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    just curious to see if anyone knows if a tailgate handle relocator kit is made for our trucks. id like to move mine and im having a hard time finding one. any help is appreciated

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    Nope, none are made I've looked. Going to have to get one for a toyota,nissan or mazda and adapt it to work, that's what i plan on doing.
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    what about using a different tailgate? if it matches up?

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    Geronimo's was made using an inside door handle and adapted it to pull the rods to open the latches. Then cut the outer handle out and made a piece from an old door and welded it in. The handle is from a 1st gen door.
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    arent the 1st gen tail gates different from the 2nd?

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    i thought so. i didnt think that the 1st gen had the big access panel that the 2nd gens do

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    It does have an access panel - its about 6-8" tall and the width of the tailgate, and right behind the outside handle. 2nd gen should be able to be done the same way.
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    is there any way that i could get a picture of yours? id like to see how you did it.

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    I will try and get those pics for you - I will post them for all to see.
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    thank you sir. im curious to see how you did it.

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    im gonna do that myself and use one old tail gate to cut out the piece needed for a filler, i did one on my old mazda. Used a 85 toyota inside door handle and modified the bars a little and that was it

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    pennyman any luck with those pics?

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    Will try to get them friday when I am off.
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    Sorry for the delay - the pics are coming, in the middle of reorganizing the garage right now.
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    i completely forgot about asking about the handle.

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    any chance of pics yet?

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    Look for trkdesigner's post on the tailgate handle flip - he is my painter extrordinaire and the one who came up with the mod; he is taking pics of the mod on his 81 arrow truck that I posted on here previously.
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    I ran a cable from the piece that the handle attaches to down to the bottom of the tailgate through the hole and put a T handle on it. YOu cant see it but you can reach up under the "lip" of the tailgate at the bottom and it will pop open.

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    I sketched out an idea for a hands free tailgate using a door popper and two leftover gas shocks for my old BMW's hood but nothing ever came of it.

    Grant sells a skin for both generations of our trucks:

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