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Nerf Bar thickness???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hawglet, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. hawglet

    hawglet 1/2 ton status

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    I know that most fo the nerf bars are made out of 3" tubing but how thick is it. I want to make a custom set but don't know how thick of material to use. I'm not useing them for sliders so I don't think they need to be very thick but don't know what to use. My Dad thinks 3" exhaust tubing will work? I don't know about that. Functional for my girlfriend to get in, so they would need to carry 120 lbs regularly and more on occasion when someone else is with me. Thank guys (and the few gals here)......
     
  2. joshua632

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    exhuast pipe will work just brace it good I've used it and it held my 205 lbs.
     
  3. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    try this...

    I made some beefy ones out of 3 inch chain link fence posts--thick and galvanized inside and out!--but be careful welding them,the fumes will make you sick--do it outdoors or use a fan to keep fumes away from you!..

    Another choice is to use two 3 inch electrical conduit elbows from Home Depot and a short peice of straight conduit welded together-(easy to make,no fab work or bending!)-they look factory made and are galvanized too--I've made a few roll bars (mostly for looks)from that with good results--back window protectors with mesh screen too!.. :laugh:

    A few guys used regular house plumbing pipe too,but its hard to bend..large Semi-truck parts stores carry 3 inch exhaust pipe(One store I worked at had it up to 6 inches!)--they sell the elbows too,but its very expensive... :crazy:
     
  4. hawglet

    hawglet 1/2 ton status

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    Okay so I can use exhaust tubing but to someone that has a set or knows from past experience, how thick are factory nerfs, say smittybuilt bars?
     
  5. AkMudr

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    Iirc .109
     

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