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Anyone taken their tailgate off by themselves?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Without dropping it on their toes. That thing has got to way a ton.

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    Yep, it's not that heavy once you take the glass and motor out ... a little awkward but it can be done.
     
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    I took the one off the 77 by myself. glass in it and complete. I'm only 6'1" and 165 so I had to give it all I had to keep from dropping it, and the dog trying to help wasn't working out.LOL



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    only wussies drop 'em on their toes. [​IMG]

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  5. CK5

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    Yeah, mine is complete with glass, motor and CK5 sticker.

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    That's what made it heavier, CK5 sticker, what you got there is a heavy duty tailgate. [​IMG]


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    STICKER!!, Hell you'll need two or three buddies to help you now..You should of mentioned that in the first place.[​IMG][​IMG]



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  8. CK5

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    Well, after my son goes to bed I think I might just sneek out to the garage and try to get that sucker off. Is there an easy place to disconnect the wires, havent looked at it yet.

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    yeah the harness is right by the two bumper brackets, just unplug, then the 8 bolts for the hinges are underneath. then the fun part are the torgue rods, that hook on the frame tabs, just take them off first before you remove the gate. less fighting that way. If you want I'll send the Cheasapeak bay retriever over to tangle up your legs[​IMG]



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    As for the wires there should be a connector by the left hinge, when you look you can't miss it.


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    I got lazy one time and didnt put the tailgate springs back on, ha ha ha, the tailgates sure weigh alot without that spring tension helping it up, bronco tailgates are light, but they rust out always, so heavy is good :o)
     
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    I took the tailgate springs off last year when I shortened the frame so no probs there.

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    I was thinking, when I get my tailgate off, I might have my bumper made so it sits up high and protects the end of the bed and has clearance but then I couldn't ever put the tailgate back on but that might be a good thing. Never liked that a bumper had to be that far down just so the damn tailgate would clear.

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    I took my tailgate off to rebuild it, it wasn't too bad. I stacked up a couple 4x4's across some saw horses and it was almost the perfect height to lay it on while I took the cables off and pulled the hinges out. I didn't bother putting the springs back on either, I figure a little workout every now and then is a good thing. It is a heavy b@stard when it comes time to move it though. Luckily my dog was in the house! [​IMG]

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    I took mine off and put it back on by myself a couple time over the summer. It had the glass and motor, no CK5 sticker, but it did have a Sierra Club sticker and plenty of rust to weight it down. I was too lazy to put the springs back on, it sure moves a lot easier now. Before it would sit by itself at a 45° angle. Plus with the new homemade tailpan it actually opens and closes.

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    If you are worried about it then take a rope and tie it up to your canback frame, unbolt it and ease it down with the rope. Leverage and pullies are your friends

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    <font color=purple> I took mine off by my self whe n I replaced the rear floor and tailpan .......... I propped it up on an old table about the same height as the tailgate when opened ........ I did man handle it off of the table and carry it to the back work bench ..... Pretty heavy but not too bad.

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    Hey, so how did it go?
    I took the tailgate off on my old 75' by myself a couple times back in the day. No eletric motor, and no ck5 sticker, but that sucker sure was heavy. It did have a Metallica sticker on it though. I just unbolted the 8 bolts and slid the hinges out of the tailpan and used a lot of back and muscle to move it out of the way. Anyhow, good luck.
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    Why do you need the tailgate with the glass in it? Do you still use the hard top?
    I'm switching to a pickup tailgate when I get a soft top. My bumper is tucked way in there so the tailgate hits right now, but a pickup tail gate will clear, is lighter and stronger. No cracks at the edges [​IMG].

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    Why do you need the tailgate with the glass in it?

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    I don't, that's why it's coming off silly.

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