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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!
Regarding the load newer tailgates can handle, it's not just the support cables that can fail. There are lots of examples where the pressed steel tailgate structure fails (bends or spot welds fail). Do some research on your truck brand/year and get opinions on the actual tailgate strength. Replacing the cable supports may be a false sense of security.
When I have to load the Rzr in my Toyota Tundra (6.5' box), I lay down four 8' 4X4 posts, two at each side of the box, for the wheels to sit on. I fashioned a separate 4X4 across the front of these that's jammed under the front box tie down loops to hold the front of the posts down as I'm loading/unloading. The OP made use of his 5th wheel hitch mount and tie-downs to accomplish the same thing - holding the front of the boards down so they don't pivot and load the tailgate as you start to load the Rzr.
I load the Rzr backwards as the back end is heavier by a couple hundred pounds. I also use some smaller chunks of 4X4 as chocks to stop the wheels before the bush bar can contact the front of the box or the rear window of the truck.
Using the 4X4 posts, the aluminum ramps bear directly on the ends of the posts, not the tailgate, so there is essentially no load placed on the open tailgate. (sorry, no photos).
Really a 1100 lb Rzr, 5 wooden post and 4 humans puts the Tundra over its GVWR... I need a bigger truck with an 8' box!
Last edited by BugBoyOne; March 3rd, 2012 at 08:16 AM.