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Old 01-16-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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OEM tailgate vs. Reproduction from JBG, etc.?

Is a Ford OEM tailgate really any better than a reproduction from say JBG? I do not have a show truck. I just wonder how well a repro will fit, and how much "fitting" will be required vs. the OEM. Thanks.
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My original tailgate on my '96 (that I bought new in Oct 1995) lasted until 2001, when it developed about a 2" hole in the bottom, I replaced it with the cheapest tailgate shell I could find, and it lasted until about 2010. So I got 6 years out of the OEM, and about 9 from a reproduction. I think it has more to do with the prep work you do on the replacement, and where you live (I live in the rust belt, salted roads from November to April).
As far as "fitment", everything bolted up just fine, I have an inside spare so I didn't have any issues with the extra support inside the tailgate, and the only PITA was drilling all the holes for the tailgate trim piece (that big stainless piece).
This spring I'm planning on replacing it again, the cheapest I could find is from this place, which just happens to be about 2 miles from me, JBG is only about 25 miles away, so no big deal. I've never bought anything from c2cfabrication, and I have bought a bunch of stuff from JBG.
https://c2cfabrication.com/store/adv...gate&x=55&y=12


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Old 01-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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Mikey, how do you suggest prepping the inside of a new tailgate? They already have that crappy black electrostatic primer. Should I top coat it with another primer, paint, and then seal with an antirust wax treatment (Noxudol 750)? Should I strip the primer, and use POR-15? Undercoating, Line-X? What do you guys think is best?
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The factory parts are probably better if you can find them in nearly-new condition (little rust, few dents, no mods). But obviously, it's easier to find new repros in that condition if you've got the ca$h. If you find a useable original, strip EVERYTHING out of it, and wash it thoroughly before making any repairs. For either, it's critical to undercoat &/or paint the inside. If you have a swingaway, you should also reinforce the R side top before painting. Click my black Bronco in my sig & read the captions in the Tailgate Tech album, and the Right Side Split album.

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When I replaced my core support (on the '94), I called the POR-15 guys, and they told me that POR-15 only works well on bare metal, and that I should just wipe off the new core support with some of their "Marine Prep" stuff to get rid of any oil, then shoot the heck out of it with Rustoleum, or any other topcoat.
When I did my tailgate, I just sprayed the acrylic enamel (liberally) on the inside, outside, everywhere. Like I said, it lasted about 9 years.
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scuff it and then por15 it on the inside.
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The couple of repro tailgates ive dealt with have been up to par. I spray the inside with an auto body rustproofer.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:48 PM   #9
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So is it possible to find a new OEM tailgate for a '94 that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
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Let us know when you find one.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:11 AM   #11
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Let us know when you find one.
Well you said 'when' instead of 'if' so I'm encouraged to keep looking!
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I'm glad I'm not in the rust belt. My tail gate has NO rust.... but has a huge dent in it. Looking into one as well
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There are still good t/gs in the JYs - I run across them occasionally, and I always buy them. I think I have 3 or 4 in my junkpile right now.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:40 PM   #14
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If you are up for a road trip to Arizona you will find plenty, I can think of 3 or 4 Broncos with perfect, rust free tailgates sitting in yards around Phoenix waiting for the crusher.
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I haven't had much luck in the JYs. When I manage to find one they seem to be smashed or rusted. I'd rather not do a shell if I can help it but I'm slowly running out of options...
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Install GoogleEarth and fly around your area searching for "auto salvage" or "scrap" or "junkyard" or "used parts". You might be surprised what's nearby. Just pay attention to the imagery dates in the lower L.
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Install GoogleEarth and fly around your area searching for "auto salvage" or "scrap" or "junkyard" or "used parts". You might be surprised what's nearby. Just pay attention to the imagery dates in the lower L.
That was a great idea, I found a small local (and totally unadvertised) yard 6 miles from where I live that has a '93. He said it was in a wreck and the front end is smashed but the tailgate might be good. Headed over there today, maybe there is a pot of gold right out my back door!
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Got a chance to check that gate out, swing and a miss. It was pretty well rusted along the bottom and it looked like the brackets inside the shell were about to break loose.

Still on the hunt for a gate.

It did have a few other minor parts that were in great shape and the guy just about gave them to me so it was a worthwhile visit...
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I bought a JBG tailgate and had it painted inside and out by my local body shop. Bolted right up after I got it back from the paint shop.
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