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Power Tailgate Swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Shazam456, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Shazam456

    Shazam456 Registered Member

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    I have a crank tailgate window and would like to switch to power. I have found a couple suburban gates in the local yards. I realize that they can't be directly swapped but are the internal components the same? Can I just add a drive motor and key switch etc to mine or is everything different?
     
  2. chrisb420

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    the regulator is different you would need everything to convert it over
     
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    I just paid nearly $1500 on installing a used tailgate with a working power window in it. I so wish I could've found one with the hand crank gate just so I wouldn't have to worry about problems. The one I just installed sounds weak, like it may break in the near future. I wouldn't recommend swapping it unless you're going to use ALL NEW parts. Just what I've concluded from personal experience...
     
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    you should have spoken up.

    i had a working tailgate for sale.

    parted it out last week.

    could ev sold you the hole nine yards, from switch in dash, wiring, everything

    why did yours cost so much?
     
  5. nad

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    I took my truck to a dealership to have them "repair" the window. That was a big mistake. They told me my tailgate was trash, it was cracked in 3 places and rusting bad. Then they told me they found a gate that had a handcrank window for about $350, so I said I'd take it. Come to find out, that gate was in worse shape than mine was, so they found another one from down south with no rust on it and close to matching color for $700. After installation and whatnot, it ended up costing pretty close to $1500. I'm still kind of searching for another either hand crank gate or really strong power gate just to have, cuz I don't think mine is going to last very long...The reason I didn't post up here was because I wasn't yet a "paying member". I just couldn't muster the courage to pay for this site, but after about a month of reading the forums, I just had to join, and now I find out that it's TOTALLY worth every penny.
     
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    that sucks i pulled a workin rust free one from a local junkyard for 35 dollars and il leave is rust heaven michigan
     
  7. Teamstatic2001

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    oops forgot there wasnt any glass but the regulator and motor was all there.
     
  8. nad

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    Is swapping the glass in one of these gates very easy? The gate that I bought came with scratched and crappily tinted glass. I have the glass from my original gate that looks much better and is tinted darker. I wanted to swap them, but was afraid to try because it looks quite complicated.
     
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    its not hard at all a few 7/16 and few 1/2 bolts hold everything in place i completely strip them out in under 20 minutes
     

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