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Old 10-08-2018, 05:31 AM
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78 Tailgate torsion bar??

Looking at the tailgate on my 78 Bronco, see no torsion bar set up?
Of course it is heavy and would be nicer with one.
Thought maybe someone just removed it at an earlier point in it's life.
Looked inside and at the inside of the rear quarters closer yesterday.
I see no holes, brackets, or any evidence there was ever any torsion set up on it.
It is a custom, so wondering if any Broncos were ever made without the torsion assist from the factory??
I assumed that they all had them.
Only owned XLTs until this one.
Remember the mounts and clips for them on the quarter's insides.
Nothing like that at all on this one.
Appreciate if anyone knows more.
Old 10-08-2018, 09:50 AM
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I've never heard of a Bronco that didn't have a torsion bar in the tailgate.

My guess would be the tailgate was replaced at some point in its life and whoever did it didn't want to go through the work of moving the torsion bar and brackets over.
I had my rusted tailgate replaced last year, and the aftermarket replacement had to be drilled and set up for the torsion bar.

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