Rock Sliders.. Anybody Else Have Them On Their 5th Gen Rangers?


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Installed a set of Shrockworks Rock Sliders on our SuperCab yesterday.

I don't know that I've ever bought any fabricated accessory that is built as well as these are.

The raw materials were all nice and smooth, almost no weld splatter was on the parts, the welds look uniform and equally sized and the textured black powder coat is uniform and undamaged.

Each slider weighs about 68 lbs!

As for the installation: everything bolted up just as specified by Shrockworks. They use existing holes in the frame, except you need to drill (1) 1/2" dia. hole. Each slider has (4) 1/2" bolts holding them onto the frame.

Love how they tuck up nice and tight to the rock panels... and they don't stick out past the mudflaps or the tires. We bought the optional dimpled step plates. Should help to protect the rocker panels from road rash.

The folks at Shrockworks certainly did an awesome job designing, building and finishing these.

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Here's some installation photo's to help anybody else that's planning to get a set of these.

The item numbers in the photo's correspond to the installation instructions shown above.

Hope this helps. :icon_thumby:

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They look nice, they are on the to-do list for my ‘85
 

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Those look great and well matched to the truck.
 

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Wow, great instructions!
I wish I had your kind of time to do this cool stuff.
 

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Looks great!

BTW, I personaly consider these trucks a 6th generation. The sheetmetal on the front of the 1983-2011 Ford Ranger changed 5 times, and 'Generation' has typically been defined in the past by these changes.

 

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Since there was a gap in time between the 2011s and 2019s, you could call it the "Next Generation".
 

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They only make them for the new trucks.
 

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Sorry, the best I got. Modification might be possible because the frames are similar enough on the back end without having to fabricate a whole new, from scratch system.
 

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Installed a set of Shrockworks Rock Sliders on our SuperCab yesterday.

I don't know that I've ever bought any fabricated accessory that is built as well as these are.

The raw materials were all nice and smooth, almost no weld splatter was on the parts, the welds look uniform and equally sized and the textured black powder coat is uniform and undamaged.

Each slider weighs about 68 lbs!

As for the installation: everything bolted up just as specified by Shrockworks. They use existing holes in the frame, except you need to drill (1) 1/2" dia. hole. Each slider has (4) 1/2" bolts holding them onto the frame.

Love how they tuck up nice and tight to the rock panels... and they don't stick out past the mudflaps or the tires. We bought the optional dimpled step plates. Should help to protect the rocker panels from road rash.

The folks at Shrockworks certainly did an awesome job designing, building and finishing these.

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You are well on your way to a tech article IMO...


Sorry, the best I got. Modification might be possible because the frames are similar enough on the back end without having to fabricate a whole new, from scratch system.
Supercab is a getcha too.

Its ok, we will give you an E for effort :icon_thumby:
 

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^%•¢^®®"__!!!

They only make them for the new trucks.
I bought a set for my 02. They would have fit perfectly with a body lift but I didn't have one and didn't want to do it. I sent them back. Apparently, they did not realized the Ranger they used to design the Rock Sliders had a body lift and could not understand why they would not fit my truck. They were very good about accepting the return though.

They appear to make a very solid bolt on system and would not hesitate to try one again if I knew it would fit.
 

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Sooo.... I wonder just how much weight will those Rocksliders will take? Let's look just for shits and giggles..

Since I installed the Shrockworks Rocksliders I've been curious just how much weight they can handle. I fired up an older Finite Element Analysis program I have on a PC and applied various loads to the CAD model that I made of the slider before I installed them.

Weight of our 2019 SuperCab Ranger 4x4 truck is about 4,600 lbs. (includes tow package, LT tires and the rocklsiders). So if it's hung on a rock with one wheel off the ground that's about 1,200 lbs. Both wheels off the ground lets say 2,400 lbs.

The rear of the slider hangs out farther from the frame support than the front... therefore it's weaker than the front of the slider. So 1st analysis assumes 1,200 lbs near the rear of the slider.

Next analysis assumes a rock at the middle, and both tires on that side of the truck off the ground. That's about a 2,400 lb load.

Looks like the sliders are "hell-for-stout" and up to the task.

I also looked at a side impact, like somebody t-bones the truck. I used the full 4,600 lb load on that analysis. And once again the sliders appear to be of an adequate design. That's not enough load if the vehicle that t-bones the truck is moving at a pretty high rate of speed....

It's all for reference... but it's kind of neat to ponder "What If".

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Installed a set of Shrockworks Rock Sliders on our SuperCab yesterday.

I don't know that I've ever bought any fabricated accessory that is built as well as these are.
I like these--Nice picture sequence! Think I'll ditch the SteelCrafts, and order a set-- Thxs!! Never heard anything about these guys!:)
 


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