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Nerf Bars or Running Boards

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by scharring, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Nov 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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    As an after market, I am thinking about installing either Nerf Bars or running Boards. I am wondering which would offer the best ground clearance and be the least obtrusive from aesthetically. I also want to have them protect from door dings etc. Does one hang lower then the other and which option extends out furthers from the body. Additionally I am also looking for a Bull Bar for front end protection and can't seem to found one that will not interfere with the proximity sensors. Any ideas?

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Nov 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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    14tundra

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    Sliders are a good choice based on what you described above. Some guys/vendors can get you in the right direction. Running boards are practical. Nerf bars look good and have some practical use, but you can lose clearance with these. Depends what you want them to do? Look good or help you get into the truck!
     
  3. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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    My interest is helping with entry and exit of the truck for the grandkids but I do not want to give up any ground clearance if I can help it.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:37 PM
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    Additionally I am not to keen on additional welding or drilling to the frame. I am not a rock crawler and tend to spend most of my time in the sands at the beach.

    Thanks for your advise
     
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    Sliders can be tough if you live in a climate with snow/freezing conditions....

    I think if you want a bull bar, go with nerf bars. It'll tie together better IMO.
     
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    I have the NFAB's and couldn't be happier.
     
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    What is the difference between nerd bar or running board??? I never really understood.

    OP, look into gorhino rb10. I been eyeing them for a while and do both allow easier enter and serve as a door ding blocker!
     
  8. Nov 21, 2016 at 6:14 PM
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    ....Was in the same boat. love the look of nfab or gorhino nerf bar....but after carefully looked at the steps I was afraid that my wife and young kids might get hurt slipping from the rain and snow .

    I went with an oval aluminum tubular bars like the factory bars but only costs 1/3. these bars have 4 brackets and really strong. Kids and wife are happy but I am not so much . ...oh well, their safety comes before my interest .
     
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    Sounds like you want a set of running boards to me. Did you look at the Toyota ones on the Toyota site? You can still bring up your truck on there and use the accessory configurator to see what they'd look like. They have bars and running boards.
     
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    To OP, I have a set of Toyota nerf bars that will up for sale in the near future if you are interested. They bolt onto the body with supports. I am still fairly new, but PM me if you are interested in them.
     
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    Running boards or sliders will give you more clearance. I have the 6 steps NFABs and look bad ass. But lost quite a bit of clearance. Nerf bars will be easier for kids to climb up with. Here's a pic. I'm running stick for now and the steps hit the rocks when wheeling. So keep that in mind if you don't plan to lift. But should be clear enough at the beach. Good luck in your selection.

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    Rhino RB 10 or Iron Cross Endeavor runnn9ing boards?
     
  13. Nov 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM
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    for door ding protection your best bet would be getting some sliders
     
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    I thought about that as well, I am not to keen on welding or drilling into my frame and I really don't do any rock climbing. I'm thinking more on the lines or a running board. Looking at Rhino RB10 and Iron Cross Endeavor as options. They look like they do not take much away form ground clearance ands still protect the rocker panels...I do not sand and beach running than anything else, live in Texas and do a lot if fishing. hence the fear of bottoming out in soft sand. high speed sand running can also blast the rocker panels to bare metal....
     
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    I went with F-Nab bars, look good and nice clearance.
     
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    Easiest way of putting it is if it bolts/welds to the frame, it is a slider. If it bolts to the body itself (N-Fab, running boards, etc), then it will destroy/rip out of the body if you were to offroad and drop on it or catch on them. Sliders generally give you the least amount of clearance lose due to as they usually match the frame height.

    I've found our to be aesthetically the most "tucked" look near the body. We advertise them as sliders, but some say its more than enough to use as a step. Quite a few members on here are running them. Hopefully they can chime in. Here is a link to our thread on them

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/new...nd-double-cab-bolt-on-sliders-from-sdhq.6192/
     
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  17. Nov 28, 2016 at 7:51 AM
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    These responses have been a great deal of help. I want to0 thank everyone for their advise
     
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    @scharring what did you end up going with?

    I too got tired of people sliding down my seats so I just installed the rb10's and love them so far.

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