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Aries 3" Round Nerf Bars Part #202005-2 Customer Reviews
2 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Brian R (Elmwood Park, NJ) Reviewed for a 2006 Toyota Highlander — May 19, 2009 9:00 AM
The bars look good. The installation wasn't as trouble free as claimed in some of the reviews. The brackets didn't fit in the factory holes as promised. I was able to pull up the carpeting on the floorboards and drilled through the old grommit to make sure it stayed water tight. The side rail support I had to buy a step drill and drill the hole out to fit the bracket in. The back brackets were the only ones that went in without a hitch. It feels pretty sturdy, bends a little under my weight, but expected that. I bought them so my girls could get in and out of the truck so they're not that heavy so not that worried about it. I got some rain in the bars already so not sure how happy I am about that. I thought they would have sealed the step plate to the pipe a little better. Once the bracket bolts got put in, pretty fast from there to put together.
Reviewed by Roger S (Boulder, CO) Reviewed for a 2002 Toyota Highlander — Dec 19, 2008 10:17 PM
The nerf bars definitely have a front and rear, and the instructions do not explain how to tell the difference. I had to figure it out. I located the rubber plugs beneath my Highlander and removed them. I then tried to install the special bolts, which consist of short rectangular bars welded to threaded studs. Two of these could be inserted into the holes with no problem. Two of them required a hammer, but I eventually got them installed. The 3/8" diameter / 2" long special bolts were big trouble. It is impossible to install these without grinding off a substantial portion of the bar on the end closest to the threaded stud. After grinding off the first special bolt sufficiently, and being a little frustrated, I fit into the hole and it slipped out of my fingers. That was a serious problem since the hole is in a vertical portion of the outside chassis channel. I had to purchase a very special device containing an aluminum flexible rod with a very strong magnet on the end. I was lucky enough to put the magnet into the 5/8" diameter hole and after many tries, attach to the end of the threaded stud and remove the special bolt. After that, I was extremely careful and was able to complete the nerf bar installation. I am happy with the end result, but it was a struggle!!
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