Rocky Road Outfitters rock sliders tested - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Rocky Road Outfitters rock sliders tested

I've seen some posts claiming the Rocky Road sliders are not much more than a cosmetic addition, but I can say with confidence they perform extremely well. I've had rock sliders on several vehicles, and used them heavily, for the last 20+ years. I went with the Rocky Road for my Canyon CCLB, and having seen Rocky Road's sliders on other vehicles I'd traveled with in the past, had expectations for them to perform very well on such a long wheelbase truck. I use my trucks pretty heavily, and just returned from a 5 day overland trip with the Canyon that involved some pretty good steps. The long wheelbase is at a disadvantage going over obstacles on the trail, and knowing the trail conditions from previous trips, expected these sliders to be tested for their strength on this trip.

The performed admirably, supporting a lot of the vehicle weight on each side several times over the course of the trip. My passenger occasionally took some photos, so the first image shows the right side of the truck riding with a great deal of it's weight on the rock slider. The second image was shot a couple drops later, this time with the left side supported by the slider as I proceeded over the step. In both cases, the sliders were supporting the truck with the lower, square tubing, with the tree bars riding above the level of the rocky steps. Neither slider moved at all with the abuse they took, just losing some powder coating along the bottom in the process.





Rocky Road Outfitters' Super Sliders can be found on their web site, Chevy Colorado Rock Sliders:Â*Chevrolet Colorado Rock Sliders
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Quite the testimonial. Glad to hear they're worth the money. I'd love to get a set for my LB, but need steps for now for the little ones to climb in the back. Once they get bigger...

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Hey Ed, when you get a min can you post a few pics from a few different angles? I looked at these before but the pics on their site aren't very good and it's hard to get an idea what they look like. I've been looking for some rock sliders that mount high and tight, don't care about steps...

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Being that these mount directly to the part of the body that it's supposed to protect, I don't seem them taking any kind of significant impact without passing along some of that force to the body itself.

Id like to see good pics of the rockers under the doors. Especially the area near where these mount to the pinch weld.
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Looking at the picture of the unmounted sliders at the bottom of the page. It's hard to tell but do they actually mount to both the frame of the truck AND the rocker panel?

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Glad to hear a real world opinion. These have been on my list for a while but I wasn't sure if they were worth it. Some folks here have expressed concern on how they mount up. But im happy to hear they worked like they were supposed to. Thanks for posting!

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It looks like it mounts to the frame?

Did you mout them yourself or have someone else mount them? If so, how was it? Any drilling?

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I have these on my 2000 Montero and they mount to the frame and the body pinch weld. This ties the body to the frame without any method for flex like the body mounts. I won't be putting these on the Canyon for that reason.
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Looking at the picture of the unmounted sliders at the bottom of the page. It's hard to tell but do they actually mount to both the frame of the truck AND the rocker panel?
Yes, they have super cheesey mounts

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I just installed the Rocky Road Super Sliders on my CC LB Canyon. Placing the order was easy and pleasant, they shipped when promised, the quality and welds are excellent, they installed easier than expected, and I had no installation issues. I've installed many sets of sliders over the last 20+ years (my own and friends), the most recent on my previous Nissan Frontier, and have lots of experience with them saving body panels. I'm confident these will meet my needs very well. I've read concerns about them on this forum, and sure, there may be some beefier options available some day, but I know these will keep me off any rock or tree hazards, especially considering I'm not going to be abusing this truck nearly as much as my much shorter wheelbase, and extremely well built Nissan. They're sliders, and all the times they've saved body panels on my other trucks, it's on tight and technical trails where forward progress sometimes finds you sliding along a rock or tree. That's sliding, not crashing.

The sliders for our long wheelbase trucks are 96" long, and do not fill the entire space between the wheel wells as you can see, but again, I'm going to be taking this truck on more mild trails than I typically did with the Nissan. I like the ability to stand on them when getting something out of the front of the pick up bed, and cleaning the windshield as well, and these will be adequate for those tasks. In addition to the side shot, I added a couple more to show the attachment points, and also to show how the pinch weld brackets nest right into the strong angle created by the pinch weld. I was surprised how thick the pinch weld was when I drilled the holes, so know that is a strong location for attachment.





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Yes, they have super cheesey mounts
Don't know why you keep bashing these. I guess you must have witnessed a failure, so please share the details.

You asked for "after" shots in an earlier post, so here's a couple photos taken today of the mounting points . At times on this recent trip, both front and rear wheels were near or at full drop, so a very significant amount of the vehicle weight was riding on the bottom of the sliders. There is zero deflection, movement, or bending of any sort on any of the mounts or sliders on both sides of the vehicle. The gouging of the sliders, visible in the photos, is also evidence that they served their function well.

Please share photos of the mounts on your sliders as well. I'd like to compare them and see what it is that makes yours so much stronger.



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And here's an additional shot that shows the slider is still riding in the same position, as level and true to the vehicle as before.

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FWIW - My own rock slider experiences - I had a set of rock sliders on my 96 tacoma. These were square tube sliders. Aside from being 'rocksliders' - they were used as a jacking point to jack up the truck. They needed to be strong enough to lift the entire weight of atleast half the vehicle. Not a good idea to 'screw' them to the frame. All that weight on a few screws. Not to mention, the frame walls aren't very thick at all, so the amount of actual 'threads' in the metal is minimal. I actually took the sliders to a welding shop. They installed the sliders by using angle-iron (and braces) stitch welded to the frame.
The weight is applied to the underside of the frame and on a larger surface area. No fear of ripping the bolts out of the frame.
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FWIW - My own rock slider experiences - I had a set of rock sliders on my 96 tacoma. These were square tube sliders. Aside from being 'rocksliders' - they were used as a jacking point to jack up the truck. They needed to be strong enough to lift the entire weight of atleast half the vehicle. Not a good idea to 'screw' them to the frame. All that weight on a few screws. Not to mention, the frame walls aren't very thick at all, so the amount of actual 'threads' in the metal is minimal. I actually took the sliders to a welding shop. They installed the sliders by using angle-iron (and braces) stitch welded to the frame.
The weight is applied to the underside of the frame and on a larger surface area. No fear of ripping the bolts out of the frame.
I'm sure your sliders were great but I'm nervous about welding to the frame. I've spent 35 years doing nondestructive testing of welds and have seen countless cracks in the heat affected zone adjacent to the welds. Welding really does seem to be an art, and job shop application can have an effect on the metallurgy of the base metal. In aerospace, we try and make sure that the adjacent base metal is brought up to a temperature conducive to welding that won't cause microscopic shrink cracks in the weld adjacent heat affected zone.

I agree that just a couple of bolts at each mount location may be insufficient, although I'm not an engineer. Maybe a different mounting bracket design that includes flanges and additional bolts on the underside of the frame as well as the side? Or even a u-channel type of configuration that slides over the frame from the bottom?

In looking at the photos, it seems like the distance from the frame to the outside of the body is pretty long and I'm sure making sliders that can bridge that gap without attaching to the pinch weld area is going to be really difficult as well. I'm torn......

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I have similar results that you had with my rock sliders. Granted I didn't have any pictures taken but I have put some weight on them with zero ill effects. I don't plan on doing anything insane like the Rubicon. . . at least not yet. For what everyone is using these trucks for the Rocky Roads are more than enough. What do you guys wanting other sliders plan on doing?

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Rocky Road Outfitters rock sliders tested

As for why people think I'm bashing RR, it's because they are not a good design and they aren't well thought out. While they may work in some instances they are not good. I'm glad they didn't do more damage to your truck @edsd90 but if you ever actually end up bashing them, then you will find they did not protect the part they are supposed to protect.

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I'm sure your sliders were great but I'm nervous about welding to the frame. I've spent 35 years doing nondestructive testing of welds and have seen countless cracks in the heat affected zone adjacent to the welds. Welding really does seem to be an art, and job shop application can have an effect on the metallurgy of the base metal. In aerospace, we try and make sure that the adjacent base metal is brought up to a temperature conducive to welding that won't cause microscopic shrink cracks in the weld adjacent heat affected zone.
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They used 'Stitch Welding' - which is less damaging to the structural integrity of the frame.

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