HO-HO-HO! All-Pro is feeling the Holiday Spirit and we're in the giving mood!
We would like to give a set of our new APEX series Rock Sliders away to one deserving '05+ Tacoma! Please post a short paragraph or two about why you need these sliders. Be sure to include info about your Tacoma and pictures.
Contest ends 12/31/12, and the winner will be announced the following week to start off 2013 with a bang! $649 value.
(Don't forget, all of our Trail Armor is 15% off this month, so you can order a set now for only $551.65)
Here is some more info about the All-Pro APEX Rock Sliders, which we feel are the best on the market:
All-Pro Off Road Continues to Expand APEX Product Line with New ’05+ Tacoma Rock Sliders
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
DEC 14, 2012 - HEMET, CA. For over 16 years, All-Pro Off Road, the leader in Toyota off-road products, has been at the forefront in developing products to meet the needs of off-road enthusiasts. From hardcore rock crawling and desert pre-running, to back country exploring, All-Pro makes products that are proven to work! The new line of products in the APEX series is no exception. APEX by definition means to reach a high point or peak. The All-Pro Expedition Series was shortened to “APEX” because the products will help you do just that.
The latest addition to the APEX line are the new ‘05+ Tacoma DOM sliders. These sliders are top of the line, with no expense spared. With a lifetime warranty, the APEX sliders will truly be the last sliders you will ever need to buy!
Key features include:
• Full length 3/16” thick, CNC cut frame mounting plate
• Fully gusseted on all 4 legs
• Made in the USA with .125” wall DOM domestic steel
• Signature kick-out design for the utmost in body protection
• Dimple die top plates included
All-Pro APEX Tacoma Rock Sliders are completely bolt-on with our innovative mounting bracket that not only adds support to the weaker C-channel portion of the Tacoma’s frame, but also allows for an easier installation. The L-bracket captures existing holes in the side of the frame with minimal drilling only on the underside using the included countersunk bolts, for a smooth surface with no bolts exposed. The brackets are CNC laser cut from 3/16”steel plate, to ensure all the mounting holes line up perfectly and are easy to install using the included high quality grade 8 hardware. This mounting system is so strong, you can use a Hi-Lift jack anywhere along the slider to lift your truck!
APEX Rock Sliders use square legs that are fully gusseted. The legs run from the mounting points to the outer structure and are one of the most important parts of the slider to ensure a long life without the worry of bending. All-Pro uses 2” x 2” square mounting legs due to the higher resistance to bending when compared to round tubing. In fact, the square legs are 1.7 times more resistant to bending than are 2” round legs. To get an equivalent strength out of round tubing, 3” would have to be used, but there simply isn’t enough room to do that. The square legs are more expensive, but the extra cost pays off for the user for years to come. The square tubing also provides more surface area to be welded to the mounting plate, which again, just adds to the overall strength.
At All-Pro, we only use USA domestic manufactured steel for our sliders. Most of the steel tubing on the market these days is imported, mostly from China and India, at very attractive prices compared to US manufactured steel. But, we’ve realized you get what you pay for and in order to build the best product, we need to use the best material regardless of cost. We order our steel from US steel mills in large quantities called “mill bundles” so that we can maintain material quality and build a product that is stronger than the competition. By ordering mill bundles, we can specify that the tubing meets our wall thickness requirements.
Steel manufacturers have tolerances and specifications they have to maintain to be certified. However, we have found that over the years, the import suppliers push those limits to the max, so that you do not get what you’re paying for. We use .125 wall DOM, when, in fact, most .120” wall import steel only measures .111 to .112”, resulting in over a 10% strength reduction and sliders that are made from inadequate material that isn’t what it is advertised to be. So, All-Pro not only supports our own US economy, we are also giving our customers a better, stronger product while doing so.
The design and shape of a rock slider is very critical. The shape of the outer tube determines how much body protection it will provide as well as how the vehicle slides along the obstacle without getting hung up. All-Pro’s sliders were designed based on what we’ve learned from years of rock-crawling experience and numerous championship wins, which is something our competitors can’t say.
All-Pro originated the “kick-out” design on rock sliders in 1998. This design was initially ridiculed by competitors mainly because they didn’t understand its function in body protection and how the kick-out can improve the ability to maneuver around an obstacle. Today, they still don’t understand, but many offer kick-outs merely because of their popularity. However,the design of other kick-outs can actually hinder forward motion of the vehicle by having abrupt angles, and they also lack sufficient body protection with inadequate kick-out sizes. Dubbed 2-stage, 3-stage, bat wings, or whatever they’re called, they all fall short with inferior kick-outs that will likely grab ahold of the obstacle and keep you there. A kick-out design that is more gradual will allow the tube to slide along the rocks and gently push the body away from danger just as it reaches its most vulnerable area, which is the part of the rocker panel and lower cab area just before the rear tire. You want a slider that will actually slide and not one that will grab.
Another vital aspect of our slider design is the importance of providing the most possible ground clearance. Ground clearance is key in off-roading, so we've angled the outer tube upward so that you'll clear obstacles with ease when compared to other offerings that are flat and increase your chances of getting hung up.
The plated top cover on the sliders not only strengthens the whole slider by making it more rigid but it also adds to the looks and functionality by covering the top surface with .134” wall steel plate with dimple die holes and the APEX logo laser cut into it. With these plates, you won’t have to worry about kids or pets getting their foot or leg caught between the tubes.