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Old 11-15-2010, 09:38 AM
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Opend my tailgate today and the stinken thing fell right off, luckly the cables kept it from hitting the ground. It went right back on no prob but I was wondering if there is some sort of clips or lock that i am missing or do they just come off that easy.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:50 AM
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Yeah i have done this on accident before except mine didnt go on so easilly. Took me about 5 mins to get it on, kind of frustrating. As for the clips idk.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:58 AM
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Nope. No clips.
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that sucks! I hope this doesnt happin to me!
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My brother had a mber fall of of a Ford pickup one time, but I have never heard of someones tailgate falling off. I hope it didn't get scratched or dented!
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Took mine off once. Layed it on the grass to scrape soil out of the back into a flower bed. Repositioned the truck, ran the thing over. I lived with that dent for 6 years.
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believe or not, tailgates fall off quite often when being opened
just be glad that you didn't have a trailer hitch sticking out, it makes for big dent in the sheet metal

some of the new Rams 2010 - 2011 have a spring loaded tailgate assist on them, its attached at the bottom of the tailgate & the bottom of the bed. I hope one of those don't fall, could make a mess ... (outside skin shares a striking resemblance to all de previous Rams. the tail gate has been redesigned to reduce drag and a new tailgate assist feature allows lowering the tailgate with one hand.) It may be the same as at this site
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Weird. I work in a body shop and I don't think I've ever heard of this. I hope there was no damage.
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After I got in my accident I tried ot open the tailgate and it jumped right out into my arms and wouldn't go back on. My bed was obviously out of square at the point, but after I got it fixed I experimented a bit. When you tailgate is open 45 degrees it's lined up to pop off the hinges. If you are pulling at all when you pass 45 you could easily pop it free.
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Cheap 'fix' is to put a hose clamp around the tailgate 'hinge' on the RHS.
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