Review & Install Video
So the three-inch Raptor Series nerf bars that we have in this video will be one of your more affordable full-polished options that you'll find on the site in that three-inch diameter, but the only one to offer you a full lifetime warranty. Now, prospective buyers can look forward to that quality 304-grade stainless steel, which is then polished to that nicely bright finish, as you can see right here, sure to flow well with any existing chrome or other polished metal that you might have on your truck. Installation is going to get a solid one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here from me, very straightforward stuff. But we will have a little bit more detail on that later on. Now, first and foremost here, gang, I do want to clear this up. For those who do not know, Raptor Series has absolutely no relation to the Ford Raptor pickup truck. It's just a coincidence. It's the name the company decided to go with when getting started not that long ago, and ever since it's become very popular with truck owners out there, because they do tend to combine low cost with some pretty high-quality parts. Now, on the surface, the three-inch nerf bar will be your smallest when shopping for this particular style. They range anywhere from four to five, even six inches in addition to the three-inch option that we have here. So the three-inch option, great for the owners who want to keep things relatively discrete, keep a lower profile. But at the same time, you're also going to be getting less footing, or less real estate, that you might otherwise get with those five or six-inch options. So just something to keep in mind when shopping for your side steps or nerf bars here on the site. The other biggie with the Raptor Series option is, of course, that polished finish, one of two options usually when shopping for something like this. Your other, of course, being black. Now, this is an easy one for me. Right? Because if you have an XLT, a Lariat, a King Ranch, or a Platinum, and you have a lot of chrome going on with that truck, the polished is the easy choice. On the other hand, if you have a sport package truck or the color-matched bumpers, then you might want to check out the black option instead. But ultimately, guys, it's your money, your call when shopping. But diving a little deeper into the construction here with these particular nerf bars, again, you're looking at a very high-quality, 16-gauge 304 stainless steel throughout, finished in that brightly polished finish. Despite that smaller diameter of three inches, you're still getting a very stout weight capacity with the three-inch options from Raptor Series. In fact, they're claiming 500 pounds per side for the smaller diameter bars here. Because you're looking at a polished, stainless finish here, as opposed to a chrome plating, per se, you're not going to have to worry about this finish flaking off on you over the years. Ultimately, the stainless is just going to be a little bit more durable. Now, in addition to that, you're also getting the textured ABS plastic side steps. Which as you can see here, [that's] a nice amount of footing for these things, despite that smaller diameter overall. The Raptor logo is featured in the center for you, and they do feature what Raptor likes to call their "saddle-style design." Meaning, they're going to ride on top of the actual bar itself, as opposed to being like a flush mount, like you might see with some other designs or other nerf bars in the category. Now, according to Raptor Series, the saddle-style design here is going to give you a little bit more footing, about 15% to be exact, and they should be a little bit more durable when compared to those flush-mount designs. Moving on to some of the smaller details, you will see the 90-degree ends here with the Raptor Series nerf bars. In my opinion, I feel like it just gives the truck a more finished look, as those ends kind of dead-end into the actual cab of your truck, as opposed to a 30 or 60-degree end. You're also receiving carbon steel brackets, which are powder-coated black, just to help reduce any corrosion there, in addition to all of the hardware you need. Again, everything in the package is backed by that category-leading lifetime warranty. As far as your pricing, well, depending on your cab size, the Raptors are going to set you back right around $200, which in my opinion, is very solid for a fully polished, stainless steel option like this. Now, granted, Barricade does have these things beat for a similar option by about $100, but you're not getting that lifetime warranty that we just talked about. But moving onto the installation, and as I pointed out at the very top of this video, very, very simple stuff. So one out of three wrenches on the scale of difficulty, maybe an hour or two depending on how quickly you work. Tool-wise, even simpler, a basic socket set, in addition to a six-millimeter hex bit. Getting started, you'll need to remove any factory or aftermarket running boards or nerf bars that you might already have on the truck, if equipped, using your socket set that we just mentioned. With everything out of the way, you can get to work installing the included brackets and hardware from Raptor Series. With the brackets installed, go ahead and place the nerf bars into position, and then snug up the hardware, but don't tighten everything up yet. At this point, you're going to want to go ahead and adjust, and align the nerf bars to your liking. Now, you can snug up your hardware and your installation is complete. Wrapping things up here, gang, if you're looking for a super-affordable, three-inch, polished nerf bar with the added piece of mind of that lifetime warranty, you'll want to check out the Raptor Series options right here at americantrucks.com.