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    So, this is the quick write up for the nerf bars, it was pretty straight forward.

    Here's everything that came with it. Well, except the dog.


    The front bracket bolts to the leaf spring bolt, and the body mount.


    Now, the place I got these from calls this a "no drill installation" but that is not true. One hole has to be drilled in the body mount on each side. Not a big deal, but still a little annoying. However, I will say, I don't know how they would mount this firmly without it, so I'm not complaining. Another point about this, the instructions makes it seem like you can just slide the bolt into the new hole without any problems, this also is not true, the body bushing is in the way. Now, for whatever reason, even after I removed the body bolt, the lower bushing wouldn't get outta the way. So, what I did, was screw the bolt into the body mount nut/washer from the botom, and pulled the bushing outta the way, just enough to get the bolt through. Also, the instructions has you sliding the bolt through the hole towards the bushing, again, I don't seen how you would do that. When you start tightening up the bolt, it would dig into the bushing, which I wasn't comfortable with, so I just did it the other way, no biggy.

    The back two mounts with the nerf bar bolt already in place.


    You mount the bottom one first, then the side one. Everything stays loose until the nerf bar is installed.
    Another shot.


    Once we got the bar up, the holes didn't line up, it was a little wide. So, a ratchet strap and it's all taken care of.


    Here are some shots of the nerf bar mounted to the brackets.





    And now the finished product.







    So, here's my summary.
    I got these from here http://www.ultimateautoaccessories.c...ROD/SB/25-0795
    They were about $100 cheaper then the local 4 wheel parts. Shipping was FAST (and free if memory serves)! The box was a little beat up, I don't know if it was from UPS or not, but it didn't effect anything. Packing seemed okay, but with the condition the box was in, it was hard to determine how everything was held in place. The instructions were a little frustrating as all the hardware was packaged together, so it was hard to determine which bolts were which when the instructions calls for a specific one (some people may be able to just look at bolts and know if they are 3/8 or 5/16, but I am not one of them). Also, the back lower bracket had two holes in it for the nerf bar bolt, but the instructions didn't mention why or which to use. I believe I got it right, as had I used the other, the back of the nerf bar would have been too high. There was also the fact that there was drilling involved, again, something small, but I didn't have a 7/16's bit, so me and the Mr. die grinder had to get creative. It was a little frustrating that the nerf bars were a little wide to line up with the brackets, but I actually think it's a good thing; it will keep tension on those bolts to help keep them from backing out.

    Over all, I was very pleased, these are Westin Chrome bars (I couldn't find stainless steal in our years) for a very reasonable price, they were shipped fast, and went in pretty easy.

    Feel free to add any thoughts, concerns, critiques, etc. or ask any questions, I'll do what I can to help.

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    I like.......

    I have a vertically challenged counterpart 59.75 inches or something close...

    Those will be a must on the next truck.

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    Another job well done!

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    Amazing how it changes the appearance of the truck. Very sharp. Good job.

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    It's amazing how easy the of a truck can be changed. Looks like its coming along nicely.
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    I am looking at a set for my half ton, would these work with no front leafs to bolt to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackDog View Post
    I like.......

    I have a vertically challenged counterpart 59.75 inches or something close...

    Those will be a must on the next truck.
    And 6 months after I posted that, I Horseshoed the ones on the crew... Never will I run those again, they make piss poor rock sliders.

    Might have a pic on the mac...

    I don't see why they wouldn't work on a coil sprung truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty's 4x4x4 View Post
    I am looking at a set for my half ton, would these work with no front leafs to bolt to?
    I would think they would have an application for your truck, but I can't say for sure.

    Blackdog, come on now, you knew better then to drag those pretty things over the rocks. They are meant to be pretty, and something to step on. You needed something beefier if you wanted sliders.

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    I, uh, didn't realize it til the truck wouldn't go any further forward, and I got out, and we were hung hard on the pass one, and moderately hard on the drivers one....

    Then I kinda went oh sh$t.. and backed out..

    Left em bent for a day or two, then removed.

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    Sorry to hear that, hopefully you can get something more dependable for what you need slapped on there.

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    Yupper, was real proud of them too.....

    Sad to them go, But... not the right equipment....for the intended use of the truck.

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    how much flex do you have when you stand on them. Yours mount a bit different than the ones I bought for my truck and I'm wondering if that helps the flex or if it is just a matter of how far the frame is back up under the truck.
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    Mine don't flex at all. I specifically wanted this set because of how they mounted. I did not enjoy the ones that bolt to the body. I don't know if that's the kind you have, but I always assumed those would be lest sturdy.

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    My front one mounts to the body mount, the rear is to the frame and that is where there is more flex, pictures here
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    hmm, I can't see a lot of differences between our kits. It looks like my rear mount has an additional plate that mounts in front of the lower plate and attaches to the frame, that's the only thing I can think of.

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    The thickness or gauge of the tube would also be a factor. I want a set but I am looking for stainless.

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    I think it has to do with a slightly different shape to the tube mine have two 90 bends yours appear to come back to the frame at an angle.

    My flex is enough that I notice it but not enough that anyone has commented on the flex, with 450# on the tube there is about 1/4" flex downward a the foot rests.
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    I am trying to find some nerf bars on CL to fab - what is the length of the crew cab bars that normally fit the Centurions? If anyone has this measurement I would be like to know.

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    Any crew cab bars will work.

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