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Old 01-24-2013, 10:13 PM   #21
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So you're voting for no skids or sliders for most people? I agree.
No, sliders are necessary for any off roading IMO. Even if you don't encounter any rocks, there are trees, tall stumps, etc that can come up and bite your rockers. .
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #23
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Sliders first hands down you can do a lot more trails with sliders and no skids then the other way around.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:26 PM   #24
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No, sliders are necessary for any off roading IMO. Even if you don't encounter any rocks, there are trees, tall stumps, etc that can come up and bite your rockers. .
Sure could. Some of those woodland obstructions would also be capable of biting an oil pan or transfer case.

Like I said, sliders or skids are fine, but both are better. Just be careful of the weak spots. I sucked it up and bought both at the same time so I wouldn't have to make this choice.
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Most people will never really use aftermarket skids. Most people will never even see rocks. Like me, here I florida where the roughest thing I will see is a rotten stump.
Those "most people" will never go offroad so I will agree.

That said anyone going offroad will most likely push some limits. Even if you have no rocks in your region like myself I still use the hell out of my skids. The long wheel base on these trucks and horrible design means when you do high side you are leaving some major components out in the open.

When this was taken my truck had seen little to no rocks...note the damage to the skid's paint.



A proper IFS skid can also keep a good deal of muck out of your engine bay so I am hesitant to ever go wheeling when mine is removed.

Never would I attempt ice trails without a good set of skids





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So you're voting for no skids or sliders for most people? I agree.
The ones who never go offroad and push it, yes I would agree as well

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Sliders first hands down you can do a lot more trails with sliders and no skids then the other way around.
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sliders can also get you out of some hairy situations with proper use of a hi-lift. I have gotten myself unstuck many times because of mine.

If I didn't have sliders I would of been screwed because I was by myself





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Old 01-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #26
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Great post, especially the bit about slider lift points. ^^^
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:41 PM   #28
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Recommendations on a company that makes good skides????
Lots of options, and they're fairly similar. Other than material selection, the biggest difference in price may come down to transportation costs. FWIW, I've been happy with my set of 1/4" aluminum BudBuilt skids and Famous Fabrication sliders.
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Sliders...

Although shitty, your truck has skids now...it doesn't have anything protecting the rockers..
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Sliders

Not only do they tighten up the frame if installed correctly but they provide ample door ding and auto accident protection during daily driving.

Skids do neither.

I have wheeled the crap out of my truck with out skids..... but not without sliders.
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Sliders for sure. Your stock skids have the "potential" to save your underbelly from damage (don't count on it though). You have absolutely NOTHING protecting your rocker panel, so you're better off protecting what's unprotected first, then upgrading what's weakly protected.
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The OEM metal splash guards are nothing more than that, no matter if Toyota calls them skid plates. They provide no protection from anything more that flying gravel, and IMO, shouldn't be considered in a choice between sliders or skid plates.

Get sliders or skids first, but be mindful of your truck's weak spots. If you go off road a lot, you'll probably want both eventually. I split the difference with steel sliders and 1/4" aluminum skids. I'd never rock crawl with them, but the skids can take hard hits, and they weigh roughly half that of steel skids. It's worth considering that you can drive home with bashed up body parts. Knock a hole in your transfer case and you might become a hiker.
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Those "most people" will never go offroad so I will agree.

That said anyone going offroad will most likely push some limits. Even if you have no rocks in your region like myself I still use the hell out of my skids. The long wheel base on these trucks and horrible design means when you do high side you are leaving some major components out in the open.

When this was taken my truck had seen little to no rocks...note the damage to the skid's paint.



A proper IFS skid can also keep a good deal of muck out of your engine bay so I am hesitant to ever go wheeling when mine is removed.

Never would I attempt ice trails without a good set of skids







The ones who never go offroad and push it, yes I would agree as well



X2...


sliders can also get you out of some hairy situations with proper use of a hi-lift. I have gotten myself unstuck many times because of mine.

If I didn't have sliders I would of been screwed because I was by myself





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Good arguments for both.
I'm getting both on my Taco next week.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #31
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Good arguments for both.
I'm getting both on my Taco next week.
I agree.
Smart move.
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Lots of options, and they're fairly similar. Other than material selection, the biggest difference in price may come down to transportation costs. FWIW, I've been happy with my set of 1/4" aluminum BudBuilt skids and Famous Fabrication sliders.
Yah I've been looking at BudBuilt for a while now, did you go with aluminum to save weight?
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:40 PM   #33
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Yah I've been looking at BudBuilt for a while now, did you go with aluminum to save weight?
Yes.

I also have no desire to do any serious crawling. So far, the transfer case skid may have saved me from a bad day in Utah.
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Eric welded on my sliders & I picked up my skid plates Monday.









Skids will be installed later today.
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Aluminum skids vs steel? Are there even aluminum skids?
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Aluminum skids vs steel? Are there even aluminum skids?
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Yes.

I also have no desire to do any serious crawling. So far, the transfer case skid may have saved me from a bad day in Utah.
It appears BudBuilt makes them. And I think Relentelss made some for someone on TW.
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I still think skids before sliders, damage vs cost of repairs for both have a pretty big gap.. although I would just buy them both at the same time would be your best bet.
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Depends what you’re wheeling on a day to day... here in Canada most of the time a skid is better I don't worry when I plow through a snowbanks anymore... but if your rock wheeling then sliders is the way to go.
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Eric welded on my sliders







I installed my skids yesterday.






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