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The Ram split-tailgate is real

by David Zatz on

Here’s a Ram 1500 caught by KGP Photography, testing out the split tailgate system Allpar reported on quite a while back.

Ram 1500 split tailgate

KGP wrote, “A few years ago, Allpar.com discovered Chrysler/Dodge/Ram patents for a multifunctional tailgate design that is split down the middle, allowing the tailgate halves to open horizontally (barn-door style), while also enabling it to fold downward in a single piece—like a traditional pickup’s tailgate.  Combining all of the possible maneuvers, the new Ram tailgate would allow for eight different configuration combinations, for maximum flexibility.”

If you want a better idea of what it looks like in use, check out the patent drawings…

2016 ram tailgate

Update: it appears that there is some sheet metal that overlaps the center gap, so the photographed tailgate could be a 50/50 split.  See the full 2019 Ram 1500 page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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