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Spare Tire Rods Scratch Paint

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by New_DoorDing, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:44 PM
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    New_DoorDing

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    Fair warning to everyone. The factory rods to lower and raise your spare tire will scratch your trucks paint to the bare metal. Then you have to worry about rust. The paint will chip at the rectangular insert in between the tailgate and bumper. You could get a good angle on it by opening the tailgate. Make sure to apply primer if you see bare metal. Then you could apply touch up paint and clear coat afterwards. What you DONT want to do is leave the bare metal exposed. Given the location of that, it will rust before no time.

    I suggest using a shop rag between the rod and frame of truck to prevent from chipping your paint.

    DO NOT open your tailgate with the rods inserted. It will dent and chip your tailgate! :angrygirl:

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  2. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:59 PM
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    TundraRV

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    Yeah I just removed my spare off my truck and will store it in bed. I’ll double check that hole. Thanks
     
  3. Feb 17, 2021 at 9:00 PM
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    so sad to see this...Although its a little different, One of the reasons why I said from the get go do not put anything on the bumper...too easy to drop tailgate on objects. I don't even set drinks on my bumper.
     
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  4. Feb 17, 2021 at 9:17 PM
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    I set a headlamp on mine and forgot it!!

    luckily I just had to buff out the scratch.
     
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  5. Feb 18, 2021 at 6:22 AM
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    From experience on other pickups, even an accumulation of snow or ice can cause a dent in the tailgate if you lower it without clearing the bumper. Fortunately we have the damper to slow it down.
     
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  6. Feb 18, 2021 at 7:23 AM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    When I first bought my 2015 I noticed the problem with potentially scratching the paint area around the access hole. I tried to figure out a rubber grommet that would fit the access hole and protect it but couldn't find anything that would work. I placed tape around the access hole then slit the tape from corner to corner and stuck the tape toward the inside. Didn't last long so I finally gave up on it.
     
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  7. Feb 18, 2021 at 7:56 AM
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    I’d think door edge protector would work but maybe the metal is too thin there? Could also try the 3M version that’s just a clear film.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W6T7M4C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_B93FNPPWH1T92D0H6EX5
    3M Door Edge Protection Film, 08582, 36 Inch https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00650N...abc_20JPPTKM9M69SYBA4QAJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
     
  8. Feb 18, 2021 at 8:36 AM
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    Instead of trying to find a grommet that fits the access hole in the body, install the rod, make a mark where it meets the metal, and wrap some protectant around the rod. I used a piece of rubber ice shield, works great. :)
     
  9. Feb 18, 2021 at 9:21 AM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Thanks; good recommendations! But, I think the metal may be too thin for the edge protector to work. Now the 3M protection film could possibly work. Thanks for helping me noodle this.
     
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  10. Feb 18, 2021 at 9:22 AM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Now, there's another good idea! Thank you for the suggestion.
     
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  11. Feb 18, 2021 at 10:29 AM
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    Tilly is definitely an outside of the box thinker!
     
  12. Feb 18, 2021 at 10:37 AM
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    ^^^
    This is what I did when I had a spare under the bed.
     

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