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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-16-2000, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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yj tailgate problem

Ever since I did the smart thing and got a spare to match my tires (33x12.5), my tailgate doesn't shut properly. It's almost like the secondary latch isn't engaging. When I go over a bump, I can hear my tailgate pull against the latch and then come back. Is it possible to adjust it or do I have to bite the bullet and buy a new lock mechanism along with a better spare tire carrier.

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Re: yj tailgate problem

The extra weight of the big spare will eventually crack the body in the hinge area. The only proper fix is to get a spare tire carrier that takes the weight of the tire off the body and puts it on the frame.

A stopgap measure would be to build a support off the bumper to pick up the load when the tailgate is closed.

It happened to mine before I got it. The spotwelds are cracked in the area of the passenger's side taillight. That sheetmetal just can't take the bouncing and the weight.

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Re: yj tailgate problem

My 94 YJ has the spare on the tailgate also. I have to tightening up the screws in the latch every few weeks to keep the door from banging around. When you think about it, the spare is a lot of weight bouncing around back there. My tailgate is kinked just below the mount to prove it.

I have been thinking about an after market carrier that will put the weight on the bumper/frame as the proper fix. I just haven't got that far in the research of the different options to know which one to buy.

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Re: yj tailgate problem

I'm pretty sure the tailgate latch adjusts the same way a door latch does. If you loosen the stud that the tailgate locks to, you can adjust it up/down/front/back to get it to close properly.

. . . but, yeah, that's a lot of weight on a yj tailgate... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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Re: yj tailgate problem

Thanks for all the advice; when I went to adjust/tighten the screws for the latch, I noticed its also missing a screw. That's probably not helping much. The fun continues... Thanks again for the help.

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