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Tailgate and aftermarket rear bumper

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Mastiff, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. Mastiff

    Mastiff 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Do most people just deal with the weight of the tailgate when they go to an aftermarket rear bumper? With the window and stuff for the power raise/lowering it's pretty damn heavy without the helper spring.
     
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    I left the helper springs on when I pulled the bumper off my '74 ... coulda sworn the springs went against the frame, and not the bumper. IOW, I still have helper springs even with an aftermarket bumper.
     
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    been thinking about just getting a soft top, a pickup tailgate, and a rollpan...

    that rear bumper looks like the front one and its all weird...no step so it might as well not be there
     
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    I left the helper springs on when I pulled the bumper off my '74 ... coulda sworn the springs went against the frame, and not the bumper. IOW, I still have helper springs even with an aftermarket bumper.

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    Anyone have a picture of how those tork rods interface from the tailgate to the truck? I don't have mine anymore, but I'll buy some if I can make them work. The picture in LMC doesn't make it very clear where they attach on the truck side.
     
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    I went to the junk yard today and got the torque rods (helper springs) that I needed, plus got a look at the install. Looks like when my new rear bumper was installed, they bobbed the frame a little and got rid of the part where the torque rods attach. It looks like it might still work with them attached a little further in - I can't tell yet. Has anyone done it?
     

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