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Sliders or Skids First?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by redtacoma88, Jan 24, 2013.

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Rock Sliders or Skid Plates First?

Poll closed May 4, 2013.
  1. Skid Plates 1st

    37 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. Rock Sliders 1st

    122 vote(s)
    76.7%
  1. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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    Got2ryde

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    4wheelin4banger what skids did you go with? Steel/aluminum? Manufacturer? Sorry if I missed it along the way here. By the way I've got a man crush on your truck. Something about the look that I really like. Those rims with the black flares and I'm a topper guy.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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    Sliders fo sho

    any experienced 4 wheeler wont let big objects go straight under the center of the truck you put your tire on it, but once your tire rolls off of it, it is staring right at your rocker.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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    Yeah.. until it falls the other way crushing your oil pan and maybe worse. Skids protect vital truck components, sliders protect cosmetics.. :cool:
     
  4. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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    It is going to boil down to what you do with your truck. maybe a new poll what have you damaged on the trail body or oil/tranny/transfer case
     
  5. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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    Actually I should re-word this some how. Sliders do protect your wheels and tires which are vital to driving.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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    Also how much is a oil pan and tow vs. paint and body

    Cant get rockers at the junk yard
     
  7. Feb 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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    DoorDing

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    If you're driving on terrain rough enough to do either, you'd better install both. At the least, replace the OEM "skids" with something real, and add to that as you see fit. The price of a tow for some of us would cover a big chunk of a truck's armor budget, let alone the cost of repairs. Sliders and _some_ skids seems the best balance of protection & budget for someone with tight funds.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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    I'd rather have some cosmetic damage where it's hard to notice, than a toasted engine/transmission/transfer case because I punched a hole in one of them underneath.

    Real men have trail damage. Trail damage gets you bitches
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  9. Feb 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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    Oil pan is $28. Gasket is $8. New oil $30 max. Whats it take maybe 30 minutes to swap one out in the woods once you get the parts. If your wheeling hard and don't have AAA or a trail buddy in another rig well thats just stupied IMO.

    You tell me what costs more?

    Only a n00b would be smacking a oil pan against a rock when they knowingly had sliders.

    If it's that rough of terrain both are required.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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    Skids are 3/16" steel by Relentless. And the sliders are Relentless also.
    Thanks, but my Taco is already seeing someone.
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  11. Feb 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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    For people taking fairly short trips from home to a 4WD drive area with friends, dealing with severe trail damage may not be such a big deal. For me, it could become a serious problem, especially if it resulted in a mechanical breakdown. The premise of this thread doesn't make sense for my situation.
    My friends and I drive several hundred miles for backpacking, slot canyons, etc. We take one vehicle to save money, and it's not very likely that we'll be traveling with another group on the trail. AAA doesn't cover the places we go, so we take a fair amount of tools and gear. On a trip like that, we don't look to "wheel hard", but shit happens, and I don't want to hike 50 miles to Escalante, UT and try to find an oil pan at the thrift store. I also don't want to bash the hell out of my truck because I wanted to save a few hundred dollars by skipping sliders.

    Exactly. When I read, "You don't need no stinkin' skids (or sliders)!", I always add "yet". It only takes one wrong move and the money saved by skipping skids or sliders will seem very small.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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    I bought sliders first. I figured I would try not to drive over things that I needed skids and instead would skirt things with sliders. Being able to open the doors after you get home is always a good thing. I need to get a real lift first then that's when I plan on buying skids.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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    Happy I did do skids first. Was driving through a muddy drainage thingy and hit a rock on the other side that i couldnt see..put some good scratches in the steel skid..luckily i had already upgraded it :D
     
  14. Mar 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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    so quick question. im on the fence of either getting sliders or n fab nerf bars. do they both protect the sides? and im sure u can use the sliders as a step anyway....
     
  15. Mar 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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    skip the nerf bars, and just get your sliders custom made at a 0 degree pitch instead of up, problem solved


    remember that nerf bars will actually cause more damage if the contact is harder



    OP its best to get skids first IMO

    like spoonman said would you rather pay 2 or 3 thousand in drivetrain repairs or body damage, atleast you can still drive the truck while the body is messed up
     
  16. Mar 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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    Nerf bars will not protect your truck from anything more then a shopping cart or a car door. And a hard enough hit from one of those will dent the .065 wall tube the Nfabs are made of.

    If your not taking your truck off road the nerf bars are fine.
     
  17. Mar 15, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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    thanks guys.
     
  18. Apr 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM
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    Maybe you've never actually wheeled before.

    Your argument is complete bogus there buddy. KOH drivers are experienced. Do you see them skipping skid plates? Not a fucking chance.
     
  19. May 19, 2015 at 5:56 AM
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    It seems to me that if you weren't so to rock climb your truck, there are still plenty of off-road situations where sliders and or skids are going to save you. For that matter in New Orleans, our pot holes are like rock climbing and kill vehicles daily. It all depends on what you're going to do. I personally don't have either, but don't do very challenging terrain yet. I'll probably get sliders one day and if I get into real uneven/rocky stuff I'll get some skids too.
     
  20. May 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM
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