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

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  • 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 Details

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  • Nerf Bar Set
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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Can this product be installed with the stock rubi rails?

jebales0814

  • 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.

    NWJeepThirty

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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.

CurtisC

  • 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.

    XTJames

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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?

CurtisC

  • 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.

    XTJames

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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?

RobertM

  • 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.

    XTJames

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Does this come with hardware or do I use the bolts already on the jeep?

CurtisC

  • The Rugged Ridge Textured Black Nerf Bars will reuse factory hardware.

    VinceXT

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Will these work with the enhanced Rubi Rails? Would like a little larger step than the rail on the enhance Rubi Rails.

RobynC

  • The Rugged Ridge Textured Black Side Armor Nerf Bars will not work in conjunction with the Enhanced Rubi Rails.

    XTKarin

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Overall Rating 4.5

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Protection 4.694445 4.7
  • Fit 4.222222 4.2
  • Appearance 4.944445 4.9
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.555555 4.6



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 09, 2014

    Well Built Product

    Had no problems other than minor installation issues to get tools on nuts. Other than that, it was a great product and looks great.

    Jeep2012

    Year: 2012Charlotte, NC

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 29, 2016

    PITA installation

    The bars look great and feel sturdy once installed. Good luck with the installation though. The video leads you to believe these bolt right on, but I had to cut a hole in the side of one to get the last nut tightened down to spec. For the money, you should probably just buy some that have three mounting points and use the actual body mount bolts rather than the little bushing bolts.

    Lars

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 14, 2016

    Cool Rock bars

    Overall pretty good product and easy to install. It might help to put a big "this way forward" sticker on the top or something. Also the square mounting area where the chassis bolts go through could be just 1/8 bigger. I had an annoying squeak which I finally traced to my chassis washer rubbing on the inside of that mounting box on the nerf bar. Had to zip wheel the washer to add clearance.

    LiftedDude

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 19, 2015

    I love it! Makes my jeep look mean!

    I love the product, I wanted it to make my jeep look mean and clean at the same time. So it definitely hit the spot! Thanks.

    Karinah7

    Year: 2012Dumas, Texas

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 28, 2015

    Nice product and easy install

    Great product for the price. Bolts right on. I did it on my lunch break in less than an hour. The only issue was getting a socket onto the 8 nuts. It was pretty cramped. Other than that great product.

    rg100706

    Year: 2007Georgia, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 14, 2015

    A great step that looks like rocker protection

    So happy I got this. With the lifts im about to do, my wife and kids need some help getting up. Looks super cool compared to the lame basic steps. Im sure it will offer some protection from rocks but dont try to rely on it to go on a pure off road rig. This is still strong and no flex when my 210lbs stands on it. 5*

    Anonymous

    Year: 2015Fort Worth, TX, USA

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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

    June 03, 2017

    Total Awesome

    Absolutely luv these bars!! Easy install, simple and great looking!

    Tara

    Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 09, 2017

    Nice look, tough install

    Was cry happy with the look, but the brackets on either end of the nerf bars make reinstalling the forwardmost and reward most nuts very difficult.

    AnotherWingNut

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 17, 2016

    Heavy Duty

    These are very heavy duty bars. You will need a helper to install as the holes do not quite line up. A large pry bar (3 foot or longer) is helpful once you get each side into position. Pry the mounts into position with the two studs and tap into place with a dead blow mallet. Keep the pry bar handy when torqueing the two nuts as clearance for the socket is almost non-existent. Instructions do not show which way around to position the mounts. I put the curved back end towards the back.

    Tracker

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 18, 2015

    Nerf Bars

    I had barricade sliders before, was t-boned in my jeep and they saved my legs! I decided to switch it up! These bars give you more room to stand up on and get into jeep if you're shorter. Great compliments from people. Fitting is pretty tight, body shop had to bend the metal clamps in order to get the correct fit. Overall great product!

    Mwar5424

    Year: 2015Saint Louis, MO, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 20, 2015

    This product has a tough look! Very durable and easy access in and out of your vehicle.

    If your looking for an after market upgrade when it comes to side steps, you are better off getting this product.

    JeepJunkie

    Year: 2014New York, NY

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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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  • 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 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

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  • 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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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 17, 2017

    Black side armor bars 2017 rubicon

    I recently purchased my side bars with plates too go with them for me and my daughter too get in and out. When attaching the first bar too see how it fit the plates had no room too fit because of the steel bar were the door meets, luckily I did pre screw plates on bars. Returning plates were easy and convenient no hassle. I did have too install several washers too stop the knocking when hitting bumps. Also if you like the flex in your jeep it will stiff in your ride. All around they look awesome now.

    Robert

    Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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