This is a very simple process to replace the tailgate handle.
Tools needed: T-30 Torx Bit, 10mm socket with extension
Product replacement- metal replacement handle available in black or chrome here: http://underdog-performance.com/id56.html
The only slowdown to the install was spray-in bedliner was sprayed on the torx headed screws. We had to pick these out. If you have a spray in done, ask them to tape off these screw heads. Odds are you will be replacing the handle in the future because of the plastic construction.
First step is to remove the Torx head screws from the back of the panel. This can be done with the tailgate up or down:
With the screws removed, you can remove the panel. If it has spray-in liner,
you may want to take a utility blade and cut the bedliner around the panel:
If the gate is up, you can pull on the rod to release the tailgate and lay the tailgate down. There are 2 nuts that need to be removed using a 10mm socket with extension:
With the 2 nuts removed, it becomes self-evident how to swap them out. Remove the old one and install the new one. BEFORE putting the back panel back on, make sure everything is functioning correctly by opening and closing the gate a couple of times. If everything is good, install the rear panel with the torx head screws you removed, close the gate and look at a job well done: