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Aftermarket Tailgate Shell

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Mr.Chevy4x4, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. Mr.Chevy4x4

    Mr.Chevy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone bought and used an aftermarket tailgate shell? How is the quality, fit, and finish? $200 sure looks a lot more attractive than $375! Thanks for the info.

    Mike

    '85 K5 : Run it til it breaks, then fix it and go again!
     
  2. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Well, not the shell, but I've seen one aftermarket tail gate for a C/K, and that thing was a piece of junk. The two halves of metal were spot welded together, with no filler between the halves where they weren't a tight fit, and the metal was plainly much thinner. Rust would have been a major issue in a short time anywhere that got rain. You can get the shells from GM for about $250 (not including S&H, gmpartsdirect.com). No comment on shipping though, I've heard that no matter who you buy large pieces of sheet metal from, it will have dents in it when you get it.


    Dorian
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  3. Blazer_Boy

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    As for the fit I was not too impressed with the GM tailgate. I put that and a new bed in this summer and had to elongate the holes a little and add some spacers just to get this thing to close right. After that though it looks very nice and is a big improvement over my old one. It used to sit 1" above the quarters and rattled around. The metal seems to be as thick as my original but didn't see any seam sealer on the joints, just spot welds. The big plus for the GM one is the lifetime warranty. Don't know if there's any catches on that though.

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