will any tailgate from 80 to 96 work on my 85? whats the difference between the years if there is any?
Here's info from this thread Tailgate Debatein short yes. you will have to adapt/ use different striker /latches though.
there is a thread on it, don't rememer where.
Externally the only difference I know of is letter holes in the 8-9 gate compared to a later model and obviously the glass is different. Here's some info taken from elsewhere.
78 - 79 Type A
80 - 82 Type B
83 - 96 Type C
If swapping A & B you have to switch the glass and glass support brackets
If swapping B & C you have to switch latches and striker plates
If swapping A & C you have to switch the glass, glass support brackets, latches & striker plates.