Tail gate cables

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  1. sewlow

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    I swapped out those cables for the metal straps on my '98 years ago.
    Helping a friend of a friend move.
    One of the 'Strong like bull. Smart like tractor' 20-something-year-olds grabbed the handle & just let the tailgate drop. Both cables let go at once.
    Then...he walked up on the tailgate to get in the box. (!!!)
    The formerly near-perfect tailgate now had 2 big creases across the width from where it was sitting on the bumper.
    Dropping it was bad enough. Walking on it afterward? Stupidly ignorant! The kid didn't have a clue. "I thought that that was the way it was supposed to be."
    Threw everything out of the back of my truck & left.
    Went & bought a nice tailgate, in the same color, & presented the bill to the kid. Took 3 months & contributions from the person moving, the guy that conned me into helping, along with the kid & his parents chipping in, to get paid.

    Anyways...
    IIRC, when I replaced the cables for the straps, the only difference between the 2 were the mounts on the tailgate. They're specific between the two styles. No modifications to the box or the tailgate. It was a direct swap.

    One of the first things I did when I bought my '97 was to ditch those cables.
     
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    Have you owned it since it was new? If not, my guess is that they were replaced for some reason, and the cables were what was available at that time.
     
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    No, I haven't, I've only had it for 19 years (bought it in 2002). The PO told me about what he did to it but, never mentioned a cable swap. Are there different guides or bumpers too? Now I'm curious, ha ha.
     
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    Thanks, will have to check that out. I had thought they were just on microfiche.


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    Agreed, my dads 1990 had straps.
    GM’s marketing team said it was to stop the rattling tailgate issue.
     
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