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i have a nbs with the custom classic tailgate handle relocator. the stock handle sticks out way too far. i was wondering if anyone had used an obs tailgate handle that sits flush with the tailgate. i want to try this but i dont have one around to use and dont have any schematics on how the obs tailgate handle pulls the rods together for tailgate opening. any help would be great.
 

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*BUMP* for ya, this might be a good idea, I'm going to be having my tailgate shaved next week and on my old truck the handle did stick out quite a bit and this may be a nice mod....good idea!! :D
 

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I had the same idea for my 2005 Sierra. I shaved the tailgate on my 2001 Sierra and used the Sir Michaels kit. It worked great but the huge bulge of a plastic factory handle drove me crazy. It was always in the way for loading/unloading and took a beating. So we used an OBS handle and fab'd the mounting plate. I like this much better and it looks much better since I don't have a bed cover.

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I had the same idea for my 2005 Sierra. I shaved the tailgate on my 2001 Sierra and used the Sir Michaels kit. It worked great but the huge bulge of a plastic factory handle drove me crazy. It was always in the way for loading/unloading and took a beating. So we used an OBS handle and fab'd the mounting plate. I like this much better and it looks much better since I don't have a bed cover.

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That looks good....I wonder if the relocating kit for the 88-98s would work for those of us with no fab skills to make a mounting plate? :think:
 

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Good question but I bet it would. I can get some "finished" pics also.

Here is a picture of an Street Scene OBS relocator.

 

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i dont see why you couldnt use the obs relocater since the tailgate opens the same way. guess it is off to the junk yard to find a good handle. thanks for the info.
 

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I realize this is an old thread, but was wondering if you ever completed the shave. Did the OBS relocator with an OBS handle work on the NBS? What mods to the handle or relocator if any were required? I'm getting ready to do mine this weekend and any info or pics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Great idea for motorcycle owners. I was going to do the Esky style(door type) handle but this mod has me reconcidering.
 

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Thats the tailgate I now have for sale in the "For Sale" section. The box/mount was custom fab but the handle is from an OBS. I liked it a lot better than when I had the bulky NBS handle.
 
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