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So, I use the bed of my truck a lot. A shocker, right?? I have bunker gear that SMELLS my cab up badly so I love to just throw it in my bed, then lower the tail gate and pull it out. Today, while taking my dog for a trip, I might have pulled the lever a little too hard and the right side of it broke. So... How do I order another of these??





-rye

PS: I do have all 5 fingers, FYI.
 

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This is the 1st gen section, I would hope it's a 1st gen not a 2nd gen.
do my eyes deceive me? I could swear that the g1 tailgate is one piece handle and g2 is two peice? and i see a two piece...:comphead:
 

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OMG, it broke with the tailgate up. I can't get it down. And I do have a bedliner. What am I supposed to do now??


(Stolen from another forum)

Tools - Ratchet, 10mm socket (deep), #3 phillips head screwdriver, 3/16 flat tip screwdriver or a putty knife or a butter knife (depending on what you have on hand)

1. If your tailgate handle broke while your tailgate was closed you have the same issue I did. I have a plastic bedliner, so I had to drop the gate. You need 3 fine tipped flat tip screwdrivers or a flat piece of metal. A putty knife or butter (table) knife would suffice. You need to push the catches on either side of the gate in to let the gate open. Use the putty knife like a shim if you are working alone. Be careful because the catch has a plastic insert.

2. After I got the gate down, I pulled the push plugs loose (one on either side of the gate and one in the middle at the bottom of the gate...'04 has only two plugs on side) and removed the two phillips head screws(middle of the inside of the gate) and pulled the liner off the gate. The access port cover plate was held by the same screws.

3. The handle operates in a "cam twist" action, moving two arms that operate the catches on the gate. The rod arms are held in place by two plastic inserts(bushing) with molded catches that hold the metal arms. Push(swing) the plastic inserts(bushing) to release the arms. Pull the arms upward slightly to remove them from the plastic inserts

4. Remove the two 10 mm nuts and pull the handle assembly out.

4a. In addition to the two nuts, the '04 tailgate handle assembly is fastened at 5 points using conehead fastener pins that seat in a plastic retainer. If the plastic retainer is squeezed together across the widest point, the elliptical shaped retainer will become circular and release the cone-headed pin. These retainers can be accessed from inside the tailgate with a bit of maneuvering.

4b. The '04 lock is removed by unfastening one bolt. The handle on my pickup failed to function because this lock actuates a slider that then is engaged by the handle. A two inch plastic pin fell out and caused the slider to deflect so that the handle no longer contacted the slider. Therefore there was no "twist" action on the cam that pulls on the side tailgate latches.

4c. Remove and reuse the '04 lock on the new assembly. If the plastic retainers were not damaged during removal they can be reused. Line up the two bolts and the 5 pins over outside top of the tailgate and press down on the front of the assembly over each pin. The cone-heads will lock into the plastic retainers.

4d. The Nissan badge can also be removed from the old assembly and re-used. It is attached with a black rubber/glue pad that covers the back surface. There are also two locater pins sticking out the back. My glue pad tore and I re-fastened using an exterior Loctite spread over the back of the badge.

Reverse these steps for installation.


I dunno about the part you chose but looks good?
 

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There are actually three styles of first gen tailgate handles. There's the ones with no hump/bulge on the gate, a lot like the HB. Then you had the ones with hump/bulge and the word NISSAN moulded into it, and then you have the ones with the hump/bulge and the chrome emblem. FYI
 

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Yeah I couldn't get the moulded one anymore from Nissan when I broke mine for the umpteenth time, I couldn't get the epoxy to hold any more. I would have just swapped over the pull handle but I broke the surround taking it off the last time.
 

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OMG, it broke with the tailgate up. I can't get it down. And I do have a bedliner. What am I supposed to do now??


And it is first gen (because this is the 1st gen board and all)

-rye

Would this work?

2001 2002 2003 2004 Nissan Frontier Tailgate Handle: eBay Motors (item 260649672436 end time Aug-14-10 21:52:14 PDT)
mine has been broke as long as i can remember. just put a screw driver through the right hand side as deep as possible(yes people may quote me on this--lol!), then pull the screw driver upward so you can feel a spring against the blade. it will open the tailgate.
 

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Trust me, if I had found that I would have been all over it. Instead I had to buy the new surround and the emblem.
 

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Well it's been shipped and whatnot. I had my friend look at the tail gate and he doesn't seem to think it's a big deal that the tail gate is stuck in the "up" position. The little bed liner piece is still fairly easily removable. We shall see.

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mine has been broke as long as i can remember. just put a screw driver through the right hand side as deep as possible(yes people may quote me on this--lol!), then pull the screw driver upward so you can feel a spring against the blade. it will open the tailgate.
ha! i do the same thing. mine has been broken for a longggg time. i might try to fix it now though..
 

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Well my friend and I screwed around with it last night. I'll admit, it could have been better lighting conditions. And it actually took a decent amount of time. I have pictures. He got it to where it looks as if it is working right, I can pull the tailgate down, and then back up. The only problem is, there is this "extra" piece now lol. Not only that, if I try and lock the tailgate, then it won't come back down because the lever will not work or catch anything. I don't know if anyone can help with this, but I would like it locking for various purposes lol... I tried to take some good pics of this to give you guys an idea; I'll upload later today.

-rye
 
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