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Old 12-03-2003, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Tail Gait - Off

Has anyone taken your tail gait off of the vehicle? Is it easy, or impossible for DIY? Flame me, but I'm just thinking that would save some weight (that thing is very heavy to lift), less air resistance and all. With a cage in place of the tail gait. I see lots of pickups do that for some reason. Actually, why do they do that?
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:32 AM   #2
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Default Baja tailgate weight

The Baja's tailgate is incredibly heavy, especially for a vehicle this size. My old (and much larger) '86 F-150ís tailgate felt about as heavy.

Speaking of F-150s, the all-new F150's tailgate has a torsion bar assist, to make it easier to lower and raise. It works like a charm too.

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Old 12-07-2003, 12:12 AM   #3
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it wouldnt save weight but if you just got the bed extender it would allow the air to flow. and if you take the tail gate off you dont have a licence plate bracket(it'd be a shame to put holes in the bumper) you probably know but incase you dont there is two black tabs on either side of your plate if you click those your plate will fold up allowing you to drive with the tail gate down leaving your licence plate visible
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Old 12-16-2003, 03:36 AM   #4
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If you don't have a bed cover, but do have the extender, you should always use it, especially during highway driving. Why? The air resistance that is created against the lift gate. It serves to make your engine work harder, and as a result suck up more gas than necessary.

If you're in a warm climate and don't expect to ever need a weighted exterior to balance your Baja for snow driving, then yeah, maybe removing the gate should be an option for you.
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