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Old 03-31-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Follow up to JK 5th wheel removal and easy filler kit.

Here is what I did to fill the holes in the tailgate.

1) a vent cover I found on Ebay $35 + shipping The vent cover came bare steel so I did A plasti dip on it looks good. But you can buy one at this link I am posting.
Jeep JK Tailgate Protection | JK Tailgate Armor | JK Tramp Stamp | Poison Spyder Customs

2) For the large hole where the third brake light runs out I took one of the door plugs from my stock doors I took off. It fills the hole tight and no water gets in the hole.

3) You will have two more holes to fill where the tire bumpers were at this was a hard one. So I went to the parts store and did some looking around. I found two Toyota PVC valves that fit good and two plastic caps to fill the hole in them. They stick out about a quarter inch but it is a clean look.

total cost in the job around $50


Please all let me know how you feel about this post and I will post more tricks like this as I mod the jeep. The pics should walk you threw what I did.

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Old 03-31-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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Looks awesome! Always post your diy mods, love to see them

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nice work! looks pretty cool. I custom made mine as well...
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:51 AM   #4
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That does look cool but I just can't understand why anyone would want to drive around without a spare.....
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:19 AM   #5
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If you have on board air and know how to patch a tire you don't need the extra weight of a spare so I took it off
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If you have on board air and know how to patch a tire you don't need the extra weight of a spare so I took it off
Really, I didn't know you could patch every type of tire damage, especially if something happens to the side wall. Plus are you not required by law to have a third brake light?
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:15 AM   #7
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Really, I didn't know you could patch every type of tire damage, especially if something happens to the side wall. Plus are you not required by law to have a third brake light?
I've never seen anyone able to patch a torn sidewall...
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:37 AM   #8
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Ok although this may seem to work for some I hate for people to get the wrong impression about removing the spare, even with all the plug and patch kits, most off road repairs are temporary fixes, most aren't nail holes, which typically are what the kits are geared to repair, I believe the largest repair you are able to make safely is 1/4 inch diameter on a LT tire, most off road repairs are us doubling and tripling gum plugs into one hole and stretching the spot where the branch poked through or the rock slashed the sidewall, while the plug may limp you off the trail most of us still have to drive it home. This is where that spare you took off is going to save you. Tpms is a great warning tool but it's not gonna do much when your trail fix is slowly leaking on the highway, once the tire gets lower on air the extra flexing it is doing combined with highway speeds will heat it up quickly and lead into a complete blowout. I have been in the tire business many years and I know everyone has a story about how they have plugged a tire 100 times and drive it a million miles but I get to see what really happens every day to people who arent as lucky. Sorry for the long post but if you daily drive your Jeep and don't trailer it to your favorite spots, keep that spare!
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:49 PM   #11
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HMMMMM you all made some valid points on the need of a spare. I have had a stick jab threw the side wall before and thats game over for you on the trail. but I will say I dont like the spare where it is so I will do a relocation now to a roof rack. I was not going to du but you guys reminded me of the importance of a spare.

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