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Tailgate was stolen on Labor Day

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SupremeMatt, Sep 12, 2022.

  1. Sep 12, 2022 at 1:56 PM
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    SupremeMatt

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    Someone stole my tailgate in the middle of the night. Neighbors cameras caught a white van, likely an Astro, but no license plate.

    Already filed a police report and the dealership is going to replace the tailgate.

    Be safe out there. Lock your tailgate.

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  2. Sep 12, 2022 at 1:58 PM
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    vicali

    vicali Touch my camera through the fence

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    The fools, they left the bedmat..
     
  3. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:07 PM
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    mtip

    mtip Go Outside & Play!!!

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    There is an additional lock you can add, where the tailgate pivots. Sa Bell co, I believe is the name. Also many folks here have added a hose clamp at that same point. Not as secure as a lock, but still may slow em down.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:10 PM
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    aozer

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    Despicable trash
     
  5. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM
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    FL_TRD Sport

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    First thing I did when I bought my truck was add a hard tonneau cover. About a month later I found that I was forgetting to do the key lock thing on the tailgate about half the time, so I had an OEM tailgate lock installed. Now whenever I lock my doors my tailgate is locked also. Not foolproof by any means but at least its a deterrent.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM
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    ppham444

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    Hose clamp won't work. I had my tailgate stolen about 4 years ago and I had the hose clamp installed. Get the custom clamp that goes on the hinge like you mentioned. I also added a locking tailgate handle.
     
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  7. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM
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    rnish

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    Hose clamps will slow them down.
     
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    TRDsport253

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    Invest in the power tailgate lock so it doesn't happen again. I got the Oem one its quite easy to install.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:24 PM
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    SupremeMatt

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    The body shop is next to a Home Depot so I'll get the hose clamp right now. Thank you for the tip on the lock, I'll shop for one and get it when I replace the tailgate
     
  10. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:24 PM
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    tacofish

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    I guy on here sells a anti theft device
    Goes on by the hinge
    Uses a security screw
    Did it so long ago i forgot how it works
    Not sure if makes them for 3 gen
     
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    gotoman1969

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    Here ya go op. 67E3895C-B67F-4495-8686-16AC4F896BA2.jpg
     
  12. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:27 PM
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    grandpawmoses

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    Very nice thieves to not cut the wire harness, lol
     
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    We should all put air tags in our tailgates!
     
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    ya I know I was surprised by that curtesy
     
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    xndak

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    Theives suck as well as the work/time OP has to do to obtain replacement.
     
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    10thMTNgrunt

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    Sheeet, I’m putting an air tag or two inside my truck. I keep putting it off, will get to it one of these days.
     
  18. Sep 12, 2022 at 2:44 PM
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    was it locked?
     
  20. Sep 12, 2022 at 3:11 PM
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    Draxxas

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    Been there a few years ago..about $2500 to replace through my insurance..now I am religious about locking it and also did the hose clamp thing. Covered the clamp screw with JB weld so it cannot be unscrewed...at least slow em down.
     
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