How to Remove a Dodge Ram Tailgateby TJ Hinton
Dodge designed the tailgates on its 2011 Ram 1500 pickups for easy removal to provide more carrying options for the owner. The tailgate must be supported after the tailgate cables are detached, or it is possible to damage the tailgate during removal. Have a helper standing by if you are not comfortable supporting the weight of the tailgate by yourself during removal. On dually models, disconnect the tailgate light bar from the vehicle wiring harness.
Open the tailgate and locate the cable supports on both sides, right below the tailgate latch striker. Slightly raise the tailgate enough to relieve the tension on the cables. Using a flat screwdriver or other suitable prying device, pry out on the sheet-metal lock tab and unhook the cables from the truck body while supporting the tailgate.
Raise the tailgate to approximately 45 degrees and hold it. Slide the right side of the tailgate upward, following the 45-degree angle, until the right-side bushing comes free of the pivot pin on the truck body. Support the tailgate and slide it to the right until the left side of the tailgate disengages from the pivot pin on the truck body.
Lay the tailgate aside on a blanket or other soft surface to prevent damage to the finish. Remove the tailgate pivot bushings from the tailgate and put them in a safe place. The bushings are small and not retained in the tailgate bushing cups, so you can can easily lose them.
Reinstall the tailgate by first installing the pivot bushings. Align the opening in the bushing with the opening in the tailgate bushing cup. Install the left side of the tailgate onto the pivot pin. Raise the tailgate to 45 degrees and slide the right-side bushing onto the pivot pin.
Support the tailgate in its 45-degree position with the support cable attachments exposed. Engage the support cables with their attachment points, and ensure that the support cable lock tabs snap securely in place.
Things You'll Need
- Flat screwdriver
TJ Hinton trained as an auto mechanic at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and then later graduated from MMI as a certified motorcycle mechanic . He's also worked for 20+ years in home construction, remodeling and repair. His articles appear on InternetAutoGuide.com and TopSpeed.com.