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blackpepper 01-27-2010 11:34 PM

Tailgate "handle" removal
Does anyone have a service manual with instructions on how to remove the tailgate handle or also known as the tailgate eyebrow ... the piece that's right above the license plate and holds the tag lamps and window switch. Thanks in advance.


Milous 01-28-2010 01:29 AM

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blackpepper 01-28-2010 03:51 AM

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LOL I was back there looking at everything and I knew it was going to be more work than it needed to be. At least it's already in pieces and hopefully I can source the socket p/n from my local five star dealer.

robpp 01-28-2010 09:48 AM

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i bought the painted one for my laredo. it was my first mod.

2 things.

the wiring plug was different on new vs. old. so i reused the old one. just swapped it.

when you try to remove the inner panel, near where is bends there is a huge inner door pin. that one was trouble for us.

robpp 01-28-2010 10:06 AM

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hey ryano

first off i saw a post about this you made somewhere else that was much more informative to your issue.

as i said i swapped mine out and couldnt use the new harness. sooooooooooooooooo

i have the harness in the garage. show me a pick of the socket and this evening i will dig it out and you can have it......... but you must promise to keep the more informative posts over here :lol:

blackpepper 01-28-2010 10:43 AM

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edit - mods should cut/paste the mario's information from the other thread into here :D

robpp 01-28-2010 10:51 AM

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ok dude. if you get a chance, take a pic of what you need.

I got to dig out the harness tonight.

blackpepper 01-29-2010 10:43 PM

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Copied from another thread.. Mario offers more visual pictures for the process :cool:


Originally Posted by QBNKID (Post 139835)
Been there, done that...:)
I believe there's clips from the inside you need to remove for the long strip that hold both LP lights, once you snap that out you'll gain access to the socket that fell back (that you pushed out :D).

Here's some pics I took when I went through it but I don't think I never posted it :D.

Good luck!

I think this is the clip you need to unhook in order for the strip to snap out. There's another one of those on the opposite side :thumbsup:

blackpepper 01-29-2010 10:47 PM

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Don't forget the two nuts by the lift gate actuator handle

ducks unlimited 01-30-2010 09:09 AM

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im gonna remove mine when the warm weather comes i can see it getting black

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