My SSR: Pac Blue '06, HID conversion, LEDs for ALL lights, 20"/22" rims, AirPod suspension,
How do I remove the tailgate?
OK Fellow Fanatics,
I know lately I have been asking many questions, but I have searched pretty heartily and I cannot find this answer. As the second owner, I took my SSR with the custom rear emblems that the previous owner has installed. Now I want to make it my own, and I have two new emblems that I need to have mounted. The problem is that the previous owner had a VERY large "V" mounted & drilled at a very low point on the tailgate with a "Chevrolet" script in the tailgate center.
Now, I have to have the holes filled at a body shop, and the whole gate painted. Since the SSR is not driveable now (or anytime soon since it is still bad weather here) I want to remove the tailgate and bring it to the paint shop. Problem is, I am stumped. I have removed the carpet , handle, and old emblems, but am unsure how to procede and remove that actual tailgate.
Anyone do this themselves? I am kind of screwed if I can't do it myself. Help me please! Thank you!
Hmmm that got me wondering. Walked out to the garage and took a look at mine. Looks like you remove the support cable and 2 torx head bolts per side. Then the tailgate should slide off over the hinges. Dont know about the 3rd brakelight wires though. Looks like a 2-man job. But if I didnt have a second pair of hands, I'd cover the bumper with a blanket or something. Prevent any tailgate to bumper contact. Torx bit size is " T40 "
The hinges are like arms on both sides of the tailgate that go inside the tailgate. The fasteners are torx head, 2 on each outer side of the tailgate and are painted the same color as your truck. Basically the same with the support cables, if I'm not mistaken they are 1/2". You undo those 3 fasteners on each side and it slides right out.
You'll also have to find a junction in the wire to the brake light in the center of the tailgate. The wire runs along the upper LH tailgate hinge under a plactic clip. I just cut mine right in the middle and spliced it back together when I reinstalled it.
I was so gung-ho to remove it, I neglected to take any pictures of it installed! I can however put it back on for a quick photo, so i will do that. It was a Danchuk Manufacturing "V" and "Chevrolet" script in gold, that I thought looked pretty weird with the chrome and silver theme of the truck. If it is too expensive to redo the tailgate, I may just replace them with chrome Danchuk parts and be done with it.
At any rate, i will take pics and post them asap.
And BTW everyone, thank you for the help! I thought it may be as easy as the torx screws, but was afraid that once I got it unscrewed, it would be the wrong thing to have done! Thanks!
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