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Old 05-16-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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Tail gate?

Do I really need to replace my tailgate with an air gate? Advantages? Disadvantages?
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:37 AM   #2
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We did not change our tailgate for the first year or so then it happened pulled forward with gate up, now its time to buy a new gate. The air gates are way less than half the cost of a tailgate, change it out and if you trade the truck replace it. I would say yes they are worth it.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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I took mine off on my first truck & didn't bother w/it. No biggie. I got another truck now that already had an air gate, I gotta get used to it quick or I'm gonna rip that thing off. To me, 6 in 1 or 1/2 dozen in the other.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:55 AM   #4
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I have one just for ease of hitching, it gets pretty tight between an open tailgate and the trailer. I don't think there are any MPG advantages to the air gate, at least I have not seen any.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:02 AM   #5
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I don't want to loose my backup camera...so I'm keeping it stock
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:34 AM   #6
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I don't want to loose my backup camera...so I'm keeping it stock
I got a backup camera off the internet and mounted it on the air gate, took a small plate off and drilled 1 inch hole for it. Found a matching plug at junk yard for truck and now have camera for both, also got a 2nd one with long lead mounted to a magnet if needed during hookup just set it anywhere.
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:48 PM   #7
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I don't want to loose my backup camera...so I'm keeping it stock
No reason to loose anything.

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Old 05-16-2015, 12:54 PM   #8
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I prefer keeping it stock, with the roll up cover and stock tail gate the bed stays clean and dry when not towing.
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:07 PM   #9
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The question you have to ask yourself is why you want to replace your tailgate with an air gate. All tests I have seen indicate that there is no increase in mpg with an air gate. If it is for aesthetics, well that's your call.
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:34 PM   #10
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One good thing with an air gate....their lighter and very easy to remove for loading heavy objects, as my truck has Rhino liner and nothing slides. If you have a trailer plug in bed, plugg'in in is much easier as not quite as long of reach as would be w/ factory gate. Cheaper to re-paint if scratched, easier to clean bed.....they don't always fit quite as tight to bed edges.
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