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Old 09-03-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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Exclamation Tail Gate Theft on the rise

Tail Gate Theft on the rise:
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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My truck dealer told me the same thing...they can do it in seconds...he told me to always keep the tailgate locked...they will just move on to the next one....for those that dont have a locking tailgate...the handle can be replaced with a locking one for reasonable price.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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I put a ring clamp around the pivot pint where the tailgate can be lifted off. Place the 5/16 nut in a position that is hard to get at and impossible to get off with a screw driver. I don't think any thief would have a tool to get it off. Cheap added insurance.


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Old 09-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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jwedell, do you have a picture of that set up?
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:42 PM   #5
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Sorry don't have that truck any more.


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Old 09-03-2014, 04:45 PM   #6
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My tailgate has a big dent from the previous owner, so I don't think I have anything to worry about... In fact, I am actually thinking about replacing it with a better one listed on Craigslist, but now I imagine that a certain percentage of those are likely stolen... Right now camping neighbors assume I dented my tailgate backing into my TT! Makes me look bad but folks sure get out of the way when I am backing!!!
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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Tail Gate Theft on the rise

I hear you. Tail gates are expensive and are the easiest to steal. The ring clamp really works. I also used it on a really expensive 5th wheel tail gate.




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Old 09-03-2014, 04:50 PM   #8
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I dented my tailgate a couple of years ago trying to lower it while a socket wrench was on my bumper. I might just leave it that way so at least it is not quite as attractive to thieves.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:56 PM   #10
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Like this.

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