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Old 02-08-2013, 11:31 AM
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Living in Southern California I have learned that there is an exodus of tailgate thieves out there. I've had two friends in the past year who have had theirs disappear during the night. I am also noticing now more frequently trucks with different colored tailgates all over town. Evidently Dodge decided to not install tailgate locks on many of their truck models for whatever reason. So to keep from being a victim I did a search and found these handy little guys for sale on etrailer.com

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Got mine yesterday and immediately slapped it on. I also have installed a locking tailgate latch to add to my beds' security. Just thought I'd pass this along for anyone living where this has become a problem. Would hate for anyone to be a victim of one of my most hated criminals, thieves...
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:45 AM
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Living in Southern California I have learned that there is an exodus of tailgate thieves out there. I've had two friends in the past year who have had theirs disappear during the night. I am also noticing now more frequently trucks with different colored tailgates all over town. Evidently Dodge decided to not install tailgate locks on many of their truck models for whatever reason. So to keep from being a victim I did a search and found these handy little guys for sale on etrailer.com

http://www.etrailer.com/Locks/Pilot-...ve/LH-090.html

Got mine yesterday and immediately slapped it on. I also have installed a locking tailgate latch to add to my beds' security. Just thought I'd pass this along for anyone living where this has become a problem. Would hate for anyone to be a victim of one of my most hated criminals, thieves...
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I'll just give you rep points instead!
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i always lock my tailgate i was with a friend of mine the other day and he seen me doing this and thought i was crazy i live in the midwest he never heard of people stealing tailgates all it takes is one time like if someone has a dent or scratch in there tailgate and decide they want yours, its quick to most people can get one off in a minute or less
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I have used a simple hose clamp for years. Thieves may open, lift, and run....but they are not likely to carry a simple screwdriver.
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I have used a simple hose clamp for years. Thieves may open, lift, and run....but they are not likely to carry a simple screwdriver.
Good point. If it's not easy, they will usually move on.
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I have used a simple hose clamp for years. Thieves may open, lift, and run....but they are not likely to carry a simple screwdriver.
When looking over my truck for the first time I noticed it had a hose clamp on the hinge of the tailgate. I thought this was strange since I bought it new w/ 6 miles on it. Guess the dealer did it? Anyone else experienced this?
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Hmmm...not sure why there is a problem if there is an exodus of them....LOL.

Mine has a lock on it, and it stays locked. One of the reasons a lockable tailgate was a must have for me.





(BTW exodus means they all left or are leaving...plethora would have been a better choice)
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I really like how they tied the tailgate lock into the door locks on the 2013's.
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When looking over my truck for the first time I noticed it had a hose clamp on the hinge of the tailgate. I thought this was strange since I bought it new w/ 6 miles on it. Guess the dealer did it? Anyone else experienced this?
Wouldn't surprise me. Think about how big of a target dealers are. We just had two tailgates stolen off of a brand new F250 and F350 the other day at the local Ford dealer. Not sure about Dodge/Ram but Ford does not sell the tailgate as a part. You have to buy each individual piece and put the tailgate together, not to mention painting. The replacement cost of those was over $2,000.....EACH.
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In 2009, most tailgates did not come with a locking tailgate handle
light fingered people were opening the tailgate & quickly removing the tail lights, they did not just unplug the lights at the connector, they cut the wiring & took both the male & female parts of the connector.
Try going to the dealership or online to buy the tail lights with the complete electrical connectors & pigtail
Seldom was the tailgate taken, it is too large to fit in a Toyota Supra or something similar
these people carry battery powered drills with every kind of bit needed & wire cutters
they do know what they are going after
If they are pros, they also carry Liquid Nitrogen or liquid Freon
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