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Old 03-21-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wow...tender tailgate!

Came out of my band gig last night to load my guitar in the jeep and did the customary "walk around" to see if anything was amiss (soft top, ya know?)
I noticed this new dent in my tailgate on the upper right hand corner...WTF?
There was a broken bottle in the parking lot nearby and I figured someone leaving just smashed it on my Jeep for $heets and giggles...
Well I was kinda bummed at the thought of this "assumed" act of vandalism...I just drove home disgusted.
This morning ion the light of day I went out to inspect the dent more, closely and check for other damage...I noticed that corner of the tailgate was closed OVER the edge of the bottom of the soft top's lower edge. Damn!
That is what caused the corner of the tailgate to buckle outward slightly, creating a dimple in the metal!!
The freaking, soft top is harder than the tailgate!!
I am glad it wasn't vandalism, but not too happy with the quality/strength of my tailgate!
Yikes I'll have to see if I can coax that corner back to its original state with a rubber mallet or something....sheesh! Now I have to be careful how I close the damned tailgate to make sure it doesn't close over the edge of the top!
Just another testament to the little Jeepy things that make us go "hmmmm..."

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Old 05-24-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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I've been in Hawaii the last two weeks and every soft top rental has this exact dent on both sides of the tailgate. People must be slamming the tailgate on the back window bar and bending out the tailgate corners. nasty!

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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Bummer Mo! Sorry about that.


On another note..... Where the heck have you been???? Haven't seen you here in quite a while... We miss you!
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:03 AM   #4
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oh man I've Done That!!!!!
I Had her two weeks when I closed the tailgate on the rear window bar. Luckily the bar is fine and the paint is still intact on the tail gate. I just chalked it up to the inevitable Battle scars a jeep will get. (even though it happened in a parking lot)
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I got a dent on the inside of the tail gate. Had the hard top panels in the back and closed the gate, well, come to find out, they were sticking out a bit. Not a lick of damage to the panels (that's good!), but a "half dollar" size dent where contact was made. Go figure.

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