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Sturdiness of tailgate

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by coffeesnob, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Apr 1, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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    coffeesnob

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    I remember some of you saying the tailgates on the Tacomas are not very stout. Could you give some more details? For instance could I push a heavy duty garden tiller up a ramp onto the tailgate and into the truck or would it bend? How about a 42 inch Husqvarna riding mower? Thanks:confused:
     
  2. Apr 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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    It's been hit or miss with bending tailgates. I think it's mainly older 2nd Gens...and I've used a center ramp and rolled my 400 lbs motorcycle up there with no issues.
    I've sat on it...loaded trash on it...Not a problem.
     
  3. Apr 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    Bent my 06 Tailgate when unloading a 4-wheeler
     
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    ^ Thank you for that--good enough for me.

    In another thread many of us were asking for specs on what Toyota states are limits for the tailgate but nobody could deliver.
     
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    well now-- I was just about to ask a question like this.

    BUT my quad is 500 lbs..
    and I am going to have to leave the back tires on the tailgate..

    problems?
    I am going to go about 80 miles each way...
    with some rough roads in between....

    whatcha think?

    J
     
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    I think if that causes the gate to bend or get messed up I would drive it straight to the dealership and get it warranty repaired.

    I have always felt it was when a bunch of weight is dropped onto the gate or a lot of weight is applied in a central focused area then bad tings happened.

    I have always found this pretty much a bummer that it is even an issue. These are trucks aren't they? Not sure what Toyota was thinking! The tailgate is pretty much a very used area of a truck.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    radartech, like flatlander said if it bends get it warranty repaired.

    I suppose you could mitigate the force on the tailgate by inserting a 1/2" plywood in the bed of the truck, it would help absorb the force and distribute the weight front to back. It's kind of a pain and I don't even know if its worth it.

    I wish someone would find the specs for the tailgate.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2010 at 1:43 AM
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    I mentioned this in another thread but it seems pretty useful here too. Loaded and unloaded a 400 pound bike several times and even dropped it once on the tailgate and besides the scratched plastics everythings fine.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2010 at 2:39 AM
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    Even under warranty I can see Toyota denying a claim saying that it was abuse that caused it. I just hate like heck to take a new truck and have the tail gate screwed up.Thanks for the useful info I wonderwhat the diiference between whippersnapper and 4 x4 jeep's loading and unloading procedures.
     
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