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So i recently picked up a 2011 tailgate for my truck...i was certain i wanted a step, and camera, this tailgate has them both. At first i thought the handle that compliment the step, but it seems that when i slide stuff into the bed it only gets in the way (found this out on the new 2011 work truck my brother picked up). I was thinking about taking the handle off, cutting off the metal tab the handle bolts too, and getting either a flat bed liner to go over the tailgate, or spray in bed liner....anyone have thoughts on this?..or anyone done anything like this...let me know...i will write up a thread with the progress if i move foward with it....
 

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You can remove the handle, remove the bracket, and buy the tailgate cover for the plain tailgate from Ford. Bolts right up.
 

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Not yet, but I have had it apart. That handle will make a nice club.
 

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Not yet, but I have had it apart. That handle will make a nice club.
haha thats what i was thinking....so i do not need to cut anything..just bolts...well there goes a unique write up haha...but glad its something simple....thanks
 

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Ok so i officially removed the handle from my new 08 tailgate last night....just trying to track down the bed liner piece now....anyone looking for the handle or bedliner with the handle let me know.....
 

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hey could you post up a pic of what the tailgate looks like with the handel removed and the big plastic liner removed as well id like to get an idea of what it looks like under there before i decide on if im going to remove mine or not
 

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Slight derail...

Is swapping the 08 gate just a strait swap? No extra parts needed? I smashed my gate and wanted to get an 08. I compared my 06's gate to my 08's and the left side mount looks slightly different...
 

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hey could you post up a pic of what the tailgate looks like with the handel removed and the big plastic liner removed as well id like to get an idea of what it looks like under there before i decide on if im going to remove mine or not
sure, il snap some pictures when i get home and post them up...
 

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Slight derail...

Is swapping the 08 gate just a strait swap? No extra parts needed? I smashed my gate and wanted to get an 08. I compared my 06's gate to my 08's and the left side mount looks slightly different...
you have to change the driver side roller, its a costly piece at about 11.00 bucks at you ford dealer....unless your an idiot and order the passenger side rather than the driver side....other than that, and changing the lock cylinder...its pretty easy
 

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you have to change the driver side roller, its a costly piece at about 11.00 bucks at you ford dealer....unless your an idiot and order the passenger side rather than the driver side....other than that, and changing the lock cylinder...its pretty easy
Thanks! That is exactly the piece I was referring to, just didn't know the correct name for it!
 

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Thanks! That is exactly the piece I was referring to, just didn't know the correct name for it!
you can search on here and find the part number...i dont recall it off the top of my head...
 

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I took the "club" off of mine. The cover that goes in it's place is roughly $80-$90 from Ford and you will also need to swap the (8) 6mm bolts for shorter ones.
 

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I was thinking about getting a piece of diamond plate and coating it with line-x.
 

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Or you could use the cover off your original tail gate. It mates up just perfectly...
 
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