1. Welcome to Tundras.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tundra discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tundra owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

DIY: Cheap Tailgate Anti-Theft Protection

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. Sep 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM
    #1
    csuviper

    csuviper [OP] Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Member:
    #38
    Messages:
    8,858
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Broomfield, CO
    Vehicle:
    2012 Rock Warrior 5.7L 4X4
    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    It has been discussed previously here that tailgates are easy to steal. For this reason a deterrent or security device is needed.

    The simplest and cheapest way is to install your standard hose clamp. I wouldn't consider this a deterrent because a simple screwdriver could be used to remove.
    image.jpg

    A more expensive device that is more secure with unique key is the McGard Tailgate Lock at ~$25. Another is the Masterlock tailgate lock at ~$20

    The option I chose is a security level in between the ones listed above: a key hose clamp.

    You can get the key hose clamp at most hardware and auto parts stores.
    image.jpg

    Unscrew till the end of the clamp comes out.
    image.jpg

    Wrap around the tailgate attachment on the lower right side with the tailgate open.
    image.jpg

    Remove the key and you are left with a square attachment. A screwdriver can't be used to open like the standard hose clamp.
    image.jpg


    Here is the key removed.
    image.jpg

    Now you can grab a beer and stop worrying about your tailgate getting stolen.

    image.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015
    Ancient1, rons23, V8sOnly and 4 others like this.
  2. Sep 12, 2015 at 10:52 PM
    #2
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    :headbang: ( I already grabbed a beer) If I really was a bad guy , I could use some tin snips and take your tailgate in seconds.

    Any one of these will suffice aganst a simple hose clamp with "key":[​IMG]


    But not this.

    [​IMG]
    This will do it:upload_2015-9-13_0-49-58.jpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
    rons23 and Sean266 like this.
  3. Sep 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM
    #3
    TruckyTruck

    TruckyTruck New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Member:
    #20
    Messages:
    2,118
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Texas
    It's true, it's not full proof, but hopefully it would slow the avg dipshit down enough to where they might think it's taking to long and move on.... That in combination with the tailgate lock is about as good as it gets. If they want it that bad, chances are they may get it.

    I did this and wrapped it in electrical tape so it wouldn't scratch my paint.
     
    V8sOnly likes this.
  4. Sep 12, 2015 at 11:05 PM
    #4
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    This actually works (helps if you have a 1911 .45)
     
    Backslider likes this.
  5. Sep 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM
    #5
    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    10,896
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    It doesnt matter what device u use. If a criminal wants it bad enough they'll get it. Just like locks on doors ..if someone wants in bad enough, they'll get it. These tail-gate clamps do make them work a little harder. Criminals usually want to get in, and get out as quickly as possible. If they run across the clamp, or any locking device it maybe just enough for them to say

    image.jpg
     
    jfrd30, rons23, V8sOnly and 2 others like this.
  6. Sep 12, 2015 at 11:13 PM
    #6
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    The police can only get to you so fast. Usually too late, just in time enough to fill out a report. All lives matter by the way. Back up your local police force. The job sucks to begin with. They have families and want to go home after their shift. I back the PIGS (with all due respect).:infantry::oldglory:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG](give me a break with this one. I was born in a Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi . TEXAS 1955)

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG] Hoo Weeee
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
    jfrd30, brian y and flynbyu2 like this.
  7. Sep 28, 2015 at 6:32 PM
    #7
    gene3x

    gene3x New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2015
    Member:
    #1873
    Messages:
    24
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gene
    Vehicle:
    2015 Tundra 1794
    Sway bar, BA Muffler, Hypertech Int, sumo springs,
    This is great. I wasn't aware that this was such a problem! Bought the masterlock 8253DAT just now.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2015 at 8:19 PM
    #8
    flynbyu2

    flynbyu2 I'm your huckleberry...

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Member:
    #1865
    Messages:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 CrewMax 2WD
    Flowmaster Super 50 / Dual In - Dual Out Exhaust
    On my Tacoma, I painted my hose clamps black and put the screw in a very difficult position to remove.

    Also, on my '15 Tundra, the tailgate locks with a key making it near impossible to steal.
     
  9. Sep 29, 2015 at 3:18 AM
    #9
    AMRE2ME2

    AMRE2ME2 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2015
    Member:
    #1609
    Messages:
    241
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2016 DC 4x4 Limited TRD
    For the past 20 years, I've never taken the keys out of my truck. I couldn't tell you where a key to my house is, I've never used one. It's one of the reasons I live where I live.
     
    Backslider, bobeast and V8sOnly like this.
  10. Sep 29, 2015 at 5:40 AM
    #10
    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    10,896
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    No offense but you sir, are insane.
     
    jfrd30 and RowdyRon like this.
  11. Sep 29, 2015 at 5:46 AM
    #11
    AMRE2ME2

    AMRE2ME2 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2015
    Member:
    #1609
    Messages:
    241
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2016 DC 4x4 Limited TRD
    Who's the insane one? You're the one that lives where you have to worry about locking everything you own up all the time, think about it. If you think you can get get by my fence/gate and very friendly dogs, feel free to give it your best shot! I'd love the entertainment!
     
    Backslider, V8sOnly and jberry813 like this.
  12. Sep 29, 2015 at 6:17 AM
    #12
    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    10,896
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    I live in a nice area, actually. Having to be involved in law enforcement (volunteer), I can tell you they target nice areas for a reason...due to a false sense of security many have.
     
  13. Sep 29, 2015 at 6:29 AM
    #13
    RowdyRon

    RowdyRon Not too old to play

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2015
    Member:
    #1501
    Messages:
    3,304
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    Bentonville, AR
    Vehicle:
    2015 Radiant Red TSS Doublecab 4X4 Off Road
    Deck rail system, Bed divider, door sill protectors, LED reverse light bars, Aries Bull Bar with 28" 180 watt LED light bar, LED step lights, LED bed lights, driver-side grab handle, TRD Rear Sway Bar, BedRug bed mat and tailgate mat, Morimoto Fog Lights, more to come.....
    I started locking EVERYTHING up tight back in the 1970's..... Too many idiots out there in the world anymore to take a chance. It is the day and age we live in. If you value your stuff, lock it up.
     
    WarEagleSteve and Sean266 like this.
  14. Sep 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM
    #14
    RowdyRon

    RowdyRon Not too old to play

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2015
    Member:
    #1501
    Messages:
    3,304
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    Bentonville, AR
    Vehicle:
    2015 Radiant Red TSS Doublecab 4X4 Off Road
    Deck rail system, Bed divider, door sill protectors, LED reverse light bars, Aries Bull Bar with 28" 180 watt LED light bar, LED step lights, LED bed lights, driver-side grab handle, TRD Rear Sway Bar, BedRug bed mat and tailgate mat, Morimoto Fog Lights, more to come.....
    Call me paranoid but I keep my tailgate locked and I've installed a McGard lock on it (thanks Sean266 for your post on this add-on).
     
    Sean266 likes this.
  15. Sep 29, 2015 at 2:05 PM
    #15
    AMRE2ME2

    AMRE2ME2 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2015
    Member:
    #1609
    Messages:
    241
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2016 DC 4x4 Limited TRD
    "I live in a nice area, actually." I guess we have different definitions of what a nice area is. I would suggest if you live in an area that you have to worry about everything you own being stolen, then you might want to rethink your definition.
     
    V8sOnly likes this.
  16. Sep 29, 2015 at 2:06 PM
    #16
    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    10,896
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    :rolleyes:
     
  17. Nov 1, 2015 at 5:39 PM
    #17
    drirules

    drirules New Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Member:
    #1298
    Messages:
    16
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    andy
    Vehicle:
    2014 Grey Tundra TRD 4x4 crew cab
    6 inch pro comp coil over lift kit, TRD air intake, 35 x 13.5 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires, Fuel 18 X 9 rims, Bushwacker fender flares, and getting Iron Cross front bumper with 12000 pound winch.
    I bought the pop and lock so I know it's locked whenever I hit my remote control. Locks tailgate automatically, but this will add a little more security.
     
    Backslider, matluth and Bob like this.
  18. Nov 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM
    #18
    flynbyu2

    flynbyu2 I'm your huckleberry...

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Member:
    #1865
    Messages:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 CrewMax 2WD
    Flowmaster Super 50 / Dual In - Dual Out Exhaust
    Looking at the directions for that, it appears to be simple enough to install. Was it?
     
  19. Nov 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM
    #19
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    My definition of a nice area would be the Sand Lake neighborhood where I lived in Anchorage. Every household had guns of some sort. (I'd bet on it). Zero crime? no. But very few house break ins. Only petty rummaging thru the occasional unlocked vehicle by meth heads . You would be real stupid to try to enter someones house. You would only do it once if really super stupid. Most home owners rented out rooms so there would be a high likelihood of someone being home at any given time. Tailgates could still get ripped off, although with Anchorage being not a real large town, not sure if posting on Craig's would be a good idea. We had a LEO that lived on the corner and was very pro gun. I don't recall seeing one cop show up in my neighborhood in the 10 months I lived there. (Anchorage gun ownership was over 70%) Highest of any city it's size of all 50 states!!
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2015
  20. Nov 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM
    #20
    drirules

    drirules New Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Member:
    #1298
    Messages:
    16
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    andy
    Vehicle:
    2014 Grey Tundra TRD 4x4 crew cab
    6 inch pro comp coil over lift kit, TRD air intake, 35 x 13.5 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires, Fuel 18 X 9 rims, Bushwacker fender flares, and getting Iron Cross front bumper with 12000 pound winch.
    my buddy did it for me. it took a few hours. didn't look too hard.
     
    flynbyu2 likes this.
  21. Nov 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM
    #21
    flynbyu2

    flynbyu2 I'm your huckleberry...

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Member:
    #1865
    Messages:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 CrewMax 2WD
    Flowmaster Super 50 / Dual In - Dual Out Exhaust
    We have a saying in law enforcement, "Human + desire + opportunity = crime"

    I have seen doctors, lawyers and engineers who make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, steal the stupidest things.
    One actual 'rocket scientist' I arrested for shoplifting had over $300 in his pocket.
    An orthopedic surgeon in my area was arrested for intentionally and repeatedly door dinging another surgeon's Benz over the course of a year.
    You can live in the nicest neighborhood in the world and still be a victim of crime.
    There is no town in the United States that has a 0% crime rate. Sorry.

    You're gonna feel pretty silly one morning when you walk out and your tailgate is missing and you might have been able to prevent it with a $1 hose clamp.
     
  22. Nov 1, 2015 at 6:17 PM
    #22
    Sean266

    Sean266 #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Member:
    #6
    Messages:
    10,896
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado
    ^^ someone gets it. :thumbsup:
     
    matluth and flynbyu2 like this.
  23. Nov 1, 2015 at 8:54 PM
    #23
    csuviper

    csuviper [OP] Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Member:
    #38
    Messages:
    8,858
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Broomfield, CO
    Vehicle:
    2012 Rock Warrior 5.7L 4X4
    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
  24. Nov 2, 2015 at 5:39 AM
    #24
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    My older sister/brother in law live in Anaheim Hills, CA. Near the top. Very, very expensive "nice" area. When I would visit, there would be police choppers buzzing that area every night it seems. Rich people can be equally stupid. They just get a nicer lock up. :ballchain:
     
  25. Nov 2, 2015 at 7:03 AM
    #25
    timekop

    timekop New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2015
    Member:
    #1821
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    Red 4w 2010 DC
    MBRP duals, 3" Pro Comp 3/1 level, nfab front bump w/ PIAA, 18" RockStar, Nitto Grap, K&N drop in
    Just put the Obama 2016 sticker on the bed and be done with it. Problem solved!:locked:
     
    Ancient1, V8sOnly and RowdyRon like this.
  26. Nov 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM
    #26
    bobeast

    bobeast really old member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Member:
    #960
    Messages:
    551
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bob
    Hollister, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 DC
    - Bull Bar, - HID Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards, - Headlight leveling retrofit - P1 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall. - 3/1 leveling kit - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling, - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock (soon) - Remote Tailgate mod (soon) - LED Headlights (soon) - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit
    Am I missing something? Don't all Tundras come with a locking tailgate?
     
  27. Nov 2, 2015 at 9:15 AM
    #27
    csuviper

    csuviper [OP] Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Member:
    #38
    Messages:
    8,858
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Broomfield, CO
    Vehicle:
    2012 Rock Warrior 5.7L 4X4
    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    Then you risk getting keyed.
     
    bobeast, V8sOnly and RowdyRon like this.
  28. Nov 2, 2015 at 9:15 AM
    #28
    csuviper

    csuviper [OP] Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Member:
    #38
    Messages:
    8,858
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Broomfield, CO
    Vehicle:
    2012 Rock Warrior 5.7L 4X4
    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    Yes however if you forget to keep it locked then this will come in handy.
     
  29. Nov 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM
    #29
    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    6,515
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Slate Metallic 5.7L Tundra DC SR5 4X4
    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    You might want to check out my earlier "Tailgate Missing" post that actually started this whole conversation to begin with which pretty much covered this with pics. Redux is OK. There are a few options that can be done to deter or at least slow down the bad guys without using any version of hose clamp devices that can be defeated in seconds. Thought I covered this already.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015
  30. Nov 2, 2015 at 6:38 PM
    #30
    flynbyu2

    flynbyu2 I'm your huckleberry...

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Member:
    #1865
    Messages:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 CrewMax 2WD
    Flowmaster Super 50 / Dual In - Dual Out Exhaust
To Top