I'd recommend against a kick out on the sliders. I have never seen them do much in the way of extra protection, as I've never seen non kickout sliders not protect where a kick out would have.
I HAVE seen kickouts hang people up left and right, where non kickouts don't. IMO, they are a waste.
Im going to have to disagree with you on this one.
A: I don't think that the intent of the kickout is to protect more body, I think its to help clear your rear tire on an inside turn. I have extra width axles and frequently, purposefully, use the kickouts to clear or sometimes to just push enough to get my rear tire to slide by on the sidewall.
2: I have never had issue with hanging up on one yet , and just recently used it as a point onto which I slid UP a rock to get my rear tire upon it. This being the rock, and a glimps at how my kickout is made:
c: Though I don't doubt that you have seen people hung up on them as Ive seen straight sliders hang up great drivers (that's you Nate
), so it stands to reason that I may fall victim some day too.
IV: Getting hung up on kickouts probably depends on how it is made, how far out it protrudes from your body or tires, whether or not you have lockers, how you drive, and/or how else your truck is set up.
You're welcome to your opinion of course, but, for all things I have redone, and for those on the list yet to improve, for my setup and driving style, those kickouts are staying!