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tailgate weight limit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacosrule, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Feb 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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    tacosrule

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    i have a Harley Davidson 883 Iron that weighs 565lbs
    if i put it in the bed of the truck the rear wheel is on the tailgate. will it hold like that or should i not do that?
     
  2. Feb 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    The 05 and 06's showed some issue with weight. Toyota made some corrections; but it's still not the strongest on the market. You might look up reinforcing it. There are a few instructions on this site on how to accomplish this work.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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    i have a 2010 if that helps...... how do you do that? or at least find it?
     
  4. Feb 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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    is there something that i could put IN the bed so that itll be ok? i cant do all that stuff nor do i know anybody who could
     
  6. Feb 20, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    I wrote toyota about it. Their response is on the forum somewhere.. but it said: The tailgate is not a load bearing part and it is recommended to remove the tailgate for loading heavy objects.

    Thing is, you might be able to get away with a certain weight with no ill effect, then go over that by a pound, and it buckles.

    Even on my real trucks I would but a 2x12 or 2x6 on the tailgate to put my ramps on, spreads out the weight. I did it to protect paint and bed cap on them but on this, it would spread the weight fine. Just make sure its not going to slip or anything.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    That's what I was thinking. Also I think that if I put it in crooked with my wheels on opposite sides it will fit without weight on the tailgate. Bad idea?
     
  8. Feb 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    That would work.You could cut a piece of plywood that runs from the front of the bed and over the open tailgate.This would take the weight off the tailgate.
     
  9. Feb 20, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    I ride my 2010 Can-Am Outlander 800 Max up and down it all the time with no issues whats so ever, it probably weighs close to 850 lbs.Given the fact it does have 2 wheels at the same time going over it therefor distributing the weight vs 1 wheel with less surface area with more weight focused on that point of contact. I say you will be fine honestly
     
  10. Feb 20, 2011 at 9:07 PM
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    yea.. probably fine.. but the result is pretty catastrophic. If it doesn't let the ramp fall.. its still a totaled tailgate.

    The tailgate PROBABLY can hold most stuff most of the time even on the pre-08 or whenever they added a bit of tailgate strength.

    Its not going to be covered by warranty, so do what you feel is safe.

    Another thing you can do to make it safer all the way around is get one of those 4 foot wide ramps. That way you can walk it up under power real easy. I use 2 ramps and walk it up. But I rarely load my bike and don't feel I want to buy or store good ramps. Would be handy right now as I have to drop off the truck to get the rear main replaced (but hey, its like 3 months old, gunna leak sometime)

    or you can do like this guy
     
  11. Feb 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    I searched TW and finally found it.
    I still can't find it in my 09 manual but I do trust jandrews post.
     
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