As trucks and SUVs get taller, your need for secure boarding and loading isn’t getting any smaller. Add a streamlined set of nerf bars for not only a rugged exterior upgrade, but cab-accessibility for everyone who hitches a ride. They’re manufactured from heavy-duty materials with a low-profile design, and are a sleeker alternative to traditional running boards.
Our selection of nerf bars is, if we don’t say so ourselves, a little on the impressive side, with a variety of shapes, sizes and styles for you to choose from. Most install with no hassle, and the bolt-on mounting process takes less than an hour. Read on to learn the difference between two popular types of nerf bars — cab-length and wheel-to-wheel — and see 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. They feature two treaded step pads on each tube for extra grip. Cab-length nerf bars also offer additional paintjob protection, defending your exterior 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 bars, these functional and fashionable accessories are a great way to get passengers loaded comfortably, while giving your vehicle a unique look. Wheel-to-wheel side steps for trucks feature the added benefit of a third step at the rear wheel. This ensures convenient truck bed access and roof rack loading. Wheel-to-wheels also have step pads for easy entry and exit to the cab, but not for the bed.
At the end of the day, your choice will be dictated by the lifestyle you lead. Now that you’ve learned the difference, you’re ready to shop — and get back on the road the right way.