N-Fab EpYx Steps
An eye-popping and jaw dropping new design--the N-Fab EpYx are a unique take on a classic drop down step or hoop style step. These super durable and tough as nails step bars will look great on your pickup. And the modular brackets make for a super easy and fast install too.
Bullet Point Breakdown
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- Extremely durable steel materials
- Powder Coated to protect the steel
- Textured finish gives it that rugged look and adds traction to step plate
- Extra large step plate fits even the biggest of boots
- Drop down style works with both lifted and stock trucks
- Angular construction is modern and improves already solid durability
- Available in Cab Length for Extended, Crew, and Standard Cabs
- Modular design makes install super easy
- Perfect for DIY Truck Owners
- Backed by a 5 year finish warranty & a Limited Lifetime on Workmanship
What’s in a Step Bar?
A Quick Guide to Terms & Styles
Let’s start with the basics. So most of this is obvious, but if you’re shopping for Step Bars for the first time, some of this is stuff that you should probably at least get a refresher on.
What is a Step Bar?
A Step Bar or Nerf Step Bar is an aftermarket accessory designed to help drivers and passengers get into and out of taller or lifted trucks more easily. Nerf Bars also help protect your vehicles doors from minor dents and dings from things like car doors and carts and such, depending on the positioning of the bar and how lifted your truck is. The most common reasons for installing a pair of Step Bars is as a step up into the cab of the vehicle.
Easy stuff out of the way. Step bars are traditionally sold in pairs, one for the driver’s side and one for the passenger side. And they come in a number of different styles.
Common Styles of Steps and Running Boards
Let’s quickly run through some of the more common styles and their shapes as well as pros and cons:
- Round or Oval Step Bars
- Hoop Style or Drop Down Step Bars
- Running Boards
- Powered Running Boards
Each style or type has its own pros and cons. For instance, the Round and Oval style steps tend to be some of the most affordable types, but they also tend to be less durable and have less customization. After all, if you’re a tube step, you’re kinda a tube step that is either black or chrome. Hence there isn’t much added style to a tube or round step. But many people like the look of an oval step, so they remain quite popular.
Hoop style steps, first popularized by N-Fab, are also very popular. Since these types of steps mount to the frame of the vehicle but have the step pad or plate typically lower or hanging down, these style steps are often also referred to as Drop Down Steps. By their very nature, Drop Downs like this N-Fab EpYx step make it easier to get into and out of lifted trucks especially. Because of this great feature, Hoop Steps are probably some of the best around for actually improving access to taller cab vehicles, like big pickups or lifted trucks.
Running boards are similar to Oval Step Bars except they aren’t curved or rounded. They are flat boards with padding across their entirety or just in specific places meant to be where you step up into your cab. The plus side of running boards are that typically there is a larger area designed to be stepped on with boards than steps. But again, there often is much customization or individual style. Boards are either black or chrome typically.
Powered Running Boards are some of the coolest step products on the market today, and typically they are also on the more expensive side. These boards are just like traditional running boards except they have a motor and some kind of automation so that when they aren’t needed, they fold up under the frame of your vehicle. Then when the doors of your truck open, the board automatically descend into position so you can step up on it.
At the end of the day, choosing the step that is right for you and your truck has a lot to do with your personal preference and your pocketbook, as usual. If you like the look of one over the other and can handle the drawbacks of any particular design, then you should go with the style you think would look coolest on your truck.
Some other things to consider are what length step or board you want.
Step Bar and Running Board Lengths
Most boards or steps are available in a few different lengths:
- Cab Length
- Running Boards
- Individual or Truck Bed Steps & Hitch Steps
One of the most common lengths for a step bar is Cab Length. A Cab Length step, like the N-Fab EpYx you are browsing, extends the full length of your cab. In fact, if there are any drawbacks to these sweet new steps, it might be that they are currently only offered in Cab Length. By Cab Length steps we mean that if you have a standard cab, there is likely one step pad or plate located at the driver’s side door and the passenger’s side meant to be the location you step on to get into the vehicle. If you have a Crew cab or Double or Extended or their equivalent, then the bar will be longer to run the full length of your cab and will have two steps on each side, one at each door.
Wheel-to-Wheel, on the other hand, always run beyond your cab itself, all the way up to just in front of your rear tires. Typically these style of steps will have a step pad or plate at each door and one just in front of your rear tire designed to make it easier to access your truck bed and/or a toolbox.
Finally, we have Individual Steps or Truck Bed Steps. These steps are typically just one step pad mounted in a particular location to help you step up into your truck bed or access your equipment in your truck bed. The BedStep 2, a very popular truck bed step, is typically mounted just in front of your rear wheel to give you access to your truck bed near the bulkhead. You might think of this product as being a great add on for a cab length step bar. It gives you additional truck bed access when you need it, but is hidden underneath the bed when you don’t need it. Hitch steps do the same except they are mounted on your hitch and help you step up into the truck bed typically.
All the Pros of the NEW N-Fab EpYx Steps
Now if you decide that what you really want are some sweet Hoop or Drop Down Style steps that run the cab length of your vehicle, these N-Fab EpYx steps are some of the best on the market.
First off, N-Fab designed, patented, and in my mind over time perfected, the first and only official hoop steps on the market today. So you know they know what they are doing and are an innovative company, always on the cutting edge.
With the EpYx Steps in particular, two key points come to mind. The first is complicated and deserves to be completely explained:
The N-Fab EpYx Steps are Modular.
The brackets on these steps are modular, meaning you can adjust the way they fit to your rocker panels and make your EpYx Steps fit your truck’s make and model perfectly. Your step bar brackets are what attach your steps to your frame. If you’ve not done a lot of step bar installs, you might be wondering why this is such a big deal.
Well, let me tell you. I’ve done a lot of step bar installs. And I’ve filmed even more for our YouTube. Furthermore, I had to reschedule and install or two because we had the wrong brackets shipped or the wrong bar itself!
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is a pain.
Having Modular brackets means this is way less likely to happen. There are less part numbers, less likelihood of shipping mistakes.
But while as a dealer that really gets me excited, let’s talk about what this does for you as a consumer.
You likely own a truck if you’re reading this. And every year a new model of your particular truck comes out. Maybe you’re a Chevy guy like me or you’re really into F-150 or Ram or even Tundra. Well, every time I find myself oogling the newest version of the Silverado, I always have this little voice in the back of my head screaming at me.
No, it’s not my wife telling me we can’t afford a new truck. Never. No way.
Instead, I’m thinking about all the great aftermarket products I already have installed that probably won’t fit the new style pickup I am craving.
Most of the time this is one of several factors that makes me not rush out to test drive that new truck right away. Instead I slow my roll. But one of these days, it will happen.
Maybe my truck will finally get retired, run out of juice, kick the bucket. I hope it won’t be any time soon, but these things do happen. Sometimes you do hit that odd patch of ice or ram deliberately into the side of a concrete abutment so you can get the insurance money to put down your down payment on that new truck. These things do happen.
Well, when that happens, my old step bars probably won’t be coming with me, because they aren’t going to fit next years truck model. Or even if they would because it's unlikely next year’s Chevy is going to be that much longer Cab wise I mean than my current truck, I guarantee I won’t have the right f*&$in’ brackets for it.
So I’ll have to special order them, and it will be a pain, and they weren’t designed to fit the new model, so I’ll end up cussing up a storm as I force the bolts through and try to snug her up tight.
Or I could just upgrade to these new N-Fab EpYx steps and know that the modular style of the brackets means that they are most likely going to fit my next Chevy truck as well as my current one, until Chevy decides to do a full body redesign.
Since the brackets are designed to be mounted in various positions along the step bar, you will have some configuration that will work on that new vehicle too. So as long as you stay in brand and don’t jump from Toyota to Ram or Chevy to Ford (like anyone would do that, right?) then you’re set for the life of those new EpYx steps.
And speaking of, that leads nicely into the second half of what I wanted to emphasize about these steps.
They’re Durable AF.
First off, EpYx steps are sealed in a textured powder coating that is designed to protect against the elements. This matte black finish doesn’t just look badass though, it also prevents oxidation--a.k.a. Rust. As long as that textured finish isn’t damaged, there’s no way for the metal underneath it to start to rust.
But we aren't done here. Oh, no!
Because that metal underneath isn’t no weak alloy or bendy plastic. No way. It’s good old 304 Marine Grade Stainless Steel and it is in a heavier gauge than most of the competition--we’re talking .084-wall steel here.
Like that powder coating? Well, they Zinc coat each piece first to further protect against oxidation / rust!
Great Pappy’s Molasses!
Next you’re gonna tell me that these babies can handle the heaviest of loads, even 7 foot tall, 400 lbs linebackers from Minnesota?
All of N-Fabs steps are weight tested to handle 465 lbs.
Yeah, we aren’t talking about baby steps here. These are heavy duty, designed to take a beating, and last through all the rough rides you can throw at them.
And that’s a big part of why we are so excited to not only be carrying these, but the N-Fab product family. N-Fab stands behind their products, offers a great warranty, and manufacturers steps that are built to last.
At the end of the day, if you like the style and look of these EpYx steps, you won’t be disappointed when you get them installed on your truck. These things are the real deal.
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