Nice, but why did you have to replace them? Dented?
I wondered how long it would be before someone asked
When I had my front end torn apart a couple months ago and waiting on parts, I decided I'd go ahead and pull the sliders and rockers so I could re-install the sliders with the nut strips that Gerald had sent quite a while back. I'm not sure if he is including them or not now with Rocker/Sliders, but I think this was how they were originally designed so you could pull the sliders without pulling the rockers.
Anyhow when I went to take the Driver side slider off, all of the middle upper center bolts basically stripped out because of upward pressure in the middle of the slider. Once I got it off (had the cut 2 of the bolts), I found that the center section of the slider far enough pushed up that the holes in the slider were not close enough to lining up with the holes in the rocker/tub to reinstall
So I'm not sure if this was from the trips to JV, where my piss poor driving skills dropped pretty much the full weight of my rig on the bottom of the sliders, multiple times, or if I was a little too aggressive with the Jack in the center of the sliders when I preloaded them (installing initially with the Slider and Rocker mounted together;the only way they could be installed without the strip and the hardware originally included).
Gman recommended that I try the "heavier duty" step sliders which according to him includes a little more material and a bit different angles.
The moral of the story is I shouldn't have messed with the Sliders I had...they would have likely lasted forever on my rig and perfectly done their jobs if I hadn't removed them just to re-install them "differently".
I preferred the bare stainless look with the rest of the Aluminum stuff and the new ones will need to be painted, but small sacrifice to pay!
to Gman for his usual excellent customer service!