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Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« on: November 02, 2018, 07:20:02 am »
For you guys that have Tacomas, you may know that the tailgate is the worst part that Toyota installed on the truck.

Using mine to haul bikes, the tailgate was so flimsy, it seemed like it was about to break in the middle where the ramp sets on it.

Well, I'm not about to spend $1200 on a new tailgage but after a little research on the Tacoma forum came up with this fix.


First I installed some 3/4" steel angle to strengthen it internally....



Then I ordered and installed a new powdercoated steel tailgate cap [$115] to replace the flimsy plastic stock one. A member on the Tacoma forum developed and manufactures them and sells 'em on ebay. It's a stout piece and uses original hardware to install...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Tacoma-Aluminum-Replacement-Tailgate-Cap-Cover-System-fits-2005-to-2015/263874101131?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649



If you have a similar issue, I highly recomend this fix.
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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 08:50:46 am »
What year(s) are we talkin' about?
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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 09:00:10 am »
I have a 2005 and I've never noticed the tailgate seeming weak before.
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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 11:02:04 am »
2013, never had an issue with mine.

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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2018, 02:16:19 pm »
What year(s) are we talkin' about?

2005-2015

You guys that dont have issues are lucky and/or careful not to overload the tailgate when down.  I sometimes pick up heavy loads of building materials for my work projects, a careless [female] forklift driver damaged mind loading a crate of concrete tile. I now remove my tailgate when loading material using a forklift.

There are at least a few threads about the issue on the Tacoma forum...

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/fix-or-replace-bent-tailgate.456054/

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/relentless-fabs-tailgate-reinforcement-fixed-my-bent-tailgate.339833/

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/how-much-weight-can-our-tailgate-handle.504830/







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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2018, 03:41:17 pm »
 I needed a new tailgate for my Ford F250 when I bought it and read where a lot of the new aftermarket gates were junk as far as those parts were concerned and was glad to find a nice never used takeoff a guy had and had it painted to match. Was told to keep a receipt in the truck till it was painted if I was going to mount it as they seem to get stolen a lot and a cop may be wanting to check you out.

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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2018, 03:44:51 pm »
Interesting. I need to check mine out. We've had many different bikes in the back, made moves, etc in the 13 years we've had it. We even took it over the pass to silverton in colorado once way back when it was new. I'm pretty sure it's pretty straight but we'll see!
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Re: Tacoma Tailgate Woes
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2018, 08:30:28 pm »
Worst part on a Tacoma. .
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