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    Default Tailgate latch mechanism - diagrams? details?

    Does anyone have experience with the tailgate latch? Can someone tell me if it is a rod system or a cable system? I'm considering a tension adjustment to make the latch easier to operate and am looking for data before I dive into it. (I'm also traveling so my truck's nowhere near me, at the moment.)

    Diagrams, if someone has one, of the latch mechanism and assembly would be awesome.


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    Thanks for the quick response. That's EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. I don't see any way to increase tension in this system (to make the latch easier to pull). Do you?

    -- F

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    I broke my handle bezel, and waited about a year to replace it. Well I live in the rust belt so I noticed the handle sticking when I opened the tailgate. When I would close the tailgate I would have to go as far as to push on the handle to ensure it would latch. So i bought a new bezel, took out the handle mechanism, cleaned it up with a wire brush, a fresh coat of rust o leum, then anti siezed the crap out of it. Works Great, even after 4 years now. Just a slight pull on the handle with a "pop" and it's open.
    "If it ain't one thing, it's a mother******g nother"

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