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Sliders vs. nerf bars

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by thegrandpoohbah, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    thegrandpoohbah

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    Sorry for the noob question, but what is the difference between sliders and nerf bars (or running boards)? I understand that sliders are more for protection than the other two options but to my untrained eye they look like the same thing. Are they sturdier? Do they mount differently? Thanks.
     
  2. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    sliders are built out of stronger material...and are typically tucked up a little closer to the body and most of the time welded to the frame...

    usually these are put on by people who spend a lot of time offroad who want to keep their door jambs from getting crunched on the rocks

    nerf/step bars are a thinner material...often chromed...and have recessed areas designed for stepping
     
  3. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    brutalguyracing

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    sliders are for protection from rock and stuff heavy duty
    nerf bars are for looks only....
    hope that helps

    i would spend the extra $200 and get sliders
     
  4. Jan 6, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    Sliders can protect you truck big time. They stick out past the side of the door. Also they can support the weight of the truck. Nerf bars. Just help you get in and provide minimal protection.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2010 at 8:29 AM
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    Thanks for the info. So sliders will actually protect the bottoms of the doors whereas nerf bars would be more likely to get mangled? Would sliders help protect the bottom of the truck if I were to do something stupid like get it high centered?
     
  6. Jan 7, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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    No, not really. The frame hangs lower than the sliders so you would be high centered on the frame and most likely crunch that super well designed exhaust.....Thanks for that toyota. But if you were to slide into a rock or tree or something of that nature, the slider would protect you. The nerf bar will just buckle and get pushed into your door and rocker panel. Often times doing more damage than if you had nothing at all. We make sliders in the weld on and bolt on version. And ours are made out of 1 3/4" .120" wall HREW tubing where most nerf bars are made of something in the .065" wall range or less, similar to exhaust tubing.
     
  7. Jan 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    A lot of the time a set of well built sliders will cost the same or a little less that a set of nerf bars/steps. They will last a lot longer as well. My chick uses my sliders to get in an out fairly easily and she is 5'4". The only drawback to slider is that they catch dirt, mud and grime and usually transfer it to the back of your pant legs. I can deal with it though.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    Awesome. Thanks for clearing that up guys!
     
  9. Mar 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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    Nothing like searching for the answer here. Only problem is what sliders to choose. I want the sliders to be bolt on and double as a step as well.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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    Same, I hate the thought of welding something to the truck.
     
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    Sliders offer actual protection and can look better in my opinion nerd bars are stupid not practical its for people who wanna look like they go off road but really clean their truck everyday.

    SLIDERS will not protect the under carriage. You can get armour for under your truck Im looking into this at the moment.

    I took a rock on the bottom part of the body under the driver door decent size hole. no biggie
     
  12. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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    Same here, especially when you can't do it yourself.

    My thinking exactly.

    I contacted http://www.cbioffroadfab.com . Not sure if we will be able to work out a deal since shipping is the problem, but he's looking into it for me.

    I'll let you know.
     
  13. Mar 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM
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    We're talking about metal truck parts, right? :p
     
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    you should take a look at n-fab rock rails. They are sliders that bolt on and they have a detachable step. It looks pretty good IMO and i was thinking of getting some for my truck.
     
  15. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:32 AM
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    This is what I found at n-fab but I can't see any info on how it mounts under the body. The cbi looks to be a full under mount cage (btw, there site doesn't work today ):

    [​IMG]
     
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    They aren't sliders and the steps aren't detachable .

    They are step bars that attach to the underside of the cab floor to the factory running board locations , you cannot lift the truck with them like real sliders that are mounted to the frame
     
  17. Mar 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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    Well, shipping is a killer. Really like the cbioffroad but it's cost prohibited:

    $499 for Tacoma double cab
    $74 for kickouts
    $125 to powder coat
    $230 to ship

    ...and who the hell knows what the boarder costs will be.

    N-fab was much cheaper even with shipping. They are lighter and are not what I would consider true sliders like OZ-T mentioned.

    Managed to find a guy in Western Canada but will look around Ontario...there's got to be some Canadians that know how to weld !.
     
  18. Mar 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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    learned the hard way about the nerf "westin" bar. hooked up my hi lift jack to it the other day and I just saw the thing start to bend and finally start digging into by underbody lol. prob gonna order me some sliders soon.
     
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    This helped, thank you.
     
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