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Tailgate Spring - Is it a PITA to remove?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1986Blazer, Dec 8, 2001.

  1. 1986Blazer

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    I am designing my new rear bumper and found that the spring that supports the tailgate is hooked to one of the factory bumper mounts. When I remove this bracket to install the new bumper - what is the procedure to remove and reinstall this. Is it loaded, and if so will it take off my hand when I remove it. Is it easy to reinstall? Thanks for any responses.

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    Its not hard to take off. I did it by myself but it took a lot longer than if I would have had help. It won't pop out or anything. I just pryed if off with a screw driver.

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    Is it the same way to reinstall? Use a screwdriver and pry it back onto the bolt? If you had to do it again, are there any special tools you would use?

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    It is the exact same way to reinstall. I studied it for a bit and figured the only way to do it was to just pry it off with a long screwdriver. It's not under extreme tension, and to be honest with you, I don't know if there are any other tools that would make the job easier. At least not that I know of.

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    The spring is not loaded when the gate is up....it is very loaded when the gate is down.

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    I took mine out when I rebuilt my tailgate, they're not hard to get out at all. When the tailgate is up it's not under any load so just take out the bolt. I left mine out since I knew I was doing a body lift eventually and putting on a new bumper (which I finished building today!! WOOHOO!!). It just gives you a bit of a workout when you close the tailgate, but you get used to it.

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