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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 09:00 AM
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The one picture shows them off loading a 4-wheeler, with the tailgate down. I thought I remeber from long ago, that when loading something that heavy, you were supposed to drop the tailgate(disconnect the supports) and ramp it directly to the truck.


Are tailgates stronger now, or is my memory fading in proportion to my hairline?

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The one picture shows them off loading a 4-wheeler, with the tailgate down. I thought I remeber from long ago, that when loading something that heavy, you were supposed to drop the tailgate(disconnect the supports) and ramp it directly to the truck.


Are tailgates stronger now, or is my memory fading in proportion to my hairline?
Not sure if they've gotten stronger, but I've loaded large item like quads and lawmowers in the back on my old F150 just buy putting the rams on the tailgate. Both brother and I have sat on the tailgate too and we both pretty big guys.
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The one picture shows them off loading a 4-wheeler, with the tailgate down. I thought I remeber from long ago, that when loading something that heavy, you were supposed to drop the tailgate(disconnect the supports) and ramp it directly to the truck.


Are tailgates stronger now, or is my memory fading in proportion to my hairline?
You must be thinking of Toyota Tundra tailgates. They had an issue with warping when loading ATVs. I don't recall Ford tailgates ever having an issue. We've always loaded things right across the tailgates.
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This is a really nice looking truck. And I don't even want a truck.

I hope the refreshed Ranger looks a whole lot like a smaller version of this F-150.
I just noticed....the lower models have F-150 stamped in the tailgate AND an F-150 badge? Seems unnecessary to me.
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Are tailgates stronger now, or is my memory fading in proportion to my hairline?
I don't think the tailgate is the big concern, it's the cables that hold it in the down position. Those are what the weight is being transferred to. I had an S10 when I was younger, & the protective plastic sleeve was damaged letting the steel cable get exposure to the elements. One day with a full keg of beer on the tailgate (& my weight), one cable snapped.

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I just noticed....the lower models have F-150 stamped in the tailgate AND an F-150 badge? Seems unnecessary to me.
I read somewhere that was common for the preproduction trucks. The decision makers wanted to see both options & judge which looked better. But, luxury models that get the brightwork on the tailgate (KR, Limited, etc.) will not have the logo stamped into the tailgate. They will get a badge on the trim panel. The lower priced models (XL, XLT, etc.) won't get the badge, but get the stamped tailgate.
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I read somewhere that was common for the preproduction trucks. The decision makers wanted to see both options & judge which looked better. But, luxury models that get the brightwork on the tailgate (KR, Limited, etc.) will not have the logo stamped into the tailgate. They will get a badge on the trim panel. The lower priced models (XL, XLT, etc.) won't get the badge, but get the stamped tailgate.
Yeah, I knew the upper models didn't have the stamping, but I didn't know whether the lower ones had the badge too....it makes sense that they wouldn't, and that these pictures were taken before a decision was made.

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