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Old 12-28-2012, 10:44 PM
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So I was looking at Nerf bars today and I had a buddy tell me that I should go with rock sliders instead because they have a better function. I'm no real off road enthusiast, but I do a lot of hunting and sometimes I can get into pretty hilly terrain so it spiked my interest. The first thing I noticed was that the price was a little higher then the Nerf bars, but that doesn't bother me much. My main concern was that the rock sliders require mounting to the frame, which requires drilling holes. Since I have a brand new truck I'm not sure if this is something I want to do myself so I would pay a shop to do it for me. I also heard that the new frames are a pain to drill out. My main concern with this is if it will affect anything on my truck by having holes drilled into it. I'm also wondering if the rock sliders are really needed for the type of applications I take my truck into. I figured the off road section of this site would be my best bet for getting answers. Thanks in advance for the help.
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you should check out NFab. they are really really sturdy and might be what your looking for.
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Depends on what you are look for.. As in look, price and function. My opinion is that Rock Sliders will do better against stumps and rocks if you are going way back in the woods. As for drilling into the frame it should not hurt it any. If you don't feel comfortable with it have a shop do it since having the right tools for the job can make it a 20 minute job compared to 3 hours and 45 drill bits later. So I would say ask your self if you can justify paying that price and get the true use out of rock sliders. but I think they offer better protection..
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Thanks for the replies. I think rock sliders are the way to go since the nerf bars I was looking at cost about the same price. At least if I'm paying similar prices its easier to justify the sliders since they will protect the truck more.
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Nerf bars/Side Steps can act as sliders or extra protection a lot of the time. I have seen more than one step tube get the brunt of a big rock, and the body of the truck was fine.

Still real sliders are the best bet if you push your truck like that, mine stays on the trails for the most part, no rock crawling etc. so steps are fine for me.

Good luck on your decision, post pics when done please, I am definitely interested in the differences.
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This project probably won't happen until spring since I was going to order these unfinished or just primed. I want to put Durabak on them when I get them so I was going to wait until it warms up a bit. The company also offers to ship them with Dupli-color bed liner on them, but I'm unsure about it. Can anyone tell me if the dupli-color will last? I've read that it doesn't hold up, but would having it professionally installed make a difference? If the stuff holds up I can order them sooner and just have them installed.
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Glad to see that you decided on Sliders.. I would really like to see a pic when you get them all done and on..
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sliders if you can get some that are frame mounted. they are awesome. i had some on my bronco and they were beast. supported the weight of my truck
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Who is making sliders for the 1500? I would like to find some.
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As you said, rock sliders are frame mounted, there won't be that many holes that have to be drilled & if there was, they would add steel plate to that area

Nerf bars are mounted to just the under body sheet metal & almost anything can bend on it

I find that my N-Fab nerf bars although attached to sheet metal, have the strength needed, But could be improved if frame braces were added to them

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