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Westin Nerf Bars Review
Hi Bill Smith here. I guess my age is finally catching up to me.
A couple of weeks ago a friend called me and in our conversation he mentioned that he had just installed a nerf bar on his Dodge Ram 1500.
I asked him if he thought it was a good idea to provide a mobile gin joint for little blue people dressed in funny hats. “Not Smurf…nerf” was his response.
He went on to say he got them so his Mom didn’t need a stepstool to get in the passenger cab. I had no idea what he was talking about but the mom factor is what inspired this Westin Nerf Bars review.
As it turns out (and most of you already know this) a nerf bar is what an old fart like me would call a running board. It’s not that I had never seen one before; I just didn’t know what they were called.
And if Al Capone had taken delivery on his 1928 Cadillac Town Car and it had nerf bars installed instead of foot wide running boards, he would have been livid. His goons would have had to wear ballet slippers to avoid flying off the car in a turn.
Nerf Bars are not running boards but…
Who really needs running boards?
Riding on the outside of a vehicle while it’s moving is not really all that bright. However, providing a step up on a high clearance vehicle like my buddy’s Dodge Ram is almost a necessity for some people particularly if you’ve been playing around with the tires or a lift kit.
I’m just glad mom doesn’t need a stepstool anymore.
So what’s special about Westin Nerf Bars?
I looked at Westin because that’s what my friend purchased and also because I have a healthy awareness that not all aftermarket parts are created equal.
I am particularly skeptical of companies that outsource components or even the production process because there is no true quality control.
Westin doesn’t outsource. In fact Westin does a number of things I like and here is a quick list of some of them:
As I mentioned they don’t outsource the production. The bars are constructed of 3″ steel and all of the cutting, bending, polishing and plating is done in-house to company specs.
One size does not fit all. These nerf bars are manufactured with customization in mind. The nerf bars are built to fit specific makes and models for a much more stable fit. And at 50 lbs per set these bars are substantial not lightweight eye candy.
Installation can be a bit tricky because the instructions consist of all pictures. However if you know the underside of your truck you should be able to mount a pair in a little over an hour. There is no drilling required for most models of trucks.
The steps are permanently mounted on the bar and have a sure grip design. They are plenty wide enough to accommodate a big foot and by that I mean like mom’s combat boots not the creature wandering in the forests of Oregon.
And then there is appearance. These pickup nerf bars are hot looking. I think that’s due in part because they fit so well and the step pads are properly aligned with the cab doors. But then it could be the different finishes that are available. My friend chose the black finish and it just looks wicked.
Westin stands behind its product and offers a three year warranty on their nerf bars.
To my way of thinking these Westin Nerf Bars are functional, well-crafted for a solid fit and super good looking.
A quick look at some of the online buyer reviews seems to bear out that opinion. Here is what a few had to say:
- “This is the second set of these that I have bought. First set was for an ’01 Supercab. This one for an ’05 Super Crew. Very sturdy, looks great. Makes it much easier for my wife to get into the truck. Quality product easy to install, good price.”
- “Westin’s Signature Series Nerf Bars look great, solid quality, and easy to install. No drilling required. They certainly enhance the look of my truck. I get compliments on a regular basis.”
- ” Excellent product. They were easy to install but I will agree with other reviewers. The parts are not labeled and the diagrams are not clear. Because of this it will take you a few minutes to figure out what goes where. Product is high quality. I chose the black ones rather than the chrome because I was afraid the winter road salt might pit the chrome.”
- “As others have stated the directions are pretty much just a general guide, not much help at all. I spent about an hour and a half installing them. I think they are great. Very sturdy and look great. I didn’t have to modify them in any way. Great price for the quality also. I would definitely recommend them.”
Westin Nerf Bars Get High Ratings
So here you have a product that’s not solely about you.
In fact you probably don’t need a nerf bar because you wouldn’t have bought the vehicle if you couldn’t get in and out easily; but your spouse, friends and dear old Mom can certainly benefit from getting a step up.
But then there is the fact that the Westin Nerf Bar looks awesome and you do enjoy tricking out your ride.
In short, if you are short, you need a set of these Nerf Bars and Westin provides the best value I could find for the quality.
Guest Writer: Bill Smith is a full time business writer and part time auto enthusiast who suffers from truck envy. Bill really likes trucks. Bill’s wife thinks trucks are bottomless money pits second only to the boat that Bill bought. Consequently Bill doesn’t have a truck but he does have a 1988 turbo charged Mazda RX7 that lets him play with his buddies who are into performance automobiles and big honking trucks. Writing about trucks and performance enhancing parts allows Bill to live the life without disrupting domestic tranquility. Bill and his Prius loving wife Rachel live in Naples, FL.