Anyway, I just bought a 2012 Tundra Crewmax, and plan on hauling 2 dirt bikes around next year.
I am really concerned over how thin the metal is on the tailgate. Since I own the crewman model, the bikes rear tires will be supported by the tailgate.
Here is what I am planning on doing:
Bikes will supported up front via wheel chock systems that I will fabricate into a design that bolt directly into front bolts holding the bed on the truck - EASY (as I don't trust the integrated rail tie down .. looks flimsy ..)
Its the BACK that I worried about.
I plan on having a spray on bed liner put in next week, but was thinking of a couple ways to re-enforce the tailgate to handle 2 dirt bikes, loading ramps, etc.
Can anybody comment on:
a) Would the high density polyethylene tailgate protector (OEM toyota) provides any structural support or at least distribution of force ?? I am getting a spray in liner but could easily just add the plastic piece ON TOP.
b) Anybody fabricated a decent sheet of steel or aluminum checker plate and applied it to the tailgate for structural support ? I have seen a couple of these on some Tacomas
c) What is the likelihood of bending/damage. Is it even a big concern from Tundra owners ...?? In other words is the thin metal deceiving and stronger than it looks ??
Any other ideas would be welcome. I have some time to do this right, and want the tailgate to be structurally strong, yet at the same time decent looking.
Thanks (and great to be a new member)