Rock slider concept

Bullbars, roof racks, suspensions and other accessories relating to vehicle performance

What is expected of a rock slider

Must it have a step?
19
13%
Or can it do without?
7
5%
Must it protect the doors?
11
7%
Or only the sill?
14
9%
Is weight important?
11
7%
Or do you not mind the extra weight?
14
9%
Is clearance important?
20
13%
Or do you not mind the bumps?
3
2%
Is it a requirement that it mounts to the chassis?
14
9%
Or can it be mounted to the body as long as that doesn't compromise protection?
11
7%
Do you want specific points where one can jack, exclusively?
5
3%
Or do you prefer being able to jack anywhere under the side of the car?
21
14%
 
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Those look awesome Peter! Any more details? What where the final weight, coating, cost, etc? :bravo:
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Gareth, I don't do coatings. Everybody wants something different, so I supply rough and dirty at a commensurate discount.

These weigh about 43kg, which is roughly 2/3rds the weight of the older type, and at a current cost of R4k, they cost about 2/3rds of the standard as well.

I also now have a beefed-up (better supported) version of the standard type, and Tijmen has just ordered a modified version of this low-profile type for his dad's car with small steps on.

Hopefully they will end up looking something like this:
Stepped Slinky.jpg
Note that these are still glued to the car, the brackets are just there to make that easier and also to support the sliders when you step on them.
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Very interesting concept. And more affordable.
is it just the glue holding the sliders to the vehicle?
So once they are on they are there to stay...
What type of glue/silicon must be used?
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SJC wrote: 17 Aug 2023 08:18 is it just the glue holding the sliders to the vehicle?
The set in the pictures above were fitted by Tijmen to a friend's car. He elected to install a few riv-nuts as well, but I think that just made the fitting easier, it can't replace the glue.
SJC wrote: 17 Aug 2023 08:18 So once they are on they are there to stay...
Jip. Although one can probably remove them by cutting the glue with a wire, but that will most likely damage the paint on the vehicle's sill.
SJC wrote: 17 Aug 2023 08:18 What type of glue/silicon must be used?
I think there may be some possible options.
I think cold-cure Polyurethane may be the best, but Sikaflex is a good alterntive.
I do think it is important to seal up all the edges, either by using excessive amounts of glue or by applying more after fitting, so as not to create a rust trap.
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So I finally got around to making a set for my GQ.

Lowest possible profile, but these are bolted on (to the original side step mounting points) so no permanent vehicle mods. Just added some foam padding tape to the outside edge.
20231202_172207.jpg
20231202_172214.jpg
Weight in this guise is 20kg, and I have gained about 2.5" (65mm) clearance at the sill joint and even more at the outer edges.
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I prefer the old ones you made, it gives protection to the lower part of the door as well
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Malcolm, the old style is stil available on the GU.

Stylistically they don't work on the GQ, and I only ever made one set.

Also, with very hard wheeling they do cause vehicle damage due to the much greater leverage they can apply to the mounting points. And the GQ's doors don't extend outwards nearly as far as the GU doors.

So it's horses for courses. But I am thinking of making up some Aluminium "applique armor" panels to bolt onto the doors. Just a thought at the moment.
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Peter Connan wrote: 02 Dec 2023 18:09 So I finally got around to making a set for my GQ.

Lowest possible profile, but these are bolted on (to the original side step mounting points) so no permanent vehicle mods. Just added some foam padding tape to the outside edge.

20231202_172207.jpg

20231202_172214.jpg

Weight in this guise is 20kg, and I have gained about 2.5" (65mm) clearance at the sill joint and even more at the outer edges.
Did het mooi uitgekom :bravo:
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Dankie Fanus
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Peter Connan wrote: 02 Dec 2023 18:09 So I finally got around to making a set for my GQ.

Lowest possible profile, but these are bolted on (to the original side step mounting points) so no permanent vehicle mods. Just added some foam padding tape to the outside edge.

20231202_172207.jpg

20231202_172214.jpg

Weight in this guise is 20kg, and I have gained about 2.5" (65mm) clearance at the sill joint and even more at the outer edges.
That looks really good Peter!
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