Got my Rock Crushers recently and (mostly) installed them last weekend. Here's some detailed install info in case it can help anyone. Let me know what you think.
Product: Demello Bolt-On "Rock Crusher" sliders for 95.5-04 Toyota Tacoma
Vehicle: 2001 Tacoma Double Cab
Lesson learned: just weld the stupid things. Save $$ and skip the bolt-on option.
As with most projects that seem like a 45-minute job, there were plenty of "cans of worms" that turned this into a few hours worth of work. Granted I'm a normal guy, not a fab shop. I'm still not done, but will post a follow-up. Details below.
Here's what arrived (about a month later than they told me it would)
My bro-in-law eventually gave me a hand, but it's possible to do solo with jack stands & a jack:
Now for the problems I ran into.
1. Washers too big to fit flush (welds get in the way)
Solution: Vice and grinder. No big deal.
2. Clip is in the way. I just pulled it out and tucked it above the frame.
3. One of the holes on each side (2nd from rear, I think) is 1/4" low on the slider, so you'll have to either expand the top of the slider holes or the bottom of the frame holes:
4. No provision for the bracket bolt on the front driver side mount. I notched the slider to make room.
5. Another clip on the driver side that has to be removed. I just left it out as pictured:
6. Demello's install instructions said the kit comes with supplies to space the brake lines on the driver side so the sliders don't rub. It was missing, and when I called Demello they said it doesn't come with it, even though it's on the instructions. Ok, whatever, another trip to the hardware store for bolts and washers:
7. Rear driver side bolt is too long, runs into the gas tank. Again, the supplied instructions said 2 bolts are shorter, but all 8 I got are the same length, so I had to cut one down. Again, not a huge deal, but just one more PITA to add to the growing frustration of the project.
8. Drilling the holes for the front bracket mounts ... all I can say is good luck unless you have some equipment I don't. The Milwuakee drill I used has about as flat a top as you can get, but it's still impossible to drill through from the outside of the frame, because you hit on the rocker panel and it angles the bit up too far on the inside.
Right now, I still have to drill 1.5 of the 2 front bracket mounts, and I still have to widen the other hole for that middle bracket where the holes don't line up. Even then, the sliders aren't totally level (the driver side slopes about 1/2" down toward the back, and the passenger side does the opposite - not huge, but something I'll always notice).
So, after all this, I've decided screw the bolts, I'm welding it. Should've done that in the first place. Even now (4 hours into it) it'll still be more of a pain to finish the bolt-on install than to weld them.
Your thoughts? Would you find someone to drill the frame holes and bolt it, or just weld it?