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A 355nation (CCP) presented by
DawgCatcher

Project Name
How To: Shave Your Tailgate

Project Description

This is a mod that everyone should do, just because it cleans up the general appearance of the truck.


Skill Level
Moderate - Difficult

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2005
Engine: 2.8L
Power windows: No
Sun Roof: No


Tool/Materials Needed
Compressor, grinder, air rotary tool, welder.

Project Time
2-3 Hours

Project Cost
$30 or less


Step 1: Remove the back access panel 4 phillips head screws.

Step 2: Then you remove the linkages holding the handle on.

Step 3: Remove the star bolts on either side of the tail gate holding on the straps for the tail gate, swap the rods on the latches, now comes the tricky part. If you have a relocate kit bolt on the handle to the provided plate and attach said linkages screw plate on and you are done, If you are like mc have your master fabricator make everything for you.

Here is the view with the handle removed.


Again if you have a kit test fit the filler panel and make and modifications to make it sit flush.


Step 4: Now take your means of destroying paint and remove the paint from the area as shown here.


Step 5: Test fit and then begin tack welding remember TACK welding you never run a full bead on fillers. start at either end and keep tacking every 2 Inches till you make it all the way around. remember switch sides often. I.e. 3 tacks on the left 3 tacks on the farthest side. Continue around till you have this.




Step 6: Grind down the welds till you have this


Then weld again to fill in any spots missed.


grind once again, then prep the area for body work


And for the finished product you end up with something like this

Have the shit painted and you are legit homies, now do this and stop bitching

Oh and thanks to mc for letting me have the opportunity (read that as finally deciding to do the right thing) to shave his tailgate.
 
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Re: How To: be clean shaven on the backside (shave your tailgate handle)

Okies Dawg, thats sexy...I want :D

rrcn, you could always put it on a bus...thats another option

LA isnt far from Phoenix...drive your ass down here!
 

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Re: How To: be clean shaven on the backside (shave your tailgate handle)

actually there is a special plate that must be fabbed or bought to do this
 

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Re: How-To: Shave Your Tailgate Handle

got a quote from a local shop here in Hawaii. They are going to charge me $400 for this to be done. I don't have the tools. Do you think it's worth it? oh yeah, I told them to smooth out a dent i had on the tailgate also. so, is shaving the tailgate handle, and fixing the ding worth $400?!
 

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Re: How-To: Shave Your Tailgate Handle

got a quote from a local shop here in Hawaii. They are going to charge me $400 for this to be done. I don't have the tools. Do you think it's worth it? oh yeah, I told them to smooth out a dent i had on the tailgate also. so, is shaving the tailgate handle, and fixing the ding worth $400?!
i dont think so. shops here around my area only charge 150 and maybe 200 alltogther for the dent and paint
 
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