I just thought I'd write up a bit about the sliders after I got them.
First, these are some very beefy sliders. I'm no welder, but to me, the welds on them look very good. The guy that installed them for me was very impressed with the quality of the welds and the sliders as a whole as well.
First thing, I have to admit the reason I bought these instead of others was because of wait time. Everyone else was giving time quotes months before they'd be able to even start. At the time, I thought I might be taking a chance being the first one, but I'm really impressed with how strong they are.
So, I ordered them through private message on the forums for the most part, paid in paypal, etc. Everything went perfectly smooth with no trouble at all, which is always a plus. Timicha tried, at my request, to figure out a bolt on solution, but we decided to stay with the weld ons. I'm sure the bolt on experiment took a few extra days in getting them, but I had them in my hands in two weeks. If it wasn't for the experimentation, I'm sure they would've shipped before a week.
Timicha shipped them in two packages, one with the sliders wrapped in plastic (with a 70+ pound UPS warning label attached - and it wasn't kidding...) and the extra box with the legs, brackets, and corner pieces. The legs were already cutout on one end, so it made installation pretty easy (specially from my bystander point of view).
So, I take them to get installed, showed the welder what I wanted and talked about angles and distances and such and decided to mount them with either a 15 or 20 degree upwards angle (dont remember which). Timicha sent the little gusset corner pieces as well, but we decided it really wasn't necessary to use them. The welder felt these were already so much stronger than any others he's installed (and abused) that even with out the corners, the frame would give out long before the sliders. I'm not sure it was really necessary since they both looked the same to me, but one of the sliders was marked for the drivers side so we did it like that.
It was a bit late by the time I got home, so just parked the truck since I had to wash it and all before pics anyway.
As far as strength goes, I'm not sure how else to show strength except to lift the truck up by the sliders, as even under worst conditions, thats probably about the weight that will be on it anyway.
In the pic below, only the front wheel is off the ground by about an inch. Rears are barely touching. I repositioned the jack a bit further back hoping to get a pic with both wheels off the ground, but ya know, its harder to balance a truck than you'd think. Anyway, after the truck fell off the jack on the second attempt when both wheels were off the ground, I decided that it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do anyway and stopped. On a side note (I know its a little hard to tell with the angle of the truck, etc, but the slider to body distance remained the same (ie, no flex).
I know strength doesn't say much for someone bouncing on them, as I could also bounce on my bolt on steps, but these really aren't moving anywhere.
Just some after thoughts. Originally, I was thinking that the kick out was a bit too much, but after its installed, it really isn't and actually makes a nice solid step for attaching the lights on top of the bar or getting something out of the front of the bed. The main slider lines up pretty close to exact with the fender flares so should protect the body from side rubbing nicely and the kick outs look like they'll do their job great as well.
So, in the end, I guess I'm just saying that I'm very happy with the sliders and have complete confidence in them doing their job when it comes to it. I couldn't have asked for them to be delivered faster and Timicha was great to work with. No complaints at all. After seeing the quality on the sliders (although he didn't know it, it was kinda a test to see if I wanted to order his rear bumper when he gets it done), I'll be first in line for it if I like the design. If I didn't already have an ARB bumper up front, I wouldn't hesitate to put one of Timicha's on.
Now to primer and herculine them...
Anyway, here are some pics. You can see more in my gallery if you want.