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Tailgates

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jim82, Jul 3, 2000.

  1. jim82

    jim82 Registered Member

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    Guys,
    I just got my new (to me) K5 last week, and have been replacing all of the
    little stuff that broke after 18 years. My question is what the F@#K
    is wrong whith the tailgates on these things? I have been looking
    all over and have not found a single one that is not cracked. Is
    there a way to prevent this? I don't want to spend a couple of C
    notes on a new gate and then just crack the thing again, when I can
    just keep welding it up for free.
     
  2. MuleMaster

    MuleMaster 1/2 ton status

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    Jim,
    probably the tailgate is the part Chevrolet is making money with ... just joking [​IMG]
    Mine was cracked & rusted badly, and I replaced it with a new one from LMC. Not OE, just a repro from Taiwan. It is at $189.95 and worked fine.
    CU
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  3. James

    James 1/2 ton status

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    Yah! I have a 73 with a cracked tailgate. Posted same question about 7days ago. Did not get much feedback. I was thinking of somehow curving a slim piece of sheet metal then welding inside of curved top area of the tailgate where crack is for reinforcement. So week right now cannot even keep spare tire rack bolted to gate? If com up with anything better let me know.
    James
     
  4. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    How about replacing it with a pick-up style gate with out the window and run a soft top?
    Here in California the weather is mild enough to get away with that.[​IMG]

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  5. Eagle86K5

    Eagle86K5 1/2 ton status

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    if you look close you will see thar there is a piece of hard rubber on each corner of the tail gate. Watch closly when you run the window up, the top will move when it get to the up position. The topper actually rides on the hard rubber piece that is attached to the tailgate. And just like a credit card, if you rock it back and forth enough it will break...
    My suggestion is to shave the rubber piece so the top does not ride on it. I even tried not having the window go completely up but it still allows the topper to ride the tail gate, I shaved mine down and it does not move as much...

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