5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders C4 Fab
5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders C4 Fabrication
C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders 4Runner Full Review and Install – 5th Gen 4Runner
The C4 Fab Sliders are a go-to rock slider/ step option for the 5th Gen 4Runner. My girl originally bought these for her 2016 SR5 4Runner but they will end up going on our 2014 Trail Premium. After looking at the step a little closer in detail, we felt that these rock sliders are a better fit for 4Runner that will actually use them (and, I really wanted them). On another note, my girl forgot to order the plates that bolt on top of the rock sliders (well see how they work without).
Our 2016 SR5 4Runner is more of a mall crawler and child pick-up 4Runner so we need to get some steps that can accommodate a 3-year-old learning how to step and a woman who wears high-heals. The Slee Sliders are a big contender for her 4Runner but at $1000, a little pricey for how they would be used (no off-road use at all). As we are still in the hunt for a pair of 5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders for the SR5, we will be throwing the C4 Fab sliders on the 2014 Trail 4Runner.
C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders 4Runner Cost
- $798 + $90 Residential Freight + $199 to Powdercoat = $1087
The C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders for the 5th Gen 4Runner is well-priced compared to other Rock Sliders and Nerf Bars. Weighing the cost of these rock sliders will determine how much your 4Runner will be on and off-road. If you are strictly getting these for looks, they may not be the best rock slider option for you, because of the price. On a previous post, we broke down the cost of many different Rock Sliders, Nerf Bars and Steps for the 5th Gen 4Runner. Before you jump on just any set of Sliders, do your research and move on something that you know is right for how you use your 4Runner.
There are other rock sliders, nerf bars and aftermarket running boards out there that are much lighter on your 4Runner and for a lot less money like the N-fab Nerf Bars (Only $340), however, these will not hold-up off-road compared to the C4 Fab Sliders.
If you are looking for a pair of aftermarket running board or rock sliders for your 4Runner because you may actually need them on a remote trail somewhere, then these are a great option. The $1000 price tag (if you get them powder coated) is well worth it if you have any off-road ambitions at all.
c4 Fab Slider Features
- Sliders that double as Steps
- Custom Trail, TRD stamp options
- Bolt on System (No Drilling or Welding)
- Thick Plates and Gussets
- Slider legs sit at 45-degree angle for enhanced off-road performance
- Dimple Step Plates (Foot Traction)
- Option to fabricate without step plates
- Removable Step Plates (Cleaning and option to leave off & Coating Options)
- DOM Steel Tube (Drawn Over Mandrel – Super Strong)
c4 Fab Slider Drawbacks
- No powder coat options available (You need to take it in somewhere local)
- 4-8 week production timeline (Who likes waiting?)
- Super Heavy
C4 Fab Rock Sliders KDSS Vs. Non-KDSS for 5th Gen 4Runner
When you’re looking into a set of C4 Fab Rock Sliders for your 5th Gen 4Runner, it is important to note that there is quite the difference between the KDSS version and the Non-KDSS. The Non-KDSS version is a full plate design on both driver and passenger that mounts to your frame.
The KDSS version has very distinct cuts on the driver side to accommodate the KDSS reservoir or pump (or, whatever that section that is mounted to your frame is). If you buy a set of Non-KDSS sliders and try to mount them on your 5th Gen 4Runner, you simply will not be able to.
Not unless, you take your rock sliders into a 4×4 shop, cut them yourself or have an iron shop cut them up. This issue was caused for our family because my girl with the SR5 (Non-KDSS) purchased the sliders for her 4Runner and then later realized that there was no way she would be able to step on them with high-heels. This brought on the install for the TEP (Trail Edition Premium) with KDSS.
We took the C4Fab Rock Sliders into our local fab shop who we have a pretty good relationship with and they chopped them apart. Thankfully, C4 Fabrication sent us the CAD mock-ups of the SR5 and the KDSS sliders back to back. With this, we were able to cut the same lines in order to mount the sliders.
Working With C4 Fabrication on the Rock Sliders
Working with C4 Fabrication on the 5th Gen 4Runner sliders has been a breeze. Caleb, the Owner, worked with us to get the correct CAD mock-ups together in order for our local fabrication company to make the cuts. This is something incredibly important to note when choosing a company for your 5th Gen 4Runner armor mods.
Customer service is huge in any industry, but in this industry, it really is hard to hard to find a fabrication company that responds to emails in a timely manner, truly cares about their customers and will go the extra mile to make sure everything is going smooth. There are many companies out there in this industry who have shit for customer service and C4 Fabrication holds it down. If you are looking for a set of rock sliders for your 5th Gen 4Runner, C4 is a solid choice.
Two Rounds of Powder Coating the Sliders?
Initially, we had the C4 Fab Rock Sliders powder coated in black. I had my buddy drop them off at the powder coat shop and to tell the guy (textured matte black – TEXTURED). Of course, we picked them up three weeks later and they were high gloss. Blinding your face gloss, black. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, I know. They were obnoxious in my opinion.
It was a good thing we needed to chop them apart to fit out KDSS because we decided against the gloss black and just sent them straight back to a different powder coat for textured matte bronze powder coat from Prismatic Powders. On a side note, I have been writing this blog post for over two months, so we will see what happens with the final install and how everything looks.
Matte Bronze Textured Powdercoat: We finally got the matte bronze rock sliders back and they are pretty epic. In the dark and shade, they look black. In the sun, you can really see the bronze color come out. While in the dark shade, the sliders look amazing. But, in the sun, they are absolutely stunning. You can see bronze and tiny flakes of gold. We did go pretty fancy on powder coating these sliders. And, at the end of the day, they are going to get beat to shit so it will look nice for the better part of a year. It was just nice to do something different. Everyone out there has a set of black rock sliders on there 5th Gen and I just wanted something different.
C4 Fab Rock Sliders Install with Snail Trail 4×4
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #1 – Unbolt KDSS and Brake Line
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #2 – Unbolt Gas Tank Skid Plate
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #3 – Remove KDSS Skid Plates
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #4 – Plastic PRY Tools for KDSS Lines
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #5 – Support Jacks and Align Sliders Into Place
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #6 – Use Loctite and Prepare for Bolting Down Sliders
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #7 – Bolt Down Sliders & Attach Gas Tank Skid
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #8 – Chop off Small KDSS Skid Plate Tab
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #9 – Passenger Side is Easy
C4 Rock Sliders Install Step #10 – Frame Bolt
C4 Rock Sliders Installation Complete