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Old 07-26-2011, 06:43 AM
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Default How much weight on the tailgate?

Just bought a 2011 XLT Ext.cab....because my '96 F-150 got totaled by the insurance company.
With the F-150, the 8 ft bed, I could remove the tailgate, use ramps and ride my Harley up, strap it down and put the tailgate back on.
This new Ranger, of course, has a 6 ft bed. The rear tire would rest on the tailgate, so, the Ranger tailgate must stay on and open..

The Ford dealer cannot or will not answer a question....

The tailgate: will it support the wieght of the bike AND me...about 880 pounds...when I ride the bike up (on ramps, of course), and ride the bike down?

If not....or maybe....what mods would anyone suggest? I REALLY don't want to spend 2400 bucks on one of those electric ramp systems such as "Rampage Lifts" (rampagelifts.com).
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:47 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

i think you should be ok if you get some stronger straps
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:59 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

It should say right on your bumper
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:39 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

I've been told that the limit is around 500 lbs with the existing straps. Sure would put a serious dent in the tailgate if the straps broke and your tailgate landed on the edge of your rear bumper.

Just something to think about.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:40 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

it can be done, I put quads and dirtbikes in all the time. Gotta be pretty nimble though.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:49 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

I drive my polaris magnum 500 with ramps on the tail gate all the time, be close to the same weight to. never had and issue or heard anyone else that has
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:56 AM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

Just make sure both straps are In good shape (2011 shouldn't have any issues lol)
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:24 PM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

I've loaded a friend's quad into the back on my Ranger with it resting partly on the open tailgate so you should be good to go.
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:42 PM
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Default Re: How much weight on the tailgate?

rode quads in and out of mine all of the time. along with my buddies 1993 as well neither truck has ever had an issue. i have also seen a ranger with a harley in it on the tailgate without an issue
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