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Old 05-22-2011, 01:09 PM
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Hey guys, I recently bought a 94 dodge ram, and the tailgate will not move. The two rods, that connect to the handle and go all the way to the opposite ends of the tailgate to open it, well one of them is broke off and completely gone. and the other rod wont move. I have no idea how to remove the tailgate. anyone know what to do? Any input helps, thanks!
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Is there an access plate on the backside of the tailgate?

You may have to go through the latch to get to the mechanism if there's no access plate by removing the latch, then reaching into the hole to grab the rods.
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1994 -2001 1500 series tailgates are all the same
so are the 2500 & 3500 series 1994 - 2002

if there is no access panel on the bed side of the tailgate
then likely you will have to work through the handle OR look at the very bottom of the tailgate, you may be able to gain access by unbolting or lifting it off one side, the way chevy trucks do

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No access panel. Only way to get to those rods is if you remove the handle and trim.
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Yeah, the problem is, one of the rods is rusted beyond belief. the other rod is missing. I have no idea how im going to get this off. What about sawing off the rods that connect to each sides of the truck?
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Get a torx bit and remove the tailgate latches on either end. You'll be able to remove the rods easier. I also have an extra set of rods if you need them.
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i also couldnt get y tailgate to open on an old 93 gmc truck of mine. i took a flat head screw driver and very easily persuaded the latches open on the tailgate. might chip your paint, but its a truck. itll be ok. thatll prolly be the easiest way. its worth a try.
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