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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Overland Park, KS
2015.5 Spring Loaded Tailgate Removal
I had a bit of an accident with the jaws on my 5th wheel not locking (totally my fault) and I ended up with the 5'ver sitting on the bed rails. The bed survived but the tailgate is destroyed. Found an LTZ same year same color new take-off tailgate for $900 so before I go pick it up, thought it best to inquire here to make sure I am not oversimplifying what's involved in removal and replacement.
Here's my angle of attack. The replacement had a camera in it which is now living elsewhere, mine is fine so I just figured I'll remove my entire handle/camera/locking assembly and install in the new tailgate. Will need to buy the cover that is on the front of the tailgate (i.e. is in the bad area) that the Denali comes with as mine is destroyed.
I am not sure how GM did this, but my model came with what I suspect is a rotary spring that slows the tailgate from slamming open. I'm concerned about how to unload the tension on that spring? If I am spot on with my other thoughts above, this one is my primary concern as I don't know a stitch about this part and cannot find a video on the subject.
I'd be surprised if GM made tailgate removal something harder than a quick couple of steps, but I've seen stranger things from them. So if there is nothing to it, please let me know that. Any help before I drop $900 is greatly appreciated!
2015.5 Denali CCSB 2500 Bone Stock
---except for Air Horn, 60 Gal Titan Tank, Sulastic's, Morimoto HID and LED Fogs, FASS 150, Kryptonite PISK
Overland Park, KS
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