I've got a new Tacoma with the "plastic" tailgate, which the dealer assured me I could pound with a sledgehammer. Don't see the need for that, but am wondering whether or not it could hold the weight of a heavyweight, full dress cruiser. I already realize that I have to do the D-rings in the bed mod for proper tie down points, but seeing a young kid hauling a snowmobile in the back of his newer Tacoma this year freaked me out. The whole gate was nearly u-shaped from the weight.
I am thinking of maybe cutting some 3/4 inch plywood so it would cover the entire tailgate and provide extra support while the bike was on it. Could slip it in and out of the bed as needed.
Any solutions to this issue? Your thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated.