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Awesome Tailgate Anti-theft device

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by blackZEBRA, Jan 15, 2023.

  1. Feb 22, 2024 at 2:23 PM
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    MattiasdelTaco

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    i had a hard time with the bolt at first.

    as it turned out all i needed was a breaker bar and a t-40 with drive matching the breaker bar. I used 3/8” drive, but i bet 1/4” would do fine too.

    the bolt wasn’t even held in with teeth, and came out super easy.

    i had waited too long to finish, because i thought the screw was stuck, and had tried a propane torch, my 2 impact drivers earlier.

    just buy a t-40 that fits with a squre socket to use with a breaker or ratchet

    i’ll post a pic just for why not when i get a chance. I never made a video.


    Edit: Christian had suggested drilling it out, which i never tried.
    I did need to heat the bead of material to make the metal antitheftdevice Christian machined fit.
    My taco is a 2023.
    There were no teeth on the backside of the original bolthead, and total mystery to me now, why it was so difficult to move at first. No stripping or even close, after being seemingly impossible to move a couple months ago, last week, it turned counterclockwise and was able to be removed like it was never even stuck.
     
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  2. Feb 22, 2024 at 5:32 PM
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    Awesome, thx again my friend
     
  3. Feb 23, 2024 at 3:00 AM
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    Here’s the two buddies… 2nd and 3rd Gens! Many thanks Christian.

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  4. Feb 23, 2024 at 6:53 AM
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    Awesome, thx again for supporting USA made products and small businesses.
    Cheers
     
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  5. Mar 4, 2024 at 2:56 PM
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  6. Mar 4, 2024 at 5:41 PM
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    Some little Chinese kid probably makes those,
    Buy USA and support small business.
    Just my .02 cents
     
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  7. Mar 4, 2024 at 6:59 PM
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    Alameda CA is the claim. I looked into both options but rather to support a small business on TW and personally liked Christian’s design better. Still standby his craftsmanship and customer service is second to none!

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  8. Mar 4, 2024 at 7:14 PM
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    Funny to see the rah rah “made in US” posts about installing a $25 part on a made in Mexico $40K+ truck that is used to shop at a Walmart where over 1/3 of the products are from China.

    Global economy.
     
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  9. Mar 4, 2024 at 7:24 PM
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    For me it comes down to supporting the little guy in the fight. I’ll choose a cottage vendor over a big box store any day. And if it’s USA that’s just the cherry on top. Doesn’t matter if it’s going on a $1k junk yard Detroit behemoth or $40k Korean crossover, small business is where it’s at in my humble opinion.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2024 at 4:31 AM
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    Amen to that
     
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    Thanks Christian, received mine and installed! A sturdy and elegant solution that should thwart most tailgate thieves. The color-matched powder-coat is a bonus, even if not normally visible.

    Just enough room with the tailgate about 1/3 open to line up Torx bit on the bolt using ratchet extension. My truck is only about a year old, but still took a couple hammer hits to loosen original bolt before removal. The weld bead under my tailgate hinge was a little thick, so a couple light hammer taps (with rag to protect powder coat) were needed to get the curved portion of lock fully under the hinge.
     
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    Awesome, glad you were able to get r done, thx again my friend, cheers
     
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    I was worried about stripping the screw but it came out easy with an impact driver. The screw was on there pretty tight. I used my drill first and it would not budge at all with the max setting. Had the borrow my neighbor's driver to get it out.

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  14. Jul 10, 2024 at 3:32 AM
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    Awesome, they can be tuff sometimes, thx again.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2024 at 5:39 AM
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    I Have a question…maybe it’s a dumb one, but if these bolts/screws are so hard to remove, how are people stealing tail gates so easily?
     
  16. Jul 10, 2024 at 6:03 AM
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    Takes a couple of minutes and no tools to remove a Tacoma tailgate. Plenty of YouTube videos on how to remove the tailgate.
     
  17. Jul 10, 2024 at 6:12 AM
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    Thanks I just watched a video. I will be ordering a security device as well from Christian.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2024 at 6:17 AM
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    Hey, do you accept Zelle? I’m not a fan of PayPal.
     
  19. Jul 10, 2024 at 6:48 AM
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    After my grandson demonstrated how easy it is to defeat the hose clamp - suspicious he had experience at this........ I bought an exhaust pipe adapter from auto parts store ($2.35?), hack sawed a close fitting steel ring, painted it black and fitted to the hinge. Done.

    There are some marks on the ring now - probably from some dummy with a scewdriver. Survived for 8 years now. Wish it was this easy to protect the cats.
     
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  20. Jul 10, 2024 at 7:04 AM
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    @christian06, what's the turnaround time from the order placed to the item shipped? I ask because I am leaving California (North County, SD) for North Carolina on the 23rd of this month. I can wait until I get there, but a trip across the country in my rig would give me some peace of mind to have something like this installed.
     

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