Originally Posted by runninglight
I'm thinking of having a Tailgate lightbar installed and I am concerned about blocking the opening along the flat surface above the license plate to get access to lower the spare tire.
Has any one installed a Tailgate LED bar and dealt with the spare tire access issue?
My led bar has three points of attachment which can be unscrewed in the rare event of getting a flat tire. There are several different brands of this unit, some give you clearance for the spare tire tool as mine does. On my previous Toyota truck, the unit that I had on that did not give any clearance so it would have presented a problem.
I purchased the new one from Advanced Auto
which has a slimmer profile.
One other thing here. On the older tacomas, the rear bumper had a different black step pad design than the newer ones and this interferred with the led setup, not to mention scrapping the paint off the bottom edge of the tailgate. A lot of work with a dremel usually took care of that problem. Removal of the pad was quite simple, squeezing the tabs underneath the bumper to remove the pad.