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    Exclamation Talegate/Tale Lights Adventure

    I was staying in a hotel in El Paso. When I came out the next morning I found my tailgate open. I wondered why then I noticed that both my taillights were missing! I had to drive 300 miles without taillights.

    When I got home I replaced the lights with after-market lights then installed an automatic lock on the tailgate. Now my tailgate locks whenever I lock my doors. It takes about 2 minutes to remove the taillights with the use of cordless power tools. Easy pickings for thieves. Those things ain't cheap either!

    Soooo....Watch out!

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    wow that's awful! I've never heard of that happening before but people are crazy these days...
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    ill do ya one better... my grandfather lives in georgetown, massachusetts and he came out of his condo to find his entire tailgate missing!!!!

    1988 GMC Sierra 1500 5.7 L z71 stepside

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    That's crazy! I wouldn't have thought about taillight thieves! Good call on the tailgate lock. I was planning on getting one when/if I get a tonneau cover one day. Maybe I should get one before then...
    Hallsville, TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpscranton View Post
    ill do ya one better... my grandfather lives in georgetown, massachusetts and he came out of his condo to find his entire tailgate missing!!!!
    Have you ever priced a new tailgate? They ain't cheap either! My bro-in-law owns a body shop so I get parts at cost, even then parts are expensive!

    One evening the local high school had a football game. After the game everyone with a truck discovered their tailgate missing! I live in the country, everyone owns a truck.

    Fords have tailgate locks, I'm convinced it's a great idea.

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    i think we need to start doing what they do in other countries, when you get caught stealing, you should have a hand or finger cut off. i know thats a little cruel, but the theft rate would drop drastically i think
    2000 silverado with a 5.3l v8, shorty headers, upgraded plugs, 10 mil wires, magnaflow high flow cats, flowmaster 80 series muffler(2 in 2 out) w/ 18 inch stainless silverline tips. i have a k&n CIA. its a 4x4 z71 offroad package. Ls model.
    extended cab 160k miles, truxedo low profile bed cover, diablo sport predator tuner.
    reman tranny @ 130k miles

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    Huntington Beach, CA


    Where did you get the auto lock?
    Sorry to hear about the loss.
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
    2007 GMC 2500 4X4

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlperry68 View Post
    Where did you get the auto lock?
    Sorry to hear about the loss.
    I got it at our local Standard Auto Parts store. I think any parts store will carry them. They offer the automatic and one that requires a key to open the gate. The automatic is great but not easy to install.

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    Sorry to hear about your mis-fortune.
    Washington State
    2006 Silverado 2500HD LT3 4X4 CC SB Duramax LBZ
    Tuff Country 6" lift, 35" Toyo M/T's on 20" Ultra Peacemaker wheels, Quadzilla Stealth2 programmer, Diamond Eye 5" cat-back exhaust, factory Special order color Yellow.

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    Thanks for the heads up man!
    2007 Chevy Silverado
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