tailgate damage

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by Eddo, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Eddo

    Eddo Full Access Member

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    I while ago I backed into a sand hill when four-wheeling. It hit the spare tire and dented in the tailgate. I'm still debating on if I should get it fixed. It is not overly noticeable unless you know where to look or the lighting is right. I had to use a few washer to allow the tailgate to close with the spare.

    I tried a few salvage yards and so far I am looking at 800 shipped for a tailgate assembly in my color. However I haven't tried a little negotiation yet.

    I have no idea how much a body shop would cost to fix it. I don't think the tailgate can be fixed since it is pretty well dented around the carrier. I was wondering if anyone has had to have the tailgate replaced how much it ended up costing. Thanks
     
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    Check if just the skin of the gate is available, as opposed to the whole gate. A body shop may be able to tell you. This is a common practice in door repair, rather than replace the whole deal. Maybe there are interally damaged metal parts that can be removed and replaced as well.
     
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    Didn't know just the skin can be replaced. I though they where just complete piece either crimped on or spot welded on. Thanks for the tip, I will check into that. However, I assume the tailgate would still need to be painted.

    Anyone have any idea on how much it would be to just paint the tailgate. A new primed tailgate goes for about 350. I can install it myself and switch over all the door handle, window catch, body panel, etc.