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Old 12-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Tailgate Conversion

Has anyone done their own tailgate conversion?

I've seen a few kits online but it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to do with replacement CJ tailgate hinges, and I would imagine it would be cheaper too. Any advice or experience/prices with kits would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance guys!

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks Tjspeed. Any arguments for DIY out there?
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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yes,you can do it with cj hinges..kits might be nicer
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Has anyone done their own tailgate conversion?
I built an off-road trailer around a CJ tailgate...does that count?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:22 PM   #6
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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Keep in mind that Jeep switched from the older style tailgate to the swing-open for a very good reason... it is much harder to lean over the old style tail gate to get to tools or anything in the rear than it is with the current swing-out design. To me, the current tail gate style is all about placing function over form.

I considered converting mine to the old style years ago until I wheeled all weekend with a guy who had just done it to his TJ. It looked cool, we both loved it at first... by the time the weekend was over, he was having misgivings about it and I was glad he had done it to his and it wasn't me who had done the conversion.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #8
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different strokes..I prefer the drop down
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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I did the swag conversion this summer. I could of pieced together parts and supplies from home depot or other places for cheaper i figured it was worth the extra money for all the hardware so i didnt need to piece things together. So far i like it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #10
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Sick Jeep harleydragon. Good point Jerry I never thought about that, it is always a pain with trucks. Regardless I could see it being useful for prepping the chainsaw and guns, also as a seat. I think I'll try and piece something together, I'll do a writeup if I go ahead with it.
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Sick Jeep harleydragon. Good point Jerry I never thought about that, it is always a pain with trucks. Regardless I could see it being useful for prepping the chainsaw and guns, also as a seat. I think I'll try and piece something together, I'll do a writeup if I go ahead with it.
thanks..I agree that it makes a great work table and seat

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