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Old 03-11-2010, 08:47 PM
02BlueRanger 02BlueRanger is offline
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Default Tailgate dilema

Okay, so my tailgate handle must have slipped off the device that pulls the tension rods to open the tailgate because as hard as i pull, the tailgate wont open....im not sure what i should do, and my tonneau is shut and locked from inside the bed so i cant get at it that way...suggestions?
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:34 PM
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Default Re: Tailgat dilema

Razor blade to the cover? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:39 PM
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Default Re: Tailgat dilema

no dont do that lol if your tonneau is the ones with velcro or snaps on the side simply reach in and unlock it, another thing is taking a flat head and try to undo the latches on the sides of the tailgate
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:58 PM
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Default Re: Tailgat dilema

ive tried to get the flat head in there, but it wont fit... and i have a tri-fold cover that locks from the inside of the bed, under the bed rails.. :/
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:49 PM
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i wouldn't do anything crazy till you absolutely have to get your bed..
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:44 PM
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true, i think my options are to

A)Cut my tonneau
B)Drill through and cut off my handle?
C) cut through the sides of the tailgate
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:19 PM
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and if you have to cut the cover, you could fashion yourself a handle on it or something.. and you may be better off cutting the tailgate and just getting a new one from a junk yard, if you could find one that is...
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate dilema

drill two holes in the tailgate open it and were the holes are put in lights so that way if someone is tailgating, you can flash them
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate dilema

knock out the handle in the tailgate use some long needle nose pliers and open that bitch up!
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:07 PM
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knock out the handle in the tailgate use some long needle nose pliers and open that bitch up!
thats what i was thinking, whats a new handle run? 70$ :/
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:28 PM
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would it be cheaper to rip my one off now, fix the gate and buy and paint this? http://flint.craigslist.org/pts/1627260439.html
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:34 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate dilema

only if that would fit your truck. says it's for a chebby, might not fit
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:02 PM
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thats what i was thinking, whats a new handle run? 70$ :/
who knows but its got to be cheeper than the top or the gate!
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:44 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate dilema

Get some 1/8"x1" flat stock and bend it up..... slip it under the cover and hit the latch on the cover. This will be easy to do "IF" you are familiar with the latch location/operation on the cover.
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:44 PM
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thats what i was thinking, whats a new handle run? 70$ :/
not even. OEM is something like $25, Or you can get a metal one like this for around $15 plus shipping: http://www.stuffforyourranger.com/st...products_id=90
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