If you want to get serious about off-roading and are looking to participate in some extreme rock climbing with your HiLux, then you need to equip it to ensure it’s up to the task. While a stock HiLux is extremely reliable and capable, rock climbing can be unforgiving if your vehicle doesn’t have the appropriate aftermarket protection installed. Such important aftermarket accessories are HiLux rock sliders.
When shopping for HiLux rock sliders, there are a couple of important factors you need to consider in order to ensure you get the right type that’s durable enough to protect your vehicle against rocks and bumps. Things such as the materials used to make the rock sliders, their size, and thickness, whether they’re bolted on or welded into the vehicle’s frame, and their resistance properties – are all factors that you’ll have to look into before making your choice.
Rock sliders can be manufactured using a wide range of materials. However, there are a few popular ones that you’ll come across most frequently, such as aluminium, DOM and HREM carbon steel. Aluminium is the more lightweight and affordable option, but it isn’t as durable as DOM and HREM carbon steel. Additionally, DOM and HREM have better rust and corrosion resistance properties, and they don’t bend as easy as aluminium. With that said, your choice will depend on the difficulty of the trails you intend on driving on, and whether you need the extra resistance and durability properties from DOM and HREM carbon steel.
Thickness and Size
The rock sliders should be thick enough to optimally protect your vehicle from impact, but not so thick that they add too much unnecessary weight to it. Additionally, you have to decide how long you want them to be. Some models extend over the range of both doors, while others are significantly smaller. Again, you have to factor in just how much protection you need, and whether you want to use them as steps to get in and out of the vehicle from the front and back doors.
Bolt-on Vs. Welded-on
Welded-on sliders offer more protection overall, but they involve performing some custom framework at a welding workshop. Bolted-on sliders, on the other hand, will require you to drill some holes onto the frame which can reduce your HiLux’ resale value. Furthermore, bolted-on sliders aren’t as strong as welded-on sliders, and drilling your HiLux’ frame can make it prone to rust.