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Has anyone ever put there tailgate on without springs

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by WILL, Apr 25, 2001.

  1. WILL

    WILL Registered Member

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    Has anyone ever put there tailgate on without springs. Also is there any other way to strap up your tailgate temp, till i can get some new ones. Thought about taking some cable and putting black rubber electric shrink wrap on it. Had to put a new tailgate on and parts are killing me. Mine was one piece
    of rust.
     
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    prjt_blzr 1/2 ton status

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    I did this and was surprised how heavy the gate is without the springs. It works just fine but if the truck is lifted getting the gate closed is a pain.
     
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    I have pics of the job I did with chain if your intrested?...ill post them later today.


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    I think my tailgate springs fell out or rotted away. anyway, the power tailgate weighs a TON. I never thought it was soo heavy. Makes me want to get a p/u tailgate and somehow keep the glass in the topper.

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  5. Confederate9

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    springs? what springs? i dont think mine have any, but not sure. someone post some pics please

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  6. Emmettology 101

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    Depending on what size you are. I am about 6 ft and 220lbs.. My Jimmy is lifted 6 inches.. I haven't had the springs on mine for a while and have no problems lifting it.

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  7. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Are you talking about the springs that are tied into the inside of the tailgate or the straps on the side?
    I took out the springs that goinside so I could mount my bumper closer, it is a little heavy but no biggy, I plan on removing the tailgate alltogether anyway. (kind of prerunner style)

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  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I found that the hinges are usually very tight which makes the tailgate seem heavier than it really is. I gutted my gate and also removed the helper springs and with 5" of lift and 36" tires the gate is easy to lift and lower.
    The support cables on the sides can be 'made'. I used some 3/16" aircraft cable and aluminum compression crimps on the ends (BFH and a concrete block...) I can stand on my tailgate no probs and it only cost me a few bucks...
    The tailgate shell itself is light...its all the window crap that makes it heavy.

    Rene

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    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    WHat springs? Mine aint got no stinking springs. Im baffled. I need to see some pitures.......... ?????

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
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    They are torsion springs that bolt to the bottom edge of the gate and hook under the bumper area.

    Rene

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    Is it ok to just cut the damn things off... mine are binding ever since I did the body lift.. so i cant even get the tailgate down....

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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I hacked mine off so I could crowd the body with my custom rear bumper.

    Rene

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    I think GM lists them as torque rods. All they do is convert some of the weight to these bolts on the frame than letting the sheet metal take the brunt when you lower it.

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    I ditched my Blazer tailgate and put a new pickup tailgate on it.
    It already has all the holes there for the p/u brackets and hinges. It seemes to weigh less than the Blazer tailgate and it works great with my soft top since you don't need the rear glass anymore.

    One of the easiest and practical upgrades I made to my Blazer.

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    I just took mine off today... due to my body lift... Easy to do took 20 minutes... Damn things heavy... but I can open and close it now... And questions Just ask!!!
    -Reddog

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    Just take em off and you won't notice the weight after awile.

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  17. isn't it posible to mount a regular pickup gate on a k5. if you were running a soft top this might be a cool option. it looks to me like all the mounting holes are there to do it.

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    I had my Blazer for 8 years and never knew it had those springs in it (mine were cut off). When I was finishing my rebuild last year I saw them on the donor body and put them on mine. Huge difference, can lift the tailgate now with 2 fingers. For those of you who still don't know where they go, they come out of both ends of your tailgate and route around 2 bolts mounted to your bumper mounts. They look like door striker bolts.

    85 Blazer on an 82 chassis, 6.2L Diesel, ORD flip, 35's with no cutting on a 4" lift.
     

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