Question about folding tailgate strength and ramps

ohsmily

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Hi folks. I recently acquired a 1991 BMY M923A2. I plan to use it for many things including possibly transporting my track car to events. The ramps I plan to use have a right-angle lip to "anchor" into the top of platform. The beds on our M923s don't have a recess or threshold for that lip to sit in. However, with the tailgate folded, it creates what dimensionally would be a suitable gap for the lip to sit in....


THE QUESTION IS: Is the tailgate and tailgate hinge system strong enough to support ramps for driving a nearly 4000 lb vehicle into the bed of the truck?

Should I instead remove the tailgate and grind a groove/channel into the bed where the ramp lip would sit? I suppose I could add a ridge inside the truck bed by screwing a square metal bar across where the ramp lip could hook. (if the tailgate back edge would hold the weight, I would prefer to do that)

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