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Need a new tailgate - and having trouble finding one!

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by SanDiegoHarry, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Mar 8, 2017 at 5:23 PM
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    SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry [OP] New Member

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    I have a 4-door 2x4 SR-5 and it appears that most after-market tailgates do NOT fit my truck. No, I do not understand why the tailgate, of all things, would be different, but who am I to question!

    SURE - I could order one from Toyota and pay through the nose - but I'm trying to find a better solution. Local junk-yards have been a bust.

    I think that it would help if I knew what my "Vehicle Option" was - that appears to be a five character descriptor that Toyota uses (ala GSK30 / UCK30, etc). If anyone knows what my truck is, that'd be great!

    So... thanks!
     
  2. Mar 8, 2017 at 5:26 PM
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    TheBeast

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    ebay ? craigslist ?
     
  3. Mar 8, 2017 at 5:28 PM
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    Well, the thing with Ebay is that they have aftermarket, unpainted shells (which would do the trick) but they say "does not fit four door model!" - hence my question...
     
  4. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:15 PM
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    Law323

    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    I don't see how the four door model would have any effect on tailgate fitment??
     
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  5. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:21 PM
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    SanDiegoHarry

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    Agreed... And yet, there *seems* be a difference. I'd like to find a guy with a standard cab and see what the differences were.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:40 PM
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    Law323

    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    Seriously?? I figured it would have cut down on manufacturing expenses if the tailgates were the same size on all models?!?!?!
     
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  7. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    Huh...well looks like I'm eating crow.

    I'd talk to @Roman like Gino said!
     
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    1st gen double cabs are taller and wider than std and access cabs. I'd keep your eyes on Craigslist. Here in Colorado I see guys selling tailgates on there all the time. Although I haven't paid attention how many of those are for double cabs since I don't need one.
     
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  9. Mar 8, 2017 at 7:49 PM
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    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    The other OTHER white meat LOL :rofl::rofl::rofl:
    Split the ticket buddy?
    IMG_2422.jpg
     
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    Black Wolf INCOGNITO undercover toyomafia

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    Lots of hot ones for sale on Craig's List.
     
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    Double cabs have deeper beds.
     
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    I'd expect - if you don't lock you TG, it's easily swiped.
     
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    Les7311 Look up, what do you see

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    That worked. Found a silver one down in Chula Vista - $350 in good shape. Thanks!
     
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    Hmmm, i guess i should go lock my tailgate. Never occurred to me.
     
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    Yeah, I never did - but once my TG got smashed at a car wash (of all places - the owner refused to help me out) I started eye-balling trucks in parking lots... So now I think I will lock my "new" one, just as soon as I get the lock switched from my old TG, which is destined for the recycle dumpster.
     
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  17. Mar 13, 2017 at 12:43 PM
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    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    Hose clamps on the tailgate bracket where you pop it out is a good deterrent. There's a thread on it somewhere here

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/diy-cheap-tailgate-anti-theft-protection.2594/page-2#post-87643
     
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    Hasteen To be continued...

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    I always lock it... ALWAYS.
     
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