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tailgate handle broke

My handle on the tailgate broke off, stupid plastic handles. Anyways, is it just a handle that I replace or is it a whole assembly, like is the handle part of the latches and stuff? or can I pick one up for cheap at autozone?
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i did the same thing. the handle has like two hooks that come off it, one (or both) of those hooks broke in two. so just the handle, but has the hooks attatched to them. i got a metal one at the local JY for 15 bucks. id say go that route. i doubt autozne will have one in.

once you get it, you just undo these little snap things that hold the rods in place, and pretty much just swap it out. its easy. the only adjustments you might have to make is how much play the rods have.
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I just broke mine also. You'd think Ford would have put metal on something like this. Oh well.
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Should be able to search the site and find a how-to thread.

It's an easy fix.
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nice, thanks guys, I just ordered one, black metal off of ebay for $15 shipped : )
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Its super easy to replace. Take off the 8 Torx 30 screws to remove the access panel, pop out the clips that hold the lock rods in place, remove the 2 10mm bolts that hold the assembly in and then pull the whole thing out and seperate it. Rinse and repeat
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Those handles break easily.We sell them for short money,both colors.
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which ones? the ebay ones? or the plastic ford ones? the one I got on ebay is metal, should be stronger
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I have a metal chrome one you can have is you pay the shipping.
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I have a spare plastic non-oem handle since my oem broke for the time being
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Ya mine broke to. they are easy to fix unless you have a spray in bedliner. I had to cut it with a razor blade it was almost a half inch in some places. And I bent the access panel getting it out.
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And this is why i will keep my 87 ranger NO PLASTIC CRAP!!
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Ya mine broke to. they are easy to fix unless you have a spray in bedliner. I had to cut it with a razor blade it was almost a half inch in some places. And I bent the access panel getting it out.
great i have a spray in liner too... i hope mine never breaks lol
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Mine just broke as well on my 2006...I had an 87 mustang so I'm used to parts coming off in my hand. Unfortunately they don't have a steel clone on Ebay for the large handled late model rangers. I got another plastic one and then just recently had to go back in and tighten up the rods to it. It's a little plastic clip you pry open, move the rod until there's no play, seat it and re-clip it.
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which ones? the ebay ones? or the plastic ford ones? the one I got on ebay is metal, should be stronger
The early Ranger ones are metal,the later handles are plastic. They're good quality.
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in my old ranger there was a plastic one that broke. i picked up a replacement from the dealership and it was a metal one. easy install
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mine broke today, when i had to load up 26 bags of concrete, weighing in at 1500 lbs.
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the cargo shouldnt make your handle break lol unless you were hauling it with a trailer attached to your tailgate handle
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I just broke mine also. You'd think Ford would have put metal on something like this. Oh well.


i wonder if i could take the handle out of my 1st gen tailgate....its chrome and shiny
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it should fit?
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i broke mine last year. If you have a bed liner take the bedliner off of the tailgate. Take the bolts out of the thin metal piece on the inside of the tailgate..once that pops off you'll see the entire handle device...i just replace mine with a stock on and so far its been good this past year.
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the cargo shouldnt make your handle break lol unless you were hauling it with a trailer attached to your tailgate handle
i wasn't it just made it more of a pain in the ***.
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