Honda ATV Forum banner

Picked up a 2015 Foreman - Tailgate Question

791 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  shadetree
Picked this 2015 up. 39.2hr and 177 miles. Foot shift with Power Steering. I'm a little nervous about my tailgate though when hauling it. I bought an LA Guard Dog, but I'm wondering if I should put 2x10s the length of the to the end of the lowered tailgate to help distribute the load. I know the LA Guard Dog grabbing on to the hitch will hold some weight up and keep the back end from bouncing and putting dynamic loads on the tailgate. Should I be concerned about my tailgate getting damaged?


See less See more
1 - 1 of 5 Posts
well I bet this gets a lot of opinions LOL
yrs back when they used to MAKE a TRUCK a TRUCK< and had heavy duty parts on things like tailgates, I'd of said NO< don't worry about things

but these flimsy tailgates we have now, and the fact the WHOLE tailgate is thin sheet metal and made as cheap as possible(yet costs crazy amounts for a new one LOL)
I'd be a little worried about hauling a ATV far sitting on the tailgate, all the more so if on very rough roads!

adding some 2x10 sounds like a great idea to me, , but they might be a problem to carry when you want the tailgate UP, as you will need them to be about 7 ft long I bet?

another idea might be a good HD sheet of treated plywood, throw in when hauling, take out when not needed!

another thing you can maybe do is find a good cable shop and have some MUCH stronger cables made up, that you know will handle some weight
won't really help if tailgate itself bends though LOL

the tailgate on my 2006 dodge 3/4 ton was maybe 50 lbs, the one on my 2016 I think is about 20 IF that, couldn;'t believe how cheesy they made it??

also don't forget that its NOT just hauling the atv on the tailgate you have to worry here, BUT when driving UP and into the truck, your placing a LOT of load on them cables

so again, having better cables made up, would be money well spent IMO!
See less See more
1 - 1 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.