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New run of 05+ steel tailgate reinforcements

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tacoma Parts Marketplace (2005-2015)' started by HoffmanDesigned, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Mar 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    HoffmanDesigned

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    Exactly.

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  2. Mar 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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    Hoping to start on it after work today.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2014 at 6:33 AM
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    To double check: You also remove the black plastic angled trim piece at the top of the tailgate, yes?

    Assuming the metal-reinforcement doesn't fit over that. I think I need to find some of that clear vinyl to cut a strip and put on the tailgate painted side to avoid scratches...
     
  4. Apr 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM
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    I couldn't get mine on in the test fit phase, before drilling the holes. It didn't even really seem close. I gouged he paint a few places and I was still almost an inch from it seating over the ridge in the top of the gate. I tried convincing it, but to avail. I may try again.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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    Yes, you remove the plastic cap on the top of the tailgate. With mine, there was only a scratch from my test fit, and it was pretty minor. After my test fit, I used blue painters tape to protect from any additional scratches.

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  6. Apr 14, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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    Could your tailgate be slightly bent already? Ive read that some people "worked" the metal using a 2x4.


     
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  7. Apr 14, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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    come on guys..

    Let's see your stuff being installed / installed..

    :worthless:
     
  8. Apr 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM
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    The tailgate is simply fatter in the middle. I tried working it open a bit but it only bent the lip of the reinforcement. It looks like it would sit flat if you somehow got it over the ridge a few inches from the top of the gate. My tailgate already has damage, not in middle or from weight, so I really DGAF about the paint. If I would have thought it was going to work without seriously creasing it I would have hammered it on there.

    I don't really need it, I bought a 5 by 8 trailer since my atv doesn't fit in the bed anyway.
     
  9. Apr 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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    I just purchased a brand new tailgate from Toyota this morning and during my inspection of it, I viewed it along on the top (looking along the line the top makes) and it appeared completely straight.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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    Crazy. Mine looked obviously fatter in the middle. I just went outside to check and there's 100 percent no way it's not a good deal thicker in the middle. Even the plastic cap is much thicker in the middle.

    I walked over to another Tacoma in the lot and his looks dead straight. At some point they've changed both the gate and the top cap. Mine is a way late 2013 model, fwiw.
     
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  11. Apr 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
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    Measured in the center...
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    Same caliper setting on the edge of the tailgate to show the thickness difference...
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    It's not subtle.
     
  12. Apr 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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    mine fitted ok, even bedlined

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    Only that tailgate doesen't close completely
     
  13. Apr 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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    Hi Guys-

    We did confirm on a near brand-new 2014 that these fit exactly the same. It slipped right on. Gaston, if you'd like to try "opening" up the bend a little bit in the new tailgate, you can do that. But only minimal should be needed.

    If you're going to be using BOTH the plate AND the stock composite, I believe that you need to adjust the hinges so that it will close properly.
     
  14. Apr 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM
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    Installed my tailgate reinforcement today. Love it! Used Herculiner on it. Helluva deal.

    Many thanks to HoffmanDesigned!

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  15. Apr 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM
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    Nice work
     
  16. Apr 15, 2014 at 6:26 AM
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    This is a good point. I drilled all the holes the same size, then I primed (last night), and _then_ realized that the larger screws, while the same diameter thread-width, has a wider head (you know what I'm talking about).

    So I guess my options are to: widen those screw-holes...or live with the screw not sitting completely flush.... :confused:

    Im going to be re-using the composite decking on top of it (already trimmed ~2mm of metal from the sides).

    aw crap.

     
  17. Apr 16, 2014 at 6:58 AM
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    Could anyone please elaborate on the hinge modification to get the tailgate to close with both the composite decking AND the tailgate reinforcement installed?
     
  18. Apr 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    I think that it just needs to be trimmed
     
  19. Apr 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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    I am interested in one of these, but cannot seem to find a weight on them. Does anyone know what the steel plate weighs?
     
  20. Apr 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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    What needs to be trimmed specifically?
     

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