1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

How I'm fixing my flexy tailgate...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by canyonchaser, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Jan 28, 2011 at 4:23 PM
    #1
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    I found a guy on Custom Tacoma's (http://www.customtacos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=144576) who made a stack of these cold-rolled steel tailgate plates.

    [​IMG]

    Which, as I whole, is a good solution. But not as aesthetically pleasing as I'd like. But it's about the best solution I've found. So I order one up. It comes to about $170 shipped, and it arrives in about three days.

    So I pull apart my tailgate, and while there was nothing glaring, you could see a lot of bending damage.

    [​IMG]
    I have no idea if those wide tabs are supposed to be bent down like that...

    So the plate is almost perfect. The lip that goes over the top of the gate, that which provides the majority of the strength, is too narrow to clear the middle of the tailgate. Perhaps my tailgate already has a slight smile, or the curve of the gate is thicker at the middle, I don't know. But I ended up with a few scratches figuring this out.

    I also had a hard time widening this channel so that it would be reasonable flat without too many woogies. I ended up using a block of 2x4 and a sheet of plywood. I would bang on the wood and spread wide portions of the steel gate.

    I also really wanted to retain the composite decking. So I took a flap wheel and cut about 2mm off the left and right edge.

    [​IMG]
    by doing this, it was really easy to mark and drill the holes in the steel. Oodly, it took me more time to drill all the holes than it did to lop off a couple of mm's with the flap wheel. (great finger placement too!)

    [​IMG]
    The composite plate now fits over the top of the steel reinforcement plate, and after adjusting the the tailgate clasps, the gate closes perfectly.

    Painting it is going to be the hard part because its January in Utah. The fortunate thing, is with the composite decking, only the upper-lip is visible. So the primary goal is "Not rust".

    I cleaned the steel with wax/oil remover and laid down a light coat of primer. Then I found some rubberized undercoating spray and laid down a whole can of that on the bottom - the side that will be in contact with the tailgate.

    The plan for tomorrow is to put down some roll-on bedliner across the upper lip. I'm also considering using some sort of liquid nails or something between the bottom of the composite decking and top of the steel plate. But part of me thinks it's not going to be necessary.

    dp
     
  2. Jan 28, 2011 at 4:41 PM
    #2
    gusotto

    gusotto gusotto

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2009
    Member:
    #27502
    Messages:
    288
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Iowa
    Vehicle:
    2001 Tacoma 4X4 SR5 Extended Cab
    I hate rust.
    After getting it to fit, I would have removed it and did a proper primer/final paint job.
    Looks good otherwise.
    Glad I have a steel bed with my '01.
    500 lbs. higher load capacity.
     
  3. Jan 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM
    #3
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    No no no. I wasn't clear. I'm painting it right now.

    I'll post pics later. :)

    dp
     
  4. Jan 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    #4
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    Primed then left to sit above heaters over-night, now for the first coat of "bed liner'

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Now I wait two hours and do the second coat...

    (sorry about the blurry iPhone photos)

    dp
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  5. Jan 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    #5
    Rich Beauregard

    Rich Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Member:
    #22179
    Messages:
    620
    Gender:
    Male
    New London, CT
    Did you at least give the underside a coat of primer before you bolted it down? If not I would take it apart and spay it then put it back on. If that is steel, it will rust up fast if you do not coat it. It does look good!
     
  6. Jan 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    #6
    RelentlessFab

    RelentlessFab Tacoma offroad armor fabricating beast Vendor

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Member:
    #4772
    Messages:
    14,181
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Eastern side of the Sierras: Sparks, NV
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5 4x4> 03 SR5 4x4 total> 14 Crewmax TRD
    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
  7. Jan 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    #7
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    Oh yeah. Primed the whole thing. :)

    dp
     
  8. Jan 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    #8
    black cx

    black cx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Member:
    #24476
    Messages:
    532
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Tacoma 4x4
    is it bending from your r6 on the back of the bed?

    maybe i should take apart my tailgate and check to see if there is any bending. Did plenty of trackdays last season....farthest one was from San Francisco to Miller Motorsports park ( R1 and R6) on the bed and the rear wheel sitting on the taillgate..
     
  9. Jan 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    #9
    ywen

    ywen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2009
    Member:
    #26636
    Messages:
    1,058
    Gender:
    Male
    nice mod.. but really sad that toyota passes off these weak ass excuses for a truck to the US+Canada market...
     
  10. Jan 29, 2011 at 5:45 PM
    #10
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    If I had something as heavy as an R6, it would surly have bent. But I ride a lithe 848. :)

    jk

    I actually haven't put any bikes in the truck yet, but know that I will eventually, so this was a pre-emptive strike, if you will.

    So, here's the second coat of bed-liner baking in the sun.
    [​IMG]

    After another couple of hours, I replaced the composite decking.
    [​IMG]

    Old man Jake looks suspicious of my work...
    [​IMG]

    Tailgate closed, from the inside...
    [​IMG]

    and from the outside.
    [​IMG]

    The tailgate is really heavy now... Really heavy. When summer rolls around I may take it apart and cut some holes to reduce the weight a bit. As of now. I think it may be a bit of overkill, but at least I won't have to worry about it flexing. :)

    dp
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  11. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM
    #11
    KenLyns

    KenLyns Lord of War

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    25,124
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off Road Full-Auto
    All-Pro Bumper, CBI Sliders, Icon Coilovers, BudBuilt Skids, aFe Intake, Icon VS Rear Shocks, Timbren Bumpstops, All-Pro UCAs, JDM Steering Wheel, ViAir Compressor, Klearz LED 3rd Brake Light, Pop-N-Lock Tailgate Handle, Husky Front Flaps
    If you are talking about the half-moon-shaped tabs, they are like that out of the factory. Noticed them on my truck when installing the Pop N Lock. No damage to your tailgate yet. :)

    In order to carry a heavy load, the steel sheet needs to be fastened to metal parts of the tailgate, not to the factory white plastic inserts.
     
  12. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM
    #12
    SOSHeloPilot

    SOSHeloPilot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Member:
    #15422
    Messages:
    4,436
    Gender:
    Male
    U.S.A.
    Vehicle:
    2016 SR5, AC/LB, 4x2, V6, Auto, w/Tow, SiriusXM, Stock
    UnderCover SE, Bed Mat, Tint, Weather Techs & DashGoPro
    .

    FWIW ... that is a great mod ... I have been looking for a way to reinforce my tailgate too ... :D

    .
     
  13. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM
    #13
    AvsFanTRD

    AvsFanTRD Oh gravity, thou art a heartless bitch!

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Member:
    #20761
    Messages:
    3,259
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brandon
    Wyoming
    Vehicle:
    2008 TRD Off Road Black
    rear suspension TSB, sockmonkey bed decals, weathertech floor liners, TRD seat covers, tailgate pop n lock, rear diff breather relocation, center console lock, Viper Alarm, extra D-rings in bed, 5100's on all 4 corners
    looks good, hope it works out for you
     
  14. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM
    #14
    xJuice

    xJuice My spoon is too Big!

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Member:
    #3208
    Messages:
    8,342
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Josh
    North DFW
    Vehicle:
    07 DCSB Sport 2wd
    5100s @ 0.85, Grom iPod/Bluetooth adapter, mud flaps removed, clear turn signal bulbs, TSB leafs, two extra D-rings, debadged, fog light anytime, OEM bed mat, Undercover classic, Hankook Dynapro ATM, Fumoto valve
    OP as well as the guy from the original thread who was selling these both mentioned the lip over the top of the gate is too close in the center. They both also attributed it to the gate possibly being bent already. I bet it's more because the tailgate is naturally convex from left to right with the center being thicker.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    #15
    gov875

    gov875 WahooTaco

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Member:
    #38970
    Messages:
    682
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Pacific Beach, CA
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport DCLB
    Wet Okole's (front & rear), Weathertech Floormats (front & rear), cheap tailgate theft mod, extra d-rings, low profile toolbox (flat black), Thule Roof Rack (58" load bars), Thule Ski/Snowboard Roof Rack, Blacked Out Badges, Fishing Bobber Trailer Ball Cover, AVIC-X930BT w/ XM & steering controls, 5100s All Around (front set at .85), Eibach Coils, Rear TSB, rear AAL, LR UCAs, Toytec Diff. Drop, Mudflap Delete, Tailgate Reinforcement, Spidertrax (all 4), 285 Nittos, Rear Diff Breather Extension, TRD Exhaust, Powered Rear Sliding Window, DeeZee Bedmat, rear-view anytime mod, trailer bracket relocate, fog light anytime mod, redline hood struts, Satoshi with Homertaco Custom TRD Mesh, Hella 500s behind the grill, Brighter Reverse Lights
    if anyone was wondering i got word from the guy who did this on customtacos.com and he still has a few. thinking about picking one of these up since i'm loading my harley and R6 in here pretty frequently.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM
    #16
    SOSHeloPilot

    SOSHeloPilot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Member:
    #15422
    Messages:
    4,436
    Gender:
    Male
    U.S.A.
    Vehicle:
    2016 SR5, AC/LB, 4x2, V6, Auto, w/Tow, SiriusXM, Stock
    UnderCover SE, Bed Mat, Tint, Weather Techs & DashGoPro
    .
    I would love to get one of his tailgate kits. Do you know how much he charges and how to get in touch with him. You can post the info here or PM me.

    FWIW .... I was looking at some special sized aluminum angle to make a top bracket to catch the top of the tailgate. I could even do my angle on top of his aluminum plate on the tailgate.

    Thanks

    .
     
  17. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM
    #17
    bailerc

    bailerc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Member:
    #36995
    Messages:
    685
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cody
    Fayetteville, NC
    Vehicle:
    16' MGM Limited
    if you have a dimple dye, speed holes with make that a tone lighter and just as strong
     
  18. Sep 13, 2011 at 5:23 AM
    #18
    gov875

    gov875 WahooTaco

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Member:
    #38970
    Messages:
    682
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Pacific Beach, CA
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport DCLB
    Wet Okole's (front & rear), Weathertech Floormats (front & rear), cheap tailgate theft mod, extra d-rings, low profile toolbox (flat black), Thule Roof Rack (58" load bars), Thule Ski/Snowboard Roof Rack, Blacked Out Badges, Fishing Bobber Trailer Ball Cover, AVIC-X930BT w/ XM & steering controls, 5100s All Around (front set at .85), Eibach Coils, Rear TSB, rear AAL, LR UCAs, Toytec Diff. Drop, Mudflap Delete, Tailgate Reinforcement, Spidertrax (all 4), 285 Nittos, Rear Diff Breather Extension, TRD Exhaust, Powered Rear Sliding Window, DeeZee Bedmat, rear-view anytime mod, trailer bracket relocate, fog light anytime mod, redline hood struts, Satoshi with Homertaco Custom TRD Mesh, Hella 500s behind the grill, Brighter Reverse Lights
    The price is $150 + S/H which for me in MD would be $37 but varies based on where you are. I'm towards the high end for shipping since he's located in NoCal i believe and i'm across the country. I only have his customtacos name and no email but i asked him for contact info to post here and will when he responds.

    I'm not sure what you are saying by the aluminum angle top bracket. His tailgate kit covers the top of the tailgate and the inside part. Apparently the only difficult thing is bending out the middle of it slightly and you need to grind a few mm's off each side if you want to re attached the plastic from the bed, which i plan on doing with mine.
     
  19. Sep 13, 2011 at 8:38 AM
    #19
    HoffmanDesigned

    HoffmanDesigned Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2011
    Member:
    #63412
    Messages:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Justus
    Santa Clara, CA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Double Cab TRD 4WD
    3" Toytec Lift AirLift Ride-Rite air bags Reinforced Tailgate
    Hey guys, Justus here, the OP from the CustomTacos forum.

    Thanks, gov875, for posting up that information. Yes, the cost of the tailgate is $150+shipping which ranges from $30 to $50 but in most cases is $36. I use FedEx and I think it has something to do with how far from a distribution center you are. Not sure.

    I think I have 3 or 4 of these left right now; I'll have to check.

    The best way to get in touch with me is by email: hoffmandesigned@gmail.com.

    Thanks!
     
  20. Sep 13, 2011 at 7:19 PM
    #20
    SOSHeloPilot

    SOSHeloPilot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Member:
    #15422
    Messages:
    4,436
    Gender:
    Male
    U.S.A.
    Vehicle:
    2016 SR5, AC/LB, 4x2, V6, Auto, w/Tow, SiriusXM, Stock
    UnderCover SE, Bed Mat, Tint, Weather Techs & DashGoPro
    .

    Thanks guys and I will email you tomorrow for the details ... I want one for sure.

    Thanks again ...

    EDIT ... Email sent to Justus tonight @ 2235 hours, ET.
    .
     
To Top