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Default How-to: Install 06-08 OEM spoiler-type tailgate protector

This isn't anything all that difficult or magical but it seems there is some interest in it. Also, there may be a how-to on this forum somewhere already but I haven't seen one yet.

I have always liked these but they are a little expensive for what they are. Bought one used from a forumz member (thanks again KCbigbadram) and it is supposed to be here today. As long as I can find the mounting hardware that I want to use I hope to install it tomorrow. I will add a pic of the aftermarket protector that I will be replacing later and then pics and info of the install after it's complete. Drilling holes in painted body panels = keep your fingers crossed, lol.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:15 AM
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This project has been delayed a little. Dropped my truck off at the mechanic yesterday over a leaky pinion seal. The project is definitely still on though! Hopefully I can have something up towards the middle or end of the week or maybe the weekend.
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Okay, got the truck back home and ready to get this project back on. Snapped a couple photos during phase one today...removing the existing aftermarket tailgate protector. Most of you probably won't have to deal with this. Hopefully I'll be able to post on the actual install by the weekend.

Existing 3M tape installed tailgate protector. From Bak Industries I believe.



Mess left behind after I pried the aftermarket piece off.

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Slight change in the plan. I got a great deal in the used spoiler from KCbigbadram and he told me upfront that it was used and had some scratches. When it arrived I sat it on the tailgate just to see what it would look like and something occurred to me. I'm such a perfectionist that I couldn't bring myself to replace the new-looking, completely unscratched aftermarket piece with the scratched one, even though the scratched one looks much better, lol. I can't stress enough how this is simply my OCD and not any fault of KCbigbadram. As mentioned already, he was honest, shipped it fast, and great to deal with in general. So anyway, I passed the used one on to someone else for the same price I paid for it and sucked it up and went to the dealer....equipped with my father-in-law's dealer tax ID number. Regular price was about $140 but I got a brand new spoiler complete with install equipment for $99 out the door. I also borrowed my buddy's 3M eraser wheel to take care of the sticky mess I have left.

So.....this thread was originally intended for anyone that might be interested in sourcing a used spoiler and the parts for installation but I guess that has changed a little. Regardless, the parts are simple and readily available at Lowes Hardware. I will post some pics of the Mopar-supplied equipment tomorrow during the actual install.
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So I got it all done today. Only took a week from my first post, lol. Ran into a few little snags but overall it wasn't bad. The last pic I posted was of the mess left by the aftermarket piece. Here it is after about 20 minutes with the 3M eraser wheel and then some Goo Gone for clean up.



Next I put the OEM spoiler on, got it positioned correctly, and marked the holes with a dry erase marker.



Then, fun time! I pre-drilled each hole with a 1/8" bit and then re-drilled with the called for bit, a 25/64. Had to take a little time to clean the holes up. Then I used some touch -up paint and clear that I had to make sure no bare metal was left exposed. Holes done.



Then came the first remotely difficult part. Well, not difficult but the well nuts that came with the kit were a bit of a PITA. First, the nut provided with the kit that acts as a spacer when collapsing the well nuts was too long. Or the bolt that was provided was too short. Either way, the bolt would not reach through the spacer nut to the threads of the well nut. I did not have a longer bolt of that size but I did have a thinner nut that I used as a spacer nut. The first three went in relatively easily using two wrenches. The last well nut did not want to collapse properly and I ended up rounding the head of the bolt with the wrench. As mentioned before, I didn't have another bolt. Fast forward through a trip to Lowes and I had a replacement bolt which I got a hold of with a socket and ratchet. Problem solved.

Also, one tip. The kit came with thin little plastic washers to go under the actual bolts that hold the spoiler on but nothing to go between the well nut and the tailgate. So I went to Lowes and got four thin rubber washers/gaskets and used those. They were bigger than needed so I just ran around the well nut with my pocket knife after they were installed and trimmed off the excess. Here's one of the installed well nuts.



And lastly, I installed the spoiler using the supplied black torx headed bolts and plastic washers. I am very happy with it. Sadly, it had gotten too dark for a pic so you will have to wait until tomorrow for that!
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Looking good so far, definitely want to see the finished product! Nice write up and pics, too!

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