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DIY: Cheap Tailgate Anti-Theft Protection

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

  1. May 13, 2018 at 9:11 PM
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    csuviper

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    If your tailgate is always locked the. You are very much less likely to get the tailgate stolen. Just hard to make sure it’s locked all the time.
     
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  2. May 13, 2018 at 9:52 PM
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    My tailgate was stolen about 5 yrs ago on Halloween night and .....i was like who the hell would want to steal a tailgate until I found out that it's worth 2500.00 for the original from dealer so I ended up doing an insurance job....i never thought they were so expensive....when I gotta new installed I always lock it with my key and also bought the side master lock for the hinge
     
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  3. May 13, 2018 at 9:55 PM
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    They are expensive and very easy to steal if not locked.
     
  4. May 13, 2018 at 9:57 PM
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    My best friend is a cop in the town I live in and he told me that they had stolen 6 tailgates on same night in a one mile radius from my home but all were Ford and Chevy mine was only Tundra
     
  5. Jan 12, 2019 at 1:23 PM
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    Criminals are everywhere. I live in a gated community where crime is nearly zero, but I would never leave a key in a vehicle for one reason. If someone stole it and fled police and hurt a cop or another motorist I'd never forgive myself. It's why it's against the law to leave a vehicle running in public unattended. My 2¢

    No judgment just my opinion after 28 years in LE here in norcal. Sharks hunt where prey is plentiful.
     
  6. Jan 12, 2019 at 2:22 PM
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    Lol is stealing tailgates a thing? Where the hell do you guys live?
     
  7. Jan 12, 2019 at 2:58 PM
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    California has some true freedom fighters but is also filled with ilk. Or dirt bags or criminals, etc. Humans are like cats, super unpredictable you never know what you're going to get minute-to-minute.
     
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  8. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:19 PM
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    This $2 snake clamp as a theft deterrent is a great idea. I remember hearing about it years ago, but forgot about it until now. Maybe fill the screw slots on the head in to limit the only way of removal to a hex head?
     
  9. Aug 13, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    I always intend to keep my tailgate closed and locked, but in case I forget or am working nearby I just installed a McGard lock on mine.
    Quick, easy and nice! Under $16 on Amazon....
    Thanks for the reminder of how quick and easy it is for people to steal them, and how costly to replace!
     
  10. Aug 17, 2019 at 4:18 AM
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    This is what I used, it’s very sturdy and it has a scratch resistant coating on it. There is a tamper torx bit used which is not a very common tool to lock/unlock the clamp. I don’t ever plan to take my tailgate off so to make it more secure i put a dab of clear silicone sealant in the torx screw head to prevent someone from inserting their tool to unlock it. So if i ever have to remove it i will use a pick tool to pick out the silicone sealant.

    I also have the Pop Lock that locks my tailgate automatically but just incase I forget to lock the truck I got it.
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    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019 at 4:31 AM
  11. Aug 18, 2019 at 4:39 AM
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    Just installed a new tailgate handle with camera and can lock it with a key. Have rigid trifold bed cover so, once the tailgate is locked, everything is secure. But, I do like the hose clamp security idea. Kinda like duct tape, we will use hose clamps for just about anything except hoses.:thumbsup:
     

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