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    Does anyone know what the weight rating is for tailgate cables for full size Chevy trucks? I've read the manufacturer will not rate them due to liability issues. I've also read of cables failing when loading heavy objects such as motorcycles, ATV, and lawn tractors. Is there any after market cables that are stronger than the factory ones? Is there any other way of assuring the cables won't fail during critical loading times? I have thought of fabricating a 2X8 of the proper length from the ground to the tailgate in order to take some of the stress off of the cables. Anyone have any ideas on this?????

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    I dont know what exactly they can handle, but if you are sure to replace them when they start to get old or worn, my stepdad (landscaper) has put a lot of weight on the cables of my 01 silverado, his 05 sierra, and his 06 and 08 ram trucks. This includes sitting the bobcat bucket on, rather than above them, the weight of palettes of paving stones (not the entire palette, but a decent portion of a 3000lb palette of block), quads, and many others. It has been my experience that they can hold a lot of weight as long as you are reasonable about it, with the exception of some 1999-2004 cables (were weak and actually recalled - AND caused the tailgate on my truck to fall on the highway while driving with the tailgate down when BOTH cables broke at once).

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    If you are having questions about loading your toy via the tailgate I would pick up a proper loading ramp set that actually puts the weight on the box instead of the tailgate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmcsuvguy View Post
    If you are having questions about loading your toy via the tailgate I would pick up a proper loading ramp set that actually puts the weight on the box instead of the tailgate.

    I agree. Something that is load bearing should help Those cables are strong. They are right regular lay wire rope. I forget the safe working load equation but I do recall that 1/4" is about 1100 pounds of strength. That is a static (or gradual loading application) dynamic (slamming) load would be greatly reduced for a safe working load.
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    I wish GM would have kept the metal link straps that they had on the older trucks... Those were great...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TritonBoulder47 View Post
    I wish GM would have kept the metal link straps that they had on the older trucks... Those were great...
    are you referring to the folding ones that were like two pieces of solid metal? I think I saw those somewhere as an accessory - can't remember where, but if you can find them, I think someone still makes those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf608 View Post
    are you referring to the folding ones that were like two pieces of solid metal? I think I saw those somewhere as an accessory - can't remember where, but if you can find them, I think someone still makes those.
    Yeah, they were indestructable...

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    and bit alot of fingers in the process too!!
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