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Old 04-16-2018, 11:20 AM   #71
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Oh that's interesting. I was first going to try reversing the cables, and hope maybe that the cable length variation aligns better with whatever amount the bed is likely out of square.
I toured the Ford F-150 and Ranger assembly plant in St. Paul, back in college. What always sticks in my head most is how the workers would hang from the doors, bouncing up and down until the door gaps were even [enough].

Maybe you could do something similar with your tailgate?
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:23 AM   #72
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I was thinking I probably just screwed myself, but I have never changed a truck tire - and I've had some form of "truck" since 1993. They hold so much volume of air that a slow leak takes forever to fully deflate them, and any pothole that would blow one would also take out the frame of the truck.
I lost a valve stem on the truck once, and still had several miles and the Summit Point sign in line and managed to get to my paddock spot before it fully deflated.

Conveniently, they had trackside tire service that day, too.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:39 AM   #73
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Seems like the spray-on liner is a pretty decent option, from what I can tell. Without some sort of liner, I'd be just as cautious about scratching, though.
reminds me of something
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:49 AM   #74
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Ha! Maybe you could have those lenses coated with Line-X too?
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:24 PM   #75
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You put that tree in your brand new truck bed ... I am guessing you’re not worried about scratching your paint :eeps


I would be a really bad truck owner I would never use it for its intended use for fear of scratching it up.
When I bought my first truck, a brand new Ford Ranger XLT Supercab, the bedliner was the very first thing I bought for it. It really protected the bed from rust, and I hauled a lot of stuff with it, including my Honda XR200 dirt bike all over the place.

The problem with owning a pickup is your friends who don't have one will ask you for "favors", LOL.

(But if you do enough "favors", you'll never run out of beers).

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Old 04-16-2018, 12:30 PM   #76
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I had a Ford Ranger XLT extended cab in college. I helped so many people move
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I had a Ford Ranger XLT extended cab in college. I helped so many people move
Yeah, I LOVED my Ranger.

I got a bit teary-eyed when I sold it 13 years after I bought it. Iirc, it had about 150k miles.

That truck with a 2.3L inline-four mated to a 5-speed manual transmission saw a lot of great memories, LOL.
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Oh that's interesting. I was first going to try reversing the cables, and hope maybe that the cable length variation aligns better with whatever amount the bed is likely out of square.

But I found it pretty lame that GM claims it's normal tolerances.
Yes, that's ridiculous. Having owned a few GM vehicles it doesn't surprise me one bit though.

I don't know how heavy your tailgate is, but that shock is great and well worth the money IMO.
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My tailgate is actually already assisted. All I really need is an adjustable length cable.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:34 PM   #80
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My tailgate is actually already assisted. All I really need is an adjustable length cable.
Oh really? Good for GM.

I'd probably go to the parts department and order a new cable, how much could that possible cost. Well, I'd ask the service guy to look at it first since it's under warranty.
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