As the height of trucks and SUVs continues to grow, so does your need for a secure way to get passengers and cargo loaded safely. By adding a streamlined set of nerf bars, you not only get a rugged exterior upgrade, but you ensure your cab is easily accessible to everyone. Constructed from heavy-duty materials with a low-profile design, nerf bars offer a sleek alternative to traditional running boards. AutoAnything boasts an impressive selection of nerf bars in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Most are installed with no-hassle, bolt-on mounting that takes less than an hour. Here, we break down the difference between two popular types of truck side steps, cab-length and wheel-to-wheel, to help you decide which suits you best.
Cab-Length Nerf Bars
Shorter, cab-length nerf bars extend from just behind the front wheel well to just behind the door on both the driver and passenger sides. Spanning all of your vehicle's seating rows, cab-length bars are an ideal way to get everyone in and out of your cab easily. This popular version features two treaded step pads on each tube for added grip. Cab-length nerf bars also provide your ride with additional paint job protection from kicked up rocks and road debris. If you take your big rig off-road, cab-length bars provide greater ground clearance and flexibility in comparison to their wheel-to-wheel counterparts.
Wheel-to-Wheel Nerf Bars
Wheel-to-wheel nerf bars extend from just behind the front wheel well to just before the rear wheel well. Like cab-length side steps, these functional and fashionable nerf step bars are a great way to get passengers loaded comfortably while adding a unique look to your ride. Wheel-to-wheel side steps for trucks feature the added benefit of a third step at the rear wheel for convenient truck bed access or roof rack loading. This type of truck step bars has step pads for entering and exiting the vehicle, but they do not have step pads for bed access. For roof rack users or those who need frequent truck bed access, wheel-to-wheel nerf bars are the best choice for you.