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Rugged Ridge Nerf Bars - Textured Black (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Protect Your Rocker Panels from Any Damage
    • Built from Heavy-Duty 2" X 0.120" Steel Tubing
    • Have Black Textured Powder-Coated Finish
    • Designed For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2-Door Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    These Rugged Ridge Textured Black Nerf Bars are for those of you that have a two-door 2007 and up JK and are looking for some rocker protection as well as a step. These are going to be a very useful step. They're gonna stick out a good bit from the side of the Jeep, allowing you to get in and out of your Jeep a little bit easier. And you can also get some top plates for these Nerf Bars to make them look a little bit more finished and get a little bit more grip when you're using them as a step. These are also going to provide some of that light protection for your rockers. Of course, if you're doing some wheeling, you might catch a stump or rock up into the rocker. It pushes that metal up into the door, causing a very expensive and very lengthy repair. So adding rocker protection is a very good idea. These are going to provide some light rocker protection because of the way these mount onto the Jeep. These are going to mount to your body-mount bushing bolts, which are the two smaller bolts to either side of your main, much stronger body bolt. So these are going to install very easily, but they're not going to be quite as strong as some of the other mounting options out there. If you are looking for some light protection, again something and maybe you're getting kicked up from the front tire and hitting the rocker, this is going to do that. These are also going to be a very useful step for you. But if you're looking for more hardcore off-road protection so that you can drop the Jeep off of a ledge onto the rockers and not cause any damage, I would probably recommend taking a look at one of the more expensive, more armored-geared pieces of rocker protection that's also most likely going to be more expensive. There are a few different versions of these Nerf Bars out there from a few different companies and most of them are going to be very, very similar. These are going to be made out of a 2-inch round, 0.12-inch-wall thickness steel tubing. They are, of course, covered in that textured black powder-coated finish, which is going to protect them against rust and corrosion, allow them to match a lot of the other aftermarket accessories that you might bolt on to your Jeep, as well as matching a lot of those factory black plastic accents that are on your Jeep right out of the factory. As I said before, because of the way these are designed, the way that they stick off the side of the Jeep just enough, they are a very useful step. They're also some nice light protection, and they are going to install pretty easily without the need to drill anything. For this installation, I am gonna give these a 1 out of 3 wrenches. You'll probably be able to get a pair of these bolted up in one hour or less. And again, no drilling is necessary. The first step is going to be removing any other side armor or steps that you might have on the side of the Jeep that would occupy the same space as these. Free up this location. Once you have everything else removed, you'll go ahead and remove the two body bushing bolts from each of the body mounts on your two-door JK. Hold these up into place. You can use a tall jack stand, a jack, or a friend to help you hold these in place and get those factory bolts started back in location through these holes in the mounting points. Once you have everything started, make sure everything's lined up, leveled, spaced how you want it to be, and then go ahead and torque down those bolts. Rinse and repeat on the other side, and you're finished. All you need is a socket set and anyone can do this in their driveway. These Nerf Bars from Rugged Ridge come in at right around $350, and that is really the going rate for a set of bars like this. Again, light protection, pretty good step, and they are going to be pretty well-built. And they're gonna run you right around 350 which is what a lot of the other ones will run you. If you are looking for stronger protection, you are going to have to spend a little bit more money and you're not going to get as useful of a step. So this is going to be a nice middle of the road for those of you that want a step and do some light wheeling. So if you're looking for a step and some light armor, I think this option here from Rugged Ridge is going to be a really good one, and you can find these right here at

    Benefits.Rugged Ridge Textured Black Nerf Bars are used to protect your rocker panels from damage caused due to rocks, debris and other obstacles.

    Construction. Built from heavy-duty 2" x 0.120" steel tubing, these Jeep Wrangler nerf bars are strong enough to last long. Its black textured powder-coated finish offers rust resistance.

    Fitment. These Rugged Ridge nerf bars are designed for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2-door models.

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

    MPN# 11504.21

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

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        Will these fit with factory rubi rails on my jeep?

        • Yes, these nerf bars will work in conjunction with the factory rubi rails on your Jeep Wrangler.

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        Will these Rugged Ridge textured black nerf bars install with Barricade Rubi Rails? It looks like some customer pictures have them installed.

        • The Rugged Ridge Textured Black Nerf Bars can be used in conjunction with the Barricade Rubi Rails ( 

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        Can I get them powder coated?

        • These Rugged Ridge Textured Black Nerf Bars already come with a black textured powder-coated finish.

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        I am wondering if the individuals who mention the scraping or hitting of these bars while driving have the Rubi rails? Also, do they have the add on plate installed? I really like these but can do without the add on plate and can also shim the installation to gain more room.

        • We would not recommend doing anything other than the instructions.

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        I have an 2017 Willys Wheeler Wrangler 2 door with factory installed Rubi rails. I would like to know for sure if any modification is needed to be able to keep my Rubi rail on along with the installation of Rugged Ridge Nerk Bars.

        • These nerf bars can definitely be utilized with existing Rubi rails. They utilize different mounting points and, if you take a look at the customer photos, you'll see plenty of examples of utilizing both together.

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        I own a 2016 75th edition JK. Will these fit with the standard rock rails that came with jeep? One question previously answered "yes" and another answered "unfortunately no". I want to add a lower sidestep that will fit with the rock rails. 1 answer
        Hi! Will these work with the factory rock sliders? 1 answer
        Where are these bars made? 1 answer

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          Ratings Summary

          4.1 out of 5 overall rating from 35 customers

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          • April 27, 2019

            3 2011 Wrangler - BoatDropper Installation Time: Afternoon

            Get a file and drill ready

            First of all, I really like the bars. And as you will see from other reviews (which I disregarded as many others have) the passenger side went on in 10 minutes, I timed it. The driver side was a whole different story. I did everything I could to rule out an error on my part and then began using a hand file to open up one of the forward mounting holes. Strong metal. Needed a drill. Bore it out. Fit it in. Love em. Look great. Nice and solid. Maybe a bit shotty effort on their part considering all of these come off the line with the same issue.

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          • April 06, 2019

            3 2011 Wrangler - SheldonH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Nice step Rock sliders

            They look really nice and you're very tough they were easy to install you fit perfectly

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          • March 16, 2019

            5 2014 Wrangler - Troy Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Outstanding! Very easy to install and adds a very rugged look to my Jeep

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          • February 14, 2019

            5 2016 Wrangler - JordonG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great investment

            Super easy to install. Gives a great look to the Jeep and makes it so much easier for the wife to get in

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          • January 31, 2019

            5 2008 Rubicon - EdwardC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Perfect Fit

            Received the Nerf Bars right on time. Extremely easy to install. In my opinion, better than advertised. Having someone help with the installation would have been helpful but not necessary. One person job was still less than one hour.

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          • January 19, 2019

            4 2017 Wrangler - MichaelG Installation Time: Afternoon

            Shipped Damaged

            First time the product came is was packaged extremely well, with almost no way there could be damage. But... a big scratch was on one of the bars. I had to return it, a big pain in the butt. Although the return was done well and the installation did not take too much time 2-3 hours. Without complication 5 stars.

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          • November 26, 2018

            4 2017 Wrangler - JohnB Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Nice addition, but could add some rattles too

            Very sturdy for it's purpose. Not for climbing on the rocks, but makes a nice step and dresses up the sides. Be aware that you may find a few extra rattles come along with this upgrade. Seems being a welded fabricated part makes them not an exact replication of what fits and how. I was running a set of rugged ridge rubi rails along with these steps, I need to create a shim to keep them from touching. Before I figured it out, each bump in the road came with a knock or rattle that I didn't have before these bars were installed. But witha little trial and error, I was able to have it looking and sounding good

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          • November 06, 2018

            3 2016 Wrangler - Adam Installation Time: Afternoon

            Be prepared to modify

            I read in some of the other reviews that the passenger side went on easy as it should and the driver side had to be cut and modified for it to fit. I thought to myself must have been a mistake in the installation process, for 300.00 plus dollars im sure they would be engineered to fit properly, well as I would find out cutting and modifying was necessary to fit the driver side on, center cut out around body bushing needed to be enlarged and a new hole drilled for the outer bolt, they look great but not worth the price because of the terrible manufacturing tolerances.

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          • October 17, 2018

            4 2018 Rubicon - MartinS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Look great

            A little to close to cab, actually touches . Rough roads I can hear it hitting

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          • August 17, 2018

            5 2015 Wrangler - KevinC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great value

            Got these put on and make the jeep look tougher. The only complaint is the screw heads on the rrc step play the screw heads keep popping off. Install time was about 45 minutes

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          • August 04, 2018

            3 2016 Wrangler - DaleS


            Although these bars are well-built and provide protection and a nice step, they simply will not stop vibrating. When I put them on, I initially believed they were loose, but came to realize that there is just enough play in them to cause them to vibrate or rub when the vehicle's suspension is slightly stressed. I removed them, checked everything, and re-installed, but there was still vibration. I am going to attempt to use nylon washers as spacers to see if that corrects the issue.

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          • June 05, 2018

            4 2018 Wrangler - JimB Installation Time: Afternoon

            Ace Rock Slider Nerf Bars

            The product looks great but the manufacturing quality is lacking. I tried to install the driver’s side and found that the front mounting bracket was either not drilled correctly or welded incorrectly. One of the bolt holes was about 1/2 off and the other hole had to be enlarged by 1/8 - 3/16”. In addition the center hole had to be enlarged on one side to all the bar to slide all the way up. The Passenger side fit just fine.

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          • May 31, 2018

            5 2007 Wrangler - RussM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Love the rugged ridge nerf bars. It makes it so much easier for my fiancé to get in and out of the Jeep. Install was quick and easy. Thank you!!!

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          • April 18, 2018

            5 2015 Wrangler - BenH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Look Amazing!

            Love the look of these Nerf bars! Easy to install and also fit with the factory side guard! Look even better with the rugged ridge guard armor guard plates! Perfect!!

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          • April 03, 2018

            5 2016 Wrangler - MikeM Installation Time: Shop Install

            Just right

            These textured black nerf bars really complete the look I wanted on my JK. Third bar really gives a good profile, fit and finish is right on. I’m a 300 lb guy and there is no deflection when I get on them. Wife likes the little boost it gives her getting in and out

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          • February 09, 2018

            5 2011 Wrangler - TroyY Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Love em!

            These are just what i was looking for. Great product. One was scuffed from shipping but they mounted with a little finesse. Bolted on in an hour for both sides. Love em !

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          • December 27, 2017

            5 2017 Wrangler - KeriH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Fully Satisfied

            I ordered these and within 2 days they were on my doorstep. This was at Christmas time so I was very impressed. We also ordered the plates that go with this particular bar. IT was packaged safe. Absolutely no damage. They were very easy to install. My husband did it within 30 minutes...he is very handy though. Required drilling some holes. Over all I can tell you they are dependable and the product is right on.

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          • December 19, 2017

            4 2017 Wrangler - LynnA Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Love the Look

            Makes our Jeep look great. We did not install, but the installer said it was easy, and inexpensive for us

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          • November 09, 2017

            5 2016 Wrangler - VittoriaB

            Loved the Look!

            I loved the way the bars fit on my jeep! They look great and are very easy to clean. I have not experienced any slipping while getting in and out of the car. I definitely recommend to anyone!

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          • September 18, 2017

            5 2017 Wrangler - MichaelS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            perfect fit

            Perfect fit - did it myself in the driveway, in less than an hour. The worst part was dropping the wrench on my face...I don't recommend doing that. Otherwise, easy peasy

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