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93 gmc jimmy tailgate latch for glass & gate

How do i install a new tailgate handle that is used to open the glass & the tailgate and where might a find a new inside tailgate panel that is gone, need a new one, just bought this truck for my 17 year old son

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Try the salvage yard first, chances are there going to be $10-15. the other place would be the dealer to get the inside tailgate panel.
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