REPLACING WORN TAILGATE STRAPS IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES
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.