This is a product from Syncro-Nutz, Scottish based VW specialists.
I have wanted some decent ‘rock sliders’ for my Westy ever since I bought it, I used to have some aluminium ones that just bolted through the jacking points – they were weak, poorly designed and bent when using them to jack the van up. When I heard Syncro-Nutz hade made a set I decided to indulge and splash out on a set.
These are very nicely made, really well designed and most importantly – easy to fit! They come powdercoated and also have the aluminium chequer plating which is fitted to the shape of the van. For the ultimate finish I am going to fill in the slight gap between the body and the aluminium with some Sikaflex or Tigerseal to prevent any road muck (salt!) getting up anywhere above where the sliders are…
Despite being called rock sliders, it is unlikely I will be sliding over rocks with them, a full kitted out campervan is hardly a rock crawling vehicle, but the piece of mind they provide for basic protection for the offroading I do is a bonus on top of looking awesome. They also make great steps for loading things onto and off the roof AND protecting against those careless drivers who swing there car door open against you in the car park – much better they hit your sill bars than your paintwork!
These would be equally at home on a 2wd van as well as a syncro. You can either use a bottle jack or switch to a hi-lift / Jackall for jacking after fitment. They have have tabs for using with the farm jack to stop it slipping around. A nice improvement would be somewhere circular for a jack adapter to fit through.
Fitting was quick and easy – watch for yourself.