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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

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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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    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?

    • The real answer is that the Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars can be mounted with a factory Rubi-rail, since these side-rails are frame mounted and not mounted on the pinch weld.

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    I see 3 questions about fit with Rubicon rails, 1 is about "enhanced" rails which I don't know about, but the 2 about plain Rubicon rails get different answers. 2 answers on one question say they won't work with these bars and the answer on another that they will. FWIW some of the customers' pictures show Rubi's with rails on them while a Rubicon owner says he had to take them off. Is it poor QC where some will fit and others don't? Do they fit with stock Rubi rails or don't they?

    • The Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars can be mounted with a factory Rubi-rails, since these side-rails are frame mounted and not mounted on the pinch weld like the factory Rubi-rails are mounted.

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    5 More Questions
    Does this come with hardware or do I use the bolts already on the jeep? 1 answer
    Will these work with the enhanced Rubi Rails? Would like a little larger step than the rail on the enhance Rubi Rails. 1 answer
    I have a 2017 Big Bear 4 dr Wrangler with stock rock slides. Will I have to remove the rock slides to install these nerf bars? 1 answer
    Which one is the left side and the right side. No instructions on which ens goes up front and which one on the back. Both sides of mounting brackets are different. I assume the end that the bracket points inward is the back 1 answer
    is this a set 1 answer

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    Overall Rating 4.4

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Protection 4.717391 4.7
    • Fit 4.391304 4.4
    • Appearance 4.934783 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.608696 4.6



    • 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

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    • 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

      DW

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 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

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 08, 2018

      Great

      They look fantastic and installation was very easy.

      Shelby

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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 (2)

    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 16, 2017

      4 stars.

      Was torn between this and a similar product by red rock. Difference in price and where it is installed. This installs on the body mounts while the other goes on the pinch points. Overall install took about an hr. Really quick and easy went and loaned a torque wrench from autozone. I give it 4 only because I was looking for something to close the gap between the body. It will work out now because I'm looking at the bushwacker rails with door sill. Overall satisfied because it was the look I was going for.

      ChristianM

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 01, 2017

      Awesome!

      Gives the JK a good look, very sturdy and can be cleaned easily as well! Deff recommend!

      DanieleR

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 31, 2017

      Great Purchase

      I bought these after lifting my Jeep 3 inches and putting 35 inch tires on. They came well packaged and undamaged. I took a few minutes to look at the instructions, which were clear and easy to understand. I looked under the jeep and got all my tools ready. The install was easy; it is important to note though that you will need a socket extension and a deep well socket for the 16mm bolts. Once the side bars are on, you won't be able to torque the bolts without a socket extension. they look great on the vehicle and now my wife and daughter can climb in without any problems.

      RichardL

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 20, 2017

      Sturdy and Look Amazing

      This is a great product. It gives you the step you want with some protection. As long as you have shoes on that space between the bars is barely felt. I actually like the space because I use the outer bar to push myself in with my foot. It also isn't so big that it doesn't get in the way of people who don't want to use the step. I have only had them on for a week, but I have gotten many compliments on them, and other Jeepers taking pictures of them for ideas for their own Jeep. My friend who is a mechanic installed them for me, and it took him less than 10 minutes.

      JCFos

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 11, 2017

      Nerf bars

      These rails look great on my jeep! Went crawling two days after install and it was more fun to play without worrying about damaging anything. Everything I have ordered from extreme terrain has been top notch. Great about returns too! Thanks guys. Carol Bearden

      CarolB

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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