June 03, 2017
Great Sliders - A Bit Frustrating to Install
These sliders are very solid and look great. The main selling point for me was Hi-Lift jacking points. The welds between the plate and the tubes don't look very good out of the box, but when they are installed you don't even see them due to the way the plate is angled facing downward. I could not find any information on their weight before I purchased them, so in case you would like to know, they weigh about 100 lbs. each.
The installation was a bit frustrating as there are some threaded plate nuts that you need to fish through the inside of the frame via wires that come welded to the nuts. Since the entry point in the frame for some of these nuts are about 6" from where the nut needs to go, it was a bit tricky to bend the wire to the right angle so that the nut could be located in correct location and sit flat against the inside of the frame. Now that I have it figured out, it would not be that difficult for me to do it again. What certainly didn't help was that the bolts that were provided for these nuts were about 1/4" too short. This took me some time to figure out. I could see the nut that I fished inside the frame, but when I tried to install the bolt, it would not engage the nut. I had to run to the hardware store to buy some slightly longer bolts, which did the trick. On the driver's side there are two long bolts at the back end of the slider. These are also about 1/4" too short due to the uncompressed height of the lock washers. I purchased nylock nuts for these which eliminated the need for the lock washers and I was good to go. Also, the hole for the bracket that uses the existing bolts in the frame for the cross member did not line up properly with the hole in the frame on the driver's side. This caused me to install the bolt at a slight angle, and I stripped the bolt a bit. If you have this problem like I did, you will need to make the square hole in the bracket a little larger. For this reason, when installing the slider on the driver's side, I would suggest fitting the front bracket first to see if the hole lines up. since if it doesn't you will need to remove the slider to make hole larger. You don't want to figure this out after you have the other bolts installed. There are two 12 mm holes you need to drill into the frame. I presume you can use a 1/2" drill bit for these, but I used a 31/64" drill bit. You will need about a 5" long drill bit to drill these holes. My standard length drill bit was too short, so I ended up having to buy a longer one just for this.
If you buy these, you will not regret it once you get them installed. I hope my suggestions help you.