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Old 06-17-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Bad tailgate...bad !!

In my attempt to keep my fuel cost down I bought a used motorcycle, and while loading the 495 lb beast, the tailgate pretty much failed . I called the dealer and have an appointment on Friday but it does not sound good for me, I might have to live with it or repair on my tab, either way not good.
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Wow! that really sucks...... Did it just fold up in the middle or what?
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damn it!! that really sucks dude, can you show us some pictures????
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damn it!! that really sucks dude, can you show us some pictures????

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I'm confused...how come the tailgate TSB will not cover it?
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:13 PM   #6
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Yeah it bent in the middle above the latch, and on the tsb I am over on mileage and they don't know about how to handle it, and I'll try to get some pix.
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you are above mileage, but imo its not a part directly affected by mileage, you should talk to them see if you can make a deal.... you have still 1 year warranty right? not counting mileage...
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That sucks man! That's why I reinforced mine. Then of course Toyota finally comes out with a TSB... But their first attempt was half assed so I didn't bother. Once they redesigned the tailgate I was over mileage too.
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That sucks man! That's why I reinforced mine. Then of course Toyota finally comes out with a TSB... But their first attempt was half assed so I didn't bother. Once they redesigned the tailgate I was over mileage too.
How is there redesign ? is it worth it ?
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How is there redesign ? is it worth it ?
I have 33K on mine Should i go bend it???? (I mean put load directly in the center to test mine out and see if it fails to be on the safe side?)
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hey jedi.......sucks to hear about the tailgate man. hopefully, over mileage or not..........toyota will do the right thing and fix what they knew there was a problem with in the first place. if you get a chance.....post up a pic. im still thinking about reinforcing mine, myself.
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hey jedi.......sucks to hear about the tailgate man. hopefully, over mileage or not..........toyota will do the right thing and fix what they knew there was a problem with in the first place. if you get a chance.....post up a pic. im still thinking about reinforcing mine, myself.
I'm waiting for my "Gatersaver" to be shipped from a toyotanation member, it's basically a reinforced fabricated steel cover plate that replaces the OEM tailgate plastic lip and backing, with all the horror stories of bent tailgates and dealer run around i decided to spend some money on it i'll post pic's once i get it
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I'm waiting for my "Gatersaver" to be shipped from a toyotanation member, it's basically a reinforced fabricated steel cover plate that replaces the OEM tailgate plastic lip and backing, with all the horror stories of bent tailgates and dealer run around i decided to spend some money on it i'll post pic's once i get it

I hear Seth makes a great product.... A great alternative for out of arranty people or people who want piece of mind..

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Sorry to hear Mike.....Let us know how your first meeting goes.
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I'm confused...how come the tailgate TSB will not cover it?
Does the '08 have a stronger tailgate, or does it need to have the TSB performed?
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Does the '08 have a stronger tailgate, or does it need to have the TSB performed?
From what i've heard some 07's and the 08's have a a stronger/ reinforced tailgate, i saw pictures of the upgraded ones and it doesn't look that strong but i might be wrong, the most recent Tailgaite TSB will actually replace the tailgate only, all the emblems, handles, plastics are re-used and new tail will be sent out for painting
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I'm waiting for my "Gatersaver" to be shipped from a toyotanation member, it's basically a reinforced fabricated steel cover plate that replaces the OEM tailgate plastic lip and backing, with all the horror stories of bent tailgates and dealer run around i decided to spend some money on it i'll post pic's once i get it
yeah, i have seen them. seth did a great job with the gatorsavers!!!
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That sucks Jedi, keep us updated
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you are above mileage, but imo its not a part directly affected by mileage, you should talk to them see if you can make a deal.... you have still 1 year warranty right? not counting mileage...
That's a great point and one I will use, the appointment is at 3:30 on Friday the 20th, and honestly, it's the first time I really "used" the truck for what it is, I don't consider carrying the yard waste to the recycling station much of a task.
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Yeah it bent in the middle above the latch, and on the tsb I am over on mileage and they don't know about how to handle it, and I'll try to get some pix.
Bull, call Toyo service in your book. They know the gate is bad.
Call TRD for good measure.
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