1997 F350 replacement tailgate - which years? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums



1994.5 - 1997 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel SPONSORED BY:

1997 F350 replacement tailgate - which years?

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-18-2013, 10:18 PM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
1997 F350 replacement tailgate - which years?

Searched the forums and google but didn't find a definitive answer. I bet you experts out there know this one off the top of your head:
What year tailgates will work on the 1997 F350?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-18-2013, 10:19 PM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
There's one on CL but doesn't list the year. I emailed the poster.

Ford Tail Gate
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-18-2013, 10:21 PM
lud04X lud04X is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Richland, WA
Posts: 359
lud04X is starting off with a positive reputation.
I would bet 1992-1997 F250 and F350 tailgates would all work. Not sure about the F150 gates between 1992-1996.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-18-2013, 10:29 PM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by lud04X View Post
I would bet 1992-1997 F250 and F350 tailgates would all work. Not sure about the F150 gates between 1992-1996.
Thanks for the reply, but "I bet it would work" and "Not sure" sounds to me like you don't know what the heck you're talking about. Just sayin.

Anybody out there know for sure?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-18-2013, 11:10 PM
bearhugger's Avatar
bearhugger bearhugger is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Shepherd Tx
Posts: 387
bearhugger is starting off with a positive reputation.
I know for sure that a 92 will fit a 96 because i just bought one.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-18-2013, 11:51 PM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Update: the tailgate on CL is from a 2002 F350 super duty.

Will that fit on my 1997 F350 without any modification, and will it "look right"?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-18-2013, 11:55 PM
ReBilld's Avatar
ReBilld ReBilld is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern West Virginia
Posts: 10,841
ReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to behold
'87 to '96 F150s and '87-'97 F250 and F350 tailgates will fit. If you want a smooth tailgate, don't get one with the wide aluminum panel across the back. When you take that off, there are several holes in the tailgate.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-19-2013, 12:06 AM
BlueMule's Avatar
BlueMule BlueMule is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Ft Scott
Posts: 1,743
BlueMule has a good reputation on FTE.BlueMule has a good reputation on FTE.
You can go back as far as the 7th generation trucks (80-86) and the tailgates will interchange with the 87-91 & 92-97 body style.

incorrect.
86 and older tailgates used a different latch than the bolt style on the 87 and newer gates.
87 to 97 F-150, F-250 and F-350
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-19-2013, 12:08 AM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Thanks, Bill and Rodney!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-19-2013, 09:59 AM
farmert farmert is offline
Postmaster
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: westen SD
Posts: 2,960
farmert has a good reputation on FTE.farmert has a good reputation on FTE.farmert has a good reputation on FTE.
For a slip on and use tailgate go with the 87-97 years, as the 80-86 latches are different. The latches for the later years may fit on the 80-86, I've never tried to see.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-19-2013, 06:56 PM
tjc transport's Avatar
tjc transport tjc transport is offline
i ain't rite
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: ElephantIsland Antarctica
Posts: 43,130
tjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputation
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueMule View Post
You can go back as far as the 7th generation trucks (80-86) and the tailgates will interchange with the 87-91 & 92-97 body style.
incorrect.
86 and older tailgates used a different latch than the bolt style on the 87 and newer gates.
87 to 97 F-150, F-250 and F-350 is what you need
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-19-2013, 07:09 PM
bithead08's Avatar
bithead08 bithead08 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 17
bithead08 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by tjc transport View Post
87 to 97 F-150, F-250 and F-350 is what you need
I appreciate a good solid definitive answer like that.

This also jibes with the other replies above.

I had read about various latch/cable/hinge differences but it was still very murky.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-20-2013, 04:57 AM
tjc transport's Avatar
tjc transport tjc transport is offline
i ain't rite
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: ElephantIsland Antarctica
Posts: 43,130
tjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputationtjc transport has a superb reputation
the 87 and newer uses cables.
like was mentioned, look for a solid panel gate. the XLT lariat gate has an aluminum panel on the back. the plastic center falls out and if you try to eliminate it you end up with 4-5 holes in the tailgate.
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
F-150 Tailgate bmarv33 2004 - 2008 F150 0 03-03-2015 05:34 PM
F 150 (1999) Tailgate compatability?? roadtripdaddy 1997 - 2003 F150 1 12-07-2014 06:09 PM
Tailgate 1997fordf350 1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 3 06-25-2013 08:04 PM
Tailgate 1997fordf350 1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 12 05-09-2013 07:45 PM
tailgate compatibility ssuazo 1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 4 04-10-2013 02:40 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums >

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:17 AM.


This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.