5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders

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Top 12 5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders

5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders

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Below you will find an overview of the top 10  4Runner Rock Slider’s that every 5th Gen owner should consider. Whether you are an off-road expert whose looking for extra protection or just bought your first 5th Gen 4Runner, below is the guide for you.

From the cheaper/stylish sliders to the more expensive rugged/expensive. Recently, we wrote a post on the Top 10 4Runner Mods and 4Runner Rock Sliders Vs Nerf Bars. In the off-roading world, rock sliders are something that is great to have. Rock sliders are strong metal step-protectors that get bolted/welded to your frame, they are used on an off-road vehicle to protect along the rocker panels. 

For people who also do not know, the name slider comes from it allowing you to “slide” over/through rocks, stumps, and humps so to speak. Every scratch or blemish the sliders receive is one less your 4Runner will receive. That alone is a huge plus for anyone who off-roads their daily driver.

While most sliders are only meant to protect your rocker panels (the lowest section panel on the side of your 4Runner along the driver door and passenger door), they do sell dual purpose sliders.

Dual Purpose Rock Sliders (Sliders/ Steps)

The dual-purpose rock sliders are ones that provide a step while providing protection as well. Dual purpose sliders are great for anyone who uses’s their 4Runner for offroading and daily driving. They are also great for anyone who is running a 3″+ 4Runner Suspension Lift. Even tall people can use that extra step sometimes, so why not make it useful too. Overall, sliders are a great purchase for those who do any type of off-roading in their 4Runners or for anyone who wants a better look than stock.

Also before we get started, you may be asking yourself if you really “need” sliders.

That depends on what you do with your 4Runner. Typically rock slider protection is important for anyone who enjoys rocky terrain and testing their limits on extreme terrain trails. They might not be necessary for those who do not off-road hard though. If you are strictly exploring places on paved roads, rock sliders are something you will never need. It all depends on what you’re looking for and doing. 

  • Looking for serious off-road protection, 4Runner rock sliders are great.
  • Looking for a better aftermarket step with minimal protection, nerf bars might be for you.

Now we can talk about the top rock slider options for your 5th gen 4Runner.

Best 5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders

This is not in order from best to worst. This is a general list of rock sliders for the 4Runner. These are some of the top companies that make some bad ass products for your 4Runner. Consider checking all of these companies out before making your move on a set of rock sliders. 

  1. N-Fab Nerf Bar $340 (Not Really Rock Sliders – But consider them)
  2. C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders ($639 – $800)
  3. RCI Rock Sliders ($595 – $845)
  4. Metal Tech 4×4 Rock Sliders ($660 – $750)
  5. Shrockworks (Two/Three Tube Options & Tread Plate Options) $500-$800
  6. CBI Rock Sliders with ($599) & without ($639) Kick Outs
  7. White Knuckle Off Road (Super clean and simple) $500-$700
  8. Pelfrey Bilt Bolt on Sliders (With Plates and No Plates – Clean and Simple – Its Pelfrey, so you know it’s bad ass!) $595.00 – $915.00
  9. Hefty Fabworks Sliders with Steps $540-$640
  10. Bud Built 5th Gen Sliders (Diamond Plate Steps) $500-$800
  11. OutPost Off-Road Sliders (Inline very clean) $500-$700
  12. 4×4 Labs Rock Sliders for 5th Gen – $1197!? Even if DOM tubing, still way too much in my opinion.

5th Gen 4Runner N-Fab Nerf Bar $340 (Not a “Rock Slider”)

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This is really if you are ballin’ on a budget type of slider. It’s super affordable and will give you the “slider look” without spending $700-$1000+.

The N-Fab nerf bars are wheel to wheel steel bars that come in a black textured powder coating. While they may be the cheapest option on this list that does not mean they are bad. They are quite stylish on stock 4Runners along with being stylish on lifted 4Runners. The N-Fab Nerf Bars while not being a true rock slider do offer quite a bit of protection compared to the factory running boards.

The N-Fab nerf bars do not come in a weld on option, they only come in a bolt on option. That may be a good selling point for you if you’re looking for something easily removable. This is also a great thing if you are looking to re-sell your 4Runner in the future for a newer model. Some people may not prefer the rock sliders you choose or may just not like the look of them.

The N-Fab bars come positioned high and tight for a better fit and a cleaner look. No modification is required, they bolt to pre-existing running board holes. This is by far the easiest to install bar out there. Or at least in this lineup of sliders.

Another plus is their design of 2″ tubing that comes pre-welded together as one piece. Overall the N-Fab Bars are great for anyone who daily drives their 4Runner or trecks around on light-weight trails. Unlike the rest of the 4Runner rock sliders on this page, the N-Fab Nerf Bars bolt directly to factory running board holes, so they are much less sturdy than a slider that bolts to your 4Runners frame.

These can easily snap at the bolts and rip off your rocker panels under extreme force. Because these bars bolt onto your rocker panels and not your frame, this is the cheapest and most underperforming step out there for your 4Runner. So that is something to consider if you choose N-Fab Bars for your 4Runner.

Nerf Bars – PROS

  • Easy 10 min install
  • Super Affordable
  • Stylish
  • Fair amount of protection for being panel bolt-on
  • Pre-welded as one piece

Nerf Bars – CONS

  • Rocker Panel Bolt-On
  • Non-weld on option
  • Easily Torn off under a lot of force

C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders $639 – $1000+

5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders C4 Fabrication

The C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders are a great choice when choosing sliders for your 4Runner. They are bolt on like the previously mentioned N-Fab Nerf bars but in this case, they bolt to your frame instead of your rocker panel section, providing a much more bulletproof solution.

The C4 Fabrication sliders at their cheapest price pretty stylish and for $125-150 you can bolt on step plates. There are 5 total plate options available with different text options. The 5 choices are C4 Fab Text, Trail, Trd, Trd Pro, and no text. Or, you can choose no plates and C4 will ship without plates and without holes for plates. If you want to add plates at a later time, you will need to order the plates and then drill holes yourself into the sliders. They also come in two tubing options regular steel tubing and dom tubing both pre-welded.

The dom tubing cost’s an additional $89 but is worth it if you’re doing mild to heavy offroading, but you still are wanting a bolt on design. The step plates are dimpled so they give traction for standing and clean out easily when driving in mud or snow. The step plates are also removable which make painting easier and allow for multiple different coating options. 

Similar to all other rock sliders, they are easily removable so you can take them off if you resale. But they can potentially increase your vehicles value due to having increase performance off-road. The C4 Fabrication sliders are a great choice for those who offroad their daily driven 4Runner.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Tread Plate Text Options
  • Great Protection
  • Pre-Welded/ Solid Design

CONS

  • Pricier for the Stylish Step Plates
  • Long Lead Times for Production
  • No powder coat option available

RCI Rock Sliders for 5th Gen 4Runner – $595-845

RCI Rock Sliders Install 5th Gen 4Runner with KDSS

The RCI rock sliders provide a great amount of protection along with a lot of function while looking stylish with a basic design. The RCI sliders while having a basic design are dual functioning sliders. They have an optional full-length tread plate if you decide to use them as a step as well.

This is great for a family 4Runner where your woman or children are jumping into the 4Runner often. Also, women with high heels would love these steps and probably hate some other designs. The full-plate design on the RCI sliders are great for a multi-use rock slider/ step.

For powder coating, the RCI sliders only have one option, Satin Black. They are designed with 11 gauge DOM tubing with a 1/4″ heavy duty frame mount. While being bolt on their full-length frame mount provides maximum strength, ensuring peak protection for your 4Runners rocker panels.

The full-length frame mount also provides extra strength to your frame. Overall for the RCI sliders are a great addition to your 4Runner if you’re looking for a strong yet basic slider that is functional.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Great Protection
  • Pre-Welded/ Solid Design

CONS

  • Pricier for the Stylish Step Plates
  • Long Lead Times for Production
  • One powder coat option available
  • Non-Textured powder coat option

Metal Tech 4×4 Rock Sliders for 5th Gen 4Runner – $660-750

Metal Tech 4×4 Sliders are another great choice for your 4Runner. These sliders come in one option for powder coating. A semi-gloss black/smooth finish, These are the only Sliders you can purchase that are powder coated inside and out without a special request.

They come with and without kickouts as well. These sliders double as a step for your 4Runner as also, but lack a full tread plate step design like the RCI rock sliders above.  The grade of the metal and the diameter while not being listed directly on their site has amazing reviews of being strong and withstanding a lot of wear and tear that they will see when offroading.

Another bonus to these sliders is they are quite stylish while not being super bulky. These sliders would be perfect if you want to do mild to heavy trails but still maintain a stylish appearance.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Great amount of protection
  • Stylish Design
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step

CONS

  • Not a true step design
  • Long Lead Times for Production
  • One powder coat option available
  • Non-Textured powder coat option

Shrockworks (Two/Three Tube Options & Tread Plate Options) $500-$800

Shrockworks Rock Sliders 5th Gen 4runner

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @SweetAppleSnider

The Shrockworks Sliders are overall a great choice for your 4Runner. They are a bolt-on slider that mounts directly to the frame with a frame plate, like most other rock sliders for your 4Runner. While being bolt on they do provide a ton of protection and are very strong. They are made with a 1.75″ outer rounded tube and 2″ square tubes for mounting. The actual frame plates are 1/4″ thick steel so they have a solid mounting base so there not easily torn off like other bolt-on options.

The Shrockworks Sliders come in two options. The Two and Three tube options. The two tube option is more of a dual purpose slider that offers a step and protection. The Three tube option is a true slider, That is kept tight against the body so it has a nice sleek look while only providing protection. These sliders come in two powder coat options along with bare steel.

The first option is a regular black powder coating. The second option is a textured black powder coating providing you grip. The Shrockworks sliders are going to be the best choice for somebody wanting a bolt on kit that offers a true slider not a step. It provides great protection and won’t tear off easily due to being tight against the body.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Great amount of protection
  • Stylish Design
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Multiple tube design options
  • Multiple powder coat options

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Only the Dual purpose will be torn off under a lot of force but it is more rugged than some bolt on sliders.

CBI Rock Sliders with ($599) & without ($639) Kick Outs

CBI Rock Sliders are another great choice for your 4Runner. They only come in the bolt on option like the previously mentioned sliders. These sliders only come in two options for powder coating. You can choose a satin black/smooth finish or to receive them in bare steel. They come with and without kickouts as well. Now a question you may have is ” Do I need Kick Outs? “.

So to answer that question, The purpose of Kick Outs is to help kick or push your vehicle out and away from obstacles, Like trees and rocks and even humps as you navigate around or through them. These sliders come in Two different options for the tubing. The first option is the standard H.R.E.W but for an additional $100 you can get the DOM Upgraded tubing.

The extra $100 may seem like a lot but it is worth it if you decide to do mild or heavy offroading. Think of it as added insurance because while the H.R.E.W is strong if it gives it could damage your rocker just the same. The CBI sliders stick out far enough they can be used as steps. Also due to there strength, they can be used as Hi-Lift jack points. In Our opinion, the CBI Rock Sliders are a great choice for anyone who is looking for a capable bolt on slider.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Somewhat stylish
  • Great amount of protection
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a jack point
  • Can be used as a step

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Can be Torn off under a lot of force but more rugged than some bolt on sliders.
  • No Textured powder-coat option available

White Knuckle Off Road Rock Sliders $500-$700

5th Gen 4runner - White Knuckle Rock Sliders

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @AVL_Overland

White Knuckle Off Road is another Bolt on Slider that would be great for your 4Runner. These sliders come in Two different options for the tubing. The first option is the standard H.R.E.W but for an additional $40 you can get the DOM Upgraded tubing.

Which $40 For the upgraded DOM tubing is worth it any day of the week. Because that extra $40 could save you from $100’s of damage to your rocker panels. The White Knuckle Sliders Only come with two options for powder coating. You can choose a semi-gloss black/smooth finish or to receive them in bare metal.

They are made with a 1.75″ outer rounded tube and 2″ square tubes for main support. The actual frame plates are 3/8″ thick steel so they have a sturdy mounting base that is not easily torn off like other bolt on options. They come pre-welded so no welding is required you can just bolt them on and enjoy.

They are quite stylish, they stick out from the body slightly so they can double as a step. They also are able to be used as HI-Lift Jack points. Our opinion is like the CBI Sliders these are a great choice for anyone who is looking for a capable bolt on slider.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Quite stylish
  • Great amount of protection
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step
  • Can be used as a jack point

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Can be Torn off under a lot of force due to being bolt on but more rugged than some bolt-on sliders due to having a thick mounting plate. 3/8″
  • No Textured powder coat option available

Pelfreybilt Rock Sliders (With Plates and No Plates ) $595.00 – $915.00

Pelfreybilt Rock Sliders - 5th Gen 4Runner

Pelfreybilt Sliders are a great choice when choosing sliders for your 4Runner. While being bolt on they are great, like most Pelfreybilt products. Also While they are bolt on like the other sliders they are a heavier duty option compared to some of the other sliders mentioned. 

The Pelfreybilt sliders at their cheapest price may not be super stylish but for $155 you can add on top plates. They only come with one tubing option, Regular H.R.E.W for the inner support and DOM tubing for the exterior. Similar to the Previous Sliders they are easily removable so you can take them off if you resale.

They come pre-welded so no welding is required you can just bolt them on and begin your offroad expedition. They stick out from the body slightly so they can double as a step, especially with the additional top plates. The Pelfreybilt Sliders Only come in two options for powder coating.

You can choose a semi-gloss black/smooth finish or to receive them in bare metal. Overall the Pelfreybilt sliders are a great addition to your 4Runner if you do a good bit of off-roading. It is also good if you need to have a step due to having a lifted 4Runner.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Fairly stylish
  • Great amount of protection
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Can be Torn off under a lot of force due to being bolt on but more rugged than some bolt-on sliders due to having a thick mounting plate. 1/4″ steel
  • No Textured powder coat option available

Hefty Fabworks Rock Sliders with Steps $540-$640

Hefty Fabworks Rock Sliders with Steps

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The Hefty Fabworks rock sliders provide ultimate protection and functionality. Every set of sliders are built utilizing a CNC cut, bent and fabricated mounting system, all American top quality steel, 2×2 hitch steel main slider with a 1 3/4″ x .120 wall DOM tubing rub rail with rear kick out and all assembled using a set jig to eliminate human error.

The Hefty Fabworks sliders come with an integrated tread plate that gives the sliders not only the strength to add protection while offroading but they double as a step into your 4Runner. The tread plates come dimpled like the C4 Fabrication sliders which add traction for standing and clean out easily when driving in mud or snow.

They also come with a Kick Out like the previously mentioned CBI Offroad sliders. When it comes to powder coating you can choose either bare steel or a semi-gloss textured black coating. The Hefty Fabworks Sliders are a great choice for your 4Runner due to being stylish, strong, having a kick out, and doubling as a step.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Quite stylish
  • Great amount of protection
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step
  • Textured powder coat option

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Can be Torn off under a lot of force due to being bolt on but more rugged than some bolt-on sliders due to having an overall strong design.

Bud Built 5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders (Diamond Plates) $500-$800

Bud Built 5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders (Diamond Plates)

The Bud Built rock sliders provide a great amount of protection. The Bud Built sliders come with an optional full and half tread plate that gives the sliders not more strength to add protection while offroading along with the option of becoming a step for your 4Runner.

They also come with a Kick Out option for the beefier sliders like the previously mentioned CBI Offroad sliders and the Hefty Fab Sliders. They even come with a small tubing option and a beefier thicker tubing option. When it comes to powder coating you can choose 6 different options. Bare steel, Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, or you can choose any other color of your choice for the same price.

The Bud Built Sliders are a great choice for your 4Runner due to having the options of many powder coat options, optional kickouts, optional tread plates for steps, and the options of kickouts on the beefier version.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Stylish due to multiple powder coating options
  • Great amount of protection
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Non-Textured powder coat option???

OutPost Off-Road Rock Sliders $500-$700

The OutPost Off-Road Sliders provide a great amount of protection along with a lot of function. OutPost Off-Roads 4Runner sliders have been designed to provide the most ground clearance that also provides a kick out to keep your quarter panels dent free.

Outpost Off Road 4Runner sliders are made 100% in the USA using 2x2x.188 box tube with mitered ends as the main slider body, 1.5×1.5x.188 box tube for support legs, custom laser cut mounting feet made out of 1/4″ plate with a gusset that acts as a secondary mount for rock lights.

While these sliders may not look the best they offer plenty of protection to your 4Runner. Them doubling as steps with Rock Light mounts is a huge plus as well. These Sliders would be great for someone who does a good bit of offroading at night. They have the premade light mounts, they offer the needed protection along with the step so what else is there to need for your nightly adventures.

PROS

  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Great amount of protection
  • Strong Design
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Non-Textured powder coat option???
  • Not Stylish

4×4 Labs Rock Sliders for 5th Gen – $1197

4x4 Labs Rock Sliders 5th Gen 4runner

4×4 Lab Sliders are another great choice for your 4Runner. They only come in the bolt on option. These sliders only come in two options for powder coating. You can choose a semi-gloss black/smooth finish or to receive them in bare steel.

They come with and without kickouts aswell. These sliders stick out far enough they can be used as a small step for your 4Runner which is nice. The reason that is nice is that it can be used as a dual purpose slider but it is tucked it enough that it mainly functions as just a slider.

These Sliders are meant to handle the weight of the body so they can be used as jack points for your HI-Lift jack. The Price on these sliders we feel is pretty killer though even for DOM Tubing. The quality overall is very good but compared to most other sliders this option is at the end of the list due to price. Its design overall is sleek and looks great though. So if your going to a great design and functionality/protection the 4×4 Labs Rock Slider is for you.

PROS

  • KDSS/ Non-KDSS Compatible
  • Bolt-on/Easily Removable
  • Great amount of protection
  • Strong Design
  • Stylish Design
  • Pre-welded as one piece
  • Can be used as a step
  • Can be used as a lift point

CONS

  • Non-weld on option
  • Non-Textured powder coat option???
  • Pricey

Which 4Runner Rock Sliders are for you?

Our Conclusion to this article is that overall every one of these has great benefits while some do not. The Sliders You choose is based on what you are looking for and the type of offroading you do or plan to do in your 4Runner.There are many factors when choosing Style, Functionality, Color options, and most of all Protection. We hope this top 10 guide helps you choose the perfect sliders for your Offroading adventures in your 4Runner.

Please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. If we forgot to mention any rock sliders, please comment below. And, if you would like your companies rock sliders added to this list, please send an email. Thanks, T4R homies, keep it real and tread lightly!

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  • Mitch Daniel
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    I could honestly sit here for hours and hours and read every blog, post, or video on Instagram and never get bored. Your content is one of a kind and even me owning 3rd gen 4runner, reading some of your stuff has inspired and helped me decide what I want to do with mine later on down the road. Thanks for all you do!
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    Hefty fab ftw! But hey that’s just me great info here

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