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tailgate bounce with & without extender

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Horndog, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Dec 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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    Horndog

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    1.Is there a way to stop tailgate bounce if driving with tailgate down and no load on it?
    2. I assume tailgate will still bounce even with extender?
    3. Anybody know how much weight the bed extender will support...like a bunch of lumber or steel resting on top?
    4. Are the straps the only thing preventing the extender from being removed when tailgate is open?
    5. Without a tailgate lock,all someone needs to do is open the tailgate and the extender can be removed?
     
  2. Dec 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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    Anybody?
     
  3. Dec 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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    1. Run a ratcheting load strap between the tailgate and bumper or receiver hitch. A big bungie would probably work, too. Or smoother roads. Or an upgraded suspension.

    2. Maybe, but the one on my old truck didn't seem to bounce at all.

    3. No, but the tailgate is known to be a tad weak ... and why would you want to do that?

    4. Yes, unless you run a cable lock between it and the bumper or receiver hitch.

    5. Even with a tailgate lock, it wouldn't be too hard to remove the mounting hardware and take the extender, or just rip it free. Thankfully, I believe mounting hardware is available separately, so the thief wouldn't be too inconvenienced.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2012 at 4:02 AM
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  5. Dec 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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    I like the design of that one. It doesn't eat up space with rounded corners, and having it fold up is a bonus.
     
  6. Dec 14, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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    maybe the ezdown tailgate assist that redline sells (along with their hood struts) kind of keeps the tailgate pushed down with it open? i know it lets the tailgate down gently. IDK, anyone have one?
     
  7. Dec 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    At the very least it would act as a damper.

    I'm going to ask the stupid question, if there is no load on the tailgate, why don't you just close it and not worry about it bouncing around?
     
  8. Dec 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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    ^x2, thinking outside the box. lol
     
  9. Dec 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    why have it down if there is no load in it? it doesn't save mileage and is illegal in california (what isn't these days). all it is doing is creating a higher "bumper" that could possibly kill someone that rear-ends you if there car is low enough.
     
  10. Dec 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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    I guess that did sound like an odd question. I have a chunk of land and often carry a lot of brush in the back to burn piles. The brush basically does not put any load on the tailgate so it bounces. Bungee sounds like the simple solution.

    Question as to bounce with the tailgate down bed & extenderd on, would be when carrying something on the road but same situation, something that needs the room, but is very light in weight.
     
  11. Dec 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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    If you still had a bit of bounce with a bed extender, the simplest solution would be to run a bungee, strap, or piece of rope from the center of the extender to a receiver hitch or some other anchor point near the middle. It shouldn't take more than that.

    To double up on the bounce and security concerns, use a Master Lock Python cable lock in place of a bungee. They work very well, and will allow you to put tension on the tailgate/extender.
     
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