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Old 06-17-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Cutting a Hole in The Tailgate

I know I can't be the only one, but my tailgate makes a lot of noise on the road. Im tired of having to take off the tire carrier to be able to look around in there, so I am considering cutting a hole in the tailgate and making it so that i can look around from the other side of the tailgate.

I would cut a hole on the side that goes inside the jeep, and then either bolt it back on, or another piece of metal.

What do y'all think about that? Does anyone have any serious objections as to why I should not do it?

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:36 PM   #2
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Huh? Are you saying you have to remove the tire carrier to get to stuff in the back of your jeep? Im very confused as to what your trying to achieve. As for noise i know my rear swaybar was hitting my exhaust causing me to think it was the tailgate. Dont know if its the same on your rig though.

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:14 PM   #3
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no, I have to remove the tire carrier to see inside of the tailgate itself. Having a 35" tire on the back warped something in there and Ive been trying to figure out what works best to stop the noise, but its a pain to take off the whole tire every time
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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You might have broken the spot welds and now the tailgate is vibrating. What kind of noise is it? Don't cut anything unless you know exactly what it is you are trying to fix.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:49 PM   #5
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Its like a rattling sound, it happens whenever I hit a bump or anything. I can also manually make it happen by shaking the tire or even just opening the tailgate
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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I know I can't be the only one, but my tailgate makes a lot of noise on the road. Im tired of having to take off the tire carrier to be able to look around in there, so I am considering cutting a hole in the tailgate and making it so that i can look around from the other side of the tailgate.

I would cut a hole on the side that goes inside the jeep, and then either bolt it back on, or another piece of metal.

What do y'all think about that? Does anyone have any serious objections as to why I should not do it?
Really how many times do you have to look in there to figure it out? Sounds like the tire has damaged the gate!
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #7
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Having my 35" tire on the stock carrier broke the spot welds on the inside of my tailgate. I mean the side that sits inside the cargo area. Not the inside of the tailgate itself. I was lucky. I Just re welded the spot welds and I was good to go.

I know what your talking about when you say it's driving you nuts trying to find the problem. I got lucky and found it after a few days of looking. Always thought it was inside but found out other wise. The spot welds that broke on mine were the ones closest to the hinges.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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Had my 35 on the stock carrier..worked good till I hit the spare on a creek bank...
Drilled though tailgate in four places and put 1/4-20 bolts and fender washers through it..worked pretty good. Still alittle noise but bearable...
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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Its like a rattling sound, it happens whenever I hit a bump or anything. I can also manually make it happen by shaking the tire or even just opening the tailgate
I doubt the rattling is inside the tailgate, but rather, the carrier itself.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:26 AM   #10
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Check the locking mechanism. It is easily viewed through the driver's side access panel. Mine rattles like crazy. Have someone else drive slowly over a bumpy road. Open the access panel and try isolating a few of the moving pieces in there to see if on rid the culprit.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:00 AM   #11
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No way, that's like cutting a hole in the hood if you hear something weird in the bay!
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:47 AM   #12
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I wouldnt go removing any metal from an already weak tailgate. How about you get a tire rack or something to properly fix the problem.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:40 AM   #13
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I wouldnt go removing any metal from an already weak tailgate. How about you get a tire rack or something to properly fix the problem.
^Yep. A 35 inch tire on the stock carrier is a bad idea. Get a proper rear tire carrier and remove the stock one.

Maybe when you remove the stock carrier, your noise will stop.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #14
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Popped welds I bet.

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