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Old 01-19-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Smittybilt GEAR tailgate cover

Has anyone installed one. Any feed back with picks would be cool. Thanks

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #2
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On my 13 2D. Fairly easy install, ended up going with the next larger drill bit size than instructions stated.

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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That looks good, is that the drab green and how many holes did you need to drill? Kind hesitant about drilling holes in my jeep.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:04 PM   #4
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Yeah, OD. 9 holes, all but one that was required. When you detach the screws for the swing arm thingy, and then reattach, you don't need that screw. I felt the same way, but don't plan on taking it off. Plus, I might get the lifetime warranty, unless you guys talk me out of it... Sorry wrong thread :-). You Need all the screws to keep it tight
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:21 PM   #5
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I really like mine. Very functional. I connected the 2 supplied bags together and added a Smittybilt "tear off" 1st aid bag.

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Old 01-19-2014, 07:58 PM   #6
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I have a TAN color one for sale.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:38 PM   #7
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I have a NEW black one available

I'm about to post a New in box Black one for sale in the for sale forum in case your interested in a new one for a discount for $40
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:38 PM   #8
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Here is a metal version if you aren't sold on the Smitybilt one. I had to drill four holes in my tailgate. This version folds down into a table too.
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Here is a metal version if you aren't sold on the Smitybilt one. I had to drill four holes in my tailgate. This version folds down into a table too.
Who makes this one??
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:35 PM   #10
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Who makes this one??
(eBay seller is alanjk427) is where I bought it from. There is a link on this forum Fantastic gear storage option
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:49 PM   #11
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Love mine. I didn't want to drill into mine at first either, but then decided to. Glad I did.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:46 AM   #12
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Here is a metal version if you aren't sold on the Smitybilt one. I had to drill four holes in my tailgate. This version folds down into a table too.
I think that would be a lot better for support and to have a little table would be cool what did that one cost you and I see you got it from Ebay.
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X2 on Alanjk's table. When I bought Mike's he was offering to personalize them for free as well.

I ordered for Christmas 2012, about two weeks before and it was shipped and delivered within two days. Alan was great about walking me through the process. At the time I didn't understand how the panel system worked and I had LOTS to learn. LOL

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Any alternates that do not require drilling? Looks awesome but seems a little excessive..
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X2 on Alanjk's table. When I bought Mike's he was offering to personalize them for free as well.

I ordered for Christmas 2012, about two weeks before and it was shipped and delivered within two days. Alan was great about walking me through the process. At the time I didn't understand how the panel system worked and I had LOTS to learn. LOL

The table looks interesting, where did you end up ordering yours from and how has it worked out for you so far?
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I've had mine since August and I am very pleased with it. I added shrink tube on the take down pins to prevent rattling. Here is another picture of it down.
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He also sells mounts that go over the wheel well that molle pouches can be attached.
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Any alternates that do not require drilling? Looks awesome but seems a little excessive..
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Was thinking of mounting a panel using the holes that keep the plastic bar in place. Any ideas?
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The table looks interesting, where did you end up ordering yours from and how has it worked out for you so far?
I bought it from Alanjk427 on eBay. Great service, fast shipping and a quality product!

The table is great. Perfect place to make sandwiches while out on the trail and the MOLLE storage is great! We also keep a tarp inside it when it's folded up; keeps it folded and out of the way, but always have one handy when needed.

I wholeheartedly endorse Alan and his table.

And the free personalization he offered DEFINITELY made it much nicer than the generic ones.
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Was thinking of mounting a panel using the holes that keep the plastic bar in place. Any ideas?
Yes there is. I had it on my '08 and took it off when I sold it. About to put it on my new '14. There is an extremely strong Velcro by 3M, I'll post the exact name tomorrow when I go to basement to get it out, that you can place on tailgate outlining the perimeter of the tailgate cover. Then cut the Velcro to length to match and place it on the back of the tailgate cover. You can either have it commercially sewn to the cover at that point or punch holes in it and put a very short threaded bolt/washer with a thin and small head, and tighten a nut to the other side. It'll hold the Velcro to the cover. The Velcro is strong and once on the tailgate and meshed with the loop side of the Velcro it's extremely hard to remove. Worked for me. Sewing is better but the bolts method will work too. Did both.
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Got mine for Xmas been pretty happy with it. Quality made and it gives you some much needed storage space
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Yes there is. I had it on my '08 and took it off when I sold it. About to put it on my new '14. There is an extremely strong Velcro by 3M, I'll post the exact name tomorrow when I go to basement to get it out, that you can place on tailgate outlining the perimeter of the tailgate cover. Then cut the Velcro to length to match and place it on the back of the tailgate cover. You can either have it commercially sewn to the cover at that point or punch holes in it and put a very short threaded bolt/washer with a thin and small head, and tighten a nut to the other side. It'll hold the Velcro to the cover. The Velcro is strong and once on the tailgate and meshed with the loop side of the Velcro it's extremely hard to remove. Worked for me. Sewing is better but the bolts method will work too. Did both.
Thanks for the diarrhea. I was thinking magnets or anchors, never thought about the Velcro. I think I know the stuff you are talking about. Thanks for the advice, now I need to add a mole panel to my list :-)

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