Talegate/Tale Lights Adventure

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by paul0451, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. paul0451

    paul0451 New Member

    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!
  2. 95CTburb19

    95CTburb19 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    wow that's awful! I've never heard of that happening before but people are crazy these days...
  3. dpscranton

    dpscranton New Member

    ill do ya one better... my grandfather lives in georgetown, massachusetts and he came out of his condo to find his entire tailgate missing!!!!
  4. MWright936

    MWright936 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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...
  5. paul0451

    paul0451 New Member

    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.
  6. cascott325

    cascott325 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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
  7. tlperry68

    tlperry68 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Where did you get the auto lock?
    Sorry to hear about the loss.
  8. paul0451

    paul0451 New Member

    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.
  9. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Sorry to hear about your mis-fortune.
  10. Henchman

    Henchman Rockstar ROTM Winner 100 Posts

    Thanks for the heads up man!

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