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Old 03-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Secret to remove tailgate hinge bolt

I ordered one of the GateKeeper hinge covers for a 2011 Tacoma. Is there any secret to getting the one torq hinge bolt off? Its painted over. I tried with a pretty heavy duty torq nut but it keeps slipping off. Is there a secret to getting this bolt broken free?

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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From what I read, '09+ Tacos have that Torx screw welded on. That's why many tailgate accessories like the EZDown gas strut says '05-'08.

The Gatekeeper thing isn't any more secure than a keyed hose clamp:
http://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Turn-Key...ata/B000JTOWN8
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I thought painted on was bad...It being welded on would suck! I figured the chances of someone having a screw driver would be more likely vs a hex wrench. I was also considering putting in a center post security nut. I totally understand that if someone wants it bad enough... But, I live near a city and really am just avoiding the kids playing "let's hide the tailgate" game.... I know a hose clamp is a lot cheaper but for $25, I'm much happier with the end result. That is, if I can get this bolt off...
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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The hose clamp has a plastic key that can be pulled off, leaving a square stub.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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The hose clamp has a plastic key that can be pulled off, leaving a square stub.
And a 12-point socket will line up perfectly
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Gate keeper will not tell you that it's tacked, I tried and striped the torx so I ended up eating it. Bought a master lock tailgate lock.
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SS Hose clamp with head facing down when tailgate is open. You have to lay on the ground and have a long shaft screw driver to loosen it up. Although overkill perhaps since the clamp remains in place after being tightened, I placed some heat shrink on the clamp to avoid any paint scratches.
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Of course, all this is moot if you have a Pop-N-Lock.
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Of course, all this is moot if you have a Pop-N-Lock.
I have no need for the Pop-N-Lock.

I have the integrated camera and also don't want an extra key just for the tailgate. I'm not looking for secure stowage. I just don't want my tailgate to walk away. I'm fine with the hose clamp I guess. Its a hack but should serve my purpose.

Does anyone have any clarification on where the tack is? Is it tacked on the inside? Can it be cut? I'm just not convinced its welded. What's the point of the extra labor/parts to bolt the hinges on if they are just going to weld the bracket on? And, why weld it if they are going to bolt them on with heavy duty torq bolts with locking washers?

If it truly is welded and the GateKeeper doesn't work for '09+ Tacomas, I'll update the Sticky thread so the next guy doesn't waste $30. (or is it there and I missed it???)
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I have a Pop N Lock on my truck. I have no real need for a locking tailgate other than keeping my tailgate on my truck. Having one extra small key is really no big deal. Also I have a backup camera too. Pop & Lock designed a unit for 09 and up Tacos with a backup camera.

I also use this a Bully tailgate lock.
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I have a Pop N Lock on my truck. I have no real need for a locking tailgate other than keeping my tailgate on my truck. Having one extra small key is really no big deal. Also I have a backup camera too. Pop & Lock designed a unit for 09 and up Tacos with a backup camera.

I also use this a Bully tailgate lock.
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pop n lock is pretty awesome, say what you want about that extra key but imo it's worth it, i also have it coupled with a bully, and the washer mod
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