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Rugged Ridge Side Armor Nerf Bars - Textured Black (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Side Armor
    • 2 Inch Thick Tubular Steel with 0.12 Inch Thick Walls
    • Black Textured Powder Coat
    • Protects Side Panels
    • 5 Year Limited Warranty
    • Bolt-On Installation with No Drilling Required
    • Fits 2007-2018 JK Wrangler 4-Door Models

    Review & Installation Video

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. These are available for both the two-door and the four-door JK. Today, we're gonna talk about the construction, the features, and, of course, the price of these bars.Rugged Ridge calls these bars both side armor and nerf bars. When I think of nerf bars, I think of the old-school round side steps that don't offer a lot of protection. That is not these. These are definitely side armor. These are going to provide some protection, both on-road and off-road. That being said, they're not gonna be quite as stout as some of the other armor that's out there that looks similar but mounts in a slightly different way, so there is that to consider. If you want something that's going to be a step, that's going to give you a little bit of protection on-road and off-road, this is a good option. If you're looking for even more protection or more of a step, there are some other options out there that would be a better fit.This armor is built from two-inch round tubing that has a 0.12-inch wall thickness, so these are pretty strong and they are going to hold up pretty well. They're covered in a textured black powder coat finish that will match a lot of other aftermarket Jeep accessories and your factory black plastic accents that are already on your Jeep.Now, as I mentioned before, these aren't quite as strong as some other armor that's out there that is a similar design. These, even though the ones you see here are for a four-door, only mount in two locations, in the very front and in the very back. There are some other brands out there, Barricade, for instance, that offers a rail very similar to this, but it has a third mounting point, and that will add some additional strength. These also mount on the body bushing bolts and not the much larger and stronger body bolts that go up through the center of the bushing. That's one more way that these aren't quite as strong as some of the other side armor on the market that is, again, of a similar design.These sliders are designed to be completely bolt-on, which makes the installation really straightforward. The first step in the installation is to remove the larger body mount bolts and the washers that come with them from the factory. That will give you access to the slightly smaller body mount bushing bolts that actually hold these into place. Once you have those four bolts removed, you'll hold the rock slider up into its location and replace those factory bolts. When that's finished, you can replace the much larger body mount bolts, and you're finished.The whole installation process shouldn't take you more than an hour, and you won't need any specialty tools to get the job done, just a good set of sockets. However, these are a little bit long and they are a little bit heavy, so if you have an extra set of hands around to help you, that'll speed the process along, or if you have a good tall set of jack stands handy, that'll work as well.When it comes down to the value you get for your dollar when you purchase these rails, I think that you get a lot of it. These are really well-built, the finish on them is nice, they seem to be very strong, and I think, overall, they're a pretty good product if you consider that they are going to be a little bit weaker than some of the other armor on the market that is of a similar design. Again, if you're looking for something that's going to be much stronger, there are some other options out there, Barricade being one of them, that have three mounting points and will mount with a larger bolt versus these ones, and these are gonna be right around the same price as those ones. So, it really comes down to what you want for your Jeep.So, if you're looking for some light armor to protect the rocker area of your Jeep and also provide you with a step, I think this is a good option. As long as you're looking to be able to run light trails and have some protection from door dings, this will work for you. If you want something that's a little bit stronger, check out some of those other brands on the website. We have those available as well. So, that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Construction. Burly and durable, Rugged Ridge's side armor nerf bars shelter your 4-door JK's side panels from the hardest punches that rock crawling or trail obstacles can deal out. It's all thanks to their construction from 2 inch tubular steel with 0.12 inch walls. They also give you a firm stance when climbing in with their textured powder coat.

    Protection. These nerf bars shield the rockers and side panels from practically any commonly encountered cross-country hazards. Adding them also makes your JK look rough and ready, a vehicle fit to tackle any challenge.

    Accessories. These nerf bars come with all necessary installation hardware.

    Application. Using the factory mounting points found on 4-door 2007-2018 JK Wranglers, these bars need no drilling. To see other tools and materials needed, refer to the installation manual.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    MPN# 11504.20

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    • Nerf Bar Set
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        Can you use a high jack on them for tail tire swaps since there frame mounted?

        • We would not recommend using these Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars to support the weight of the vehicle as it can damage and bend the bars into the rocker panel.

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        Can this product be installed with the stock rubi rails?

        • Have a Rubi and paid particular attention to the customer photos. One clearly looks like it can be, so I pulled trigger. I was wrong. Can say without a doubt, your Rubi rails have to go before you can install.

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        How much do these nerf bars weigh?

        • The pair of nerf bars weigh 85 pounds.

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        Someone mentioned "optional step plates" in a review. I don't see optional step plates in any of the product descriptions. Do they come with steps? or are they just horizontal bars like I see in all the pictures?

        • The step plates are item #J105891, Rugged Ridge RRC Side Armor Guard Plates.

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        Does the coating and color of these match the Red Rock 4 X 4 Rock Crawler Front Grille (Item#: J100182)? I bought these side armor nerf bars and they are "textured black" but seem a little more glossier than I imagined and noted in the photos. The photos make it appear more of a textured matte black. I am concerned that if I purchase nerf bars from two different companies that the colors wont match exactly.

        • The Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars and the RedRock grille are very similar in color and texture. Both will have a slight sheen to the finish, it would not have a matte black finish.

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        There are conflicting answers on this string about whether or not these can be mounted with the stock rails on a Wrangler (2017 Big Bear Edition is what I have). Some photos indicate it can be done, but two answers indicate they can't. What is the real answer? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (52) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.4

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          Installation Cost:$100-$250

          • Protection 4.705883 4.7
          • Fit 4.411765 4.4
          • Appearance 4.941176 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.607843 4.6



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 11, 2019

            Rugged Ridge Side Armor Nerf Bars

            Look great and sturdy. Install was easy with an extra hand, less about 45 minutes. The finish seems solid. Time will tell if they chip from rock throws.

            ZacharyL

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $100-$250

            December 25, 2018

            Running boards

            They are fantastic looking an fit was perfect cost of them were great an they match rest of the vechile

            RonaldJ

            Year: 2018Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 13, 2018

            I love them so much

            These look amazing and the texture is great for not losing your footing. Couldn't tell you how many times I wiped out on the slippery plastic ones I had before.

            DawnM

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 24, 2018

            Rugged Ridge Side Armor Nerf Bars

            Great upgrade and look for your jeep at a reasonable price. Super simple to install.

            BillK

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 16, 2018

            Look good and fit with Rubi rails

            First off, they look great and perform as desired. They do fit on my 2017 Rubicon JKU with the Rubi rails...BUT they require some modification. The four mounting holes do not align in such a way that you can fit a socket inside the mounting pocket. I could get one but I had to do some dremel work to make space on the other bolt (right side rear). These have two mount points, three would have been more sturdy. I also had to loosen the bolts holding the Rubi rails on and push the rail up and re-tighten those bolts so that the nerf bars didn't rattle on the rubi rails. I've seen that they aren't suggested for jack points so not sure how good they would be at serving as serious protection if they can't take the weight of the vehicle.

            JohnF

            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 05, 2018

            Rugged Ridge Side Armor Bars

            Nice nerf bars. The instructions didn’t say to remove everything from the area. After removing the rocker bar everything was fine. I should of bought the bars with 3 bolting positions of them

            ShawnM

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 1/5

            August 15, 2018

            Rust

            Easy to put on and look great, one rail the solder seemed to have not held and now is rusted after only a little less than a month being installed

            DanielW

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 24, 2018

            Great addition!!

            These look fantastic and completely met our expectations. Tubing is solid and finished nicely. We added the plates for extra functionality...provides a nice solid step surface. I'm only subtracting 1 star because I would have loved to see a third mounting point. Mounting on either end is sufficient, and feels solid, but third point would relieve some stress where bolted on at the ends that may become evident over time. Install time was over an hour with the added step plates.

            MarkN

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 08, 2018

            Great

            They look fantastic and installation was very easy.

            Shelby

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 29, 2018

            Great

            These are very well built. I can see how some rock climbers would like them to be a little higher cause they sit lower than the stock step. But it does protect a lot more. I am having an issue with the clunking sound I am in the process of talking with RR to find out a fix. That is the only reason i am giving this a 4/5.

            AndrewT

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 12, 2018

            Solid but Squeaky

            Very happy with the look and quality of this product but I cannot get the "creaking" to go away - everything is torqued to factory spec but I can hear and feel the noise under the wrangler - otherwise 5 out of 5

            ChrisA

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 12, 2018

            Nerf bars

            These are great and I like the way they turned out on may jeep.

            DustyM

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 10, 2018

            Very nice.

            We love the way the rails look on the Jeep. Exactly what we wanted. Very easy to install.

            BrittanyK

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 31, 2017

            Kevin B

            Easy to install. Nice addition for as look and fuction.

            KevinB

            Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            December 30, 2017

            Awesome

            I love my Rugged Ridge nerf bars! However I wish the instructions mentioned that there is a right side and a wrong side for installation. Easy install anyway

            DougL

            Year: 2011Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (4)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 14, 2017

            Great product

            Great product. Easy instalation. Only complain is i wish they stuck closer to the side of the truck but thats okay.

            PatrickS

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 01, 2017

            Good Looking Functional

            The Rugged Ridge Nerf Bars replaced some lighter tube steps that got destroyed on the trail. They went on easy, look good and are more sturdy than the steps they superseded. I only wish they were a little farther up from the ground.

            DeniSandi

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 14, 2017

            Great buy!

            These were very easy to install with a helper. I used a torque wrench with an extension for the socket. They fit right on the existing body bolts. The bars are very strong and secure. Great value for the money and look!

            StevenS

            Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 07, 2017

            Awesome look, fit and super easy install

            The powder coated texture looks amazing. I wouldn't buy these without the optional step plates. Those really finish off the look. One person install took about an hour. These mounted to existing bolt points on my Jeep.

            BrandonC

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            August 17, 2017

            runnung boards

            I got theses to match my front bumper and back bumper and the look is coming together, I stand out from the rest of the JEEP"S around

            RondaR

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)