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post #1 of 23 Old 07-10-2012, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Tailgate theft prevention

I have been looking into an anti theft device for my new SUPERDUTY tailgate w/camera and step. What is everyone using? After some Googling I found a few out there like... Gate Keeper, Bully Tailgate Pad Lock, McGard Tailgate Lock along with a regular hose clamp. I know that if someone wants it they are going to take it but I am counting on the laziness of thieves not wanting to deal with extra time/work involved with removal. On my old tailgate I would just keep it locked but now I don't know if it would be better to keep it unlocked to prevent thieves from damaging the lock and than just finding out it can't be removed.

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Don't make it easy for them. I would lock it regardless. I also use a simple hose clamp because I'm just trying to make it a bit more difficult that they move on to some other target. BTW, if they damage the lock or do some body damage, that would be much more likely to be covered (due to the dollar amount) than just a tailgate replacement.

BTW, your insurance company will only cover a replacement tailgate unless they know you have upgraded to a newer style. Typically, it's like aftermarket wheels and lift kits. If they don't know you have "upgraded" equipment (and charge you for it in your premium), you won't get it paid out should you have a claim. Just FYI.

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i just slapped one of these on

not sure if I like it or not yet


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Where did you get that, Scott and how much was it? Looks a lot more sturdy than the hose clamp I've got on mine... LOL

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22 bucks on ebay showed up in one day

made by master lock ,,

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another option
McGard 76029 Pickup Truck Tailgate Lock Protection 083509760293 | eBay

I ordered mine from this guy it showed up in 1 day
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Master-Lock-...item231f813406

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Now thats what I am talking about! That is about the best thing I have seen yet. Does the tailgate still move freely with that on?

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I'm glad I was wandering around the forums today. I just ordered one of those tail gate locks on e-bay. I'm planning on installing an OEM lock set later on this year.
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I've been looking at different ways to secure my tailgate. They're too dang easy to take

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Does the tailgate still move freely with that on?
it seems to be OK but it is kind of bulky (master lock version) and it came with some silencers but no directions on placement

I might go with the McGuard version if I had to do it over

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