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Old 06-27-2014, 01:16 AM   #1
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Question 2004 Wrangler Tailgate Hinge Removal


I'm preparing to replace a damaged tailgate on a 2004 Wrangler with tailgate in excellent condition from another 2004 Wrangler found in a junkyard.

I want to keep my existing hinges because the hinges on the replacement are damaged on the body side. So I will need to remove the 4 Torx bolts from the tailgate side of the hinges only.

Does anyone know if the steel plate inside the door that the bolts screw into is welded/glued in place, or will it fall down inside the door if I remove both bolts on a single hinge at the same time?

I know getting the Torx bolts out is a project in itself, but my main concern is the plate.

Does anybody have any experience with this and can provide some sound advice?


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Old 06-27-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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The body side on mine had a loose retainer plate that could drop out but my tailgate side seemed to be retained. You should be able to tell from your replacement tailgate, are the threads aligned.

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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The door side retainer on mine stayed in place. I recall that it would rotate a little or maybe move in and out somewhat. Not a big deal to get your bolt thread started. The quarter panel side was a little more challenging. My bracket dropped when removing the old bolts. However, you can reach your hand all the way up to the bolt holes by going behind the plastic wheel well insert. I was able to hold mine in place without removing the wheel well insert. Here's a link to the picture I took of the bracket. Getting the torx off was the bigger pain. Get ready to use a reverse thread drill bit. Not those easy-outs made by Ryobe. The threads on those are too fine.

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