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Tailgate question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DirtJumper14, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Jan 4, 2012 at 7:25 AM
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    DirtJumper14

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    I have an 05 and after moving a few people this past week my tailgate has seen better days. does anyone know if toyota strengthened/changed the design to make them stronger? If so what year did they change it? Thanks for any info
     
  2. Jan 4, 2012 at 7:28 AM
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  3. Jan 4, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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    I have seen the "fix" for them but not really answering my question. My tailgate has a dent where every support piece is located from inside. I am going to be buying a new one and was wondering if they changed the design at all during the last 7 years to make it stronger so I make sure to buy that year or later. I will do the mod if they are all the same to the new one but I was hoping toyota changed the design at some point along the way. Thank you
     
  4. Jan 4, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    If whistling windshields and the weak ass leafs still coming on the trucks is any indication, I am betting the answer is no, they haven't done a damn thing to strengthen tailgates either.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    Your windshield whistles? Damn. Well I was hoping they pulled their head out.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    I have only heard mine make noise once while on frwy with 35mph crosswinds after a front came thru. The noise stopped when at posted speed limits. :D Have seen several posts recently about noisy windshields on newer stuff.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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    Well I am happy mine doesn't whistle. that sucks. At least that's one thing I don't have to fix. Lol
     
  8. Jan 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    kbp68

    kbp68 hey...I can change this!

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  9. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:31 AM
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    They changed it sometime in 08. so if you find an 09+ tailgate that is original to the truck you should be good.
     
  10. Jan 5, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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    Do you know what they changed by any chance?
     
  11. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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    no i dont.
     
  12. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    Toyota added a few ribs inside I believe. Details in the TSB:
    BO018-07 NOV 07 Body - Bent Rear Tailgate
    Download here: http://www.divshare.com/download/4099360-b3f

    Whether the redesigned tailgate is strong enough is hard to say. If you foresee a lot of use/abuse, replace the plastic tailgate liner with a sheet of steel. Either make one yourself or buy from one of the vendors on TW.
     
  13. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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    BTW, have you looked at pricing for a replacement tailgate? If you don't have a tonneau or cap, it may be better to buy a tiregate.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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    I just found out that the fix is some additional braces you can buy from the dealership. There is a drivers and passenger side they sell separately for $70 total. Ouch. So that means all of the gates are the same. I found one on craigslist that is in perfect condition, and same color. Will strengthen that one accordingly. Thanks guys.

    I love what you do to me......toyota. ;)
     
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