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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Tailgate step..pain in the A$$ or good to have

I can see the benefits of the tailgate step as I am short guy and usually end up crawling into the back of others pickups.

The tailgate step seems like a good idea, but the handle in the tailgate is what I am wondering about.

does it interfere with the floor being flat when you have the tailgate down and 8' sheet material in the box, like drywall or plywood. I think where the handle attaches to the tailgate there is a rounded bump that stick up.

also, say you load the back with earth or gravel and are pushing/shovelling it out the back with the tailgate down, seems to me the handle in the down position would be a pain in the ass, although I guess you cuold just stand it upright for those odd occassions.

...I think I just answered my questions...

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Nope, not a pain at all (I thought it would be as well before buying), it lays "flush" with the tailgate cover --- the tailgates with the step handles have a factory cover the keeps everything flush when in the down position. I've loaded many motorcycles into the back and its never a concern....same thing with large boards, etc. Its definately worth it for sure, now, would I specificaly order it from the factory as option in the future....hmmm, don't know, but ours was already on the lot and had the option. One thing to note, tailgates with the step are reinforced internally (strengthened) to compensate for the weight load when the step is deployed, therefore, if you haul 4 wheelers or motorcycles with the back wheel(s) on the open tailgate, its nice to know the extra weight will not hurt it (unlike regular tailgates which have a tendancy to "bow" over years of abuse)... all food for thought, depending on your needs.

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My parents have an '09 that has it. and they love it.
it sits "flush" and makes it easy to get into the back. My father has bad knees to it helps out when he's gotta get in the back.
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I ordered my truck without it. IMHO it is another useless component that will promote rust. Although I Krown all my vehicles the tailgate step just seemed to be a liability.
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I do not have a tailgate step or have I driven a truck with one but .....
My biggest issue with the tailgate step was that when the tailgate is up, the step is loose and loud inside the tailgate. I have not driven one with a tailgate step but in the showroom just shaking it a little it sounds pretty loud. After a couple of years of use and abuse it would likely be looser and louder ....
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I do not have a tailgate step or have I driven a truck with one but .....
My biggest issue with the tailgate step was that when the tailgate is up, the step is loose and loud inside the tailgate. I have not driven one with a tailgate step but in the showroom just shaking it a little it sounds pretty loud. After a couple of years of use and abuse it would likely be looser and louder ....

Nope, it doesn't shake at all, it "locks" in position, allot of people don't realize that, especially ones in the showroom which are most likely getting "deployed" allot. I didn't at first either (until I read the manual, LOL)... after pushing the step all the way back into the tailgate, you "twist" the edge of the tailgate end cap (on the step itself) and it moves in another half inch or so and "locks" in place. You will hear/feel the step seating into position and its quite solid after that. It shouldn't move at all after that..... ours does not anyway.

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id say its a great thing with the trucks sitting as high as they do would make it alot easier to get in and out of the bed, id like to get one for my truck a future mod



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Nope, it doesn't shake at all, it "locks" in position, allot of people don't realize that, especially ones in the showroom which are most likely getting "deployed" allot. I didn't at first either (until I read the manual, LOL)... after pushing the step all the way back into the tailgate, you "twist" the edge of the tailgate end cap (on the step itself) and it moves in another half inch or so and "locks" in place. You will hear/feel the step seating into position and its quite solid after that. It shouldn't move at all after that..... ours does not anyway.
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id say its a great thing with the trucks sitting as high as they do would make it alot easier to get in and out of the bed, id like to get one for my truck a future mod
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