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Old 12-19-2008, 09:42 AM
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Tailgate a bugger to get closed -98 TJ

I have to slam my tailgate to get it to close properly. If I don't slam it it doesn't close the whole way. No rust, everything seems in order, I lubed the locking mech. Alignment seems ok. Anyone ever adjust their tailgate?
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:46 AM   #2
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i have the same problem with my 99 tj. feels like i got a 35" on there as a spare but its only a 30. I lubed the crap out of the hinges and it seems to help slightly but not enough to change things

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Old 12-19-2008, 09:51 AM   #3
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is it because the door is heavy that you need to slam it or is it because of the latch?
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standard tire - its not heavy, seems like it is the latch.
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well in my case it seems to be heavy. It has a hard time latching but it also has a hard time swinging open and closed.
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I had a similar problem once. My tailgate would just bounce back when I tried slamming it shut. Turns out the back window of my soft top wasn't postioned just right so after some adjusting it closed up fine.
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The latch pin on the driver's side just needs to be adjusted outwards a tad. Use a torx to loosen it, move it just a tad towards the rear, then securely (!) re-tighten it. Be careful not to move it too far as that would let the tailgate rattle. I like my tailgate to take a pretty firm shove to latch it to it second primary latch point.
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I had a similar problem once. My tailgate would just bounce back when I tried slamming it shut. Turns out the back window of my soft top wasn't postioned just right so after some adjusting it closed up fine.
My top gave me probelms too.
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I've adjusted my tailgate on the '98 TJ. The hinges were so bad that I needed to replace them. Lubing never helped. Loosen the bolts, (a job in itself if you haven't broken them free yet) check the spacing is equal all around and the latch will match the door catch, and close the door. Tighten the bolts holding the hinges in place.
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Resurrecting an old thread. Just went to school on this re my '06 TJ.


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