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How I Protect My Tailgate From Theft

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Tacpilot, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Jun 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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    Tacpilot

    Tacpilot [OP] Member

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    After reading through the tailgate theft threads, I decided that using a hose clamp just wasn't good enough for me. It will certainly help, but if someone with a screwdriver is determined, they can remove it quickly.

    Another TW member, lowrange, came up with the idea of welding the tailgate mount then reattaching with the mounting screws. Here is a pic of his work:

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    My fix is essentially the same, but reversible. By adding a slice of steel pipe the only method of removal is by detaching the tailgate mount. This isn't done quickly with the mount in place. I painted the pipe red so it would be visible to any would-be thief, thereby announcing their inferiority.

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  2. Jun 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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    RtacomaN

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    Definitely gonna have a hard time stealing his tailgate haha
     
  3. Jun 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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    Balot64

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    What is the diameter of the pipe you used?
     
  4. Jun 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM
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    Sorry, I was going to get measurements but I missed the chance. I'm out of town now. My recommendation is to take the bracket to the steel yard. The one I picked was nice and snug - I had to use a rubber mallet to get it on. If I had the time I'd have cut a bunch of them to send out to people.
     

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