Taco Tuesday: 6 Rock Slider Options for 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

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This Weeks Topic: Rock Sliders

Welcome back to Taco Tuesday! Today, we’ll be showcasing six rigs with various rock sliders in an effort to help you make the best decision possible for your setup. You may even be asking yourself, “Do I even need sliders?

To me, rock sliders are a 2-for-1 deal when it comes to most brands. Rock sliders help protect your Tacoma’s rocker panels from, well, rocks. The sliders allow you to “slide” over a rock, tree limb, or any obstacle that would be in the way of hindering your Tacoma after your front tires have traversed over. Another form of protection is the “kick out” toward the end of the slider, near the rear tire. This allows the truck to get super close to trees or other obstacles that would potentially do harm. Instead, the sliders kick the Tacoma “out” of the way and save your rear panels from potential damage.

Another benefit of rock sliders is that they can act as a step to get in and out of your Tacoma. They also allow you to reach items that you may have on your roof rack. This is achieved by purchasing 0-degree sliders rather than angled sliders. These sliders usually are paired with a top plate, that allows the top of the slider to be completely flat, in turn acting as a running board.

If this post doesn’t satisfy your thirst for rock sliders, check out the rock sliders buyer’s guide. This guide will cover the 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma.

Enjoy!

6 Rock Sliders for Toyota Tacoma

1. Mason Tandal (@thatolivedrabtaco) – C4 Fabrication

Lifted Army Green 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma with SSO Slimline Full Plate Bumper with Baja Designs LEDs, Yokohama Geolandar MTs & Volk Racing TE37 Wheels

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • Bolt-on design
  • Removable top plates
  • DOM Tubing
  • Price: from $1,112.00

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

No welding or drilling is required. They are all bolt-on which makes installation much easier.

I love the coverage and aggressive look on these bad boys!

2. G. Torres (@supremefishtaco) – FabZone

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma with Slim, High Clearance Front Bumper, SCS Wheels & FabZone Rock Sliders

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • Bolt-on design
  • Custom made to order
  • Price: Varies

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

These sliders add a great bit of protection to my Tacoma. They also act as a step, which is an added bonus.

These sliders from FabZone also just bolted right into the frame, making for an easy install. 

3. Steven Sechler (@vudu_taco) – Relations Race Wheels

Voodoo Blue 3rd Gen Tacoma with Prinsu Roof Rack, GOAT Truck Armor & Relations Race Wheels Rock Sliders

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • Tube spacer kick out
  • Bolt-on design
  • 1.75″ .120 DOM Tubing and 3/16″ frame mounting plates
  • Price: from $995.00

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

I like that these sliders are versatile and unique. I can depend on them through various conditions/obstacles.

They are small enough to drive comfortably through the city. The aftermarket for these vehicles is fantastic. Most of all, I appreciate the community that comes along with owning one.

4. Jacob Ingolia (@wandertaco) – Hot Metal Fabrication

Lifted Cavalry Blue 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma with CBI Front Bumper, Prinsu Roof Rack & Falcon Wheels

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • 23° angled sliders
  • Custom top plate
  • Weld-on design
  • 1 3/4″ X .120 round DOM tubing
  • Price: from $1,000.00

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

What’s nice about this setup is it’s fully custom. No one else has the same slider setup as me.

The top plate has a custom mountain design with the backplate saying wander. It ties into the WanderTaco business and adds a little bit of uniqueness to the build.

5. Daniel Calvillo (@whittier_taco) – Cali Raised Off-Road

Lifted Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma with KMC Wheels, TRD Pro Grille & Prinsu Roof Rack

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • 25° with kick out
  • DOM 1.75″ tubing
  • Bolt-on or weld-on options
  • Price: from $749.99

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

When I was looking for rock sliders, I was looking for one with a kick out and that didn’t stick out way too much. The Cali Raised one was also available for local pick up which was also a big part of why I picked it up.

These sliders are built solid and held up the few times I’ve had to use them. I only wish I had them earlier because I already dinged my rocker panel on an off-shoot I wasn’t supposed to take.

6. Miguel Acabral (@dadbod.trd.tacoma) – Relations Race Wheels

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma with Summit Wheels and RRW Bolt-On Rock Sliders

ROCK SLIDER DETAILS

  • Standard Bed Length (Step Plate Kickout)
  • Bolt-on design
  • Full DOM Steel
  • Satin Black Powder Coat
  • Price: from $995.00

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

This setup is super sleek and effective. The sliders have an 8° angle, which offers protection to the rocker panels, while still serving as a step when needed.

Having the step plate on the kick-out is a plus, especially for the peace of mind if you have kids. Most other brands only offered full plated or full tube options.

Final Thoughts

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

I definitely need some sliders for my Tacoma now after going through this Taco Tuesday. Who’s with me?

If you want to be featured for Taco Tuesday on 2/15/22, submit your build through TrailTacoma.com/Feature. Next week’s Taco Tuesday will cover Bed Racks. We’re looking for awesome rigs to showcase. If this is you and you love your setup, send in your rig and details because we want to see it.

Thanks for reading guys. I’ll see you next week!

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