Leave it to the folks over at All German Motorsports to impress me yet again. When I first heard they created a new slider design for shocks, I was a little skeptical whether I would really see any value in switching over, but then after a closer look at their new design, I wondered weather these sliders would help me with issues I have experienced in the past.
The new AGM shock slider is a three-piece design, incorporating an outer two-piece housing, machined from a 6061 hard anodized aluminum. The insert is made from a proprietary material that has the necessary strength as well as the necessary lubrication qualities to slide smoothly on the shock surface.
For those whose prerunners have cages incorporated into the body or suspension components mounted on heims instead of bushings, you can agree that the excessive rattle can get quite annoying at times, especially on the highway. I have noticed that some of this extra noise is the result of the coil springs and sliders.
I have found that one problem with stock sliders is they have a loser fit around the shock body and can slide on the body at an angle causing premature wear, which also causes the extra noise. Stock sliders can also deform or break when the springs don’t sit true to each other and the shock body, or if they make contact with the crossover rings. I find that with the AGM slider, there is a tighter fit and the stronger material they use will resolve these issues.
Though I generally don’t drive my truck too hard, it does see its share of off-road. In the past, when running a pair of SAW 2.0 coil-overs, I have broken a pair of stock sliders on my front shocks. Now I run Fox 2.5″ coil-overs on the front and rear in conjunction with the AGM shock sliders and haven’t experienced any problems.
I just returned from an 8 day trip for the Baja 1000 where I put over 2000 miles on my truck. I found that the AGM sliders worked great. I had no problems and experienced no noticeable wear. In general, I didn’t hear the usual noise coming from the springs and sliders that I have noticed in the past. Though the noise issue might not be a problem in race vehicles or in all prerunners, for me, I found a noticeable difference from switching over to the new sliders.
Overall I give AGM a thumbs-up for coming up with a great design for such a simple part. The cost might be on the high side for the average prerunner, but there is a great value for any serious racer or avid off-roader.
AGM sliders are currently available for 2.0 and 2.5 shocks for all major brands. If demand is high enough they will make them for 3.0 shocks.
2.0 slider $103.99
2.5 slider $108.99
2.0 replacement insert $26.99
2.5 replacement insert $29.99
For more info:
All German Motorsports
Sliders can be purchased through All German Motorsports, Off Road Warehouse, Kartek and Gen-Rite.com