More of a fix than a mod…
If your rod clip breaks off in your tailgate, you can’t open your tailgate to fix it. When I first got my pickup, this was the case.
If you drill a few holes, you can manually activate the latch with a screwdriver.
You can see that I was a little off… 100 mm or so would have been better. You can go to the hardware store and get a nice little rubber/ plastic cap to cover the hole if that’s your thing.
That photo was from the day I received the truck… hence the layer of grime. That usually doesn’t fly.