Grant Fabrication Tailgate Skin - Nice Rear

Grant Fabrication Schools Us On Skinning A Tailgate

Mike Alexander
Jul 1, 2009
Photographers: Paul Moffat
Nothing can smooth out a trucks look like removing those unnecessary body lines that seem to have no reason for existence and replacing it with a skin.
We are sure bodywork and mild customizing is something everyone has thought of, but figured they'd rather not try because it could be intimidating and you could seriously damage some sheetmetal. But here at Mini Truckin', we say if you wanna try it, go for it.
There's just something about the look of a clean rear end. Not to mention that this is one body mod on a truck that drastically changes the view from behind, and because of that, this is the perfect place to start your customizing. Unlike other custom jobs, such as shaving the door handles or filling taillights, when it comes to a tailgate skin, you don't have to cut or shape one piece of metal. Instead, all you have to do is buy an aftermarket Grant Kustoms U.S. steel tailgate skin, put it in place, and weld.
For those of you who have installed a Grant product, you know how easy it is. However, if you never have, let us break it down. Grant's tailgate skins come ready to install right out of the box. They're already formed to fit the truck, so all you have to do is prepare the tailgate, align it, trim it to exact fit, then weld it in. After that, it's just a little bit of bodywork and then off to the paint shop.
Is it really that easy? To be honest, pretty much. The hardest part about the job is actually welding up the edges, but with a little bit of skill and practice, it's not too bad. However, if you're unsure about your welding skills, stop by the metal yard and grab some sheetmetal and practice welding up the seam. Once you think you've got the hang of things, bring it in for the real thing. The best part is, Grant makes a tailgate skin for just about every year, make, and style of truck out there. Not to mention Grant Fabrication even has several options for their tailgate skins, such as taillights, offset license plate boxes, and more.



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