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Old 02-23-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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I just went to close my gate and it seemed to be sitting a little too low. Sure enough I picked up on it and it lined right up. Seems I have slack in the lower hinge. Is there a "rebuild" kit, maybe with bushings or something? The Haynes manual just shows how to take the gate off. Nothing about the hinge.

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Old 02-23-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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Is the bushing loose, or are the screws holding the tailgate on loose? I have never heard of any rebuild kit, you should be able to snag a pair at the junkyard pretty cheap though.

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It seems loose in the "pin" area. Tight on the body and tub, but movement in the pivot. Is there bushings in it?
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I think they all do that in the rust belt states, the pins seem to seize in the hinge and you work them back and forth wearing them down. Even spraying on a regular basis does not seem to help. Mine squeal like a banshee every once in a while. I may replace them this summer, I don't have the sagging problem you do but between royal purple spray lube, CLP and lithum grease they are at least not wearing out too badly.
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I just went to close my gate and it seemed to be sitting a little too low. Sure enough I picked up on it and it lined right up. Seems I have slack in the lower hinge. Is there a "rebuild" kit, maybe with bushings or something? The Haynes manual just shows how to take the gate off. Nothing about the hinge.
No there is no bushing.It is a solid pin pressed through two peices of aluminum and the pin is steel so the corrosion builds up and starts to wear on the long aluminum bracket that bolts to the gate itself the only fix is a new hinge.I have one in green around here somewere.I swapped all mine out with stainless steel.
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