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Old 08-29-2009, 07:21 PM
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Ok so my 2003 Chevy Silverado has been paid off for quite some time now and I decided to put a few bucks in it to keep me interested in it instead of buying a new truck.

I put some exhaust including a Magnaflow muffler and dual SS tips out the back.....standard and common I know. I have some nice almuinum 20" rims on the truck but I'm pretty board of them so I also bought some nice new chrome 20s. The rims will be in next week and they will set the truck off.

This truck has been flawless mechanically but it has gained a few dings in it, most of which are in the tailgate. I took the truck to a body shop to see about getting the tailgate fixed and repainted but the few body shops I went to didn't seem very interested in such a small job and I was getting quoted $250.00-$350.00.

Then I decided to search the web for tailgates and found these guys.

http://www.dnhautoparts.com/

I actually found them on ebay. They will send you a new aftermarket tailgate painted to match your truck based on your vin and paint code for $275.00.

This is for the bare tailgate, I will need to transfer the latch and all the trimmings but its still a good deal.

Maybe I have been in the dark about this kind of service but I thought it was a great idea so I posted it.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:33 AM
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They probably go out and rip off other peoples tailgates then sell em on ebay
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While ya got the tailgate off of the truck go ahead and install a Back up Cam.

Northern Tool sells them .
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Good tip, Chris!

My brother had to replace the tailgate on his F-250 a few years back and went to the dealer for a price.

Almost $1,400 OTD ready to install!!! Yikes!


No wonder they get stolen so often!


Good luck with the project!


Catching up on any sleep yet???
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ABoater View Post
Good tip, Chris!

My brother had to replace the tailgate on his F-250 a few years back and went to the dealer for a price.

Almost $1,400 OTD ready to install!!! Yikes!


No wonder they get stolen so often!


Good luck with the project!


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LOL....sleep.....whats that? I think I got about 2 hours last night. For some reason he was being Mr Cranky Pants all night.

I sleep in 2 hour blocks now with an 1-2 hours awake in between. A power nap on the couch helps me catch up.

Yeah I was amazed on the tailgate. If you want it bare primer with no trim its like 60 bucks. But for 275 painted and shipped how can you go wrong.
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Chris: I hate to bring this up, but after the tailgate was damaged on my truck, I bought an aftermarket one and had it painted. I mean, a tailgate is a tailgate, right? About a week later, I hopped up on the tailgate to unload something and the inner surface tailgate caved in. I weigh 200 pounds and I did hop onto it, but the OEM one had never flinched. I think the re-pro stuff is probably OK for fenders, but I was really ticked about a tailgate being made of melted cap guns. I don't know if yours came from the same folks that made mine, but be kind to it. Adding a liner or cover may help.
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Would you be able to notice the weight difference between the two with the aftermarket being a thinner gauge material?
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I lost my tailgate a few months ago on the interstate. Left it down on a long trip thinking I would get better fuel mileage. Well, it fell off and ended up in the ditch, ruined. Then, on top of that, I find out that leaving your tailgate down doesn't gain you any mpg's anyway. Sooo, I ended up ordering a flow through, 5th wheel style tailgate off Ebay. It's pretty much a POS. Wish I had just left my tailgate up...
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Originally Posted by BiloxiGuy View Post
Then, on top of that, I find out that leaving your tailgate down doesn't gain you any mpg's anyway.






Sorry about your "loss"...

Yeah, lots of urban legends out there.

Here's another one:

Most folks think that they'll get better mileage if they carry their aluminum "car-topper" boat upside down on their vehicles' roof with the bow pointing towards the front of the vehicle. Makes sense...

Wrong!!!

You will get better mileage if the stern of the boat is pointed towards the front of the vehicle!

Wind-tunnel proven fact!
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Kerno.....I'm a realistic guy and figured the aftermarket tailgate was going to be flimsy compared to the OEM. But I figure for the money I can buy 4 of them for the price of a painted OEM gate.

I do have a bedliner and you're right, that should help keep the inside in tact.
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[QUOTE=ABoater;2487497]Good tip, Chris!

My brother had to replace the tailgate on his F-250 a few years back and went to the dealer for a price.

No wonder they get stolen so often!

Tell your brother to put a hose clamp on the sleeve at the pivot point with the screw turned so you can only take it off w/a 1/4 drive w/extention. Thieves are lazy and will probably move on to an easier tailgate.
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CONCHY CRACKER,

Good tip.

In the "crime watch" busuness it's called making your stuff a HARD TARGET, why would a thief work hard to get your stuff when he can move to the next guy ( joe average) and get his stuff easy?

Why take many hours to steal my boat trailer with all the anti theft devices on it when the trailer parked next to mine can be stolen with ease?

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