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Best bolt-on "sliders" (steps) for under $500?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Tekneek, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Feb 19, 2021 at 10:11 PM
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    Tekneek

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    Hello,

    Been looking around for some nice bolt on steps for under $500. I really like the tube style of the below from Tyger, but i do not want the steps to go past the tire at all (width wise). I also do not like the stars design. Wondering if you guys know of any bolt-on options for a DC/SB in 4x4? (2021) besides the below?

    https://www.amazon.com/Tyger-Auto-T...keywords=tacoma+sliders&qid=1613801031&sr=8-5

    Don't see myself needing sliders just yet. I won't really be offroading my truck too hard for atleast 3 years or so.

    For now I just want some parking lot door ding protection.
     
  2. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:44 AM
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    Those from Tyger are steps, they bolt to the cab not the frame. They are pretty solid for steps and yes they do add door ding protection from cars, not other trucks though.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:51 AM
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    Go oem predator steps . Stay away from those tiger auto ones . Unless u enjoy jumping over them getting out . ducking getting in .they sit way to high and stick out to much .
     
  4. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:54 AM
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    Find some used predator steps on Craigslist/facebook market place. They are aluminum so you don't have to worry about rust.
     
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    Be careful with those, if you ever did go off-roading you could really damage your body if you used them as sliders. I think it's misleading that they are advertising them as armor. They are nothing more than side steps. The major difference is that they bolt onto the factory side step mounts on the body of your truck. Real sliders made to are either bolted or welded to the actual frame of the truck.
     
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  7. Feb 20, 2021 at 6:41 AM
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    Do the predator steps bolt onto the frame?
     
  8. Feb 20, 2021 at 6:46 AM
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    They bolt to the factory holes in the body of the truck. They are more of a cosmetic/ functional step to get in and out of the truck. They are not sliders meant for offroading or to protect the truck from trail carnage.
     
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  9. Feb 20, 2021 at 7:35 AM
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    Had OEM predators, came with truck, sold them and got the tyger ones and had extra cash from the deal.
    Tyger sticks out further and sits higher along the whole cab.
    Had to do some creative parking in the Great Smokey Mountains and the tyger rail took a nice grind on a boulder, protected my truck. No dents, sanded down and repainted that one spot.

    Yes you do have to hop over them and they may get your pants/legs dirty because they sit high.

    Use a couple boxes/totes to hold it up for you so you can single person install.
    I used some loctite blue for fun.

    I don't do any serious off roading, just minor stuff. Mainly bought for door protection.
    Serious off-road advice should be taken from others :)
    Best of luck!
     
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    Ohhh ok, do predators stick out past the width of the tire? Is that what you mean by them sticking out less than the Tyger ones?
     
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    If you are in the Gulf States distro region, there are port installed "rock rails" for around $550. They look good, but would provide minimal protection on tough trails. Look up a few new tacoma pics at any dealership in TX or LA and you should see some.
     
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  12. Feb 20, 2021 at 8:08 AM
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    I am looking into this
     
  13. Feb 20, 2021 at 8:29 AM
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    I have Go Rhino Dominator extreme running boards. $500 ishIMG_5933.jpg IMG_5935.jpg
     
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    You don't have to! The frames have pre existing points to bolt on.
     
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    Oh very interesting. I’ll consider it! I wonder if there’s an option with just the tubes and no board for stepping

    nvm looks like these options are available. I’ll try to find a pic of what they look like without the board and the kick out
     
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    Yes! Those start at $599.
    Screenshot_20210220-135826.jpg Screenshot_20210220-135822.jpg
     
  19. Feb 20, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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    Darn. Would totally do it if for $599 I got it powder coated too.
     
  20. Feb 20, 2021 at 11:11 AM
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    We can powder them for $180. But if you want to save $$ just rattle can them.
     

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