How to Remove a Ford Ranger Tailgateby Jeffrey Caldwell
The tailgate on your Ford Ranger helps to secure loads in your truck bed, but in some cases when you looking to haul especially large or long, the tailgate can become an hindrance. In addition, if your tailgate is rusted or otherwise damaged, you may want to replace it. Fortunately, the tailgate on your Ranger was designed to be removed easily.
Open the tailgate. Disconnect the tailgate retaining straps from the anchor points on the bed. Pry open the clips that secure the straps to the anchor point using a flat blade screwdriver.
Push the strap ends upward and toward the front of the vehicle. Separate them from the anchor points.
Separate the tailgate from the right hinge at the back of the truck bed by lifting it upward. Separate the tailgate from the left hinge by lifting it upward.
- Chilton's Ford Ranger/Bronco II Explorer 1983-91 Repair Manual; Chilton Book Company; 1991.
- The tailgate can be quite heavy; you may need an assistant to help.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead screwdriver
Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Trails.com. Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.