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Old 12-27-2016, 09:01 AM
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Tailgate cap recommendations

Got a 2011 f250.

Tailgate cap is missing, and the top is a little beat up from use. What options do I have?

I see those $30 black metal after market ones on Amazon, but can't find one for my 2011 f250.

If I go OEM and spend $60-70 im worried that some of my holes for the clips won't work since they are bent up, so it might fly off. Could I use 3m tape and some self tapping screws to secure it?

I see this a lot, so sure there's a simple solution.

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Old 12-27-2016, 10:28 AM
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I think I would go with an OEM cap, and self tapping screws with grommets/flat washers if it was me. But this is without seeing how badly puckered up your edge is on your tailgate.
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the response. Ordered the OEM off amazon for $60.

All the aftermarket ones didn't cover the entire section the OEM one does. Guess I'll use some self tapping screw I have, then hit them with black spray paint so they blend in kinda
 
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Put some flat washers and/or grommets between the screw heads and the plastic, so it's less easy to rip the cover through the screw heads.
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 12:58 PM
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Good idea. Will do.
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 01:26 PM
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When I bought my '13 it was missing the cap, but not dented up. I ordered a new OEM cap from Amazon of all places and when I removed the tailgate access panel to replace the cap I put the angled lip part of the panel in my brake and lightly tweaked it a tad so it clamps tighter on the front, bottom edge of the plastic cap. I can't say that I was necessarily in need of tweaking, but I figured it wouldn't hurt and at least I have peace of mind that the new cap has a better chance of not flying off.
 
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