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I need a new tailgate...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by nathanroyse, May 4, 2020.

  1. May 4, 2020 at 3:11 PM
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    YF_Ryan

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    My Tacoma was a week old when my father locked his 4x8 utility trailer onto my trailer ball... or at least he thought he did. Was locked, but NOT on the ball. I drove his quad onto the trailer, tongue flipped up and straight into the tailgate. I should have checked the ball myself... My dad felt HORRIBLE. My first new vehicle... After taking to a body shop and finding out it was going to be $700 to fix, I said screw it and bought some touch up paint to keep it from rusting. Damage was nowhere near as bad as OP's.
     
  2. May 4, 2020 at 3:25 PM
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    Even then, if the right size ball was used, the tongue lock would have to full on fail for the trailer to pop off the ball. Make sure you are using the right sized ball. Im betting that flat bed with its 7 pin harness and electric brakes and big ole beef frame uses a 2 5/16ths ball and it looks like you have a 2in ball on there.

    Ill put money on its not a fault of the trailer.
     
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  3. May 4, 2020 at 4:03 PM
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    nathanroyse

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    And you’re 100% right! We don’t tow regularly so there’s no way we would’ve been able to eyeball the difference at night. I didn’t hook the trailer up, trailer owner did!
     
  4. May 4, 2020 at 4:18 PM
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    nathanroyse

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    I talked to the seller about it. He’s building an Offroad truck. No longer needs bumpers/fenders/tailgate.
     
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  5. May 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    5nahalf

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    Always ask them to unlock the tailgate with their key to prove its their tailgate... no key, no sale.
     
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  6. May 4, 2020 at 5:40 PM
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    Chalk it up to a learning experience. I hope you didnt tow the thing very far if at all.
     
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  7. May 4, 2020 at 8:18 PM
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    Craigslist has a ton of stolen tailgates for sale.
     
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  8. May 4, 2020 at 9:10 PM
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    Seems a little sketchy.

    A nearly new $40K 2018 Tacoma being dismantled for an off-road vehicle. Seller must have lots of money to use a newer vehicle over an older one.

    Selling a tailgate not needed, but without the camera, wiring, plastics, or handle. What's the seller going to do with the missing parts?

    The key suggestion above is a great idea.
     
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  9. May 4, 2020 at 11:05 PM
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    My old truck… I hooked it on a slight slope, thought I locked it until I stepped on the backend and popped up and rolled forward. It was 10+ yrs and never fixed it- I wouldn’t do the same on the taco though
     
  10. May 4, 2020 at 11:33 PM
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    There’s no lock/handle/camera:/
     
  11. May 4, 2020 at 11:34 PM
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    Nope. Just down the street.
     
  12. May 4, 2020 at 11:36 PM
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    I know, it doesn’t seem right at all. Unfortunately there’s no way of ever knowing. That’s why it’s always a good idea to lock your tailgate!
     
  13. May 4, 2020 at 11:39 PM
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    Screenshot_20200504-234129_OfferUp.jpg If you're in Los Angeles theres a guy selling one for 130 silver in great condition
     
  14. May 5, 2020 at 4:13 AM
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  15. May 5, 2020 at 6:24 AM
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    Arries289

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    OP, I say keep it just as it is. That's character...shows where ya been and what ya been doing!
     
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  16. May 5, 2020 at 6:26 AM
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    six5crèéd

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    I vote leave it, that way if it happens again you won't have to worry about it. Can't see it from the drivers seat anyways :rofl:
     
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  17. May 5, 2020 at 1:05 PM
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    nathanroyse

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    If it was anything but a brand new truck I probably would. But being that it’s only got 10k miles... and it’s such a cheap fix... I gotta fix it.
     
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  18. May 5, 2020 at 2:52 PM
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    I completely understand. A toolbox fell off of a trailer in front of our new suburban earlier this year, 7k miles. We couldn’t avoid it, I was sick. Only new vehicle I’ve ever bought. Had to fix it :thumbsup:
     

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