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Bolt-on Slider Users, Share Your Experiences

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomtn, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Sep 18, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    Okay, so of course the weld-ons will be stronger. But for someone like me who won't be rock crawling, mild off-roading only but wants to be prepared for those "just in case" times when I might hit a rock, I'm thinking weld-ons would be okay. Plus I don't like the idea of welding the frame of a brand new truck.

    Those of you with bolts-ons, share some experiences with your sliders being hit and faired well. Or if it didn't fair well, even after a couple of high-lift trials perhaps.

    Thanks boys...
     
  2. Sep 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    When ur ready to buy, get with Dwreck. He fabbed up a nice pair.of.bolt ons with a lot.of.thought into it.

    Sent frum mobul fone soe don't freek out about my speling and grahmar. ;)
     
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    Shrockworks FTW! Decent price but a fairly long lead time. Mine have taken a beating and haven't failed me yet. I've jacked the truck with the hilift off them with no problems and they have saved my rocker panels more times than i can count. Want a solid bolt on slider that's bomb proof? You can't go wrong with Shrockworks!
     
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    I'm pricing these out as well. Seems like they're all about $400+ not including shipping. It's the shipping that kills!

    All Pros are nice but I'm not a fan of kickouts. Demello recommends welding if you're expecting to take hits, which defeats the purpose of getting bolt-ons. No go there. Shrockworks are not local to me so shipping kills it.

    Dwreck? Local fab guy? Where?

    I'm trying to stay local to save on shipping.
     
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    I'm in the exact same dilemma. where are you from?
     
  8. Sep 18, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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    The 4x Ino's are nice but too far away from me. Shipping...

    The Trail Gears need to be welded together, more costs there too.
     
  9. Sep 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    I didnt want to weld to my frame either but wanted a some sliders strong enough to support the weight of my truck. I designed my own and FEA'd using Pro-Engineer software. Had a buddy build them and then had them powder painted. Before painting, we wanted to verify the FEA results so we bolted them to the trailer hitch of a F350 and used a fork lift to raise the entire back half of the vehicle off the ground. Pretty strong. I can lift my Tacoma by jacking right on the skid. The skid mounting plate runs along the frame and adds rigidity to the frame as well. Hope you guys like em as much as me.

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    Here let me help guys. I bought the trail gear ones for 200 bucks and drilled and tapped 18 holes on each side with grade 8 bolts. I would take mine over welded ones anyday. I have hit stuff and slid across rocks stumps you name it and even picked up the entire truck by them and they havn't budged a bit.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2011 at 10:36 PM
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    your truck is also alot lighter than the 2011 double cab


    domello sliders even though they recommend welding for the best stregnth are still super strong and available in bolt on...

    if you do get bolt on, make sure to check the bolts everytime you wheel. I have seen a member on here lose a bolt and the slider went into his cab (defeats the purpose)

    i went with welding them on

    i use them... alot!
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    I bet you my truck weighs about the same if not more. its called lock washers and lock tight.
     
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    Yeah, hes a local guy out here in las vegas who frequents the las vegas bs section.

    Sent frum mobul fone soe don't freek out about my speling and grahmar. ;)
     
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    the trail gear ones are pretty good but even they recommend welding them on...
     
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    $260 is for the slider "kit" yes? Still needs to be welded together.
     
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    Well if you know what your doing and bolt them on right then there solid.
     
  19. Sep 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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    Guys, the mounting is not the weak point on sliders. Assuming they are gusseted correctly, have proper back plates, adn the legs are spaced nicely... weld on vs bolt are is a wash. If you really want to get technical, you can investigate the effects on the heat treat of the frame when welding them on, but its a long standing debate, so good luck. Obviously, use grade 8 or better hardware though.

    If you are worreid about bending then get into DOM or other material. My truck is a HEAVY beast, and my bolt-ons have taken a thrashing and keep gping. The only reao benifit to weld on is the price. they are cheaper than bolt on..that is the only benifit you will find.
     
  20. Sep 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM
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    Good points. And although weld-ons are cheaper initially, unless you're a skilled welder, you still have to pay someone like $60-$100 or so to do it for you. From the research I've done, its seems like either way, weld-on or bolt-on, it comes to about $400+, not including the expensive shipping costs on these beasts-in-a-box.

    From the looks of how they're built, the bolt-on All-pros seem like one of the strongest ones out there with nearly a full length plate running down the frame. I agree I don't think its such a great idea to subject the frame to the heat of a welding torch either. I'd rather go with a few holes drilled. But we'd need a metallurgist to conduct some definitive studies to be sure, so that issue remains a debate...which we really don't need to get into here.

    I do like the All Pros for the beef, but not a fan of kickouts and they're too far for me to drive and pickup. The search continues...

    Barlows,
    Which sliders are you running BTW?
     
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