Relations Race Wheels V2 Rock Sliders Review

Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma with Relations Race Wheels Rock Sliders & RR6-H Wheels

Possibly One of the Strongest Rock Sliders on the Market

If you’ve been following Trail for the past few months, you probably already know that I have been running a set of rock sliders from Relations Race Wheels for almost a year now. I covered a detailed install, review & overview in a previous post. You can see that article here.

Now, it’s worth noting that I was happy with the quality of the previous version. But RRW is always striving to be the best, so after almost a year of testing, we teamed up again after listening to all the feedback received and decided to make some important changes.

After all, the doors and rocker panels are some of the most exposed parts of your truck and are more vulnerable to damage than other areas. The main purpose of this post is to highlight and explain the latest features, and to touch on how these sliders performed on our latest trip to Colorado.

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  • RRW V2 Rock Sliders: ***Discontinued***
  • Alternative Option (R4T Rock Sliders): Check Price

New Features & Specifications

All New Relations Race Wheels DOM Rock Sliders for 3rd Gen Tacoma

There are a handful of changes that were made to make sure these sliders could handle pretty much anything you can throw at them.

The most notable new features are the beefed-up one-piece mounting plates, the extended rear kickout gusset, the front tube gussets (as far as we’ve seen, an industry first), the multiple step plate options (kickout support, kickout step plate, full step plate), the brake line relocation kit, and a reliable new powder coat from a quality vendor.

Bolt-On DOM Rock Sliders for Toyota Tacoma

Two other minor changes help to make installation easier as well. First, some of the mounting holes have been moved so that there is no trimming require of the module covers on the passenger’s side. Second, we saw the addition of one extra mounting hole toward the front of the slider, for the strongest mounting possible.

All of these new features improve upon an already solid design and help to place this set of sliders above the other competitors on the market. The updates are complemented by the high quality 1.75″ .120 DOM steel construction, reinforcement gussets on the legs, 3/8″ Grade 8 hardware, and the design makes for a quicker install.

Relations Race Wheels DOM Rock Sliders - Strongest Rock Slider for Toyota Tacoma

These sliders are 100% bolt-on, so there is absolutely no drilling required. To top it all off, Relations Race Wheels is one of a handful of companies that offers a (new) durable powder coating option, so you don’t have to worry about getting them coated on your own. Even without our group buy pricing, for a super reasonable price, normally only $80 (about half of the competitor pricing as far as I’ve noted).

The new powder coat vendor does incredible industrial-level work, and the current powder coating process has been well refined. The finish on mine came out great! The fine texture also makes for a more effective gripping surface when you’re using the sliders as a step.

All the steel used for production is American sourced, so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be getting quality base materials. The sliders are strong enough to use at all points for a jacking surface. Everything that I’ve just described is why we believe these to be one of, if not the strongest set of sliders available for the 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma.

Rear Kickout Gusset

RRW Rock Slider Rear Kickout Gusset/Brace

Front Tube Gusset

Front Tube Gusset/Brace for RRW Rock Slider for Toyota Tacoma

Support Leg Gussets

Relations Race Wheels Rock Sliders - Support Tube/Leg Gussets

Full Step Plate

 New Relations Race Wheels Bolt-On DOM Rock Slider with Full Step Plate for 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

3/16″ Steel Plate

RRW One Piece 3/16" Rock Slider Mounting Plate

Durable Powder Coat

New & Improved Durable Black Powder Coat from Relations Race Wheels

Brake Line Relocation Bracket

Driver's Side Brake Line Relocation Kit for RRW Rock Sliders

Trail Testing

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma with AluCab Explorer Canopy & AreaBFE Rooftop Tent

A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip out to Colorado, where we ran through many of the most iconic trails in Colorado in a non-stop haul to tour as much of the state as we possibly could.

We covered a solid 50+ miles of off-road trails, all with varying degrees of difficulty. Oh, and I brilliantly decided to test out a smaller tire size than I had previously been running (should’ve just made the jump to 35s). I went down to a 33″ tire from a 34″ tire – which may not seem like a lot, but it definitely predisposed me to a few extra hits on my armor. This was especially true for my skid plates and rock sliders, which took the majority of the hits throughout the trip.

3rd Gen Tacoma with Relations Race Wheels Hybrid Front Bumper, DOM Rock Sliders & RR6-H Wheels

I’m happy to report, that especially with all the latest updates, these sliders are stronger and provide better protection than ever before.

I dragged them across all sorts of boulders, trees, and difficult obstacles. This trip provided us with an opportunity to really abuse these rock sliders to make sure that they would perform as expected. Without rambling about how great these are, which I did in the first review, I would summarize my experience as excellent.

I had several big hits on these sliders and tested them over all sorts of tough spots on the trail. These definitely saved my butt more than a handful of times. The redesign has been crucial in addressing the changes that really made these sliders a top contender in a saturated armor market.

Final Thoughts

3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma on The Steps on Black Bear Pass Near Telluride, Colorado

If you’re looking for the strongest set of sliders around, these are a no-brainer.

Designing products, and refining them is certainly an extremely detailed and involved process, but Relations Race Wheels has a big commitment to making sure that everyone is happy with their purchase and that their products perform as advertised.

RRW has definitely done its best to improve on any criticisms and the results speak for themselves. Bottom line? I would highly recommend these rock sliders. I’m beyond pumped about the new design and RRW has been great to work with.

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2 years ago

Great article, as always, Konrad! I’m on the trail for rock sliders right now and the number of options is a little insane. Would you happen to have an article about the spectrum of options available? If not, I’m very interested to know weight, attachment method (weld v bolt on), coating quality, steel type, and estimated level of protection of the options available. Some of these are so overbuilt and heavy, they’re an impediment. And some are basically decorative. I’m after the option that is as protective as needed for some hard wheeling, but as light as possible. That’s a… Read more »

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2 years ago

Great pic last pic, bottom up looking downing the valley.

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