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Old 07-17-2013, 02:48 AM   #61
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@DrWardner - post some pics, it sounds like you did something similar to what I was thinking about doing at one point.

Mine has really been holding up, I had to load a table in it last week and I was leaning on the tailgate while it was open to get the table in. I was working on the Jeep more this week and took a look at the screw, it's leaning in the hole from the stress but holding tight.

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I used some elastic to cover it so my 12" alpine type R doesn't rattle it too much.

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Old 07-18-2013, 01:32 AM   #63
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Hey guys I have a stopper I'm not using. If y'all want it hit me up.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #64
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a teraflex hinge will prevent this as they prevent the tailgate from opening too far. They have a built in stops and the hinge has enough friction the tailgate stays exactly where you open it to and won't swing via gravity like stock hinges.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:46 AM   #65
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Here is my pic. I had an oversize/overweight 35 tire on mine so my aftermarket fix was to just buy and install myself a Teraflex HD hinged carrier for $499. It has a built in stop, so I just tossed out my factory part. I'm amazed that they would not honor the warranty with a stock tire mounted.
I posted above before I saw this. 4wd.com sells them for $390 shipped if you belong to the other forum that starts with jk-
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:48 AM   #66
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a teraflex hinge will prevent this as they prevent the tailgate from opening too far. They have a built in stops and the hinge has enough friction the tailgate stays exactly where you open it to and won't swing via gravity like stock hinges.
True. This was an $8 fix that I know many people will appreciate. I plan on doing ARB rear bumper/tire carrier combo as the budget allows so I didn't want to buy the teraflex tire carrier as an expensive temporary solution.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:14 AM   #67
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Just had mine fixed yesterday under warranty for the second time, just ordered one of these to install with a new teraflex hinge...

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:15 AM   #68
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Just had mine fixed yesterday under warranty for the second time, just ordered one of these to install with a new teraflex hinge...

Jeep JK Tailgate Holder Kit

With the T/F hinge? Do you have the T/F hinge already? The tailgate stops by itself at maybe a 90 degree angle to the rear of the Jeep. The Tailgate holder you linked above would be completely unneeded.
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Just had mine fixed yesterday under warranty for the second time, just ordered one of these to install with a new teraflex hinge...

Jeep JK Tailgate Holder Kit
I considered this also, but it is only compatible with 2007-2011's and mine is a '13. Nice work!
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With the T/F hinge? Do you have the T/F hinge already? The tailgate stops by itself at maybe a 90 degree angle to the rear of the Jeep. The Tailgate holder you linked above would be completely unneeded.
X2 with the tf hinge it is impossible to open it far enough for the stop to come into play.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:23 AM   #71
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Dr Wardner - thanks for the photos! That is what I was thinking of doing as well. Maybe another project for the list now. Mine held up great this past weekend, we went out with friends to go swimming in a spring fed pond/creek and packed a ton of stuff in the Jeep. I was even parked at a 30 degree angle towards the passenger side with the tailgate open and it was holding fine. I limited mine a bit too much though, I either need to remove the existing screw and move it out about an inch further, or redo it like you did with the cable. Not sure which option I like more right now, but both seem to work fine.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:18 AM   #72
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Had the same thing happen dealer said I abused my wrangler.Yea right. Filed a complaint with Chrysler also no satisfaction
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:31 AM   #73
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what's it for exactly?

Does anyone know if the rod itself is weight bearing, or if it's only function is to limit the rotation of the tailgate hinges. I'm antsy every time I open my tailgate that the hinges are going to give out without the rod... Thanks all for great forum...
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:37 AM   #74
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It's just a stopper
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:13 AM   #75
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Does anyone know if the rod itself is weight bearing, or if it's only function is to limit the rotation of the tailgate hinges. I'm antsy every time I open my tailgate that the hinges are going to give out without the rod... Thanks all for great forum...
The swingout arm or rod just keeps the door from opening more than a certain degree. The problem is the design. They have a bulge in the plastic coating on the rod (the center is metal), that is supposed to ease the door to a stop and hold it there. The problem is that there is nothing but a bulge, if the door pulls hard enough the bulge slides through the rollers and the arm comes free.

I solved it by forcing the weight of the door onto a screw I pull through the arm. I took off the arm and the 'catch', put the arm in vice grips (you want to do this) and took a thick, self-tapping screw and put it through the arm towards the back side of the bulge. The screw will grab hard when it goes through the metal in the arm, which is why I say to use vice grips because it wanted to jump out of those bad enough. The screw I used was 1 1/4 inch I think, maybe 1 1/2". Now when I open the tailgate, the bulge will catch the door, but the weight is handled by the screw.

It's a lot to ask of the screw, which is why I revisited it after putting it through some abuse. The screw is angled slightly now, but not moving or wallowing out. I should have moved it back about another 1/2 inch from where I have it because the tailgate won't open to 90 degrees now, it catches at about 85 degrees which has been a problem twice. I had to carefully maneuver a table into the back a few weeks ago, it would have been easy if the door was open just an inch more. I also had hauled containers in the back with the same issue.

If anyone is interested, I am thinking about tearing it open again this weekend to inspect it again and maybe change it up a bit. I can take some photos then too. I do not know if I can move the screw back like I want to, I don't know if it would weaken it too much by removing it now - but if it helps - I can at least show where the right spot to place the screw is.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:18 AM   #76
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Would love to see some pics of your fix. I've redone mine five or six times now, and honestly it's just a temp fix every time. The way it comes from the factory is just a joke as far as I'm concerned. Open the tailgate on a hill (or my angled driveway) just right without paying attention and its a goner.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:37 AM   #77
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With the T/F hinge? Do you have the T/F hinge already? The tailgate stops by itself at maybe a 90 degree angle to the rear of the Jeep. The Tailgate holder you linked above would be completely unneeded.
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X2 with the tf hinge it is impossible to open it far enough for the stop to come into play.


I understand that the teraflex hinge has a stop, the stop kit I spoke of above has a gas strut which will keep the tail gate from slamming open on an incline or slamming shut on a decline.
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I understand that the teraflex hinge has a stop, the stop kit I spoke of above has a gas strut which will keep the tail gate from slamming open on an incline or slamming shut on a decline.
Do you have the TF hinge installed yet? If not, try it first. It doesn't move as freely as the stock hinge.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:45 PM   #79
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My solution is still working like a champ! Anyone interested in a permanent solution should check it out!
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:29 PM   #80
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This is crap!

I am appalled that I am paying for an off-road, durable vehicle and my damn door hinge stopper snapped out on barely an incline.

Completely unacceptable!
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Im wonder why they change the design from 2007-10 to that dont have this stopper to the new ones?
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #82
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Well, mine popped for the first time last night on my 2013 JKUR (11 months old). I thought it would just be a matter of popping it back in, but it appears a permanent fix will be a little more involved.

I don't feel like wasting 1/2 my life sitting at the Dealership every couple months, so I think I'm gonna go with DrWardner's solution above. (Also because I have an aftermarket sub/amp in a custom box mounted where the stock one would be and I don't trust the Dealership techs to remove/reinstall that without screwing it up).

Since the bar isn't load-bearing, I assume it wouldn't hurt to take it off and run without it for a week or two until I get around to the permanent fix, right?
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Since the bar isn't load-bearing, I assume it wouldn't hurt to take it off and run without it for a week or two until I get around to the permanent fix, right?
It will be fine as long as you don't let the gate swing open and smash the taillight.
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It will be fine as long as you don't let the gate swing open and smash the taillight.
Good point. I've actually got the Rugged Ridge Euro Tail Light Guards already installed, so I guess that's what saved my tail light initially. I did lose one of the plastic pieces of hinge trim, but I'll hold off replacing that until I get my new stopper in place.
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I just did that repair last night. I did it the same way DrWardner did. It took about half an hour. My only concern is I'm not sure what the cable will do to the rubber molding as it rubs against it when it opens all the way. It's not like a driver door that opens a bunch of times in a day, but still. I went with the vinyl coated wire so it shouldn't be too bad I hope.
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I have had this setup for a couple months now. Ive used it quite a bit, and my weather stripping is still going strong! No problems. No denting or damage. I used the vinyl coated cable as well as wrapped it with elastic. I am confident this will be a permanent solution.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:34 AM   #87
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My 2007 Sahara has no such stop or even any indication of ever having such a mechanism for the gate... Maybe was added on to later models.







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I have a 2011, I'm not sure if everyone who have had this happen have 2012's. I just looked at mine to see what has been happening. When I open my gate all the way the hinges go hard up against the body to stop the gate before the plastic arm reaches full travel. Am I missing something?
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #89
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I have owned my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited for 6 hours, I have now joined the club of the broken tailgate stop. It took me that long, and it looks as if this is not the first time it has happened, looking at the wear on the bolts and hinges.

What a way to start my new Jeep ownership.
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