Ford Tailgate Latch Rod Pair Dorman 924-302 - 1ABTG00025

This replacement tailgate handle latch release link PAIR is just what you need to get your Ford Full size pickup truck tailgate back in good working order again! These fit between the tailgate handle and the tailgate latches. Many times these rods will either rust away or the clips that secure them will deteriorate and fall off making your tailgate latches inoperable. If the rods or the clips are your problem for your tail gate not opening or closing properly, or your tailgate handle feels loose or disconnected, why not repair it now with this great fitting repair set!


  • Rods are metal construction
  • Replaces dealer part numbers: E7TZ 99431A78 A, E7TZ99431A78A
  • Direct replacement
  • Built to strict quality control standards
  • Includes all retaining clips needed to complete assembly
  • Commonly called Latch Release Links by Ford
  • Does NOT fit Flareside models

This set is a direct bolt on part built to strict quality control standards. It is a great replacement and has good cost savings over a dealer set.

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 Bed Liner (1:01)
    • This step is not necessary if you do not have a bed liner
    • Open the tailgate, if possible
    • Remove the Phillips screws from the bed liner
    • Pull off the bed liner
  2. step : Removing the Tailgate Latch Rod (1:34)
    • Remove the four T30 Torx screws from the access panel
    • Pull off the access panel
    • If the tailgate was stuck closed, press in the latch mechanism to open the tailgate
    • Pry off the latch rod clip with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the latch rod off the latch mechanism
    • Pull the clip out of the tailgate with pliers
    • Remove the two T45 bolts from the tailgate cable bracket
    • Pull off the tailgate cable bracket
    • Pull out the latch rod
    • Unclip the latch rod from the bracket
  3. step : Installing the Tailgate Latch Rod (4:24)
    • Clip the latch rod onto the bracket
    • Push the bracket into place
    • Insert the two T45 bolts into the bracket
    • Clip the latch rod to the tailgate
    • Clip the latch rod to the latch mechanism
    • Apply rust penetrant to the latch mechanism
    • Apply white grease to the latch mechanism
    • Put the access panel into place
    • Insert the T45 Torx bolts into the access panel
  4. step : Installing the Bed Liner (7:02)
    • This step is not necessary if you do not have a bed liner
    • Put the bed liner into place
    • Insert the Phillips screws into the bedliner
    • Close the tailgate

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • White Grease
  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Torx Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Torx Bit
  • T45 Torx Socket

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Vehicle Fit

  • 1987-1996 Ford F150 Truck Tailgate Latch Rod Pair for Models with Styleside Bed Dorman 924-302
  • 1987-1996 Ford F250 Truck Tailgate Latch Rod Pair Dorman 924-302
  • 1987-1997 Ford F350 Truck Tailgate Latch Rod Pair Dorman 924-302

This part replaces:

  • OE # E7TZ99431A78A
  • Dorman 924-302
Only 1 left in stock
Part #: 1ABTG00025

Brand #: 924-302

How-to Video:

(07:49 min)