Okay so i get a lot of requests on how to install my sliders so here is a instructional thread on how I install them here.
1. Two 6 ton jack stands
2. 4 clamps
3. 4.5" angle grinder with flap disk or wire wheel
5. 140amp welder or above
1. paint thinner and rags
2. 4.5" angle grinder and wire wheel or scuffing pad
3. 3 cans of primer
4. 3 cans of the paint of your choice ( I use rustoleum truck bed coating)
Step #1 Taking inventory
First things first unwrap your sliders and make sure everything is there. you should have 8 frame plates, 6 bent plates & 2 smaller flat plates. You should also have 8 gussets the gussets are located in one of the legs wrapped in tape.
Step #2 Prep for paint
Take your sliders and wipe them down with paint thinner or acetone the sliders ship with a oil coating on them to prevent rust.
The hippy thinner I use
The sliders right after you unwrap them.
A quick rub down with thinner.
After hitting with a wire wheel
Step #3 Painting
Take your sliders and set them somewhere that your not going to get over spray on and prime them.
At least 2 coats of a self etching primer is recommended
DON'T paint all the way down the legs you need bare metal to weld to.
After you prime paint your sliders and allow to dry. I paint sliders 72 hours before the install allowing them to cure this will avoid chipping and scraping them up during the install "Save that for the trail "
Step #4 Installing the sliders
First set your jack stands along side of your truck and lay the sliders on them locating them where you want to mount them.
Then take your frame plates and place them on the frame with the clamps (pic will be added soon)
Mark your frame for cleaning NOTE some 2nd Gen models have a rivet/rivets in the way you will have to modify your frame plate to fit around this rivet/rivets.
Now this is where your choices come in. You can tack the slider to the frame plates and remove them from your frame and fully weld them. Or you can tack the frame plates to the frame and weld your sliders to them after.
Were going to show you both but for now here is the frame plates welded to the frame method.
After your happy with the location of the slider mark your frame as shown above and remove the sliders from the truck. Now take your 4.5" angle grinder and flap disk and remove the line you just did on the frame like so.
Now that your frame is all clean and ready to weld tack all 4 of your frame plates to the frame (NOTE the flat plate go's on the front leg)
Once all 4 plates have been fitted and tacked remove the sliders and fully weld the plates to the frame. NOTE with this method it is easier to get a good weld at the top of the frame plate.
Once all 4 plates have been welded to the frame place the sliders back up to the truck and set your gap between the pinch weld. Is what I do is tack the rear leg at the desired gap and move to the front leg and tack that one so you have it even all the way down the slider. (NOTE) the leg tolerances are all on the + side as we try to cut them all the same length some may be longer or shorter. If you find this just take your grinder and sand down the leg/legs until the sliders fit tight on the frame plates.
Adding pic soon
Now that your tacked your slider in place stand back and make sure you like the location and check the gap you want at least 1/4" from the pinch weld to allow body movement. AND CHECK YOUR DOORS MAKE SURE THEY ALL OPEN BEFORE YOU FULLY WELD YOUR SLIDERS ON!!!!
Now just fully weld your sliders on.
Let the welds cool and prime and paint your done Now do beat the hell out of them!!!!