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Old 02-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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98 wrangler rear door ?

I just bought a 98 wrangler. My ? is the rear door or whatever its called does not swing freely it feels like opening and closing the vault door on Fort Knox. Is there any adjustment i can make. Thanks

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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I would try spraying some pb blaster on the hinges.

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Open the tailgate completely and drill a small hole (about 1/8") and fill that hole with pb blaster and work it back and forth. wipe away the rust and dirt that comes out and keep doing it. The issue has to do with dissimilar metals and causes rust buildup
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:15 AM   #4
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Thanks guys im going to try that today. I will post the results
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:21 AM   #5
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I tried the hole-and PB blaster-strategy too and it did work for a while... at least it made thing better, but mine was too far gone I think. I ordered a used pair from Davy's Jeeps, which worked very well.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:35 AM   #6
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I've had the hinges working smooth for a little over a year using the hole and pb
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #7
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Where are you drilling the hole?
Is this into the tailgate part of the hinge on the side.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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Where are you drilling the hole?
Is this into the tailgate part of the hinge on the side.
X2 where exactly does the hole work best?
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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In the hinge towards the middle. I can get pictures later today when I get off work
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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Its called a tailgate. With mine, I have to wrestle the thing open. Just write it down as a jeep thing and move along
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #11
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mine were like that too - I replaced them and was done with messing with them...
hope the 04's will be better.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
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In the hinge towards the middle. I can get pictures later today when I get off work
I know where your talking about but pics would b nice too. How deep should I drill?
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #13
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The hole does not have to be very deep. Just break through the outside of the hinge and into the second layer don't drill to deep into the second layer though

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #14
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my '04 is having issues---scribed to try
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #15
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The hole does not have to be very deep. Just break through the outside of the hinge and into the second layer don't drill to deep into the second layer though

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Thanks man
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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Just found the write up I followed. Has a few more pictures

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...fix-99045.html
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Thanks for the info and the link.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:02 AM   #18
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I just bought all new hinges for my 98. They look much nicer than the flaky ones that were on there, but they also swing with almost no effort.

Kentrol 30478 - Kentrol Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges for 97-03 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
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Is there any play in the bolt holes on the stock hinges? (03 Rubicon) My tailgate acts like the hinges are 'sprung' or the tailgate is bent. (no sign of that at all). I have my spare tire mounted on a swinging holder that bolts onto the tailgate and passenger corner. But it takes 2 hands to close the gate securely. Tried PB blaster (didn't drill hole) spray white lithium (helped a little). Haven't tried to loosen up the bolts to see if there is any adjustment in the hinges. If there isn't, I'll have to order new hinges.
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Is there any play in the bolt holes on the stock hinges? (03 Rubicon) My tailgate acts like the hinges are 'sprung' or the tailgate is bent. (no sign of that at all). I have my spare tire mounted on a swinging holder that bolts onto the tailgate and passenger corner. But it takes 2 hands to close the gate securely. Tried PB blaster (didn't drill hole) spray white lithium (helped a little). Haven't tried to loosen up the bolts to see if there is any adjustment in the hinges. If there isn't, I'll have to order new hinges.

I believe the hinges are sealed so spraying PB doesn't really get into the hinge and is why people are drilling holes. Bad design all around. The best way is to get new hinges if you can swing it.
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I sprayed pb blaster on my hinges on my 99 like 3 or 4 times a week for about a month working the gate back and forth and now my hinges have worked great for over 2 years
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I believe the hinges are sealed so spraying PB doesn't really get into the hinge and is why people are drilling holes. Bad design all around. The best way is to get new hinges if you can swing it.
Yeah, but if you could swing it, you wouldn't need new hinges.
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Anybody ever think of putting grease zerks in the hinges??
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Anybody ever think of putting grease zerks in the hinges??
Thats exactly what I did after doing the PB thing and have had no trouble at all. As a matter of fact, I am going to have to add some kind of strap I think as it swings almost too freely, LOL. I put one zerk in each hinge on the back as tho your looking at it for easy greasing.
Side note...Use Marine Grade RED grease as its water proof BTW.
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Thats exactly what I did after doing the PB thing and have had no trouble at all. As a matter of fact, I am going to have to add some kind of strap I think as it swings almost too freely, LOL. I put one zerk in each hinge on the back as tho your looking at it for easy greasing.
Side note...Use Marine Grade RED grease as its water proof BTW.
Good on ya! It just seemed like the easiest thing to do for a long term solution. And good call on the marine grade red.

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