Choose the Right Running Board or Nerf Bar

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If you drive a pickup, I don’t need to tell you that running boards, nerf bars and side steps are some of the most useful accessories you can get your hands on.


Because they’ll make your life easier every single time you (or anyone else) get inside your cab…

and they look great.

Running boards, nerf bars and side steps are very easy to install. So when it comes to deciding what you want to go with, it all boils down to your personal preference.

And here’s what you need to consider.

Running Boards vs. Nerf Bars

Both running boards and nerf bars offer the same functionality. They deliver a non-slip stepping surface to allow you to get in and out of your car worry-free. Safely. With grace.

And they keep gravel, mud, snow and whatever else nature throws your way away from your cab.

The difference is in their shape and size, as well as in their finish options.

Size Counts

And if you’ve known it all along.

There are several dimensions you need to consider when it comes to size. The first is length.

Cab-Length nerf bars and running boards are only as long as your cab. This means they end where your truck bed begins.

This makes them a good choice for you if you’re looking for easier access to your cab only.

Wheel-to-Wheel nerf bars and running boards span the length between your wheels. They begin behind your front wheel, and end at the beginning of your rear wheel. They cover your truck’s entire length.

And if you use your truck for work, or you’re simply looking for easy access to your truck bed – this is the better choice for you.

You also have a choice when it comes to step-width(aka diameter). Running boards come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes based on their brand and series. Choose the one you think will work best with your truck’s make and model.

Tubular nerf-bars are available in different diameters. You can generally choose between products ranging from 2” to 6”.


Like I said, nerf bars and running boards are functional, but they look great too.

You can take your pick from:

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