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Old 07-29-2005, 07:57 PM   #15
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Here is another reason I don't want to abandon
my stock tailgate.

I love the emblems
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Old 07-29-2005, 08:00 PM   #16
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OK OK I'll take some pictures in the morn. The duel is on. Sean, Mike are you out there?
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You know Dave, ..
I used to think life had such clear cut answers, until I met some of you guys .....

.. i use my original tailgate,. it is the best looking alternative, no doubt...
..but those V-cut aftermarket ones are slick too, just not so 'cool' looking. But have you ever priced a replacement factory tailgate?? Not cheap! And almost every time I go out to a big RV park, I see someone with a 5th-wheel crunched tailgate.
So, either:
- keep a real good eye on what you are doing with a 5th wheel as you hook it up; or,
- take the original off and put on a $250 replacement.

I think we all need to at least consider these two 'ol' truck drivers' tales:
- having the tailgate increases mileage
- not having a tailgate on will tweak you truck bed, becasue it needs the support

Both have varying degrees of truth.
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Old 07-29-2005, 08:13 PM   #18
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Here is another reason I don't want to abandon
my stock tailgate.

I love the emblems </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I love the emblems </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I hate to break this to ya Howie, but as far as trucks are concerned, all your 'taste' is in your mouth!

Had to... (he made me do it!)...it's what us Ford guys hafta put up with all the time!!

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I just put a hose clamp on the right hand side
making the screw inaccessable. Them thieves will
have to spend some time trying to figure out how
to remove it

This is a simple mod for GM guys..... can
Ford tailgate owners do this too?

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Actually Howie...yes...we could do that. Or just lock the tailgate! (Something I believe GM hasn't got to yet...hummm...Ford's 'Got A Better Idea?").
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Actually Howie...yes...we could do that. Or just lock the tailgate! (Something I believe GM hasn't got to yet...hummm...Ford's 'Got A Better Idea?"). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sean..... keep in mind, I have an "old" truck,
however the tailgates are real popular for the
late nite thieves.
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Ford had to put locks on the tail gates..to many of them were geting stolen while they sat on the side of the road!!

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Old 07-29-2005, 09:10 PM   #23
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Hey...what can a guy say when he's got GOLD in them there trucks! No one ever goes for the 'bronze'!!!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Actually Howie...yes...we could do that. Or just lock the tailgate! (Something I believe GM hasn't got to yet...hummm...Ford's 'Got A Better Idea?"). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Lock the tailgate?.......Is that to protect your stuff in the bed from the worlds stupidest thieves?

Thief #1 "Hey, there's a new stereo in the bed of that Ford!!

Thief #2 "Yeah, but the tailgate's locked.....foiled again. Lets go look for stuff in Chevys"

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Ahhhh haaa!!! tehe...tehe... LMAOROTF!! Oh Wes! That was a Gotta copy that over to the Joke menasurie! (aw heck with the spelling).

Aaaaaaaa....hum...let's just say you've got a tonneau cover with a CH751 key on it...

Who's the wiser?!


[Oooo...ooooo...good idea for another thread...who changes out their CH751 locks after delivery].
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Here is a picture of my tailgate. It's got a lock on it so no one will steal anything in the bed!!!



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Old 07-30-2005, 09:19 AM   #27
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That looks good Clark. Remember the other day I was asking about hitches, well had the RBW installed yesterday. My LE pin is also an RBW.

Here's another question.. my pin has one of those nylon gizmos around it, does it require any lubrication?
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No, it's not supposed to. They are made of a Teflon type of material that is suppoder to not need any extra lube. Glad the truck is working out for you. Enjoy your first trip. Also, love the picture of the MASH helo. Where was that picture taken?

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