Over the past month I've been concentrating on getting old stock put up on the eBay store.
Some of that stock has been Nerf Bars.
I figured this would be a great time to get into what they are, what they're used for and where they came from.
So here goes:
First off, what exactly is a "Nerf"?
Interestingly, it has nothing to do with plastic guns that shoot foam darts.
In racing circles, a nerf is when one vehicle bumps into another vehicle in order to gain a turn or psychological advantage. Often, they are intentional bumps and slow the bumped vehicle down so the "bumper" can then move forward. The origin of the term nerf is lost to the annals of history, but my personal thought is that it comes from the sound of two vehicles bumping into each other.
So that's a nerf.
A nerf bar is a bar that typically sits on the side of a vehicle and keeps the tires of both machines from getting tangled together. Without the bar, vehicles could launch off each other rather easily and cause very serious accidents.
Nerf bars were first introduced on hot rods in the place of the bumpers that are common on all vehicles now.
They were typically just steel bars that kept the cars from getting tangled up.
As races and vehicles improved, the nerf bars also improved.
They started being put on the sides of vehicles and that's where the name and style basically stayed.
Today, a nerf bar is a bar on the side of a vehicle such as an ATV, Pickup Truck or race car.
The nerf bars I've been uploading to eBay are the ATV design.
They all have a web or net made out of nylon straps. The straps come in different colors and can be changed out very easily.
Nerf bars are not universal, and it doesn't look like any of the vehicle manufacturers are interested in changing their minds on the matter.
That means that if you're looking for a new nerf bar, you better know your vehicle model, make and year!
So there you go!
A side note, the company NERF took the name from Non Expanding Recreational Foam which was originally used as padding in rally races by the trucks that pushed the vehicles into place.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle...
Enough of this craziness.
If you need a nerf bar for your ATV, let us know! We have a whole bunch of them.
See ya soon!