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Thread: Length of tailgate chains

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    Are the tailgate chains on an M715 supposed to be long enough to support the tailgate in a flat position (level with the bed floor) or are they just there to keep the hook from getting lost?

    I have no chains on mine and I am going to go to Lowes and buy the stuff to make some. I am not interested in originality, just function. Any idea how long these are supposed to be? Also what size (diameter) chain should be used?

    Thanks.

    Bob

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    Mine are long enough to support the bed in a flat position and the links are about 3/16" in dia. Hope this helps
    Redneck1
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    I bought a new set from ABLinn. They aren't installed yet so I can only hope they're right.

    Anyhow, from the inside of the hook to the inside of the last chain link is 20-1/2". From there you need a way to attach the chain to the truck - I believe stock uses one of those split chain links so that'll and another inch or so to the length.

    Chris

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    Thanks

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