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Got the new Tactical Rovers sliders and gas tank skid installed on my LR3 today.

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Everything went pretty smoothly, even working solo. Just used my floor jack to hold things in place while I got the bolts started. I didn't realize I would have to trim away some of the plastic rocker cover at the bottom of the front fenders but it's no big deal - it a very easy cut and it's along an existing line.

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I know some people have had issues with bolt alignment but I didn't have any problems. The passenger side (the first one I did) took a little wrestling before I could get the body mount bolts started but once I got the hang of it things went pretty quickly.

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The only downside is I found a bunch of grease inside the driver's front wheel. Looks like I must have torn a CV boot at Hollister. I'll have to pull the wheel and have a look at it this afternoon.

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Edited by DHappel, 08 March 2014 - 04:13 PM.

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I could not see the photos here, but when I clicked it and went to your page - I could see. Wow, looks great. Those sliders really do offer some great protection!

I can't wait to get mine installed! :)
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Thanks for pointing out the broken links. I fixed it now.

Your turn to play next week!

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Nice! Now let's see pics with them in action.

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Gotta find a new CV boot first.... what a greasy mess!

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nice pics Don, they look great. those are my next mod i think.

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Looks nice. Since I just picked up our LR3 yesterday, I am looking for some sliders in the future. I think I need the kick-outs as my wife is vertically challenged. Do they work well as a step to get into the vehicle? I eventually want to swap out to coils once the EAS starts failing but don't want the vehicle too high for her. She has a tough time getting into my P38 and the kickouts are essential on my silders. Thanks.

That tank skid looks great as well. Sasquatch bashed in my gas tank pretty good already!
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Looks nice. Since I just picked up our LR3 yesterday, I am looking for some sliders in the future. I think I need the kick-outs as my wife is vertically challenged. Do they work well as a step to get into the vehicle? I eventually want to swap out to coils once the EAS starts failing but don't want the vehicle too high for her. She has a tough time getting into my P38 and the kickouts are essential on my silders. Thanks.

That tank skid looks great as well. Sasquatch bashed in my gas tank pretty good already!


I just met Don and picked up my gas tank skid plate and sliders (currently in the back of my LR4) and man these are nicely made products! We are still waiting on the transfer case skid plate, as that's a bit delayed. Hopefully once I get on all this armor, it will save me from damaging my EAS / undercarriage.

Pedram is going to help me install the sliders this coming Saturday, as on the 2012-2014 LR4, Land Rover used the AMK compressor (which is an improvement over the previous compressor used in earlier years), but it hangs a bit lower. So, Tactical 4x4 provided a new bracket in which I need to raise up the compressor to fit the sliders. This was a bit more than I am willing to take on myself, so glad I could get Pedram's help.
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The only downside is I found a bunch of grease inside the driver's front wheel. Looks like I must have torn a CV boot at Hollister. I'll have to pull the wheel and have a look at it this afternoon.


Good that you found the problem while parked at your house... :D Nice setup.

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With all this Tactical Armour you guys could do an overland expedition through Afghanistan. I could be the guide.

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With all this Tactical Armour you guys could do an overland expedition through Afghanistan. I could be the guide.


Only if you bring your drawers and ARB fridge. :-D
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Nice fit.

Will all the purchases from Tactical Rover e.g. Don, DavidW... next buyer(s) should ask about a group buy + shipping to one commercial location to save on shipping cost.

Edited by RON CT110, 10 March 2014 - 09:49 PM.

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Nice fit.

It all the purchases from Tactical Rover e.g. Don, DavidW... next buyer(s) should ask about a group buy + shipping to one commercial location to save on shipping cost.


We did - sort of. I did it pretty last-minute but I did post a thread asking if anybody wanted to get in on it with me. David was the only one who was able to move that quickly. Eric at Tactical gave us a 10% discount and I had it all drop-shipped to a freight terminal in Sacramento where I picked up the pallet in my truck, so we saved a few bucks on shipping vs. sending it to one of our houses or even to my office (no loading dock).

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Meant to type "Will all the purchases..."

Way to go w/the discount.

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Those sliders look really great. I am new to the world of Land Rovers and just got an LR4 earlier in the summer. I had the pleasure of meeting Pedram when I went to a club event with Mike (astateofmike). So the used LR4 that I got has the LR running boards, which lower the ground clearance by about 1 - 1.5". I want to pull them off and put on some sort of slider and was comparing these sliders with the ones from Voyager Racks. I am in Livermore, would it be possible to swing by some time and see how they are installed? Also, are these bolted to the sill or to the body?

Thanks,
Brian

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They bolt to the 2 large body-mount bolts and the underside of the sill via 8(?) smaller bolts.

My truck is a bit far away for a visit as I'm up in Walnut Grove, though I have it in the bay at least once a month for something. You are welcome to come have a look sometime if you are in the area, but DavidW might be a better bet or you if you're in the bay often as he's on the peninsula. I suspect he'll be at our gathering on Thursday. I'll be there, but I won't be driving the Rover (work van for me I'm afraid)

My sliders and skids have been well-used this year. Saved my driver's door from what I thought was a sure-fire dent last month when gravity got the better of my line on a loose down-hill.

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Hey Brian I too am in Livermore!! I have a CT110 and we just bought a 2013 LR4 (but I am not allowed to modify it for a awhile as it is the wife's car for now....woohahahahahaha). I do plan for full undercarriage protection at some point tho as I have a habit of bashing things with my 110 :)

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They bolt to the 2 large body-mount bolts and the underside of the sill via 8(?) smaller bolts.

My truck is a bit far away for a visit as I'm up in Walnut Grove, though I have it in the bay at least once a month for something. You are welcome to come have a look sometime if you are in the area, but DavidW might be a better bet or you if you're in the bay often as he's on the peninsula. I suspect he'll be at our gathering on Thursday. I'll be there, but I won't be driving the Rover (work van for me I'm afraid)

My sliders and skids have been well-used this year. Saved my driver's door from what I thought was a sure-fire dent last month when gravity got the better of my line on a loose down-hill.

Those sliders look really great. I am new to the world of Land Rovers and just got an LR4 earlier in the summer. I had the pleasure of meeting Pedram when I went to a club event with Mike (astateofmike). So the used LR4 that I got has the LR running boards, which lower the ground clearance by about 1 - 1.5". I want to pull them off and put on some sort of slider and was comparing these sliders with the ones from Voyager Racks. I am in Livermore, would it be possible to swing by some time and see how they are installed? Also, are these bolted to the sill or to the body?

Thanks,
Brian


Hello Brian,

Welcome! I have a 2013 LR4 (see my signature below) and have the same Tactical 4x4 sliders and skid plates (transfer case and fuel tank) as Don, as well as the front ARB bumper. We also have the same Urban Offroad roof rack, though mine is standard and he has the low profile edition. I am working on the rear bumper ideas, but Don's is awesome!

I actually had a 2011 LR4 before I traded it in for my 2013 (ordered exactly what I wanted) and had both Voyager and Urban Offroad rock sliders and I will say that they are nice, but are only sill guards. You do not have much protection for your air compressor or air tank, and under body. I had the Urban Offroad on my 2013 (got a deal when I got my rack), but I switched to the Tactical 4x4 for better protection, which they certainly offer. You really can't beat the sliders for protection and, as Don says above, he has the scars to prove it. If you get the Tactical 4x4 sliders and have a 2012+ model LR4, then you do need to relocate the air compressor with a supplied bracket so the slider will fit. Sometime in the 2012 model year they changed the air compressor on the LR4 from a Hitachi to an AMK. The latter is a better compressor, but it hangs quite a bit lower than the Hitachi.

If you do plan to do any off roading, I would remove the OEM running boards, as they will likely get damaged pretty easily. If you did not want to go the Tactical 4x4 route (they are VERY heavy and definitely affect MPGs and ride), then I recommend the Urban Offroad sliders, as I had the Voyager and had some problems with the powder coat coming off and the hardware they sent was terrible. I know a few other guys from the LR4 forums who have been complaining. Derek from Urban Offroad is in Southern CA and makes a good product. If you drive down to Temecula, he does free installs (though they are very easy). The Voyager and Urban Offroad sliders offer about the same protection, though I think the Urban Offroad sliders are made a lot nicer.

I am in San Carlos (mid-peninsula), so kind of far from Livermore, but if you are in the peninsula I am always happy to show you my truck. I will be at the peninsula gathering coming up and at the Annual, though only for the day.

Feel free to send me a message with any questions - Don is also an excellent resource.

Regards, David
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Thanks for the info and comparison. When you say that the tactical sliders affect ride quality, how much and in what way?

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Nice fit.

Will all the purchases from Tactical Rover e.g. Don, DavidW... next buyer(s) should ask about a group buy + shipping to one commercial location to save on shipping cost.


My company has a warehouse and forklift in San Jose, so if we can plan in advance, we could have large items shipped here. ie pallets, etc.

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