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Old 08-19-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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I had a small utility trailer hooked up to my truck the other day. I put the tailgate down (or should I say, attempted to put the tailgate down) and it slammed against the handle that lowers the mechanism to support the trailer. GD-MF-SOB. Now I have a dent above the tailgate release handle and below the black factory protector. Chalk that one up to not checking for clearance.
I wonder if there's a way to get it out, other than buying a new tailgate.

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Old 08-20-2008, 04:52 AM   #2
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Don't think that's fixable...
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:20 AM   #4
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Nope!! That close to the bend in the tailgate it wouldn't hold. Lots of Bondo would make it look better "for a while", but I doubt that it would hold for long. Never hurts to check with your body shop though.
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That is fixable. Any good body shop can get that out with minimal bondo. Improvements in bondo make it as durable as the metal under it.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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glad your hand wasn't in that spot either..
Yep, some metal work and some filler goes a long way.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:11 PM   #8
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Thats an easy fix. You use a stud gun and weld them on. Then clamp the slide hammer to the studs and bring it back out. I could bring that back to just about perfect that way. It would only need a thin coat to fill the grinder marks.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:01 PM   #9
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Perfect time to shave that handle too.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:16 PM   #10
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wouldn't hurt to check with a paintless dent repair place either. I have seem some pretty horrid dents pulled from those guys, you might be surprised!
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