RSG Bulletproof Bolt-on Rock Sliders, Install on TRD Off-Road 4Runner
There are a lot of rock slider options out there. I went with RSG Metal Works out of Colorado. I will cover my reasoning for this choice, the options, and features, my experience with the vendor and the install on a 2018 4Runner TRD Off-Road (no KDSS).
True confession, this was my first set of rock sliders. There are not a lot of rock obstacles where I live, but I plan on hitting some other trails out of town, like in southern Utah this summer, so I made the leap. I chose the RSG bulletproof angled slider with the top plate and powder coat. I had only read good comments about the company and product. I also liked that the products were generally already built and ready to ship. It was nice to have some options to choose from, as well.
The top plate and powder coat
My logic for the top plate was to make a bit of a step out of it for people and pets (this is $100 extra). I like the look of the angled slider better and it gives you a little more clearance.
As far as the powder coating (also $100 extra), I was kind of on the fence but went with it and it does look spectacular. My only concern is having to touch it up and repaint it later once it is scraped and scratched. If you plan on scraping these on a regular basis, you might want to consider the bare metal and just paint them with some black Rust-Oleum or similar product.
I think this would be much easier to repaint and keep looking nice and new than trying to touch up powder coat. They are rock sliders, so you might not be too concerned if they show some battle damage. I appreciate the options provided and am very pleased with the final product I received.
Where you can buy these sliders
- RSG 4Runner Sliders: Check Price
ORDERING AND SHIPPING (3 Days! – WOW)
Ordering and shipping were professional and quick. I ordered one day, the sliders were shipped the next day and I received them in two days. From the day I ordered them, they were in my garage three days later.
Shipping cost was $108 for my order, but this can vary by your location. With the FedEx shipping, I was able to divert the shipment to a FedEx office where I could pick them up at my leisure, no worries about being home for the delivery that way.
RSG sent texts and e-mails every step of the way and provided a FedEx tracking number. They came in two separate boxes with the packing materials you can see in the picture.
All went seamlessly.
UNBOXING – THESE SLIDERS LOOK AND FEEL EXTREMELY SOLID
Specs from the manufacturer:
- Works with KDSS or NON-KDSS vehicles
- Standard rear kick out
- 2″ Main tube for increased strength
- 1/4″ Mounting plates
- Stronger 4 leg design
- Bolts to factory mounting locations on the frame with supplied hardware
- Approximately 100 pounds per set
- Available from bare metal or powder coated
HARDWARE AND TOOLS
One of the two shipping boxes will be labeled with a hardware sticker. That slider will have 23 13mm bolts taped to the slider. You can see what the bolt looks like in the picture above. The shorter 12mm bolt is the bolt you will remove from each side before you start the install. They are holding what I believe are brake lines.
Whatever it is, it needs removed and then later replaced during the install. This can be viewed in more detail in pictures below. The only tools you will need are a 12mm socket, 13mm socket, and a socket wrench.
INSTALL STEP 1 – COUPLE FACTORY BOLTS COME OUT
Pretty much the first step, besides washing off the area where the slider will bolt onto the frame, is removing the above 12mm bolt from each side, as the slider will slip under this clamp and then you will bolt it all back together with a 13mm bolt once the slider is in place.
INSTALL STEP 2 – GRAB A BUDDY, A VERY STURDY BOX OR A JACK
The 5th generation Toyota 4Runner comes with pre-threaded holes in the frame to attach running boards, nerf bars and rock sliders with relative ease. The RSG sliders are made to line right up with the factory holes in the frame.
The best method to get started would be to have a buddy hold one end up, while you get a couple bolts threaded in the other side, then move over to the other side and thread a couple more bolts in to secure the other end.
If your buddy doesn’t answer the phone, you can hold one end up with a sturdy box, jack or some other strong object, then use your leg to hold the other end up while you get those first bolts started.
Whatever method you use, be careful, it is pretty heavy. You don’t want to injure yourself, or the rock slider paint job (yet).
INSTALL STEP 3 – THREAD IN ALL THE SUPPLIED BOLTS
There will be 12 bolts on the driver side and 10 on the passenger side. Place the smaller locking washers on the bolts first, then the larger flat disc washers on bolts. Put a couple bolts in on each side of the slider into the frame to keep it supported while you bolt in the rest.
Leave them all just a little loose until you get all the bolts threaded in, then you can tighten them all the way. I chose not to use Loctite at this point as I plan to let them settle in and then tighten them a little more in a couple weeks. I really think that will do the trick.
If I am proven wrong, I can always go back and hit them with the Loctite. Again, you will replace the 12mm bolt holding (what I think is) the brake line on each side with the provided 13mm bolt. You can see the completed brake line re-attachment with the clamp in the picture above.
This will take place on both driver and passenger sides.
INSTALL HINT – TOP BOLTS ARE A LITTLE TRICKY
There are a few bolts on the top end of the sliders that are a little tricky because of limited space. A large socket wrench is likely to hit the body of the truck and not let you line up to the bolt.
I used a smaller socket wrench on theses, which did squeeze in there (see picture). You could use a standard wrench or a crescent wrench also. It’s not horribly tight up there, but you might have to switch to a different tool to get those top bolts in, so don’t be surprised.
INSTALL – KDSS AND CUTOUT
The driver slider has a huge cut out that I believe is to install around the KDSS system, as I see no other reason for it. You can see the large gap provided in the slider in the picture above. This picture also highlights the supports on the slider that are covered by the top plate.
If you have the KDSS suspension, feel free to comment on how that affects the install. I imagine you might have to remove a few more bolts and re-install them, similar to the brake line clamps.
INSTALL – YOUR ALL DONE!
That is it, as far as the install! Even if you are not overly mechanical or handy, this is a pretty straightforward install. You should be able to do it yourself and save some money for you next mod.
TOP PLATE TO DOUBLE AS A STEP
The top plate makes a nice platform to use as a step. My wife is 5’ nothing, so she can use it in combination with the grab handle to pull her self into the truck. It also makes a nice step to access the roof rack. You will want the door open so your knees have room while standing on the platform to reach the roof.
TOP PLATE ON KICK OUT FOR A DOGGIE STEP
The kickout with the top plate makes an excellent step for the back seat. Whether it’s a kid or a dog, the plate is wide and makes a nice platform, preferably used when not caked in mud.
On a side note, these like probably any other rock sliders, are going to be mud magnets. It’s not a huge deal, but just know the tires will kick mud onto the top of the sliders. If you live on a gravel or dirt road, you might want to really think this through, as it could be annoying as your everyday driver. If you live on the pavement, I don’t think it will be much of a concern, just an occasional wash.
KICK OUT EXTENDS PAST REAR TIRE
The kickout extends out past your rear tire to protect your rear quarter panel when driving around large rocks. Even with the angled sliders and using negative offset wheels or slightly larger then stock tires, the kick out should extend past those back tires (see picture above).
SIDE VIEW – READY TO ROLL
From this side view, you really don’t see the top plate, they look the same as an open slider and they tuck up nice and close to the 4Runner, leaving lots of clearance and protecting those rocker panels.
RSG METAL WORKS IN COLORADO
RSG bulletproof Rock Sliders fit on all 2010-2018 Toyota 4Runners with or without KDSS. They offer several configurations to fit your style and needs. Prices range from $599 to $799. Occasionally they will offer a promotion code for $100 off any pair of sliders. They generally have all versions built, in stock and ready to ship.
- Flat or Angled (15%)
- Top Plate or No Top Plate
- Powder Coat or Bare Metal
- NEW: Now being offered are non-kick out options
Nice pictures, specs and ordering information can be found on the RSG Metal Works website at https://rsgmetalworks.com/
SLIDERS ARE SOLID AND BAD ASS – COULD NOT BE HAPPIER
Rock sliders are a major purchase with whatever brand you choose and will cost you plenty of coin. Check out your options and do your research, but I can tell you my experience with RSG was phenomenal.
The product is just well put together and thought out, the inventory is good, communication was great, shipping crazy fast, install had no surprises and I couldn’t be happier.
Check these out as you shop and make your purchasing decision. Enjoy those trails!