PAINLESS STAIN­LESS

RE­PLAC­ING WORN TAIL­GATE STRAPS IN LESS THAN 15 MIN­UTES

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Re­plac­ing worn tail­gate straps in less than 15 min­utes

The tail­gate sup­port ca­bles on GM trucks have a less-than-stel­lar his­tory of rust­ing and fail­ing at in­op­por­tune times, usu­ally when some­thing heavy and ex­pen­sive is rest­ing on the tail­gate. Even if no weight is rest­ing on it, the tail­gate it­self can be dented and dam­aged if the sup­port ca­bles break and it comes crash­ing down. For­tu­nately for us, the engi­neers at Mer­chant Au­to­mo­tive in Zee­land, Michi­gan, have de­vel­oped re­place­ment stain­less steel tail­gate straps that are much stronger than the orig­i­nal ca­bles.

The Mer­chant Au­to­mo­tive stain­less steel tail­gate straps are avail­able for ’99-07 full-size GM trucks and Avalanche as well as ’07.5-10 full-size GMC trucks. The re­place­ment straps are not only strong, they’re also backed by a life­time war­ranty for peace of mind when load­ing heavy items on the tail­gate. They are ma­chined to be in­stalled with your orig­i­nal fac­tory hard­ware and are ac­tu­ally stronger than the mount­ing points on the bed and tail­gate. With the stain­less straps in­stalled you can feel free to safely load, un­load and even trans­port heavy items like UTVS, mo­tor­cy­cles and golf carts across and even on the tail­gate, as in the case of short-bed trucks with long-wheel­base UTVS rest­ing their rear wheels on the tail­gate when loaded.

In­stalling the tail­gate straps is very sim­ple and can eas­ily be done by any DIY truck owner. The only tool needed for the in­stal­la­tion is a 13mm wrench or 13mm socket and ratchet. Even tak­ing the time for pho­tog­ra­phy we com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion of both straps in less than 15 min­utes on our ’01 Chevy. Our stock ca­bles did not break, but they were well on their way with rust and fray­ing vis­i­ble. Fol­low along while we re­place our ag­ing ca­bles with a new set of Mer­chant Au­to­mo­tive stain­less steel tail­gate straps. UDBG

The stain­less steel re­place­ment tail­gate straps are stronger than the fail­ure-prone orig­i­nal ca­bles, and they even come with a cool MA de­cal. They are ma­chined to be in­stalled with your orig­i­nal fac­tory hard­ware and are ac­tu­ally stronger than the mount­ing points on the bed and tail­gate.

1&2 The orig­i­nal tail­gate ca­bles on this 360,000+ mile ’01 Chevy are not bro­ken yet, but they’re well on their way with rust and fray­ing show­ing on both sides.

4 Lift the spring clip and slide the eye­let up and off of the mount­ing stud on the bed.

3 Us­ing a 13mm wrench or 13mm socket and ratchet, loosen and re­move the bolt se­cur­ing the ca­ble to the tail­gate.

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