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Old 05-07-2016, 03:23 PM   #1
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Stepside tailgate chain questions.

Hi.

I just derusted my tailgate chains.....were those coated in a sort of "plastic dip" from the factory?

Edit: What's up with the multi colored layers?

My dad bought this truck new and he never said anything about replacing the tailgate chains. What's up with these colors?


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Old 05-07-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Stepside tailgate chain questions.

I think they had a vinyl sleeve on them
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Old 05-07-2016, 04:23 PM   #3
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Re: Stepside tailgate chain questions.

Zinc plating on the chains to keep them from rusting, then inside of vinyl tubes to keep from marring the paint.
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Old 05-07-2016, 04:47 PM   #4
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Re: Stepside tailgate chain questions.

That's interesting.

I remember my truck's chains being black and inside two lengths of rubber tubing to prevent those clanging about.

When I look closely now, I can see there are remnants of a heavy coating although that's come off of the link ends and the hooks.

I can see layers of orange, black, and even blue in there. I'll go out and get a pic. BRB

Best pic I could get. Definitely some sort of coating on there and it's not paint.


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Old 05-08-2016, 08:04 AM   #6
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Re: Stepside tailgate chain questions.

When I restored the '69 Dodge Power Wagon with Utiline bed I had 35 years ago, the chains I got from the dealer had black plastidip type coating. That's when it first came out and Dodge was still selling Utilines. That was a great idea and what I have done to my chains ever since. That tube over chain fills with water and just doesn't look as good.
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