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Hey everyone,
I've been poking around the forums looking for something like this and haven't found anything. That being said, I apologize if there is one and I was just unable to find it.

On to business. I'm looking into secured storage for my truck bed (tool boxes, topper, tonneau cover, etc...) and came along a company called Black Sheep in Switzerland that makes a tailgate insert for a VW truck. I'm looking to do something similar to my 1st Gen Tundra and wanted to start a discussion about it.

A few thoughts are; use household utility access covers that lock and put them in place of cut-outs I would do to the gate, build a metal box insert with access doors similar to the Black Sheep design, build separate box inserts that are put in place of cut outs I would do to the gate.

My concerns; structural integrity of the gate itself, damaging the gate from the inside with the stuff I would store in there (tire chains and tools?), interference with the latch system.

I'm also looking into adding a key less option on the gate that could may be used for the access cover locks too.

There is also a company out there that makes something like this but only for Land Cruisers.

https://www.blacksheep-innovations.com/bilder-heckklappe

wagongear.com (these ones are for Land Cruisers)
 

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That's a pretty brilliant idea. I'm going to take my plastic cover off when I get a spare hour and see if there's enough space in the tail gate to do something like that.
 

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The only thing I figured out is how expensive it would be to design something. Ideally I wanted to use carbon fiber which would require creating a mold. I talked to a local composite specialist and it would be about $3000 for the mold. Basically I’d have to turn it into production to be cost effective. I’ve toyed with the idea of different materials like aluminum but I don’t have access to a welder or know of a good one plus it’s be pretty heavy increasing the design of the tailgate by adding a gas shock like on the newer Ford pickups. I am, however, building an in bed camper and bench system. I can post that once it’s complete.
 
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