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How to Replace Tailgate Strikers 11-17 Ram 1500

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How to Replace Tailgate Strikers 11-17 Ram 1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to replace a broken or loose tailgate striker on 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Ram 1500.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tailgate Strikers
    • Open the tailgate
    • Loosen the striker with a T45 torx bit and ratchet with a pipe for leverage if needed
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tailgate Strikers
    • Line the washer up with the mark on the vehicle
    • Tighten the striker into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T45 Socket

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All right, we'll open up the tailgate. And up here you'll find your striker bolt. There's one on each side, and to remove it, it requires a t-45 Torx bit and a socket. You're going to want a good long ratchet or maybe a ratchet with a pipe on it or something like that because these are usually really tight. Maybe not in this case. This one actually is looser than I expected. These are usually quite tight, though. So, we'll go ahead and spin it right out. Where this truck is still new—it has this bolt inside that's a captured nut. I shouldn't say bolt—it's a captured nut, really—and it allows the nut to move around so you can actually adjust this and get your tailgate aligned properly. So, we're going to take this, slide it right back in, and thread it in lightly.

What you want to do with the existing one, if you're reusing it, or a new one, is just line it up with the mark and that way you know it's in the right spot. The other option, if you have like a newly painted vehicle or something like that, then you'll have to play with it in and out to get it adjusted properly. But, for us, we're just going to line it up with the previous spot and tighten it up. There we are.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

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