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Tailgate theft....How to prevent it....

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by chris4x4, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM
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    jw1983

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    I was trying to find the locking clamps and some people have never heard of them. Others have said that they haven't been made in 20 years. I am not sure what else I can use to replace those ones rather than using regular clamps. Any other solutions?
    When it comes to rust from the clamp you could always use rust proof paint like Trimclad. Paint it black.
     
  2. Sep 20, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Another reason why I own a 89' Pickup.

    Don't gotta worry about this :cool:
     
  3. Sep 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM
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    You know guys my last 2 Tundras had locking tail gates, they were an '03 & an'06. So I wonder why my '06 X did not get one. Like my '02 Tun didn't have one ether.

    Wonder why.

    Which way are these design guys are goin' ?

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  4. Sep 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    Did the clamp thing today. Thanks for the great tip...

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Sep 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

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    I know this is a cheap mod but in my opinion any mod over $500 that doesn't cause an erection lasting at least 4 hours is a waste of time and money
    Did this untill I get around to other mod. Electronic Tailgate Lock Mod
     
  6. Sep 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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    Before putting the hose clamp on someone told me "Just back into a pole, not one will want to steal it then"
     
  7. Oct 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    I did the hose clamp mod today with a mod to the mod. Before installing the hose clamp I put on a couple of 45 pound plastic cable ties and then put the hose clamp over the cable ties. My thought was that the cable ties added an extra layer of security and also keeps from scratching the paint from the metal hose clamp. Then just for fun ran a cable ties around the tailgate cable bracket and the hole in the cable mount on both sides. I did not do anything to the hose cable to disable it in case I want to remove the tailgate. I fiqure that if someone wants my tailgate bad enough they will get it but if it takes too much time to get off they will move on to the next truck.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    must be a 2nd gen deal as my tailgate hinges have bolts screwed in tight. you can't just un-clip the draw chain. or am i missing something?
     
  9. Oct 28, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    Doin that!
     
  10. Nov 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    here is another link for the turnkey clamps on amazon. they are about twice as expensive ($4.07 for 2) as when the OP listed them back in '09. still cheap insurance.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Turn-Ke..._5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1320518158&sr=1-5

    also, if you have a West Marine near you, they also carry 300 stainless clamps in size 20 for 1.59 each (breeze booster is the brand name). they also have 316 stainless for 5.79 each. all found on their website www.westmarine.com also

    btw, the company i work for, Master Lock, makes a pretty nifty tailgate lock for $20 that will fit toyotas. hope this isn't against the rules (i am not a vendor), but here's a link:

    http://www.masterlock.com/product_details/TruckBedSecurity_No.8253DATTailgateLock/8253DAT

    [​IMG]

    you can also see a vid by Mike Rowe demonstrating tailgate theft and security there as well. he is our new spokesman. shameless plug.
     
  11. Nov 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    I have some extra hose clamps with the key(see picture), pm me for my paypal address, send me 4 bucks for shipping and I will send you one to your door

    2011-11-10 15.49.19.jpg
     
  12. Nov 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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    WOW, I could not believe when I saw that video last night of the tailgate popping right off. Certainly my new 2012 with Premium Alarm had corrected that problem but this morning I walked right out and popped the tailgate off my new truck.My son laughed and said I bet Toyota sells a lot of gates.

    I went to walmart and they now only sell these clamps in a 4 inched for RVwaste disposal. I found them at O"Reilly auto parts with either red, blue or yellow handles. I measured and wrapped with tape up to the point that would enter the threads of the clamp to protect the paint. I also added a strip of tape when I was done and after I took the key off and I took a tire value cap and filled it with epoxy and stuck it on the remaining post. I figured all of this may confuse a thief and I would be hard to get to the post. My son called it the air-value for the off-road tail gate :)

    I cannot believe Toyota has not addressed this over the years. I live in a high theft area and I think this mod just saved me $800. Now who do I owe that beer to?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Nov 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    There are a lot of good ideas and suggestions on this board but this one is one of the best. I wish all of the answers to life's problems were this easy to solve. Thanks again for the great tip.
     
  14. Nov 19, 2011 at 10:48 PM
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    Thats why I'm here!...Never done, all it takes is $$$
    :infantry:Wow... nice fix!. Just checked my 2001 Ford F-150, and it popped right off the same way. !! I wonder if the "other" brands come off this easy? The really sad thing is, some jackass somewhere is scrapping these just for the scrap metal price...
     
  15. Nov 19, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    There is the pop n lock you can install or the tailgate keeper. I did both the hose clamp and the tailgate keeper after having my tailgate stolen.
     
  16. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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    Just joined the forum and saw this thread - THANK YOU - for pointing out this problem and solution. The Tacoma I just bought is my first truck so I have many things to learn from you guys.....thanks again!!!!!
     
  17. Nov 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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    I knew the tailgate came off easily because I removed it on my other Tacomas. It never occurred to me that someone would want to steal it...
    Thanks for the heads up! I just finished putting a cable lock on it.

    Does anyone know if a Pop-n-lock will interfere with the backup camera?
     
  18. Nov 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM
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    csjumper2003

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    It just moves it to the otherside. It is made to house the camera.
     
  19. Nov 24, 2011 at 5:45 AM
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    I was JUST going to post about this very mod, just a "gut-check" to see if anyone has considered hose-clamping their taligate.

    It's probably been covered (I didn't read all 28 + pages of post) but stainless steel clamps aren't hard to find. My local Lowe's has them and I think also Ace as well.

    Yippeee-- my first tacomaworld post.
     
  20. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    You're a class act; turn one stolen tailgate into two stolen tailgates. Way to go champ. /reported

    (Yes I know his post is old! Still pisses me off)
     
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