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Old 04-09-2014, 01:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy Yj tailgate hinge catastrophe

So I finally got around to start working on the yj I bought months ago and have been driving and I noticed that the jackass previous owner decided to weld the bottom tailgate hinge to the tub when it was going bad, instead of getting a new one. I have a new hinge, but I don't know how I'm supposed to go about removing the current welded on one, without doing serious damage to the tub...please help, this yj has just been one hassle after another LOL

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:09 AM   #2
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Ive been doing metal work for a while but no welding experience. I would think you could take an angle grinder to the weld to break it especially since you arent trying to reuse the hinge. Youd probably need to grind off the weld from the body anyway too. But thats just my non jeep expertise opinion so hopefully someone else will chime in.

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:41 AM   #3
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Ive been doing metal work for a while but no welding experience. I would think you could take an angle grinder to the weld to break it especially since you arent trying to reuse the hinge. Youd probably need to grind off the weld from the body anyway too. But thats just my non jeep expertise opinion so hopefully someone else will chime in.
correct but be careful not to grind away the body too
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:21 AM   #4
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Careful cutting with an angle grinder is what I would do...focus on the bad hinge and cut away the weld. After the hinge is free, grind the remaining weld off with a flap disk - 60 grit would work. Then prime and paint the area.

If you don't feel comfortable with an angle grinder, a dremel tool would also work, although much more slowly.
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Instead of an angle grinder maybe try a dremel tool, depending on how big the weld is. The dremel is essentially a smaller angle grinder if you have the right blade one it. It's way easier to control than a bulky angle grinder if you need precision. That's how you get tac welds off AK's lol.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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Angle grinder with a cut off wheel. You will be there for a week with a dremel.

Cut along the welds about an 1/8" away from the sheet metal. Take your time, Don't put the cut off wheel in a bind, they will shatter.

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