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Need some measurements plz

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by eordonez, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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    eordonez

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    The new tailgate fits almost perfect, however, i need to do some adjustment, the distance between the hings appear to be 1/4" shorter on this tailgate than my older one... but i also noticed some paint crack around one side of the tailgate, so im guessing UPS guys may have dropped it on one side, so i need these measurements, to confirm

    1. Distance between the two hinges (external distance)
    2. complete tailgate wide measurement
    3. Gap measurement between the tail lights and tailgate

    I need at least 3 inputs as exact as possible, and if any of you have the chance a picture of your hinge to check if my hinge is not bent.

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    Thanks a lot

    **pics uploading**
     
  2. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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    they kinda suck :(, let me know which ones you need retaken
     
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    damn, that was fast posting there jester! rep for you!
     
  6. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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    those are great jester, if you could only measure from hinge to hinge, side to side, thats the only one... i appreciate it man
     
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    it's easy when my truck is just outside the door in the lot. :D
     
  8. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    I see you have the hose clamp already on there. Good job. It is better to spin the part that the socket/screwdriver/key fits straight down. From where it is in your picture, it's facing towards you when the tailgate is open. That makes it to easy to take off. You want it facing towards the ground when the gate is open. That way the "schmuck" has to be on his/her back to work that clamp loose. You'll have to loosen it, pull it off, spin it and put it back on so the nut is facing in towards the bed and then roll it down towards the ground.

    If this isn't clear to you, I'll snap a photo for ya.
     
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    OK measuring side to side from the edge of the hinge to the edge of the hinge like this:
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    it measures 56 3/4"

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    also the distance from the hinges to the inside of the tailgate is much less than yours:

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    awesome man! thanks a lot
     
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    No problem sir
     
  12. Aug 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM
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    my tailgate has about 3/16 less than yours, i think it is bent, Im gonna take apart the hinges and try to unbent them to see if i can gain at least 1/8"
     
  13. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    Well the right side hinge was bent, so me and my dad tried to unbent it, we got almost 1/8" more length between the two hinges, the tailgate still slides from side to side, but we put some rubber washers inside the hinges just so it wont slide and to center the tailgate, looks good, im gonna try a lil bit more later...

    anyone here does body work???

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    as you can see there is about 1/16 on the right side and 1/8 on the left....
     
  14. Aug 25, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    Im bumping this, since I was wondering...

    My truck stayed close to 5-6 months without the tailgate, could it be that my bed panels twisted, or the gap between the two panels grew?? I mean, the wind of 3 280 mile trips, bumps on the road, and all that could have caused that?

    If anyone can give me a inner tail light to tail light measurement and the measurement between the two plastic covers below the tail lights also

    thanks!
     
  15. Aug 25, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    anyone?
     
  16. Aug 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    I highly doubt it... some people drive with their gate down all the time. If you did some trails and such, then *maybe* that'd be more of a possibility, but even then... It's not like the tailgate is very strong to start with so...
     
  17. Aug 25, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    yeah, you are probably right man, it was just a thought, I guess Ill be better off ordering new hinges from the stealership see if that solves the distance problem.....

    $ 22.85 each hinge from www.toyotapartsales.com, not bad..... since stealership wants around $36 each :eek:
     
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