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

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

  1. Agro

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    I read this thread and here is what I gathered for options

    1. Hose clamp. Easy to install, prevent a thief with no tools from taking.
    2. Gatekeeper. Easy to install, takes a few more tools to remove, but prevent quick thieves.
    Not sure where is best online, but googled this real fast
    http://www.trucknvans.com/Gate-Keeper-Tailgate-Protection-p/200810.htm
    3. Masterlock. Requires a key. Says "Note: Does not fit Toyota Tacoma" but yet you guys show pics. Does it fit? Does it work well?
    http://www.masterlock.com/products/...&modelNumber=MLCOM_PRODUCT_8253DAT&showquiz=0


    I am okay with implementing ALL of these if that is the approach. I dont think #2 can work with #3 installed, and likewise, but perhaps #1 and #3 or #1 and #2?

    Help?
     
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    Nice right up.
     
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    Four year old thread, but mod still works great on the 2013 model. I found the clamps at ACE Hardware under the brand name "Tridon," though the clamps themselves had "IDEAL" inscribed on them. Two #20 clamps for $4.49. Remove the key once before installing, then you won't need pliers when you remove it the second time. The bolt is nothing but a square peg, so I feel anyone with pliers could defeat it, but hey, it's better than nothing.
     
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    Hey guys, I have a few extra Tridon stainless steel clamps that I de-burred and put industrial heat shrink tubing on. If you are interested in one for $6 shipped send me a message. (all gone)

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    I just got my taco and im going to get one of these clamps today first truck so I didnt even know that these were often stolen thank you for the write up with the back up cam it would be a lot of money to replace :).
     
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    Hello, newbie here with a question. How do you install the washer and spacer so that the cable does not bind when you close the tailgate? Thanks


     
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    Put a little Lock Tite on the threads before you put the bolts back in & then don't snug them down all the way. ( Flop abillaty )
    A little lubrication on everything helps too.
     
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    Just did mine with hose clamps.
    I'm trying to find the bolt size for the washer idea as well. I have a shitload of spanner hardware here at work and that would be sweet. Not many people creeping around with spanner tools i would assume.
    Anybody know the size off the top of your head?
     
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    Stay away from tailgate! :spy:
     
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    I'm ignoring the funny guy above me. :) (Yes, I chuckled..)

    I did this mod after trying the McGard and deciding that it wasn't worth the $10 and the time to whittle it down with my dremel to make it work. I went with the "ideal" ones with the yellow key and it came in a 2 pack for $3 at Pep boys. I gave one to a guy at work. These are nice because it's all S.S. and won't rust like most regular steel hose clamps.

    Two other guys at work with Tacos had warned me about this being a problem here in SoCal so hopefully this deterrent helps.

    Last year my neighbor got his T100 AND FJ Cruiser hit on the same night for their cat's.. Now I'm paranoid knowing thieves come down this street occasionally to take a bunch down all at once.

    Only time I've ever seen the cool-factor of a slammed pickup. Hard to crawl under and steal shit. LOL..
     
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    just watched the video on how to steal a tailgate and busted out laughing at how easy that was. Gonna have to invest in those clamps, but just wondering, would my back up camera cord slow a thief down at all?
     
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    Where did you find the small washer or spacer used to secure the tailgate cable? It appears to be a very odd size. What is the ID and OD?
     
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    I didn't measure it. It's a stainless washer that had the right OD, I just dremel tooled the ID by hand
     
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    My 2013 came with a locking tailgate as part of the "appearance" package...I imagine it's difficult (if not impossible) to steal the gate if you can't open it....

    Or am I mistaken?
     
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    Thanks for that...I think finding the right OD is the best I can do. I'll drill the correct ID.

    As far as locking tailgates....mine does not have one. Which package has it included?
     
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    The "Appearance" package - Also has all-weather seats, LED DRL's, Fog Lights, custom wheels, runningboards/nerf bars, skewp (LOL), Sliding rear window, and some other stuff I can't remember without looking at the paperwork.
     
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