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Drive In Theatre B-day

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by lionscourt, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Jun 23, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    lionscourt

    lionscourt [OP] 2006 DC SR5 4X4

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    So the night before my daughter's bday or the morning of, as we stayed late, we had a party for her at the drive-in, it's still pretty awesome here in Cali. Got there early, great music on semi-large Bluetooth speaker-which you need for the drive-in, and perfect geographical position to let the kids sit on the blow up beds and blankets in the bed while the adults drink and talk in nearby cars/trucks. Set to watch the new MIB and Godzilla (my choice)... but... as I'm going to pull down tailgate so blow up bed can extend out, my martial art grip pulls the whole plastic handle piece away from tailgate...!
    It didn't blow the night but didn't have the tools there to at least drop it down as the tailgate was stuck in the up position.
    Now home, i've removed the tailgate handle but need the replacement part that works but doesn't cost OEM. I have tried the search engine but nothing notable.

    Daughter and her friends still had great time but that tailgate, what are the chances...? Oh and putting basic Toyota tool kit in truck...
     
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  2. Jun 23, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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  3. Jun 24, 2019 at 12:59 AM
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    Me also, fits perfect!

    PS And more importantly, way to be a Dad!
     
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  4. Jun 24, 2019 at 3:24 AM
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    I'm a firm believer that fate gives us little hints here and there just before dropping a bomb on our heads. I'd take a little reminder to get a tool kit in my truck as a red flag yelling "get a tool kit in the truck".
     
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  5. Jun 24, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    Professional Hand Model

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    Think I replaced mine with a Doorman about 7 years ago. I greased everything (all contact points) really well including the new handle and the attachment points/rods where they lock onto the bed posts.

    Dry latch/pivot points caused the failure, which puts strain on the plastic handle, I believe if memory serves proper.
     
  6. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:02 AM
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    Same here, used a Dorman from Amazon to replace mine as well.
     
  7. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:42 AM
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    Somewhat off topic question. Does anyone know if the cables can be adjusted? One of my cables has slack so the other one is holding 100% of the weight. I'm not sure if I need to buy new cables or if there is an adjustment to be made.
     
  8. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:45 AM
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    Drive in on Van Buren?
     
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  9. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:50 AM
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    They're actually solid steel rods that run to each side. If one has slack then it may have come out of the little plastic clip. Wouldn't really explain how you can still open the tailgate though.

    Just grab you a T30 and take the access panel off the inside of the tailgate. There isnt a whole lot to these systems.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:52 AM
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    FirstGenVol

    FirstGenVol Allergic to Darkness....

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    I'm sorry, I'm talking about the tailgate cables that hold it when you lower it.

    upload_2019-6-24_9-52-2.jpg
     
  11. Jun 24, 2019 at 6:56 AM
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    Just re-read your post, I'm an idiot.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2019 at 7:01 AM
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    I read it that way as well.

    Not sure those cables slack can be adjusted.
     
  13. Jun 24, 2019 at 7:23 AM
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    Make sure you have both the correct cables, the DC ones are a little longer so it's possible one was replaced with the wrong length.
     
  14. Jun 24, 2019 at 7:25 AM
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    If your tailgate is bent for whatever odd reason causing the slack on one side, try swapping the 2 cables - maybe that evens things out (or makes it worse, which would confirm that something is out of whack). If it is still the same amount of slack but just on the other side, you know the issue is with the cables.
     
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  15. Jun 24, 2019 at 7:44 AM
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    We also like to go to the drive-in - great experience for the kids before that is also a thing of the past. Not many of them around anymore.
    IMG_20180327_195134.jpg
     
  16. Jun 24, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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    Martial art grip. Your joking, I hope.
     
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  17. Jun 24, 2019 at 1:04 PM
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    Professional Hand Model

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    He’d be no match to my Himalayan Yoga Death Grip training style. I proved it already by breaking my tailgate handle first 7 years ago.

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  18. Sep 9, 2019 at 4:02 PM
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    lionscourt [OP] 2006 DC SR5 4X4

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