors. (They no longer make them like this.) These are what my father is looking for. Nerf bars for his Taco that will protect the bodywork. I've noticed that almost every set I've seen for the Taco are close to the body and even make it easy to kick the body using the steps. My old Smittybilt's were wide enough that you could step on them without ganking the body. Does anyone know of nerf bars like this for the Taco?:notsure:

    P.S. He did consider the electric steps that move into place when you open the door but those can't keep the door dingers at bay...)
     
  2. Aug 11, 2009 at 7:38 AM
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    Talk to a custom metal fab place- They can make some tube "sliders" and add step plates into them that'll stick out as far as your dad would like...
     
  3. Aug 12, 2009 at 9:29 PM
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    I'm also looking for the round type everyday average - maybe cheap nerf bars to help with door dings and not having much luck with info. seems that more folks would be into using the bars for protection and they would be talking about it, ( which model works best etc...)

    I think the oval ones stick out farther than the round type but do not look as good imo
     
  4. Aug 12, 2009 at 9:42 PM
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    ^ I like the look of the stainless round nerf bar and my truck is a daily driver so have no plans on sliding on rocks etc... If I went off roading the sliders would certainly be what I would buy.

    the OP is correct, most bars barely stick out enough to even get a foot in there to lift yourself up. someone with a big foot can forget it
     
  5. Aug 13, 2009 at 6:12 PM
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    I have new Smittybuilt nerf bars coming next month for my truck. They are on back order. I wonder if one could use some spacer between the bar and frame to make them stick out a bit more?

    Gary K8IZ
     
  6. Aug 13, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    A u shaped piece of metal with a hole drilled in it to mount the bars to would work. the u would need to be installed vertically so that there is access to get the wrench inside the u to tighten down the bars. this u would need to be welded to the frame of the truck. this would eliminate all mounting hardware that comes with the bar assembly package except for the four bar bolts and washers
     
  7. Aug 13, 2009 at 7:03 PM
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    look at www.hunter4x4x.com
    i got my nerf bars from them, uses stock mounting locations, great quality.
    they stick out more then far enoungh, they touch the back of my leg as i get out. the wife loves them for getting in.
    the main reason i got them, door dings. i no longer worry about parking
     
  8. Aug 13, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    ^ thanks for the tip. I think you have one 2 many x in your link

    http://hunter4x4.com/

    someone posted on a thread here that the body mounted bars like the ones in your link will cause more damage to the truck in a minor type accident or while off roading because they mount to the truck body instead of the frame. it seems that that that type of installation will allow the bars to stick out farther from the truck though which is exactly what I am looking for, hmmm
     
  9. Aug 13, 2009 at 7:58 PM
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    I purchased my nerf bars from a local truck accesory store.They actually stick out a little and helps with the dings etc. You could look at my pics also if you need to look at them.

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    ^ do yours mount to the frame or body, and do you know how much they stick past the door? Thanks
     
  11. Aug 13, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    They mount to the frame and stick out about 3-6 inches.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    All the ones I've seen on this forum and in the two years I've owned my truck, including the ones on my truck, mount to the frame. I've never even heard of "body mount" nerfs for these trucks.
     
  13. Aug 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjzfddQt2xE&feature=channel_page

    they mount to the body and not the frame

    those guys are doing great advertising with hot chicks, not
     
  14. Aug 13, 2009 at 8:32 PM
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    You know, you're right. That's where mine are mounted. Why the hell did I think frame?

    They are very strong, though. I weigh 223lbs (I was 241 2 months ago) and I stand on them every weekend washing my truck.

    I think the only option for non frame mounted would be welded on sliders.
     
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    Toyota adds extra umph in the body where the bars mount to it I'm sure. Now I'm trying to remember where I read that someone messed up the body a little bit while off roading and coming down on a rock with the nerf bars. the bars bent and probably messed up the body mounting holes too. in that situation the frame mounted nerf bar would certainly not mess up the frame in any way, just the bar itself
     
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    Yeah I wouldn't even consider nerfs if I were into offroading anything even remotely legit which is why I mentioned the sliders.

    I personally like the Nfab design much better than the Westins I have, though, because they're actually useful for getting into the truck. The Westins mount too close to be anything other than an expensive pantleg soiling apparatus.
     
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    HELLO. New taco owner here. So which steps did you buy to help alleviate door dings??
    Thank You
     
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    I got my nerf bars from running board world.

    http://www.runningboardworld.com/

    I got 3" black ones for my truck for $171 delivered with all the hardware. The washers they sent were too small, though, so I had to spend $3 for the right size ones at Home Depot.
     
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    Lots of options..... and whatever you like.

    If you plan on doing any offroading - I'd go with rock sliders.
    I had a set of nerf bars on my 96 truck that bent badly while being high-centered.

    I have OEM running boards on my 07 that protect my doors...(no offroading with this truck)
     
  20. Mar 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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    We never did find any ready-made bars like we wanted. The expense of going to a custom fab shop was too much for him (and me too.) We looked at mass produced sliders but they don't stick out far enough. I really, REALLY like the B.A.M.F. sliders as posted on Tacoma World but I'd like to see another two or three inches of width. I'm thinking about asking the builder, JLee, for a price on an wider pair but one standard bolt-on 96" set for a dbl cab is already $500, no options. Not cheap but certainly worth it. My father rarely drives his truck, it still has less than 30k miles on it. Mine, on the other hand, has well over 120k miles and not a single door ding (scratches from tree branches while hunting don't count!) I park way out in Timbuktu everywhere I go after dropping off the wife and kids at the door, of course. The rare times I have to park next to someone I try to find spots where I can angle it in, park on the end or an edge, or some other way to avoid the inconsiderate rectal apertures who don't give a snot drip about other vehicles, or their own. If anyone ever does find any like the old Smittybuilt bars that don't cost a mortgage payment, I'll buy them a case of beer! :cheers:
     
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