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Old 10-20-2008
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Tail gate straps

How much weight can those things hold? I have a 2000 XLT
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Since the coating on them has a nasty habit of trapping moisture , and you can't tell how bad they are corroded unless you remove it, after a few years I don't trust them to even hold the tailgate.
They may hold 500 lbs or 5 lbs. I've seen them break just by dropping the tailgate.
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Hmm, mine seem to be able to hold like 450lbs fine...but I get nerves when more then two people sit on it.
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just keep an eye on them if they are kinked replace them

those cables will hold alot, also being you are in Cali I doubt they rust any too fast
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Mine just snapped a few months ago from dropping the tail gate luckily no damage... how ever they are not cheap to replace from ford and one side will cost more then the other b/c they are made at different factory's
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Mine just snapped a few months ago from dropping the tail gate luckily no damage... how ever they are not cheap to replace from ford and one side will cost more then the other b/c they are made at different factory's
You can get factory replacements at Autozone, Advance, and maybe NAPA. At Autozone here they run you $9.99. One was snapped when i bought the truck so I went ahead and replaced both of them.
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autozone has the newer ones?? i have not seen ones for 99 up trucks
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You can get factory replacements at Autozone, Advance, and maybe NAPA. At Autozone here they run you $9.99. One was snapped when i bought the truck so I went ahead and replaced both of them.
damn that blows the driver side cost me like 18 bucks then the passenger side was like 21 bucks lol
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Mine snapped on me when dropping the gate in the rain and the gate slipped my hand. Found out they are not real cables....rather plastic/fiberglass-like 'cables'. My replacements were purchased from a local auto parts store for like $10 each. Metal. ...real cables/wire rope.

What do they hold? i honestly don't know.
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Mine snapped on me when dropping the gate in the rain and the gate slipped my hand. Found out they are not real cables....rather plastic/fiberglass-like 'cables'. My replacements were purchased from a local auto parts store for like $10 each. Metal. ...real cables/wire rope.

What do they hold? i honestly don't know.
Interesting...I've had 3 people on my tailgate and I never really think about how much it can hold. Maybe I should swap in some replacements that are a little stronger.
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autozone has the newer ones?? i have not seen ones for 99 up trucks
Mine had them. I would go just stop by and see if yours has them. Its a lot better than going to the dealership and paying almost double.
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