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Preventing theft of tailgate w/backup camera


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#1 rcmcmullen

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 07:00 AM

When I took delivery of my truck the dealership told me that they had heard reports of problems with people who have the backup camera installed having their tailgates stolen! And, the replacement cost of the tailgate is $5400 (US)! They also told me that there was a TSB concerning the installation of a peice of metal that covers the right-side hindge on the tailgate which is intended to make it more difficult to remove. As with anything you do to secure your vehicle it will only keep honest people honest! If theives want it they will get it!

Here's a picture of what the part looks like installed on my vehicle.

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#2 mikesxpress

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:03 PM

Humm?
So if you have your tailgate is locked it would not be an issue as they couldn't get it down to get it off.
Or if it's unlocked or they punch the lock they all they need is a T-40 Torx bit to pull off the retainer?
Not much of a deterent if they are after the tailagte.

Edited by mikesxpress, 19 May 2011 - 01:04 PM.

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#3 rcmcmullen

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:16 PM

Humm?
So if you have your tailgate is locked it would not be an issue as they couldn't get it down to get it off.
Or if it's unlocked or they punch the lock they all they need is a T-40 Torx bit to pull off the retainer?
Not much of a deterent if they are after the tailagte.

Yeah, I know. Like I said...it's just to keep honest people honest.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:46 PM

When I took delivery of my truck the dealership told me that they had heard reports of problems with people who have the backup camera installed having their tailgates stolen! And, the replacement cost of the tailgate is $5400 (US)! They also told me that there was a TSB concerning the installation of a peice of metal that covers the right-side hindge on the tailgate which is intended to make it more difficult to remove. As with anything you do to secure your vehicle it will only keep honest people honest! If theives want it they will get it!

Here's a picture of what the part looks like installed on my vehicle.



Where can you buy these metal pieces for the tailgate at?? Part number ??

Edited by firesapple, 21 May 2011 - 05:47 PM.


#5 rcmcmullen

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:03 PM

Where can you buy these metal pieces for the tailgate at?? Part number ??

Go to your dealership and inquire about them. I was told that there's a TSB concerning them and the dealership should be able to install it.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 06:01 AM

Humm?
So if you have your tailgate is locked it would not be an issue as they couldn't get it down to get it off.
Or if it's unlocked or they punch the lock they all they need is a T-40 Torx bit to pull off the retainer?
Not much of a deterent if they are after the tailagte.


Ford needs to come up with a key simular to the wheel locks you can get to replace your lug nuts. It wouldn't be to hard to come up with a key to replace the T-40 Torx and this would help deter the thieves even more! For right now, I will keep my tail gate locked.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:12 AM

When I took delivery of my truck the dealership told me that they had heard reports of problems with people who have the backup camera installed having their tailgates stolen! And, the replacement cost of the tailgate is $5400 (US)! They also told me that there was a TSB concerning the installation of a peice of metal that covers the right-side hindge on the tailgate which is intended to make it more difficult to remove. As with anything you do to secure your vehicle it will only keep honest people honest! If theives want it they will get it!

Here's a picture of what the part looks like installed on my vehicle.



You can get the tailgate for $560 w/ step. Still looking up info on the lock plate on the pivot point..B

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:17 AM

One thing that you can do is to put a hose clamp on your pivot point. Yes they can take a screw driver and pull it off but it slows them down and the might not have the tools with them.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:21 AM

Found this website for the part pictured above. GateKeeper..B

http://www.jimmijamm...Product, GK.htm

Edited by BrianS, 15 September 2011 - 12:25 AM.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:40 AM

I keep mine locked.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:37 AM

http://heraldnews.su...-tailgates.html

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:50 AM

Found this website for the part pictured above. GateKeeper..B

http://www.jimmijamm...Product, GK.htm

That looks pretty much like what the dealership installed on mine, but it was FREE!
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 04:43 AM

http://www.ebay.com/...s&_fvi=1&_rdc=1

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:38 PM

One thing that you can do is to put a hose clamp on your pivot point. Yes they can take a screw driver and pull it off but it slows them down and the might not have the tools with them.


I had two tailgates stolen on my 06 Ram, one went missing at the mall and the other when it was left overnight at the stealer for service. The dealer I bought it from had a bunch stolen right off the lot. Their fix was the hose clamp and it seemed to work. I never had another one go missing. Quick, easy and cheap fix.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 08:05 AM

I also did the hose clamp thing. However I added another aspect to slow them down. If they have to think or do anything extra they are apt to move on.

 

Install the hose clamp with a 5/15 swivel socket, extension, and ratchet. Making sure you rotate it backwards as you are doing the final tightening.

 

This makes it impossible to use a  straight blade screwdriver to remove the clamp. They would need all three tools to remove  it. 

This would require thinking outside the box and extra work.

 

 

99 percent of these lowlifes are simply to stupid/lazy to hold a job or simply think their way through life to begin with. 

So throw them a curve ball.

 

Hope this is helpful ....Jeff

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