Hey man, Its not recommended driving with the tail gate down, there is nothing to support the glass and a good pot hole will break the glassLook into a Bronco Air bumper and see if it meets your needs. I have it and love it. It doesn't rattle and I can lock the swingate open in case I need to drive with the tailgate down or I can disconnect the tire carrier altogether fairly easily if I need to. Another plus is there is no connection points to the quarter panels so the chances of damaging the quarters if I get hit from behind are reduced.
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