Is that first step a big one? You shouldn’t have to jump in and out of your cab like a cat bounding through a tree. Not only do you risk breaking an ankle or slipping on greasy pavement, but it also looks completely uncool. Whether you’re looking to make your rig more accessible or just want to add some convenience and rugged style, nerf bars provide a comfortable and convenient first step, both for you and your passengers, effectively bridging the gap between the cab and the pavement.
Known by a number of names, including step bars, side steps and running boards, Dodge Ram nerf bars and other vehicle-specific models are durable, bent metal tubes that are sealed against the elements in chrome, polished stainless steel or black powder coating. Forged from durable aluminum or stainless steel, they feature treaded pads to provide a non-slip surface for stepping in and out of your cab, channeling water away from the stepping area.
The Benefits of Putco Nerf Bars
Made for most popular trucks and SUVs on the market today, their difference is found in their weight-ratings, with oval nerf bars capable of supporting up to 300 pounds of evenly-distributed weight while running boards are good up to 500 pounds. No matter which one you choose, both deliver the strength and durability required for heavy-duty, all-weather use.
Extending wheel-to-wheel, the Putco Boss wheel to wheel nerf bar for the Ram and similar models cover the width of your truck or SUV and are engineered specific to your make, model and year. They come with custom mounting-hardware that enables them to attach directly onto the pre-existing mounting positions on your vehicle, providing a simple, no-drill installation.
The Benefits of Westin Nerf Bars
But while many manufacturers make nerf bars, few do it well. Among those at the top of the list are Westin and Putco. Comparing the two is like comparing a red apple to a green apple. They’re both apples, but they have subtle variances in texture and flavor to suit individual tastes.
Westin nerf bars – like the Westin Platinum nerf bars, Durango Westin Signature Series nerf bars and other Westin E Series nerf bars – feature premium 3" diameter stainless steel tubing which is cut, bent and stamped to create a custom fit for your specific vehicle. The step is then polished to a blinding sheen or toned down to a mild steel appearance for those wanting something a little more subtle.
Selecting the Right Nerf Bars for Your Ride
In comparison, Putco delivers a slightly different kind of blend. Nerf bars by Putco, like the Dodge Ram Putco side step bar and Putco oval nerf bars, offer the solid appearance of other nerf bars with the spacious stepping area of a running board. Forged from rugged chrome-plated aluminum, Putco products feature custom-welded steel mounting brackets, making the bars extremely sturdy and installation a breeze.
Of all the Dodge modifications you can make to your exterior, few compare to the style and convenience afforded by nerf bars. Best of all, each kit provides the same products found in the sport package available through your dealer but for a fraction of the cost!