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Old 12-08-2014, 07:25 PM   #15
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Stolen tailgates very often end up on Craigslist, some at flea markets. Not too many identifying features.

I not only have a lock on the pivot, I also keep the key lock in the tailgate handle locked.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:36 PM   #16
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Hi, no; Mine only locks with the key.
Oh, duh... I remembered you bought a fancy one, forgot it was a 2014.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:35 PM   #17
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Most times, if in a neighborhood, they won't bother if you do something to slow them down.. a lock is a good first step.

Step #2 ( I just learned how to do this ) is to put a 'screw type stainless hose clamp' around the gate pivot... it usually only needs the one on the side where the hinge is slotted. This way the creeps can't just lift it off.. and when they realize they need a light to see the problem.. and the tools... they usually abandon the heist..

You can't stop a determined person, but you can slow/distract/demotivate them. A 'flash bang' device would be my choice #3.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:49 PM   #18
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Just out of curiosity, what kind of truck is this? I've never heard of a tailgate being stolen. And why would anybody do that? In other words, what makes them so valuable? Strangest thing I've heard in a while.

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In my neck of the woods, Toyota Tundra tailgates are disappearing at a high rate because of their prevalence and back-up camera.....according to my friends at the local law enforcement agencies.
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:33 AM   #19
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My Taco has a hose clamp on the pivot to prevent easy removal, a locking tailgate handle (Pop 'n Lock brand) and a locking tonneau cover on top of it.

I park in a locked garage and have dogs. I'm fairly sure it will be there in the morning...unless someone really wants it. Then, when the dogs go off, the insurance goes off...and so does the miscreant intruder in my garage...
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:53 AM   #20
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Look at this link from Jimmi-Jammers. I have all of their products installed including the tail gate lock. I highly recommend them for all vehicles, especially the most easily broken into Ford F Series.

Tailgate Theft Prevention, get a Gate Keeper
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Tailgates have, in recent years, been vying for #1 or #2 most stolen items....right along with Catalytic converters. This is the reason locking tailgates are now standard on many PUs. If you cant open them, you can't remove them.
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Robert, won't the problem be drastically reduced when you get your rolling tonneau cover?
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Tailgate locks are the same mechanism as a door lock and takes about 5 seconds with a screwdriver to open up a tailgate lock. If you are really concerned about theft, tailgate of otherwise, the Jimmi-Jammer products are very cheap insurance.
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Jimmi Jammer looks good will stop most. Thieves carry battery operated saws to steal converters won't be long till battery operated ratchets are carried to defeat
these. If it is a standard allen size consider replacing with tamper proof allen
Torx also has tamper proof. I would investigate using some sort of non standard bolt to hold this on. Something that the thieves won't likely have in a small tool kit.
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If it is a standard allen size consider replacing with tamper proof allen
Torx also has tamper proof. I would investigate using some sort of non standard bolt to hold this on. Something that the thieves won't likely have in a small tool kit.
I would simply fill the opening in the bolt with something like silicone. It doesn't take much to block the bolt opening against someone in a hurry. If I ever needed to remove the tailgate due to damage. I can get the plug out. Daylight and plenty of time are something a thief usually doesn't have.
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I wrap the release with stainless safety wire. It takes way to long for a thief to fight it.
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We're using a guard on the open hinge. Requires tools to remove it.
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Robert, won't the problem be drastically reduced when you get your rolling tonneau cover?
Hi, I don't think this cover connects to the tailgate.
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