This thread just popped up in my alerts and thought I could possibly be of some assistance.
Drilling into your tailgate is not
required for installation. The part of the instructions is sounds like you are referring to is our optional footmans loop. This feature is used to lock the tailgate if your truck does not come equipped with a locking tailgate and you would like a simple and secure way to keep your truck bed completely locked without having to buy new tailgate handle.
Again this is optional, anything that is required for the installation process does not involve drilling.
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