Quick Ways to Replace Your Pickup Truck's Tailgate Net
Your pickup truck would benefit from a tailgate net that's durable and made of high-quality materials. The net usually takes the place of your standard, metal tailgate, with the goal of giving you enhanced fuel milage and lower air drag caused by the heavy tailgate. On top of fuel efficiency, the tailgate net also helps reduce the weight on your pickup truck, and prevents it from slowing down due to the added weight from the tailgate drag. Replacing your old tailgate net is relatively easy. In fact, you don't even need to drill holes into your pickup, as the procedure is straightforward.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools you will be using:
- New tailgate net
- Phillips screwdriver
- Safety gloves
- Owner's manual
Step 1: Park your pickup in a safe place and let the engine cool down for a few minutes before beginning the replacement process. Once the engine has cooled down, go around your vehicle and detach the tailgate, if it's still connected to your pickup.
Step 2: Carefully pull one side or corner away from the pickup and off of its hinge. Then, do the same for the other corner and make sure you do it with caution. Set the tailgate aside in a safe place.
Step 3: Assess the pickup truck's bed and look for the three holes on each side of the vehicle frame. The frame surrounds the outer tailgate edge, and this is where the tailgate would be secured in place on the sides.
Step 4: Bring out your tailgate net package and get the net kit out. Browse through its contents and find the brackets and screws. Take out one screw and one bracket from the package. Insert the screw through the bracket, then put the screw into one of the frame's holes.
Step 5: Turn the screw in a clockwise motion in order to make the connection tight and snug. Continue turning the screw until you see that it fits snugly into the frame.
Step 6: Inspect the bracket and ensure that the bracket loop is facing away from the truck's cab, in a vertical position.
Step 7: Repeat steps 4-6 for the remaining holes of your pickup truck. Next, hold the tailgate net in a manner that makes it face away from the truck's cab. Get the bottom left strap and insert it into the bottom left bracket loop, from the truck's back part and towards the cab.
Step 8: Hold the tailgate net again and loop the tailgate net strap through the strap cinch. Pull it tight with caution to prevent damaging the component and other parts nearby.
Step 9: Repeat this step for all of the remaining straps. You can adjust the tension of each strap until they all fit snugly into place.
Step 10: After all of the straps have been properly installed, make sure you return everything that you removed earlier, if any. Inspect your overall vehicle and look for loose connections. If you've found that the replacement was a success, test-drive your pickup and observe your fuel efficiency.