1983-97 Ford F series (excludes '97 F-150) tailgate cables. Price is for a pair of cables.


  • Comes as a Pair
  • Overall Length: 22-1/8 inches
  • Length center to center: 21-1/8 inches
  • Wire diameter: 1/4 inch

Note: If one of your cables has broken then most likely the other one is ready to do the same. Avoid damage to your tailgate, REPLACE them both now.

Part Details

  • Quantity: Pair

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser.

  1. step : Removing the Cable (0:45)
    • Remove the T45 bolt on the bottom of the cable
    • Lift up on the tailgate, pull the clip out, remove the upper cable
  2. step : Installing the Cable (2:25)
    • Slide the upper part of the cable in place
    • Lift the tailgate
    • Insert the T45 bolt to the bottom of the cable

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Torx Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Torx Socket

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1996 Ford F-250 4x4 w/7.3L Diesel
A1 Auto is just the parts source I have been searching for.
They carry just the right hard to find parts. I literally have looked for hours and days for parts for our dear old truck, then I look in A1 auto, and there the reasonably priced part is. Plus I get my parts quickly.
November 6, 2017
9 months ago
Not "exact" replacement, but seems OK
'95 F-150 XL. I could see from the video that everything was not exactly the same. The bolt heads on mine are not the "cowboy hat" shaped ones that need to be properly placed, mine are just bolts with flat heads. The truck is 22 years old, maybe they have been replaced before, but I don't remember doing so. Also, the washer for each cable("Top Hat" shaped - sorry I don't know the tech terms...) is not the same and I couldn't use it. Re-used the flat washers from the old install. Otherwise, seems to be plenty close enough, solid and working well.
November 1, 2017
10 months ago
Tailgate cables
Fit perfectly, work fine, and 1/3 the price of dealer parts.
July 9, 2017
1 year ago
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Vehicle Fit

Year Make Model Description
1983-1997Ford F150 Truck Ford F150 Truck Tailgate Cable Pair
1983-1997Ford F250 Truck Ford F250 Truck Tailgate Cable Pair
1983-1997Ford F350 Truck Ford F350 Truck Tailgate Cable Pair

This part replaces:

  • Dorman 38507 x2
Part #: 1ABTP00011

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How-to Video:

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