OK; is it just me, or is anyone else asking themselves why the heck the tailgates on Wranglers are hinged on the side as opposed to a bottom hinge setup.
Seems really dumb when you consider:
A. The high side cantilever loading placed on the gate when it's opened.
B. The damaging loads placed on the gate (hinges) when opened and also holding 70 lbs. worth of tire and rim.
Seems like you'd have loose hinges in no time at all.
Do people remove these and install a better tailgate?
Sure seems like a serviice nightmare.
I can't believe the Factory warranty costs of such a design, don't come to a hurtful point in trying making a profit.
Your two cents please!
I like having the door and spare out of the way when getting in the back. And you would still need a robust swing away mechanism for the spare tire plus the drop down tailgate so it would be more expensive not less.
I like the idea of a front spare carrier! Then, it would be an easy task to have a drop down gate. Just wish they would have designed it more like that. It is likely about a 3-400 lb load total on those two hinges! LOTTA LOAD!
Thanks for the replies! This is a great tool! Thanks to all you experienced Jeepers!
I have already been greatly educated on these, and only just got started! There are a LOT of Jeep guys and women that have a lot of very good ideas!