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good news first. my girl and i bought our first home this past week. feels good to finally have our own place. lots of work to do, but we'll take it as it comes.
bad news...i get back to the station from a long shift(emt) to find someone has stolen my tailgate. looks like they tried taking the bed extender too, but couldn't figure it out. ticked me the f off. some people need a good swing of a bat to the face.
 
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Old 10-23-2012
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That sucks! Look up the tailgate mod on here to prevent or help prevent it in the future. Congrats on the house though!
 
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Congratulations on the house.

I use a simple hose clamp type strap around the pivot area on the tailgate.

It adds some extra work for thieves.
 
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That sucks, I agree though a hose clamp is usually enough to deter most thieves.
 
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Brutal! My tailgate handle cracked so i have to open one pin with a flat head. I figure if they cant open it they cant take it lol

I also enjoy that i can leave my 300lb ATC110 in the bed as again, they would have to lift it over the side of a truck with a 6" lift and 33's. Not exactly easy LOL
 
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The clamps are the quick and cheap fix, but most thievs have some sort of screw driver with them. Something a little more substantial may need to be used:
 
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Ranger security stuff discussed here... https://www.ranger-forums.com/genera...ed-off-132574/

Number 5 off my list is simple hose clamp on tailgate
NUMBER 5 - Hose clamp the tailgate
Ghetto security for sure but keeps someone from quickly walking away with your tailgate

Install it so you can only access it to remove from the bottom with the tailgate partially open making it harder to remove quickly.


COST: $0.49
 
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I didn't even think to aim the head downwards.....good call on that one.
 
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The clamps are the quick and cheap fix, but most thievs have some sort of screw driver with them. Something a little more substantial may need to be used:
I've got this little gizmo on my tailgate. Works well but still more expensive then a hose clamp.
 
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oh man. never thought of doing the hose clamp thing. lol thats genious. and congrats on the house. im looking to buy one in the few coming years
 
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doesnt that make it harder to open and close the tailgate b/c of the force being put around the "bearing"?
 
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Could always get this, I hear it's pretty effective. On the serious note, congrats on the house. Sucks about the tailgate.
 
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doesnt that make it harder to open and close the tailgate b/c of the force being put around the "bearing"?
Nope. Its not designed to be super tight is is designed for it to not lift off super easily.
 
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