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Another tail gate question.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by A.D., Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Jan 4, 2009 at 2:28 AM
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    A.D.

    A.D. [OP] Desert Riding Ninja

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    hello all,
    I am new to the forum, but have been a lurker for awhile, and finally had a need to ask something i was not able to get the answer for myself. The tail gate problem, where does this usually happen? Like, in the center of the gate, the sides, or anywhere weight is put on it? I have come across a really good deal on a quad, and i have measured it out, there will be very minimal weight put on the gate for extended periods of time, since the quad will fit in between the fender wells and be able to sit far enough forward to barely sit on the gate, so basically i am asking if i should beef up the gate even though i will only be putting weight on it when it goes in and out of the bed? Sorry for the rambling, and thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2009 at 5:54 AM
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    Drew793

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    A.D. you could also remove the tailgate when loading/unloading the quad.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    A.D.

    A.D. [OP] Desert Riding Ninja

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    Yes, i hadn't thought about that, i know the gate comes off really easy, i actually just might do that. But as far as riding with the quad back there for a long drive? I know there will be a small patch where the rear tires will be sitting on the gate, but this is really the lightest part of the quad, so i don't know if i wanna get into the gate and mod it if i don't need to. Any Quad guys in here having problems with their quads sitting on their gates? Oh yes, i own a DC, do any DC owners input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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    bluecluee

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    Short bed or long?
     
  5. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM
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    I have a short bed DC, havent had any issues with the tailgate. The way the quad fits i seriously doubt this will occur
     
  6. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM
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    Adding to the last post.... i have mobbed the CRAP out of my truck in the dunes / desert...i have pushed the truck to the limit with the quad in the back - no issues. the rear wheels of the quad are near the bottom of the tailgate and the weight is distributed evenly. Also, loading & unloading I havent had any issues. me and a buddy usually grab the front wheels, set it on tailgate, then lift the back in
     
  7. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:22 PM
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    A.D.

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    Good to hear, I have a DC and was hoping that the rear wheels wouldn't be a problem on the gate. I have had trucks before and my quads have never been an issue, i've even strapped them down to the gate before, but never in my Tacoma, and have read about some tailgate issues with other Tacomas, so i thought i would check on it. Nice to hear that another SoCal Tacoma guy is enjoying some ATV action though, most of the peeps i know do the MotoCross bikes. Oh and i love the dunes too!! Plan on heading to Dumont shortly after picking up the quad, just need to get some paddles for her and i'll be there.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM
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    I have a DC shortbed also, and was thinking about adding something to the tailgate also to beef it up. At 250 and in full gear I have stood in the middle of the tailgate, and it only made noises..
    I like the Alum. mods that were done, may go that route but change the color.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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    It shouldnt be an issue on the gate. I think more of the problems come from dirtbikes where you've got all the weight on one wheel in one spot - thats where a lot of the problems are coming from. with the quad in there, i am even able to lift the gate a couple inches - thats how far forward the rear tires sit, depending on the quad.

    I try to get to the dunes as much as possible its just hard because the closest place for me is pismo and its almost 3 hrs away. I was just there over new years tho, it was fun. I havent been to dumont since i was a little kid with the fam, i've been meaning to go there again. My usual spots are glamis & pismo.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    I have a DC SB and have had a 4-wheeler in there a few times. Never had the TSB done or ever had any troubles while packing it around. It was only a few times though so it's not a daily or weekly thing for me. I was borrowing it more like it!:D
     
  11. Jan 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM
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    Maybe throw a piece of plywood on the tailgate somehow? That would distribute the weight more evenly.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    i got a pretty good idea of what i am gonna do, not sure if i need to, but ima do it anyway. I'll post pics when i am done though.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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  14. Jan 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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    I have a DC short bed, I have hauled my quad many times in the past year and I don't have any problem with the gate. The rear tires sit just a little on the gate, but not much and I ride it up ramps into the truck without a problem. There is hardly any weight on the gate, it can still be moved up and down, but it doesn't bounce real bad unless you hit a bump pretty hard.
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  15. Jan 6, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    nice
     
  16. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:30 AM
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    One thought - if you remove the tailgate you may have trouble re-installing it if the quad's wheels are overhanging that area.
     
  17. Jan 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM
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    our tailgates dont like motorcycles.......
     
  18. Jan 6, 2009 at 10:00 AM
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    im pretty sue 08s came with the reinforced gate i know mine did. mind you mine also came with four leaf leaf packs
     
  19. Jan 6, 2009 at 11:43 PM
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    That sucks. Yeah the problem with motorcycles is the rear tire actually sits on the center (weakest point) of the tailgate.
     
  20. Jan 7, 2009 at 12:08 AM
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    i've run all kinds of quads and stuff up my tailgate and it was never a problem. the problems arise when the load is directly on the center of the gate but they're not too hard to reinforce if you want to. you can check out my pics for how i reinforced my gate after bending one with a brush mower.
     
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