And there you have it; you've successfully installed your new tailgate with the latches and links. Now disassemble the tailgate by removing the latches and links and remove the tailgate from the bed assembly. Prepare the tailgate for painting. After painting, reinstall the latches and link assemblies. Use a good thread-locking compound on the hardware during reassembly. This is an easy, affordable, and quick upgrade that'll not only improve the looks and operation of your tailgate, but one that gets rid of those noisy, paint damaging swingin' chains the OE used originally!