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Old 09-03-2007
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Broken tailgate handle

haha broke my damn tailgate handle and cant open it,how the hell do i get this thing off???


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Remove the backing plate behind it on the tailgate.
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yep, and then just unbolt the 2 nuts that hold it on. and pop the rods off that are connected to it
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i have one i will sell you, if you are interested pm me.
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Thanks for all the good tips, especially to jtslmn720 for the link. Had mine break on my '02 Ranger back in January, but couldn't fix it till I got my arm out a cast. The directions were easy to follow, even for someone of my limited mechanical skills.

I searched online ,and found several after market handles ranging from $18 to $30. Called the local dealer, and got a new OEM for $26.84 plus tax. If anyone is interested, the part number is 1L5Z-9943400-AAA.

Thanks for the help, guys!
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next time it breaks, get a metal one to replace it.
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imo the metal ones look like crap.

just don't yank on the handle and you should be fine, how often does someones door handle break off?
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In my example I have 4 rangers that are driven by employees doing work that requires the tailgate going up and down constantly. I've never broke a metal one after replacing the broke plastic handle.

Different uses for the trucks requires different solutions.
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In my example I have 4 rangers that are driven by employees doing work that requires the tailgate going up and down constantly. I've never broke a metal one after replacing the broke plastic handle.

Different uses for the trucks requires different solutions.
Yep, exactly.. there are two choices to any fix on a problem: Fix it OEM, or fix it right.

Do it metal, and you'll never need to buy another handle again.
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Where do you get a metal tailgate handle? Should be paintable right? And I'm not talkin about the old mid 90's handle, I want the new wide one...
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those won't be wide like the current model. I don't think they exist in metal, only plastic.
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Oh didn't read that part
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they wouldnt happen to make metal door handles would they?
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all I have seen in the aftermarket are chrome overlays for the doors.
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