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Old 07-08-2013, 06:20 PM   #21
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Its not super Common where i am but it DOES happen, Mainly because so many people back into things because they suck at driving.....

As for taking the gate off? insanely fast and easy. one guy, no more then 30 seconds tops.
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I freaked out yesterday when I realized mine wasn't locked (ALWAYS have kept it locked)....but went to the landfill coupe of days earlier, so had to let the gate down....
was just in a metro area yesterday.....
for some reason I checked it last night as I was checking if I'd locked my doors, surely enough, tailgate not locked.
A sigh of relief after I locked back.....Was lucky
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #23
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I bought one of these for that extra little piece of mind.

Master Lock 8253DAT Tailgate Lock : Amazon.com : Automotive Master Lock 8253DAT Tailgate Lock : Amazon.com : Automotive


Installed on my gate. No it does not rattle or make any noise of any kind, it comes with velcro tape that keeps it from moving around and makes it impossible to remove the gate even if they defeat the factory lock. By the time they get done breaking the factory lock and then see that thing, they will likely say screw it and go find someone else's gate that has no extra protection.

Yeah I have full coverage insurance but I'd rather spend $14 bux on that little deterrent than have to pony up a $500 deductible.


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Use a hose clamp around the right side pivot point. It's not 100% infallible but the idea is to make the thieves work just a bit harder. They'll move on rather than spend the time to loosen up the hose clamp.

A bit more protection for less than $1.00
I also put a hose clamp on mine, got the idea from another thread on here. Hopefully it will deter any potential thief expecting to do a quick ****** and run.
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Mines always locked and i have a tonneau cover hopefully that will keep them away.

Don't know who would want my 04 tailgate but those platinum owners better be careful!
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[MENTION=103504]jollyroger331[/MENTION] The sleeping guard need their butt kicked. Key word "Sleeping" What ya at work for if people come and steal right there while on duty...Gheeze
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Its not super Common where i am but it DOES happen, Mainly because so many people back into things because they suck at driving.....

As for taking the gate off? insanely fast and easy. one guy, no more then 30 seconds tops.
[MENTION=147859]Largen[/MENTION] Gheeze suck at driving? Ha ha that is everywhere. Some people can't even back a little smart car or Corolla...LOL
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When I bought my truck my sales guy told me like 3 times ALWAYS keep your tailgate locked. It's even more expensive if you have to replace one that has the back up camera.

It takes them about 30 seconds to remove them.
+1. Same thing my dealer told me when I bought mine.
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Its not super Common where i am but it DOES happen, Mainly because so many people back into things because they suck at driving.....

As for taking the gate off? insanely fast and easy. one guy, no more then 30 seconds tops.
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