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Old 05-13-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Tailgate Fail With 33s

I have 33 on the tailgate for about a year and just noticed the tailgate is beginning to fail. I need to lift up the tailgate to close so it lines up so it is obviously sagging.

I have some questions. First can you recommend a solution in the way of a carrier? I have read about the TeraFlex HD hinge and carrier.

Second, would I need to replace my tailgate that is sagging? Can I fix it? How can I tell?

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Old 05-14-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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I bought a bumper with a mounted tailgate carrier. I went Smittybilt but I am saving to replace with something more better. lol

I'd say if its sagging, its done. Better buy a new one.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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Out of curiosity what wheel/tire combo are you running???
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:34 AM   #4
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I bought one of these on Ebay for under $300 shipped. Its plenty sturdy and holds my 33s well.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/CLASSIC-REAR...4df7a2&vxp=mtr
Here is the link to it.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:37 AM   #5
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Running Mickey Thomason Baja MTZ 33. 12.5 width 17 inch

Can I fix the sagging door and put a new carrier on or is it shot and has to be replaced?

Mowrangler, thanks. Doesn't look like that is compatible with the 2010 JKU
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Have you checked to make sure the bolts on your tailgate hinges are tight? Does it look like the hinges have moved? Maybe you could find enough adjustment in the hinges to fix it? Without knowing what specific part of the tailgate assembly is causing it to sag, there's no way to know if the Teraflex hinge will fix your problem. I would also check the latch to see if it is tight or has shifted.
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Thanks Moabite and others!

I was able to inspect it today and it was the bolts on the lower hinge that was loose allowing it to slide. I have tightened the bolts and the tailgate operates fine. I have kept the spare off for now so my question is should I just put the spare back on and simply check the bolts every so often or go with the new TeraFlex?

I believe this might have happened because my son was at the beach and had the tailgate door open for a long time with that weight ...of course its possible this happened over time with normal driving.

Thoughts on just putting the spare back on and checking periodically? I see people having the need for brackets with 35s but dont see much with 33s.
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Thanks Moabite and others!

I was able to inspect it today and it was the bolts on the lower hinge that was loose allowing it to slide. I have tightened the bolts and the tailgate operates fine. I have kept the spare off for now so my question is should I just put the spare back on and simply check the bolts every so often or go with the new TeraFlex?
Only you can decide which is the best path to take. Im running 315/70-17 duratracs on my new jeep and just didnt want to risk any tailgate damage so opted for TF hinge/carrier.

I can tell you that the hinge/carrier was easy to install, used locktight on all the screws and its a beefy unit for sure. Well constructed and worth the money in my opinion.

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