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Re: Trail gear vs OEM Sliders

ouch the freight was $205. compare to Pure FJ which is $85...
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ouch the freight was $205. compare to Pure FJ which is $85...
wow...yeah...there is your answer. Wait for free shipping or reasonable shipping on sliders.
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...my only concern was having a slider that could also function as a step.
My wife is a tad 'challenged' so i would worry with her slipping on the slider or getting her foot stuck...
If you have kids or anyone with small feet then I wouldn't get the Pures, they have a pretty big gap where a foot could slip through and someone could get hurt.
It wasn't a problem for my size 14's though and I never used them as steps because I'm really tall.

You can see the gap better in this photo.
I took this a couple weeks after installing them on my FJ, like 2 years ago.
They actually use this photo on their website somewhere.
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Re: Trail gear vs OEM Sliders

thanks, going to save up for the metal tech...getting my recovery gear together and will not be doing any rock climbing - mud roads and logging roads....
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It always amuses me when people say things like "Oh I'm not planning on taking it off road, it's just a mall crawler" or "I'm never going on anything hard or any rough trails".

Inevitably, they get in a group with their friends or a local 4x4 club and end up going over and through obstacles and places they never would have imagined (alone).
Also most people don't consider the fact that sometimes trails change. You go in one way, then it rains, making the trail completely different.
Or, someone else breaks down and blocks the trail you were planning to use, so you are forced to take an alternate route, one much more difficult than you planned.
Its better to overbuild just in case, better to have tools and protection and never need them.


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thanks, going to save up for the metal tech...getting my recovery gear together and will not be doing any rock climbing - mud roads and logging roads....
Check out the Shrockworks sliders. They are located in Houston and survived the hurricane. you might be able to save on shipping by picking them up since I assume from your name you are in New Orleans, LA. They currently have a group buy over at Toyota 4Runner Forum - Largest 4Runner Forum with 15% discount. Discount code is good through Monday. Can get bare or powdercoated and with/without dimpled treadplates. Their powdercoating price is very inexpensive at $79 and saves a lot of effort.

They make some good stuff for FJs at competitive prices.

No affiliation with them. I did buy my sliders and sliders for daughter's 3rd gen 4runner from them last year.

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Re: Trail gear vs OEM Sliders

SilvFx, thanks for the suggestion - those sliders may be the ticket budget and function wise. I just tested the code and it appears to work without joining 4runner. the shipping is reasonable to NOLA.

8in4RY, I understand totally and agree to have the FJ setup to handle most situations. I was trying to keep the 1st upgrades and recovery accessories under 2K budget that I promised the wife. I went on some of the other roads with my nephew on 4 wheeler and those are real primitive and match up with what you describe.
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Re: Trail gear vs OEM Sliders

SO I went with the Pure FJ Sliders, I ordered them along with the A-trac button on Friday! Now I am eagerly awaiting!

Also totally off topic whats a good way to easily test the A-trac system something I can setup easily where the diff lock would not help only the A-trac, any ideas?

Thanks for all the help everyone
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SO I went with the Pure FJ Sliders, I ordered them along with the A-trac button on Friday! Now I am eagerly awaiting!

Also totally off topic whats a good way to easily test the A-trac system something I can setup easily where the diff lock would not help only the A-trac, any ideas?

Thanks for all the help everyone
Not really sure of a test situation. When it engages you'll hear a clicking noise as it pumps the brakes to gain traction. It's a very distinctive noise. Also the dash light should illuminate once it's engaged, and since it's all electronically controlled if the computer says you're good it should be functional.

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Re: Trail gear vs OEM Sliders

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SO I went with the Pure FJ Sliders, I ordered them along with the A-trac button on Friday! Now I am eagerly awaiting!

Also totally off topic whats a good way to easily test the A-trac system something I can setup easily where the diff lock would not help only the A-trac, any ideas?

Thanks for all the help everyone
You'd have to get diagonal going across a ditch, so that for example, front-left and rear-right are the tires mainly on the ground (they'd be stuffed into the wheel wells). At that point ATRAC will brake the two wheels that are hovering over the ditch and not making good traction. It would buzz and vibrate, and then the two wheels that are stuffed will drive you out.

In that same scenario, ATRAC off, you lock the diff. Since you have ONE rear tire stuffed (hard on ground) and the other over the ditch, both rear tires will equally spin and drive you out while the front wheel that doesn't have traction still tried to spin.

ATRAC can be better than diff lock when there are adjacent objects. In that previous scenario where you are over a ditch diagonally....if there is a tree right next to your truck and you are just using diff lock...it very well may want to "drift" over towards the tree since both rear wheels are locked (kind of like a burnout in slow motion - If your RWD car is burning rubber, but on a sideways incline...its gonna scoot sideways). ATRAC will help this by using the FRONT traction of the one tire on the ground to PULL the truck out of the ditch hopefully in a straighter line.


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I had an example of this one of my first times out. I found out my truck was an early 07 where the ATRAC did NOT work with the diff lock engaged (I hacked it to fix the issue later)

So in the picture, my front right tire obviously has no traction. My rear left down in that gully also doesn't. just barely touching mud.

I had my diff locked so my ATRAC wasn't working...I needed ATRAC to force the front tire and rear tire that were still hard on the ground to spin. Instead, my locked rear started pushing the truck over towards a tree you cant really see in the pic and we had to strap it and pull me up. That front tire on the ground just did NOTHING, as it would have if ATRAC was active (even with Diff Lock) to apply brakes to that wheel up in the air and force traction to the grounded tire.

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