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A truck with a tailgate cap is worlds cooler and protected against tailgate damage than a truck without one. How? Well, one look at a great cap and anyone can see how stylish and luxurious it is, especially if it complements the truck's color. Many aftermarket caps today are even specifically made to be paintable, so you can customize its look for your truck. But aside from the obvious aesthetic advantages, a cap also extends the lifespan of your bed rails by effectively protecting them from nasty scratches, nicks and dings. Since most caps are crafted from extremely flexible and durable materials like high-grade UV-protected plastic, they can take incredible amounts of stress without diminishing in quality. You also don't need to worry about your topper as most caps are compatible with tops, racks, tool boxes and tonneau covers. Finally, many of these caps are a piece of cake to install and require no drilling at all. With all these amazing features, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't get your own cap right away. Here at Auto Parts Warehouse, we have a tailgate cap with all of these qualities and more. Our Price Match Guarantee means that if you find a cheaper cap elsewhere, we'll match its price for you! So go ahead and order your own tailgate cap today to protect your truck from damage while looking cool.

Buying Guides

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What You Should Know When Buying a Tailgate Cap

Dents, bumps, bruises, and dings are more than just an inconvenient eye-sore on your pickup's rear end-they also contribute to the all-around weakening of the tailgate itself. A tailgate cap is the cheapest way to go about giving this area a decent amount of protection. Armed with this handy little guide, it becomes far easier to make the right, and informed, choice.

One cap to rule them all

The great thing about tailgates is that, in general, they are of the same specifications and measurements across a wide range of makes and models. Fit is not too much a problem for this accessory as it is with other accessories. To be safe, however, it always pays to be aware of the specifics of your ride based off the owner's manual that came with your truck-it will save you a lot of unneeded frustration.

So what is the question?

All in all, the only thing that you truly have to wrack your brains about is what kind of material that you want your cap to be hewn from. There are some practical benefits associated with the two that are going to be discussed below. Honestly, however, it all boils down to preference and the kind of look that you want your pickup to take on.

  • Polymers: These are what are informally known as "soft" tailgate caps. Not quite rubber, these have the same consistency and feel to them. One advantage caps made from polymers have over others is that they provide a great degree of grip. That means that stepping onto them, you aren't likely to slip off. Even wet, these types of caps provide enough traction to be safe. The only real downside is that they are almost exclusively in black.
  • Aluminum: These are the opposing "hard" tailgate caps. They add a metallic border to your truck and are, undoubtedly, far higher-scoring in the looks department. A disadvantage is that they don't provide as much traction and are also likely to eventually get dented and dinged themselves. Certain brands alleviate the former by adding thatched elevated grooves across the length of these caps. That gives a little extra traction-but not much.

The final word

Tailgate caps that are polymer based are slightly cheaper, but not by much. They only differ in price from aluminum caps by $5-7. Ultimately, it boils down to which one fits the look that you want to achieve for your pickup truck.

Repair Guides

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Tailgate Cap: How to Put It In Right

Nobody likes dinks, dents, bumps, and scratches-but they happen all the time. This is especially true when your pickup truck sees a lot of heavy use. A tailgate cap tends to get beaten up a lot, especially since a lot of you use it as leverage during loading and unloading. This guide demystifies the whole installation process so you can save a little extra installing a new one yourself. The task isn't difficult--you can actually finish the installation in 30 to 45 minutes.

Difficulty level: Easy

Stuff you'll need:

  • Brand new tailgate cap
  • Power drill
  • Philips-head screwdriver
  • 9/64-inch drill bit
  • 9/64-inch screws
  • Clean cloth or rag
  • Scissors
  • Cleaning solution-alcohol does the job nicely

Step 1: Gently and thoroughly clean the top edge of your tailgate.

*NOTE* Improper cleaning can make it hard for the mounting adhesive on the tailgate cap to stick and hold in place.

Step 2: "Fit" the tailgate cap on the tailgate to get a rough estimate of how it is supposed to fit-this will ensure that you don't make any installation errors you regret.

Step 3: Remove the backing paper that protects the adhesive tape.

Step 4: Carefully lower the tailgate cap, adhesive-down, onto the tailgate at firmly press down to guarantee the tightness of the bond.

Step 5: Cut out four roughly two-inch squares from the adhesive provided with the tailgate cap, remove the backing paper, and place it on the back of the tailgate cap-space them evenly near the top-back area.

Step 6: Drill through these four with the 9/64 drill bit.

Step 7: Insert screws into the four holes and tighten for a more secure fit.

General tips:

  1. Be especially careful when operating a drill-make sure no wires are tangled and clear the area around your legs to prevent accidental tripping.
  2. The standard safety gear-goggles, insulated gloves, and closed-toed shoes-are more important now than ever!

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