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Installing Nerf Bars

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pmpski_1, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. pmpski_1

    pmpski_1 1/2 ton status

    Feb 26, 2006
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    I got a good deal on some Smittybilt nerf bars "for a Chevy truck". I bought them and now I'm trying to figure out how they are mounted. Is there a plate that needs to be welded to the frame? Or do they bolt to the frame somehow. Yes, I'm a total N00b and just figured they'd fit.

    On the same note ... will 81 up bumpers bolt up to my 76 K5?

  2. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member GMOTM Winner

    Feb 27, 2000
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    East of San Francisco
    Side note: No. 73-80 and 81-87/91 bumpers are different. They can be made to work with some fab time ... but why, when they're cheap.

    I had a set of Smittybilt nerfs on my '74 K5, and they bolted to holes I had to drill on the spring hanger on one end, and a body mount, IIRC, on the other. I hate drilling 1/2" holes, especially before I had an air drill.

    If your nerfs are for a pickup, you could be in for some fun. I've no idea how they mount. Welding on the frame is not something to rush into.

    -- A

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