Rock sliders... a serious bit of kit for serious 4WD drivers.
Rock sliders are an excellent accessory much loved by 4WD drivers who get into the more serious terrain, designed to protect sills, side panels and support the weight of your car. Rock sliders are usually constructed of heavy-duty box section steel, sometimes tubular steel.
Take a look at what Rock Sliders can do for your drive.
Whether you're adventurous and like to roll your vehicle every weekend, or you prefer just to cruise along the trail and enjoy the view, Rock Sliders can help the way do things in a number of ways - over and above just protecting your paint work. Here's the ‘top 5' ways they can help:
5 ways Rock Sliders assist your drive
The biggest reason most drivers get Rock Sliders. You don't have to be the craziest off road driver to come across rocks and logs that would dent or rip holes.
Many rock sliders have a kicker - a small lump at the rear of the slider - which forces your vehicle over an obstacle, keeping the body safe and your rear tyre out of trouble.
Your options to get round obstacles open wide up with Rock Sliders, because they give you a pivot point and a superb way to achieve tight turns.
The higher quality Rock Sliders will give you enough grip points to flip you back onto your tyres after a rollover. (Let's hope you never need a recovery point!)
For those occasions when you need to stop and get out in deep mud or water, Rock Sliders are wide enough to enable you to shimmy along your vehicle and get to solid ground.
Understanding the material terminology when you buy Rock Sliders.
When you buy Rock Sliders you will find lots of acronyms relating to the materials used in the construction, which can be a bit bamboozling. Here's your user friendly explanation of what's what:
- HREW (Hot Rolled Electric Resistance Welded) tube is the lower cost steel tubing, employed in lots of 4WD parts. There's nothing wrong with it in Rock Sliders, but you should think twice before buying HREW Roll Cages.
- DOM (Drawn Over Mandrel) is tougher higher cost. Basically it's HREW cold-worked, drawn through a die and over a mandrel - removing mill scale and enhancing the molecular structure of the steel.
Good to know with more safety driven equipment like roll cages, but not an issue with Rock Sliders - either process will serve you just fine.