Top 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma Rock Sliders

Lifted Cement 3rd Gen Tacoma with SOS Offroad Concepts Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders

Top 14 Rock Slider Options by Style, Design & Types for the 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma

If you’re in the market for sliders you might be overwhelmed with the different types and options available.

Kickout or no kickout, DOM or HREW, with or without fill plates, the list goes on and on. Once you’ve nailed down what you want, you now have to begin the process of choosing from a long list of companies. To help you with this process, I will explain the options and terms you need to know and list the top brands of sliders to help you narrow in on what’s right for you.

Ultimately, the right sliders will depend on your usage…

  • Do you need them mainly for protection or will you need it to function as a step as well?
  • How much abuse will they get, once a week or a few times a year?

All of these are questions you should answer before your search to help you determine the perfect set up for your vehicle.

What are Rock Sliders?

Lifted Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma on 34s with Relations Race Wheels Bolt-On Rock Sliders

Rock sliders are (usually) made of steel and play the role of protecting your rocker panels and doors while out on the trail. The term slider means exactly what you would imagine. They allow your truck to “slide” over big rocks, trees and steep hills.

The rocker panels are one of the most likely areas to take damage due to the large distance between the wheels, especially on a longer wheelbase truck like the Tacoma. They’re typically installed to take the brunt of any impact from rocks, trees, etc., while off the beaten path.

While their primary purpose is for protection, they can also be used as a step to enter or exit your vehicle or to allow easier access to your roof rack and the items you may have mounted to it.

Do You Really Need Them?

Lifted Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma on 33s with Shrockworks Bolt-On Rock Sliders

Well, that depends.

Sliders are crucial if you’re going to spend a lot of time on technical roads. If you expect to push your truck more and more, you’ll definitely want to start with this type of armor. If you’re more of a forest road overlander, the likelihood of damage to your rock panels or doors is much, much lower.

If you’re going to be sticking to paved roads and easy dirt roads, sliders are probably not necessary. They give the truck a rugged look, but that rugged look might not be worth $500-1,000+ to you.

Strength

Two types of steel are typically used for sliders, HREW and DOM.

  • Hot Rolled Electric Welded steel (HREW) is the basic model. It has a tensile strength of around 40 KSI (kilopound per square inch), so a breaking point of roughly 40,000 lbs/in².
  • Drawn Over Mandrel steel (DOM) is the upgraded version with a tensile strength of around 70 KSI. That’s a breaking point of 70,000 lbs/in².

If you don’t actually plan on sliding over rocks, but you might find yourself on a trail a little tighter than you anticipated, then HREW will provide plenty of strength when you need it. If you know there is a very good chance your sliders will frequently be up close and personal with rocks and logs, go ahead and upgrade to a DOM slider to get maximum protection.

If you want to learn more about these two different steel options, check out our complete guide – DOM vs HREW.

Design

Relations Race Wheels Bolt-On DOM Steel Rock Sliders for 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

There are several options that you can pick from to customize the look and function of your sliders. Almost every company that sells sliders provides options for kickouts and fill plates. The angle of the sliders will typically vary from company to company, but some do offer to make them custom as well.

#1. Kickout

A kickout is an extended or wider portion at the end of the slider closest to the rear wheels. The purpose of a kickout is to push your vehicle away from the obstacle it is riding on so that the obstacle doesn’t hit your wheel/tire or the body. I recommend you go with this option, if possible.

#2. Fill Plates

If you plan to use your sliders as a step, fill plates provide a larger and safer surface for your feet. Without fill plates, the only surface is a less than 2” wide tube. Not the best for stability, especially when wet or muddy.

#3. Angle

Sliders are generally offered with an angle between 0° and 25°. To function as a step as well as protection, the 0° slider is the best option as it will be a level surface. As the angle goes up, the more the slider will tuck up to the side of the vehicle. If you frequently off-road and travel down tighter trails then a higher angle slider, such as 15°-25°, might be better suited for your needs.

#4. Length

When purchasing sliders, something simple but important is to ensure you are getting the right size and setup. There are typically two sizes that I’ve come across for 3rd Gen Tacomas. One size is shorter and fits double-cab short beds (DCSB) as well as access-cab long beds (ACLB). The other size is longer so that it fits double-cab long beds (DCLB). Longer sliders take more materials which means a higher price.

Coatings

Since sliders are built out of bare steel, most people apply some type of coating put on them to protect them from rust and deterioration.

A good coating will also provide traction when using them as a step, especially in inclement weather. The most common options are powder coating, Line-X or some kind of bed liner. All the options will likely add a couple of hundred dollars to the total but will protect from rust and minor dings. However, if you do put them to good use out on the trails, you will end up with scuffs and chips in the coating that will at some point need to be touched up.

The third option for coating is doing it on your own at home. We have a great write-up on how to prepare and paint bare metal parts here. I chose to go this route for my own sliders for the savings and because I can touch it up whenever I need to without going back for a professional coating. If you follow the right steps, a DIY coating will keep your sliders in good condition, looking great, and won’t break the bank.

Before I get into the list, I want to preface this by saying, I only have first-hand experience with one brand.

All of the other brands are ones that have been highly recommended by other Tacoma owners. This is not a ranking system, this list is in no particular order. For each brand I list, I will briefly introduce them and then list the options available for their sliders and the price range.

1. C4 Fabrication

Lifted 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma with C4 Fabrication Bolt-On Rock SlidersPhoto Cred: @blackhillstaco

USA Sourced Materials & Components, Innovative Design, Industry Standard

C4 Fab, based in South Dakota, is a well-known brand in the Toyota off-roading community. They have 15 years of experience building sliders, skid plates, racks, and more for several different Toyota models. They are at the forefront of innovation with Toyota armor, continuously tweaking or developing their products to better serve the community.

C4 sliders come standard with DOM steel, so HREW is not an option. They provide both lengths, so no matter what model you have, they have sliders for you. Their sliders are built with a 25° angle so they tuck up nicely for plenty of clearance. However, if you opt to add on step plates, those are welded on at 0°, providing a nice, flat surface to step up into the vehicle.

Kickouts are also a standard feature, which again, helps to protect your truck when maneuvering around obstacles. One thing that C4 doesn’t provide is powder coating. Their sliders ship to the customer in bare steel and it is your responsibility to have it coated.

Their pricing is a little higher than most other companies on the list when you factor in the cost of coating the sliders. They start at about $800 for just the basic slider with no plates. Step plates add between $165-$195 depending on slider length, and for double cab long bed (DCLB) sliders, add $150. Their flat rate for shipping in the continental U.S is $199. The cost of having the sliders coated will depend on what your local shops charge, but I would expect it to be in the $200-300 range.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • 100% bolt-on
  • Removable, optional step plates
  • No cutting or welding required
  • DOM tubing standard

CONS

  • Long lead times
  • No coating service, come bare steel

2. RSG Offroad

RSG Off-Road Bolt-On Rock Sliders on Blazing Blue Pearl 3rd Gen TacomaPhoto Cred: @truck_norriz

Established, Experienced, Short Lead Times

RSG Offroad is based out of Lakewood, CO. They provide everything from recovery gear to superchargers for multiple Toyota models and even a couple of Lexus models. They are a one-stop-shop for all you need to get off-road.

RSG offers their sliders in both DOM and HREW steel. If you don’t need heavy-duty sliders and want to save some cash, the HREW steel sliders still provide great protection for your Tacoma. If you drive a double cab long bed (DCLB), unfortunately, you don’t have an option available from RSG. According to their site, all of their sliders are for access cab long bed (ACLB) and double cab short bed (DCSB) only. They do offer both an angled and flat version if you’re looking for a sturdier step.

One cool thing that RSG provides is a grip top plate along with a standard top plate. Their grip top plate has extra texture to give better traction when stepping into your vehicle. RSG sliders are available in both kickout or non-kickout versions. You do have the option of having these sliders powder coated, and you can also choose whether the RSG logo is stainless or blacked out.

Pricing on RSG Offroad sliders is mostly in line with other brands. For basic HREW sliders with no powder coating, you’re looking at around $850. If you opt for the DOM sliders, with step plates, kickout, and powder coating, the total is around $1,100. Shipping costs will vary but appear to run close to $200.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • Short lead times
  • Larger main tube
  • 4-leg design
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Many versions to choose from

CONS

  • No option for DCLB trucks

3. RCI Offroad

RCI Off-Road Bolt-on Rock Sliders for 2nd & 3rd Gen Toyota TacomaPhoto Cred: @tacomaadventure

Precision Engineering, Made to Impress, Quality Protection

RCI is another Colorado-based company and the first company on the list that serves vehicles outside of the Toyota world. RCI fabricates their own bed racks, sliders, skid plates, and bumpers for Toyotas. They also provide bed racks, some skid plates, and mounting brackets for Jeep, Chevy, Dodge, and Ford.

RCI builds all of their sliders with DOM steel standard, with no option for HREW. Both lengths of the sliders are available, with an upcharge for the longer double cab long bed (DCLB) model. They offer two different angles, 5°, and 20°. RCI recommends the 5° if you opt for the step plates, as that will offer a more stable surface. All of their sliders come standard with a kickout and you do have the option of powder coating through RCI.

A bare metal, no step plates, access cab long bed (ACLB) & double cab short bed (DCSB) set of sliders costs $675 plus shipping. If you happen to add on all of their features (powder coating, step plates, double cab long bed) you’re looking at $1,125 plus shipping. Plugging in my address in PA estimated shipping to be around $400, yikes!

If you end up with a high shipping cost, it could be worth reaching out to the company to see if shipping to your closest freight hub would save you some money.

PROS

  • Well established
  • DOM tubing standard
  • Strong design
  • Short lead times
  • No cutting or welding required
  • In-house powder coating
  • Customizable
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing

CONS

  • Potentially high shipping costs

4. CBI Offroad Fabrication

CBI Off-Road Fabrication Bolt-On Rock Sliders for 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma

Well-Known, Trail Proven, Adventure-Ready

CBI Offroad is based out of Idaho and sells products for Toyota and Lexus vehicles as well as Jeep, Subaru, Dodge, Ford, and Chevy. Aside from their own fabricated armor, they also carry recovery gear, lighting, apparel, and more.

If you’re looking for a reputable brand that gives you all of the options, CBI should be on the top of your list. They offer both types of steel for their sliders, both lengths, kickouts or non-kickouts, angled or flat, and with or without powder-coating.

The only thing to note is that they offer different versions of sliders. One version is the ‘Overland Series’, which is offered as a flat/0° slider with step plates, and options for steel type, length, kickout, and coating. Another is their ‘Trail Series’, which comes standard as an angled slider with a kickout and options for steel type, length, and coating. Note that step plates are not available on this version. Their ‘Classic Series’ comes angled without a kickout, and the same options for steel type, length, and coating.

CBI sliders can run as low as $585 and get up to $1,200 if you get all of the add-ons. Shipping costs can run up to $400 on these sliders, however, prices will likely vary if you are closer to their shop.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • Many options to choose from
  • No cutting or welding required
  • 4-leg design

CONS

  • Potentially high shipping costs
  • Long lead times

5. Relations Race Wheels

Top Rock Sliders for the 2nd & 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma (2005-2021)

Quality over Quantity, Explore with Confidence

RRW started as an aftermarket wheel company but has spread into other fabrication including sliders, skid plates, and bumpers. Don’t overlook these guys just because they specialize in wheels. One thing to note is that these sliders are only available for 3rd Gen Tacomas.

RRW offers a kickout model and a non-kickout model. Both models are designed with DOM steel standard, a new feature they implemented just a couple of months ago. They are both angled sliders and have the option of step plates, but the kickout model only provides a step plate on the kickout portion and not on the rest of the slider. Their website states that these are designed for double cabs only. RRW sliders are offered as either bare metal or with powder coating.

Pricing is right around $1,000 for any model of RRW sliders. The bare minimum slider will come in under a grand, whereas a model with powder coating and step plates will cost you around $1,100. Shipping is only $100, making your maximum total $1,200 for a powder-coated, kickout, step plate, DOM slider. That’s one of the better deals so far on the list!

For the DIY guy or gal, they offer a weld it yourself kit to save some serious coin.

PROS

  • DOM tubing standard
  • Strong design
  • Short lead times
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Reinforced, 4-leg design
  • Cheaper shipping
  • DIY welding option

CONS

  • No 2nd Gen option

6. Westcott Designs

Lifted Lunar Rock 3rd Gen Tacoma with Jeff Westcott Designs Bolt-On Rock Sliders

If it Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

Westcott Designs is kind of the new kid on the block. However, they’ve been in the automotive game for a very long time. It’s a mom and pop business based in Phoenix, Arizona, started by Jeff Westcott, who brings 20 years of experience working for Toyota, and a lifetime of being around car manufacturing thanks to his father, who worked for GM.

They are slowly growing their product base, but their claim to fame is the hitch receiver rack/carrier and TRD Pro model lift kits. They pride themselves in providing the absolute highest quality parts on the market made with the very best craftsmanship. Do you want to know how confident they are in their fabrication? They offer a clear powder coat on their sliders so you can see just how beautiful their welds are done.

Westcott Designs sliders come standard with DOM tubing, a kickout, and angled up for better clearance. They do not offer step plates or an option for those with a double cab long bed (DCLB) Tacoma. They offer the traditional black powder coating, but they also offer a clear powder coat as I mentioned above. Another interesting option is that you can choose chromoly, which is an even stronger material without sacrificing weight over the traditional DOM steel.

PROS

  • DOM tubing standard
  • Strong design
  • Short lead times
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Reinforced, 4-leg design
  • Cheaper shipping
  • Chromoly steel option
  • Unique clear powder coat option

CONS

  • No 2nd Gen option

7. SOS Offroad Concepts

SOS Off-Road Concepts Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders for 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma

Humble Roots, Small Business, Passionate

This company hails from the east coast in Laurens, SC. Their biggest product base is sliders, skids, and bumpers for Toyotas but they also make a couple of products for Jeep and Ram. I personally run their sliders and think they look great. I coated them myself and find them to be well built for a relatively low price.

SOS Offroad does not offer DOM steel, which could be an issue if you plan to use your sliders hard. I think these HREW sliders are still plenty strong for a run of the mill off-roading trip, but if you plan to do some serious rock crawling, a DOM steel slider is likely the better option.

While SOS only offers HREW steel, almost every other option is available on their sliders. They make all cab lengths, with or without kickouts and step plates, built at an angle, and your choice of bare metal, powder-coated, or Line-X. They are willing to make a special order for the angle, so if you want a flat step, just reach out to them and they can make it that way for you.

The bare minimum slider from SOS is one of the cheapest sliders on the list, with bare steel, non-kickout, no step plate slider coming in at just $450. If you want all of the bells and whistles you’ll be paying just over $1,000 plus shipping. Shipping on the east coast is roughly $120, which is pretty reasonable, but that might get steeper if you’re farther out west.

PROS

  • More affordable
  • Well established
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing
  • Multiple coating options

CONS

  • No DOM steel option

8. White Knuckle Offroad

White Knuckle Offroad Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders on Quicksand 3rd Gen Tacoma

Heavy-Duty Armor for 4X4 Enthusiasts

White Knuckle Offroad is another California based fabricator. They make sliders for almost any truck out there right now, they even go back to 1st Gen Tacomas! So if you’ve got a friend looking for sliders for their Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Nissan, or Jeep, these guys will have you covered.

White Knuckle offers both HREW and DOM steel for their sliders. They do provide sliders for a double cab long bed (DCLB), and it looks like they might customize the slider depending on if it is a double cab or access cab. Kickouts are standard and they do offer diamond top plates on either the entire slider or just at the rear. The default option is for 15° but you can choose to have it flat at 0°. White Knuckle does provide powder coating to keep those sliders protected from the shop.

White Knuckle Offroad sliders start at $575 for a no-frills HREW steel set, with no coating, no step plates, standard size. If you opt for powder coating, DOM steel, and top plates, the total comes in at just under $1,000. Shipping costs will add around $200 to your total. All in all, White Knuckle Offroad provides a killer product at a very reasonable price.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Customizable
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing

CONS

  • Longer lead times

9. Demello Off-Road

Photo Cred: @kevinroams

Toyota Truck Specialist, Premier SoCal Installer

Demello is another company that sticks to the Toyota/Lexus family and is based out of Riverside, CA. Aside from fabricating armor, they also offer suspension, lighting, wheels, and other accessories.

Demello has the most variety of choices when it comes to their sliders. They have 2-3 different variations of the traditional slider along with a few more unique designs as well. I’ll stick with the more traditional styles to keep things apples to apples.

Demello only uses DOM steel for their sliders. They make specific kickout and non-kickout models. The kickout models are only offered in the access cab long bed and double cab short bed length, while the non-kickout model also comes in the double cab long bed length. Both versions come with a 10° angle. Demello only offers one set of sliders with step plates and that is their 2nd Gen kickout version. All Demello sliders have the option to have them powder coated.

Pricing is pretty much the same across all of their models, typically they start around $800 and can get up to $1,000. The only add-on costs are adding powder coating or for double cab LB sliders. Shipping for all sliders appears to be around $250.

If you want to have solid sliders that stick out in the crowd, this brand would be one to look at with their many different styles. They’re a dependable company with a good reputation so you can’t go wrong with Demello.

PROS

  • DOM steel standard
  • Well established
  • No welding or cutting required
  • Multiple designs available
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing

CONS

  • Kickout is only available on shorter length

10. 4x Innovations

3rd Gen Tacoma with 4XInnovations Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Hardcore Toyota Rock Crawling Armor

4x Innovations was started by one guy in Wisconsin who felt that the parts and designs he needed weren’t available on the market. He took his background in mechanical engineering and used that to learn and develop his skills as a fabricator. Over the years 4XInnovations has grown quite a bit and now offers bumpers, sliders, skid plates, and even roll cages for hardcore Toyota wheelers.

4x Innovations sliders are meant to get the job done. The only options available are the model of truck and a few different types of step plates. All of their sliders are made with DOM tubing, come with a 2″ kickout, are angled to provide better clearance, and are only offered in bare steel. There are a few options for step plates though, you can choose full or partial length, and also choose to include a TRD logo on the plate. While there is an option for the 2nd Gen double cab long bed (DCLB), they are not offered for 3rd Gen double cab long bed (DCLB).

Standard sliders are $780 with no step plates. Step plate options range from $120-210 in extra costs which keep the total cost under $1,000. Shipping costs are roughly $175.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • No cutting or welding required
  • Built with hardcore wheeling in mind
  • DOM tubing standard

CONS

  • Longer lead times
  • Not very customizable
  • No option for 3rd Gen DCLB
  • No coating service; comes bare steel

11. Victory 4×4

Victory 4X4 Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders for 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

Experienced, Off-Road Pedigree

The next company on the list comes from Portage, Michigan. They only sell Toyota products but their sister company, JcrOffroad has been in the Jeep community for 15+ years. Their sliders are one of the more budget-friendly options on the list.

Victory sliders, for the most part, look like any other non-kickout slider, but a closer look reveals that they have their own unique design. Victory’s website doesn’t actually say DOM or HREW steel, only that their steel is A500. They do offer their slider in both lengths, but it comes standard at 0° with no option for an angle. Although it doesn’t have an option for step plates, you’ll notice that step plates are naturally part of their design while still leaving a lot of the slider open. Victory does offer powder coating for their sliders.

Pricing is pretty simple. Without powder coating, an access cab long bed/double cab short bed length is $599. Powder coating adds $150 to your total, and stretching it to fit a double cab LB adds another $50, for a maximum price of $800. To top it all off, shipping will run you between $150-$200 depending on distance and whether it’s being delivered to a residence or commercial address.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Unique design
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing
  • No cutting or welding required

CONS

  • Not very customizable
  • DOM tubing not available

12. Bay Area Metal Fabrication (BAMF)

Bay Area Metal Fabrication (BAMF) Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders for 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma

Passionate Team, Quality Affordable Toyota Offroad Products

BAMF was started in 2011 by Jerry Lee in a 600 sq ft garage in the San Francisco Bay Area. In less than 10 years they have grown so much they now occupy a 14,000 sq ft warehouse where they fabricate armor for Tacomas as well as almost any other metal fabrication work. They even have their own in house powder coating.

To cut down wait times, BAMF provides a pretty standard slider that they build in batches. They are available for 2005+ Tacomas, both access cab long bed/double cab short bed and double cab long bed. They come standard with a kickout and mounted with a 20° but no step plates. You get to choose between HREW and DOM outer tubing ($150 upgrade) and whether or not to have powder coating, a $225 option. For a 3rd Gen set of sliders that have DOM tubing and are powder-coated, the cost is $1,045. Shipping will run anywhere from $135 up to $250.

They also offer a more customized option if you’re willing to wait 6 months. This version is available for 1995+ Tacomas, for access cab long bed/double cab short bed only, and still comes standard with a kickout. However, now you can choose to add step plates, change the angle from 20° to 10° or 0°, HREW or DOM tubing, and bare metal or powder-coated finish. This version can get up to almost $1,500 if all you elect all of the options.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing
  • Strong design
  • No cutting or welding required

CONS

  • Not very customizable
  • Long lead times, especially if you want more options
  • Non-kickout is not available

13. Shrockworks

Bolt-On Rock Sliders with Dimpled Top Plate on 3rd Gen Tacoma - Shrockworks

Old-World Craftsmanship Meets The Latest in Tech & Manufacturing

Shrockworks is based in Houston, Texas and its product line covers multiple different vehicle brands, including Toyota, Chevy, Nissan, and more. Their goal is to utilize their highly experienced craftsmen and the latest computer technology to provide well-built protection for the off-road enthusiast. All of their products are designed to have a high strength-to-weight ratio.

Their sliders are available in both of the standard lengths, either 30° without step plates or 0° with step plates, but they do not offer a kickout. They offer both plain black powder coat and a textured black powder coat, or just bare steel. They don’t specify the type of steel, just that they are a combination of 2″ square tubing and 1.75″ round tubing. Shrockworks sliders are on the cheaper side, their 3rd Gen sliders plus step plates and powder coating come in at $735 with shipping costs between $250-$300.

PROS

  • Well established
  • Main slider rail constructed from square tubing
  • Strong design
  • No cutting or welding required
  • More affordable

CONS

  • No kickout available

14. TJM USA

TJM USA Bolt-On Steel Rock Sliders on 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

Take The Lead, Overlanding Accessories

TJM USA is the American branch of TJM, a company that has been developing off-road products to survive in the Australian Outback for decades. Started by three friends, Taylor, Jones, and Mollenhauer, in 1973 (two years before ARB), they were the first offroad equipment manufacturer in Australia. They design and build their own bumpers, sliders, suspension, and locker systems. TJM ventured into the US market in 2011 and currently has almost 70 distributors across the country.

TJM USA sliders are a very simple product with no options or changes available, which will allow for easier production and much lower lead times. Their sliders are made of 5/32″ thick steel tubing with a 1/8″ thick skid plate that spans the entire length to help you slide over obstacles. The skid plate is engineered with four T-slots which are designed for a hi-lift jack, ensuring an extremely secure lift point in those treacherous situations.

It also has an additional mounting point that mounts to a cross-member on the frame. These sliders do come powder coated standard as well. Coming in at $549.99 from CAtunedoffroad.com with only $150 shipping, these are probably one of the best deals on the list, plus delivery in 1 week!

PROS

  • Well established
  • Strong design
  • Specific hi-lift jack points
  • No cutting or welding required
  • More affordable
  • No lead times

CONS

  • No options available
  • Not designed for double cab LB
  • Designed for 2016+ only

Review

Below, I created a table comparing all of the different brands and the options they offer.

Just as a reminder, all brands offer sliders in the Access Cab Long Bed and  Double Cab Short Bed length. I’ve also noted with an asterisk (*) the brands that offer a 0° option on their site. If you really like a brand that doesn’t offer the 0° on their site, I recommend reaching out to them!

Most of these are made to order so they might just make a special set just for you. I hope you find this table helpful in quickly reviewing the ten brands mentioned above.

Available Options By Brand

Available OptionsC4 FabRSGRCICBIRRWWestcottSOSWhite KnuckleDemello Offroad4X InnovationsVictory 4x4BayAreaMetalFab (BAMF)ShrockworksTJM USA
DOM Steel✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
HREW Steel✔️✔️✔️✔️
Double Cab LB✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Angled✔️*✔️*✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️*✔️*✔️✔️*✔️*✔️✔️*✔️
Step Plates
✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Kickout✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Powder Coat✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Line-X/Bedliner✔️✔️

Final Thoughts

Shrockworks Bolt-On Rock Sliders on Lifted Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma

With so many sliders available, choosing one for your truck can seem like a daunting task. Hopefully, this article will help you determine which slider is the right fit for your needs.

All of the sliders on this list are great options and have been put to the test by many off-road rigs. If you think seeing them in person would help you decide, then try attending a local truck or off-road meet. There’s a good chance a few of these brands will be on someone’s truck and that could be an easy way to get an up-close look at the product.

Photo Cred: @kevinroams

Another thing to consider, especially if your main function is a step, is that sliders are much more expensive than running boards. It might not be worth the investment if you never plan on leaving the pavement. On the flip side, if your purpose is mainly a step, but you do plan to hit some trails, running boards will not hold up as well and the loss of clearance could be an issue.

If you do think you need some sliders, don’t procrastinate! Many of these companies don’t keep many in stock, but instead, build to order, so it can take anywhere from 4-8+ weeks depending on how busy that company is at that time. No matter what brand or style you choose, you can be sure your truck will look great and have the protection it needs!

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Alex
Alex
4 months ago

I made a similar matrix when shopping for sliders. One of the main things I looked at that wasn’t mentioned here was the install process. For example, some of them require plastic cutting, significant brake line bending, etc. It’s also a good idea to look for discounts. I got 10% off when I ordered mine, but there are even bigger holiday sales from some of these companies.

William Smith
William Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Alex, great point regard install mods – who did you decide to go with? thanks!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  William Smith

I went with RCI. They bolted on very securely. The common complaint people have with them is that they’re a bit short, not covering all the way to the wheel wells. That hasn’t been a problem for me.

William Smith
William Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Thx!

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Another great article by you guys! I also agree with Nick that Mobtown should have been included as their sliders are as stout as any other. Keep these informative articles coming!

Gerald
Gerald
4 months ago

FabZone Armor in San Diego is also worth a mention as well.

Nick - @the_adventure_squad__
Newb

Great write up! I think that Mobtown Offroad should definitely be in the conversation though, their sliders are arguably the most secure bolt on that is offered.

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