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1st gen tailgate

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Santos23, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Aug 6, 2019 at 6:19 PM
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    Santos23

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    Anyone know where I can order a tailgate that is the same color as my truck. Just looking for a stock tailgate.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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  3. Aug 6, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    $200 shipped for a painted tailgate is a pretty good deal! Looks great :D
     
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    Seriously, I might have to do this...mine's all dented to shit from putting too many glass bottles in my Trasharoo one trip lol.
     
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  5. Aug 6, 2019 at 7:04 PM
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    I was eyeing the same vendor for a tailgate on the 250. OPs good experience might just pushed me down that path one day lol
     
  6. Aug 6, 2019 at 7:06 PM
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    Thanks!

    If you do this, you have to remove all the hardware from the old tailgate (which is easy). The other issue I had was getting the mounting bolts out of the old handle, which didn't happen. I had to buy a new aftermarket one. I think I bought it off RockAuto ($28 dollars with shipping). Some of the mounting bolts use a torx bit, so you'll need to make sure you have one. Other than that, it went very smoothly.
     
  7. Aug 7, 2019 at 1:48 PM
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    bottles are so last year...

    there are so many good beers coming in cans now, bottle are just extra space and weight.
     
  8. Aug 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM
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    yeah believe me that was a one time mistake.

    Not to mention they break and then you've got glass shards to deal with
     
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  9. Aug 7, 2019 at 2:07 PM
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    Looks good - there are some decent OEM knock offs on ebay that i'd use
     
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    I avoid bringing bottles wheeling and camping because they're a safety hazard and bitch to clean up if they break... plus aluminum takes less energy to recycle and weighs less
     
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    I just replaced my dented up tailgate (step side) with an OEM unit, unpainted for $259.00 from Toyota of Escondido. I did re-use all existing hardware. Sister-in-law had it painted at her shop. Took me an hour to swap all hardware and install.
    The fit/ finish is perfect.
     
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  13. Aug 7, 2019 at 4:28 PM
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    $259 for a tailgate?? Damn, my local Toyota dealer wanted nearly $400 for an unpainted fender lol.
     
  14. Aug 7, 2019 at 4:38 PM
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    Appreciate the honest feedback brother, even if it wasn't up to your expectations. It will help someone in the future guaranteed.
    It is nice to know about this option, I hadn't heard of being able to buy a fresh painted new aftermarket tailgate before.
     
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  15. Aug 7, 2019 at 4:40 PM
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    That does seem very fairly priced for OEM. Nice find and paint hookup, you lucky dog. Good paint and labor is hella expensive
     
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  16. Aug 8, 2019 at 5:53 AM
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    Quicksand with hood protector, color matching decals on tailgate latch, mudflaps, glovebox, and tailgate hitch cover.
    I agree that a OEM tailgate for $259 is a steal even if you have to paint it. When I had my 1996, someone backed into my tailgate with an SUV at a walmart parking lot and their rear mounted spare tire actually put a dent in my tailgate. I can't stand riding around with a dented vehicle, so I ordered one from Ebay. It was aftermarket, and I think I paid around $90 or so. As others have mentioned, you do need to transfer all hardware from the original, which is easy. The hardest part is painting since you want it to look good. But, in my case, as I like everything to look stock, I wanted to replace the decals that said TOYOTA and TACOMA LX. THere is a guy named James Dean [I kid you not!] who runs a shop that all he does is decals. He does an excellent job and I can highly recommend his work. I actually did a video showing how to install the replacement logo. Here is a link to his website, and below that, I will put a link to my video where I show how it is done:
    http://www.jamesdeancreations.com/tacomalogos.htm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOZWgotiab4
     
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  17. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:00 AM
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    Quicksand with hood protector, color matching decals on tailgate latch, mudflaps, glovebox, and tailgate hitch cover.
    Oh heck, since I am "showing off" a little, I might as well go ahead and post a video I made of my 1996 in January of this year, only a couple of months before I sold it. Dang, it looked good!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGA-cJLy1SY
     
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  18. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:08 AM
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    In the video, "Now for the Tacoma LX sticker in bottom corner I measured a half inch on the old tailgate up from the bottom but I swear it'll look better at 1 inch":rofl:
    I can't believe you didn't offer to sell it to me first.... That's not even half way to it's life span yet. Still a teenager. Woulda been a great scooting around town little 2wd for me. Tell me you didn't trade it in to a slimey dealership?! Tell me you sold it private party!?
     
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  19. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:15 AM
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    you ought not to be drinking alcohol while wheeling or doing anything behind the wheel of your truck with it running
    stay safe!
     
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  20. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:22 AM
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    I was just gonna tag you for this thread GQ, I memba you were asking about decals and stuff. And oogielaflick video has a good instructional for replacing the decals too
     
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