If you own a pickup truck or an SUV, then you know how important running boards are for your vehicle. Aside from the convenience that they provide, they also keep you and your passengers safe from accidents when riding or getting off the vehicle. If you're torn between getting a running board or a nerf bar, read ahead to know their differences. Also, learn how to install new boards and how to remove old ones.
Running Boards vs. Nerf Bars
Though they have the same function?provide a stepping pad to support you while riding or getting off of the vehicle?running boards and nerf bars differ in terms of appearance, weight capacity, and price.
This is the main difference between a running board and a nerf bar. A running board is usually flat and rectangular, providing a single stepping pad for support. On the other hand, a nerf bar is tubular and it provides individual stepping pads at each door or entry point of the vehicle. Generally, nerf bars come in three colors/finishes: black, chrome, and stainless steel while running boards have more options like brushed, paintable, polished, silver, etc.
Compared to a nerf bar, a running board can support greater weight averaging at 230 kilograms while a nerf bar can only carry an average of 140 kilograms.
Since they are smaller, nerf bars are cheaper and cost around $100 to $300. On the other hand, you can get running board sets ranging from $250 to $500.
Running Board Installation
Step 1: If your vehicle has pre-drilled holes, skip to the next step. If it doesn't, you need to drill the holes on the frame of your vehicle yourself. You can do this by clamping the hanger at the bottom of the frame and using its holes as your guide while drilling.
Step 2: After locating or drilling the holes, position the running board and mount it in place using the screw or bolts that come with it. Depending on what you have, you need a screwdriver, drill, or a ratchet wrench for this task.
Step 3: Do not forget to install the rubber pad between the hanger and the frame to prevent the board from wearing out easily.
Step 4: Lastly, step on the board several times to see if it's stable enough. If it is, do the other side of the vehicle by repeating the steps above.
Running Board Removal
Step 1: Lift your vehicle using a jack and support it using jack stands. Make sure that the stands are placed under the vehicle's frame.
Step 2: After that, place two other jack stands to support the running board to make sure that it doesn't fall off after removing its bolts or screws.
Step 3: Using a screwdriver or ratchet wrench, remove the screws or bolts holding up the board. Once the screws or bolts have been removed, you can carefully remove the board from the vehicle. Repeat all steps to remove the board on the other side of your truck or SUV.