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Update:Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

The old aluminum side steps are getting a bit ragged out. I can't complain they were on there in 1986 when I bought this Jeep. Darn trees and rocks keep jumping into them. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]



So I was looking around for something to replace them. I found this one at Quadratec but they are $280 for a pair.



They don't look all that strong, the mounting in particular. I think a plate on the bottom (for sliding on things) would also make them stronger.

My guess is that I could make what I have in mind for alot less than $280. I'm not a welder but can find a way to get that done. Don't care if they are pretty.

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Hmmm wonder if Rio Grande makes something like this??

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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

Yup. If you can't make them yourself.....Jeff can take care of you at a fair price.
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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

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They don't look all that strong, the mounting in particular.

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They look like a good design to me. I'd copy it.
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They look like a good design to me. I'd copy it.

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But they are mounted off of two points with no bracing, I would think that some angled braces in more than one plain would provide a much stronger assembly. It would also seem logical that you could even use lighter material with a more complex mounting. These things are going to have the full weight of the Jeep (and more) applied to them and not in a particular direction. Guess I'm looking for a very rigid mount that can take a hit from the front, back, up or down.

Then there's my thought of having a plate on the bottom to provide a smooth surface to slide on. Wouldn't that be good as you take a bend and can't see whatever until it smacks you sideways?

I'm not thinking of anything very complex, but beefy for sure.

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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

Mine are plenty beefy, and at least once every 3 months I put half the weight of the jeep on one of them when i rotate tires not to mention trail use. Using the square stock for the spacer rails I have yet to have a problem with strength. I build everything overly beefy and as with the bumpers the weak link is the frame.
I get 200.00 for mine Sales pitch ended.

As for the ones in the pix, The design is sound, verry similar to many I have seen.
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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

While I'm unsure what he was charging for them, "GoodDogs" made some sliders at one point that were said to be the "sliders from hell" (or something similar). Several folks are running them on TJs and I've seen what they'll take.
If you don't have a need for steps, go with the sliders. IMO, they offer the best protection without sacrificing clearance so "trees and rocks jump into them".
If you *DO* need steps, go with sliders and add a "nerf" to the sides. That'll give you both a place to step, raise the point of contact, AND give a few inches to grind before your tub is in danger.
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... "GoodDogs" made some sliders at one point that were said to be the "sliders from hell" ...

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I haven't been able to find anything made by or called "GoodDogs" on the internet. Have a link to their site or someone selling them??

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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

He is on the BBS and was at Attica. He had the nice fifthwheel hauler/camper and the blue TJ with his wife and daughter.
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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

D'oh OK, I thought it was a company not a Nic.

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Re: Side Bar/Rail aka Nerf Bars are expensive !

Mike (Goodogs) made these for my TJ, though I have no idea what he charges for them. He and I went to high school together and I got a bit of a discount. (they showed up in the mail one day)
I have never heard any complaints about them. I got dupli-color and painted mine to match the <nobr>jeep</nobr>. These have seen HARD use with no problems.
look close and you can also see my new crawlers and where I store my spare tie rod
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