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Old 05-15-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Can someone help me with a part for my tailgate??

I have a 2001 wrangler and I removed my spare rite mount from the tailgate, and now there is a huge 6"x6 1/2" square hole there and nothing to cover it! I looked io what to do with it or where to get a cover for it, but it turns up nothing! I just got back from the dealership and the show nothing to cover this.. And I don't know what I can do to cover it. I see pictures of a few jeeps on sites and the have a louvered cover over it,,, where can I get one at??

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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sounds like you have a newer tailgate from 03-06. Its the vent for the hard top. 97-02 the vent was built into the side if the hard top.

Does it look like this?

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Yes that looks like the size of the hole I have I just dont have that louvered cover you have.... am I able to get that somewhere?? And install it myself? Does it just snap in?? What year is your jeep?? Thanks for helping me out with this
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Oh and I have a soft top not a hardtop
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Yes that looks like the size of the hole I have I just dont have that louvered cover you have.... am I able to get that somewhere?? And install it myself? Does it just snap in?? What year is your jeep?? Thanks for helping me out with this
Its not my Jeep. Just some picture I pulled from google. All TJ's form 03-06 have the vent in the tailgate regardless if its a soft top or hard top. My Jeep is a 2000 so it doesnt have the vent. But it sounds like yours was replaced with a newer tailgate.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for all the info and telling me what this was.. The po must if put a newer tailgate on there for some odd reason, he was a coworker of my wife's and he is the original owner, so now I'm gonna have to ask him why it has a newer tailgate in it, lol. Anyway I went to eBay and sure as anything as homebrwd said there it was for 25.00 and 6 bucks for shipping. So I ordered it. Thanks again!!
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did the PO ever put a hard top on it? If they used a hardtop from a newer model then it would need a tailgate vent to help balance pressure when the doors close and other situations. Or maybe the old one was damaged and the newer tailgate was available.

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