How to Install a Chevrolet Tailgate
Many truckers will have to remove their Chevy's tailgate someday. This contraption is almost like a rite of passage for many of these truck owners. Sometimes, this happens because they're transporting or moving something huge. Other times, the tailgate itself has become loose or damaged, necessitating repair. Regardless of the reason, here's what you need to know when it comes to removing an old tailgate and installing a new one:
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- Torx Bits
- Hand tools
- New tailgate
- Various sockets
- Emblem adhesive
- Needle nose pliers
- Flathead screwdriver
Step 1:Remove the old tailgate. Just take off the torx bolts on each of the tailgate's sides as well as the bolt that's holding the retaining cable. Make sure to have the truck part propped up before removing the bolts all the way.
Step 2:After bolt removal, set the tailgate at a 45-degree angle. From there, the tailgate's connection to the passenger's side should slide out. As for the driver's side of the tailgate, the connector will only slide out when the tailgate is tilted sideways.
Step 3:You might need to transfer your Chevrolet emblems, connection bushings, two latches on each side that keep the tailgate locked and closed, the tailgate handle and locking mechanism, and the inside lock cover plate to your new (empty) tailgate.
Step 4:When removing the lock cover plate, you'll have to remove its eight Torx screws. Afterwards, you'll gain access to the latches and lock mechanism. Before the lock is removed, unsnap the two connectors holding the actuator rods then unbolt its two bolts.
Step 5:Remove the two black clips holding the actuator rods to the tailgate by squeezing their tips with needle-nosed pliers and pushing them down. From there, take off the black plastic bushings from the connectors.
Step 6:As for the Chevy emblems, you can transfer them from your old tailgate to your new one by first prying them up with a screwdriver. Be warned; this will scratch up your stock tail gate one way or another. For now, put the last bolt in to hold the latch.
Step 7:After the new tailgate is put back on your truck, tighten the bolt. Slide the handle side into the tailgate's front then place it on the ground. Slide the back plate unto the two bolts then tighten the nuts with your hands.
Step 8:Connect the rods to the connector clips and latch them down. Afterwards, slide the rods and the clips towards the hole then snap everything into place. Tighten the two aforementioned nuts and put bushings on the main connectors.
Step 9:Slide the driver's side connector into place first. As for the passenger's side, set the connector on a 45-degree angle like when you removed it the first time and slide it through.
Step 10:While holding the tailgate at this angle, insert the Torx bolts on the retaining cable and the latch. Do the same thing as Step 9 on the other side of the tailgate for good measure.
Step 11:While the tailgate is open, put the cover into place and tighten all eight screws down to keep the gate from rattling.
Step 12:Apply a layer of glue on the back of the emblems and line up the holes with the knobs from behind them. Press the emblem in place for at least a minute. Leave it alone and let the adhesive cure for about a whole day or 24 hours.
Husky Liners Tailgate
Compared to other brands, the Husky Liners tailgate for Chevrolet vehicles offers longer-lasting performance through its aircraft-grade aluminum material that's designed to withstand regular exposure to damaging elements. But because the material is lightweight, this heavy-duty tailgate won't be much of a burden once it's mounted. As for its finish, this component is coated with an eco-friendly and rust-resistant product, helping it last longer without damaging the environment. Its unique design also improves rearward visibility, allowing for safer towing and trailer hitching. Available in a louvered variant, this tailgate can help lessen wind resistance and help improve gas mileage. In terms of installation, mounting a Husky Liners tailgate is easy because it's custom-engineered to perfectly match a vehicle's latch and hinge points and doesn't require drilling.
AutoTrust Gold Tailgate
Made from high-grade primed steel, the AutoTrust Gold tailgate is engineered to keep on functioning despite daily exposure to moisture, extreme temperatures, heavy or sharp objects, and impact. Because the steel is galvanized and is primed using top-of-the-line automotive products, it won't easily corrode or get scratched. Backed by AutoTrust Gold's quality standards, this product is guaranteed to meet or even go beyond the manufacturer's requirements for durability and product fit. Engineered according to direct-fit and OE-comparable specifications, installing it is easy and hassle free. Its design also features a classic panel layout so it will easily fit and match a variety of vehicle exteriors. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed since it comes with a five-year AutoTrust Gold limited warranty.
Go Industries Tailgate
To provide longer-lasting durability, the Go Industries tailgate is built from heavy-duty steel that won't easily corrode, crack, or break even when exposed to various elements such as changing temperatures, moisture, and heavy impact. Plus, it's covered in a powdercoated finish, effectively strengthening its anti-corrosion properties. For improved gas economy, less wind resistance, and better airflow for increased aerodynamics, this product features a louvered design. This louvered layout also offers a better rear view for safer towing. It's also designed to make trailer hitching go without a hitch, making it a perfect accessory for trucks frequently used for outdoor activities. As for installation, mounting is easy with its OEM latches.