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In theory, the ground of a tailgate is the contact of the hinge with the hinge pin and the latch mechanism. Removing the spare tire holder bolts and replacing with the Teraflex bolts should give a good connection to the tailgate.
I would try it and see what SWR reading you get.
If it is high - I would try a temporary grounding strap from the tailgate to the body using existing bolts and see if it comes down before doing anything custom. You have to make sure you are contacting clean metal - relying on just bolt threads is not good. Paint and grease are an insulator and antennas must have a good ground for performance.
I've changed SWR on the fly while listening to people talking in the distance - it does make a real difference.
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