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Old 12-11-2016, 02:59 PM #1
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C4 FAB 4th gen rock slider installation guide.

Hey everyone, here are the instructions for installing your new C4 FAB 4th gen 4runner rock sliders.

Tools required:
-12mm wrench/socket
-13mm wrench/socket
-9/16" wrench/socket
-Drill with 5/16" bit
-Marker
-Center punch
-Hammer
-Jack stands or friend to help lift sliders into place.


To get started you will need to remove the two bolts on the outside of each frame rail which hold the E-brake cable brackets in place. Once those are removed, pull the cable away from the frame so the slider can fit in between when installing.
The three bolts holding the fuel tank skid plate to the bottom of the frame rail will also need to be removed to allow the fuel tank skid to hang down away from the frame.
I did not get specific pictures of removing those brackets and bolts, but in this picture of the driver side, you can see how the rock slider mounting plate needs to fit in between the frame rail and the E-brake brackets and fuel tank skid.
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Before bolting the sliders onto the frame, you may need to clean out the threaded holes in the frame that get used to mount the rock slider. These holes are an M8x1.25 Thread pitch.

Once you have the E-brake brackets and fuel tank skid bolts removed, have a friend help you lift the rock slider up into place on the frame rail.
If you are installing by yourself, we recommend setting the sliders on jack stands under the vehicle that help hold the slider to the approximate height. Then start with the very top corner bolt at the front of the rock slider. Loosely thread the provided M8 grade 8 gold bolt into the threaded hole in the frame rail to hold the front of the slider in place. Then move to the back and lift the rear of the slider up into position and thread in another one of the metric bolts to hold the slider in place.
Loosely thread in more of the metric bolts into the holes of the frame that are pre-threaded.
Also thread in the bolts along the bottom of the frame rail that hold the slider and fuel tank skid into place.

Once you have all of the bolts into the threaded holes, tighten them just enough to hold the sliders tight up to the frame.

here are photos of the bolt locations. The gold bolts are the bolts that thread into the frame. The other bolts will get installed during the next steps.
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Now that the gold metric bolts are installed and tightened enough to hold the slider in position, you will need to mark a couple holes so they can be drilled and used for the thread cutting screws.

Find all of the holes along the bottom edge of the rock slider mounting plate that do not have a pre-threaded hole behind them. Mark the center of the holes with a permanent or paint marker.

Once the holes have been marked, remove the slider from the frame so the holes can be center punched and drilled on the marks.

Drill the holes with a 5/16" drill bit. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER SIZE! the holes must be 5/16" for the thread cutting screws to properly thread into the frame.

Once the holes are drilled, use one of the provided 3/8" thread cutting screws to create threads in the frame rail. You can use a cordless drill with a 9/16" socket on the end to start the bolts into the holes. Make sure the bolts thread in straight and square to the frame rail. A squirt of WD-40 on each screw will help it cut threads into the frame more easily. If you cannot thread the bolts in all the way with the drill, switch to a ratchet to finish cutting the threads into the frame.
Once the threads have been cut, remove the thread cutting screws from the holes and then re-install the rock sliders.
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In these same pictures as above, you can see the locations of the thread cutting screws. The screws are the silver colored hex head with the flat blade cut into them.
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Now that your sliders have been re-installed onto the vehicle you can completely tighten down all of the gold M8 bolts and the silver 3/8" thread cutting screws. Be careful not to over tighten the thread cutting screws. If you turn them too hard with a ratchet or wrench, the threads will strip out in the frame rail and the bolts will not stay tight.

Now you can move onto in stalling the four 3/8" x 4 1/2" bolts with load bearing plates.

Start by removing the original 8mm bolt from the inside of the frame rail. There is one on the driver side that holds the fuel lines in place. Remove the bolt and install one of the load bearing plates behind the fuel line bracket. Thread in one of the provided gold 8mm bolts through the fuel line bracket and the load bearing plate. This will help hold the plate in place.

Now put one of the 3/8" x 4 1/2" bolts through the frame rail from the outside. Install the bolt through the entire frame and the load bearing plate. Install the washer and nut to hold it in place.

This process can be repeated on the passenger side. There are no fuel lines on that side, but there is still a threaded hole that can be used to hold a load bearing plate in place.

Lastly there is one more hole on each side that gets a long 3/8" bolt installed all the way through the frame. Install a load bearing plate on the back side in the appropriate hole on the plate to make it fit.

Driver side:
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Passenger side:
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Make sure to do a final check to ensure all the bolts have been tightened. Your rock slider install is now complete. Thank you for purchasing rock sliders from C4 FAB!
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Are those powder coated in the photos or is that how they're finished?
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