GM Tailgate Buyer's Guide

Do you have a GM or Chevy truck? If so, it’s very likely that you have a tailgate on the back of your truck. Are you looking for more information about what a tailgate is and how to maintain one? We have all the answers you need. This buyer’s guide covers all the different questions people have about tailgates, including:

  • What is a tailgate and why is it important?
  • Are OEM tailgate parts better than aftermarket?
  • How to replace certain tailgate parts
  • More

What Is A Tailgate And Why Is It Important?

A tailgate is a crucial part of a GM or Chevy truck. It helps secure the load in the truck bed by keeping the load from falling out as you drive down the road. A tailgate is a body part that covers the back opening of your truck's bed. You need to flip it down to access the truck bed.

Tailgates come with hinges at the bottom, which makes them easy to open and close. Check out this post to read more about what tailgates are and why they're important.

Choosing A New Tailgate And/Or Tailgate Parts For Your Truck

If your truck needs a new tailgate and/or tailgate parts, you have to decide between getting OEM or aftermarket replacement parts. OEM tailgates and tailgate parts are a much better investment. OEM parts can be more expensive initially. Yet, they will last much longer with less maintenance.

This comparison guide explains in detail why you should get OEM tailgate parts instead of aftermarket ones. The reasons are quite simple:

  • OEM tailgate parts last longer
  • OEM tailgate parts are made for your truck

If you're looking for a new tailgate for your truck, consider upgrading to a MultiPro tailgate. It's an electric tailgate that comes with some cool features, like:

  • A full-width step
  • A foldable inner gate
  • A gate load stop
  • More

Read more about this cool tailgate here. It comes standard on all 2021+ GMC Sierra trucks and 2021+ Chevy Silverado trucks. Some higher 2019 and 2020 Sierra trim levels come with this tailgate, too. If you have an older truck, you can make the swap. It's pretty much a direct replacement, save for a few tweaks here and there.

Repairing And Replacing Your Tailgate

Tailgates are pretty straightforward parts. If you have issues with your tailgate, you may be able to repair or replace your tailgate at home. The tailgate comes with several different components, such as a power liftgate pull down motor, that can be replaced if necessary.

Even though tailgate assemblies are pretty straightforward, you still need to know what you’re doing. We put together a few helpful tips for replacing your tailgate. To sum it up:

  1. Grab a buddy before removing the tailgate because they’re pretty heavy.
  2. Keep penetrating oil handy because it may make the removal process so much easier.
  3. Order OEM replacement parts online to save as much money as possible.

We also put together a couple of tutorials:

Funny Tailgate Fails

Let’s wrap up this buyer’s guide with this list of funny tailgate fails! Tailgates are supposed to be so easy a caveman could use them. Yet, people still manage to mess it up.