Originally Posted by cycledrum
I see they switched to cables instead of the flat folding bars I have on my '88 pickup for securing the tailgate.
I hope those cables are plenty strong. Sometimes I haul a 500 lb motorcycle in my truck ... hate to have a cable give out going up the ramp.
You'll find the cables to be stronger than the tailgate. Some have pulled apart their gates and reinforced them with additional steel. Might be worth investigating if you'll often be loading/unload from the gate.
As for removing the tailgate, it'll take under a minute once you see how it comes apart. It makes the cost of a locking latch seem pretty cheap considering the possible alternative.