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Old July 6th, 2016, 10:56 AM
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rock sliders vs side steps D 90

I'm already thinking of accessorizing the truck I don't have yet....
Any advantage to rock sliders (e.g. terrafirma) compared to OEM Rover side steps for a D 90? Do both provide the same level of protection against damage? Equally simple to install?
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Old July 6th, 2016, 10:58 AM
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No - a slider is a slider and is protection, while a step is a step. Both require some bolts and nuts to install.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 11:57 AM
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If you plan to go off road much, the steps are fairly easy to damage. Sliders with step bars on them would be more robust and hold up better.


The down side is that the sliders will typically be a fair bit higher than the steps.


The choice is up to you but would typically be dictated by how you intend to use the vehicle.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 12:26 PM
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I debated between steps and sliders.
Steps would make ingress/egress easier with lower rise in the steps. And tiu have a place to clear mud from shoes before getting in.
I ended up ordering the tree slider from vendor lucky8 just this wkend... Mainly bc I wanted some side impact protection (I have an aux gas tank on passenger side). And the tree slider has extended tube that I can sort of double as step.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 12:45 PM
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I have both. Ridiculous, I know. Overkill, right? I come by but honestly ;-) But the tube steps are very convenient and the sliders give tremendous peace of mind for side protection. Also, the bars are easy to install and remove. I leave them on almost all of the time. I only remove them for a dedicated trip off pavement.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 01:55 PM
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Get sliders with tree bars that double as a step. Depending on whether or not you lift the truck, you'll need that extra section for easier access into the truck. The factory step bars are obstructions that can hang up on rocks compared to let's say terrarima's slider / tree bar combo.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 02:00 PM
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Where is that picture of a 90 with sliders AND a step welded on to them. It was only posted recently.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 02:02 PM
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Where is that picture of a 90 with sliders AND a step welded on to them. It was only posted recently.
Which? The crazy galvi ones?

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...der-71689.html

Second pic is mine before the pdxd's.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 04:40 PM
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I use sliders with the Landover fold up sidestep. I have enough clearance that I haven't ripped one off yet. I like the convenance of having the step up (especially for the wife) and still having virtually the same or close to the same clearance.
If I ever do rip one off it shouldn't damage anything but the step and I can buy another.
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I use sliders with the Landover fold up sidestep. I have enough clearance that I haven't ripped one off yet. I like the convenance of having the step up (especially for the wife) and still having virtually the same or close to the same clearance.
If I ever do rip one off it shouldn't damage anything but the step and I can buy another.

I like this option. Probably easier to remove those than the full length ones.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 05:04 PM
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Which? The crazy galvi ones? http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...der-71689.html Second pic is mine before the pdxd's.
Yup that's the one!
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Old July 6th, 2016, 06:05 PM
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I like this option. Probably easier to remove those than the full length ones.
Oh, I'm sure you're right. But sounds like you really wouldn't have to. Then again, Mark's got quite the clearance. Are you lifted at all?
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I have sliders and a set of factory bolt on folding steps. The steps attach with three bolts so they are easy to remove if you're going on a serious off road event where they can get bent. They are also relatively easy to unbend if you snag them on something. I usually keep the folding step installed on the passenger side of the truck for the 5'4" wife but don't usually install the one on my side of the truck.

I have seen a set of quick detach steps that have a vertical leg that slides up into a receiver tube welded to the back side of the slider. Hitch pins are used retain the step and they drop right out if you pull the hitch pin - that is if you remember to remove them before you whack something immovable with them.

I have factory HD springs which give about an inch of lift on 235/85R16 tires

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This is what side steps look like after they've been used as sliders.

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Old July 6th, 2016, 08:10 PM
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Thanks for great responses. I'm likely to go with sliders/tree guards as they seem to offer better impact protection and can be used as a step if needed. Also interested in opinions on jerry can mounting on side/rear. Maybe lithium1330 can tell me how he has it set up.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 08:45 PM
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Tree sliders are a great idea but they really aren't much of a step. There is at most 6" difference between the top of the tree bar and the bottom of the door frame.... I'm also interested in mounting options for jerry cans... Particularly for use in forest settings.
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This is what side steps look like after they've been used as sliders.
Ouch. Looks like they saved your sills! ;-)
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Old July 6th, 2016, 11:16 PM
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Tree sliders are a great idea but they really aren't much of a step. There is at most 6" difference between the top of the tree bar and the bottom of the door frame.... I'm also interested in mounting options for jerry cans... Particularly for use in forest settings.
actually they would work as a step to grab something off a roof rack for eg.
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I can't speak to jerry can setup... as I have a permanently mounted aux gas tank instead.
THough, it looks like there are a few mounting options for the D90, either at roof basket or rear door.
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Old July 7th, 2016, 02:20 AM
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I can't speak to jerry can setup... as I have a permanently mounted aux gas tank instead. THough, it looks like there are a few mounting options for the D90, either at roof basket or rear door.
Would have loved to go with aux tank but my tires would rub it on full articulation.

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