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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2002, 04:47 PM
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Wrangler tail gate adjustment?

Is there a way to adjust the rear tail gate on Wranglers'?
I have a 94 YJ with a factory hardtop & the tail gate is sagging toward the drivers side. I'd like to adjust it but before I chew up the paint on the hinge screws I though I'd ask.


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Re: Wrangler tail gate adjustment?

1. There's good news.
2. There's bad news...
3. The bad news is that there's no adjustment on the tailgate.
4. The problem stems from the spare tire weight on the tailgate bending the hinges.
5. The good news is that you can get the tire off to a bumper mounted mount.
6. It's time to buy welders, air toos, paint tools, etc. and get busy making your own!
7. Or spend big bucks buying one.
8. Or converting the YJ taigate to a CJ tailgate style (not as prone to bending out of place as it's hinged on the bottom of the gate.)
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Re: Wrangler tail gate adjustment?

Thanks for the info. That saved me from chewing up my paint which isn't the greatest to begin with. My Jeep goes through the mud & woods a lot but isn't that what Jeepin is all about! It's to bad there's not an adjustment on the tailgate. If I don't convert to CJ gate. Is it o/k to bend the stock hinges back or just breakdown & buy new ones? Maybe build some heavy duty ones. I built a 74 CJ (V8, lockers, Fiberglass body, lift... you name it but I'm not sold on the tail gate tiping down it seemed to get in the way.

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Re: Wrangler tail gate adjustment?

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OH... what you said!

Bending hinges can be difficult. Once the hinges are bent... well, it's even harder to keep them that way. You're idea about getting new hinges is a good one. However, not to throw cold water on things, but make sure before you invest in this do a good survey of the sheet metal of both the tailgate and the tub. You want to make sure it's not bowed, rippled, or pull out from factory specs. If it is then new hinges aren't going to do you any good at all.

You may want to drill out the hinge points on the body and put some threaded 1/4" plate behind the tub, By enlarging the holes you could gain a little "slop" factor to do a slight adjustment. Were it I, that't would be my choice.
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Re: Wrangler tail gate adjustment?

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I put a used tail gate on my 93 YJ as the original gate was bent when I bought the jeep. I found that there was a lot of play in the system. I pulled the gate "up" on the strike side before I tightened down the hinge screws to compensate for sage from the weight of the tire. On the first try, I actually had the gate too high to get the door the close properly.

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