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Tailgate Torque/Torsion Rods

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kim tate, Mar 10, 2000.

  1. kim tate

    kim tate 1/2 ton status

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    Are the torsion rods for the tailgate really necessary? If so, can a dozen of you be at my house next weekend to reinstall?!!
     
  2. K5 NUTT

    K5 NUTT 1/2 ton status

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    Yes they are necessary...the keep the tailgate from going into your bumper...if you look behind the rear bumper you will see where they attach to the frame...they have eyelets that go around a bolt that is allmost identical to your door strikers. Those will have to come off to remove the gate...also if your gate squeeks when being let down the torque rod silencers need to be replaced...they are held to the gate with brakets towards the cargo area...basically they are plastic sleeves...tried to WD-40 mine but to no evail so i replaced them when i rebuilt the gate from scratch. Hope this helps!

    AZBLAZER

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  3. Depdog

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    No, they are not necessary, I have not had them in mine since I got it. They help you pick the gate back up, thats all they do. The cables on the sides of the gate are what keeps your tailgate from hitting the bumper, the rods dont hold up anything. Mine were cut when I got it because they would not work with the bumper that was on it. I took them off and put the bolts back. My gate is at a good level for me, so I can kinda get under it and its not hard to close at all. Once you get used to it, you like not having the squeaking and aggravation.

    Depdog

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  4. Crash90K5

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    I cut mine, cuz I wanted my KMA tight to the body, and they were in the way. Like Dep said, if yer rig is lifted, it's easy to get underneath it and push up without them, but you can really tell the difference!. If you're at stock height... well, you'll get a good bicep workout!

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  5. kim tate

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    Thanks Glenn, the tailgate is back on without the torsion rods. Now if I could just locate a used tailgate handle!
     

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