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Old 01-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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tailgate

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.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I actually like it better swinging the way it does as opposed to a pickup truck tailgate. I can reach things easier in the cargo area.

I upgraded my hinge and tire carrier with the Teraflex units since I put on 35" tires. It's an extremely robust hinge upgrade.

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I would prefer to hinge to be on the driver side instead of the passanger side being that here in the States we driver (and park) on the right hand side of the road.


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Old 01-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
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So, I'm not an engineer or anything, but wouldn't the spare tire get in the way of the rear tire mount if the hinges were on the bottom?

I'm sure there are several solutions to this quandary, but none of them are likely cheap.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #5
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So, I'm not an engineer or anything, but wouldn't the spare tire get in the way of the rear tire mount if the hinges were on the bottom?

I'm sure there are several solutions to this quandary, but none of them are likely cheap.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:55 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #7
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Expensive!
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So, I'm not an engineer or anything, but wouldn't the spare tire get in the way of the rear tire mount if the hinges were on the bottom?

I'm sure there are several solutions to this quandary, but none of them are likely cheap.
Or have a swing away carrier in front like some hummers
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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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!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:41 PM   #10
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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!

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