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?