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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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tailgate bracket?

i finally got my recon light bar one that was not damaged in shipping only took 3 times! went and started tapping wires and looked on the best mounting spot and theres a damn bracket in the way does anyone know what purpose this bracket has its on the right side as you look at the back and it has a part that mounts to the gate and one that mounts to the bed seems to me like a guide of sorts bottom line is its in the way.
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I think that bracket is to keep the taigate aligned. I noticed my bosses truck has that too. You probably could take it off .
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i was looking at my buddies 08' 250 harley and it did not have them so i dont know if they started in 09' but i think they are going bye bye!!
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i have been searching for a tailgate diagram to tell me what the bracket is no luck i even dug into the 08 conversions i did not see it on any of them nor did it mention them. i am about to go take them off and see what they are and do. anyone have them on their 09's and know what they do?
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It was posted somewhere that the guide is to keep the tailgate centered in an accident. Since the hinges just slide in, from the sides, it is a last ditch effort to keep the tailgate from flying off during an impact if the bed is distorted and the hinge area widens.
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i am sure going to miss it then !!!!!
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Does anyone know why some trucks have them and some don't? I have a job 1 and it does not have it. I have two friends with job 3 trucks, one has it and the other doesn't. Their trucks have the same extras.

2008 F250 SuperDuty FX4 Crew Cab Short bed Silver Metallic Dark Shadow Grey Job 1
Extang Trifecta Bed Cover
Spray in bed liner
High Idle Mod
Second Radiator
Second EGR Valve
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Towing a 30' Trail Cruiser Travel Trailer
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My Job 3 has one, I had no idea what it was for. I also ran into the exact same problem trying to install my light bar. In fact, I still haven't installed it because if this guide. I think I'll just take it off

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Mine is before Job 1 ( not on the window sticker) I have one.
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i guess they throw them on when they want but i removed the bracket that bolts to the bed and left the one on the gate it was not in the way two bolts simple! it just appears to be a guide slot bracket on the bed and half moon blade on the gate i dont see how that would help in a collision but it could keep the gate from wondering left or right if the bushings wore out. al that matters is the light bar is on!!!
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