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Old 10-17-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Wrangler tailgate stopper?

I have a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon and the tailgate will just swing open, not closed, but open and will not stop. It has swung open and broke the top part of the tail light. The plastic pieces on the top and bottom of the tailgate hinge are broken. Are they what is supposed to stop the gate? What are they called, and where can I find them to purchase?

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Isn't the tailgate suppose to close and lock? It shouldn't just fly open. Unless, you are talking about some sort of aftermarket accessory. Pictures would be helpful.

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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Defiantly supposed to latch shut. And pictures would help be more specific
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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I think the Op is referring to when the tailgate is open. There is no mechanism to stop the gate from opening too far. I had a post similar to this a month or 2 ago, with no definitive answers.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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I think the Op is referring to when the tailgate is open. There is no mechanism to stop the gate from opening too far. I had a post similar to this a month or 2 ago, with no definitive answers.
I used a bungee cord to keep it from hitting my reverse lights that are mounted on my rear bumper. Maybe not the cleanest job but it works
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:07 PM   #6
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I think the Op is referring to when the tailgate is open. There is no mechanism to stop the gate from opening too far. I had a post similar to this a month or 2 ago, with no definitive answers.
Thank you for reading what I had asked. I had said "when the tailgate was OPEN, not shut" The small plastic things over the hinges have something to do with "stopping it" when it is open. This piece. I believe this has nothing to do with it shutting.


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Old 10-17-2013, 04:13 PM   #7
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #8
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Or you could just trade me hinges. Mine have gotten so stiff they aren't going anywhere without serious persuasion.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:13 AM   #9
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The "stop" is intergral with the metal hinge (and not the plastic cover on later models). I'm away from home so I can't take any pictures
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:08 PM   #10
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The "stop" is intergral with the metal hinge (and not the plastic cover on later models). I'm away from home so I can't take any pictures
Thanks! When you get home, and if you do know what I mean, can you take a picture and show me what I should be looking to replace or fix? Thanks a million!!
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:54 PM   #11
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Sorry, not going to be home for a long time.
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Thanks! When you get home, and if you do know what I mean, can you take a picture and show me what I should be looking to replace or fix? Thanks a million!!
I can snap a picture for you tonight.
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If you slowly swing your tail gate open and it lays up against your tail lights then the stop is broken and you need new hinges. I always hold my gate while it swings open until it is up against the stop. Even yelled at the wife for just letting it fly and she holds the gate until it is against the stop. It's the same with the door straps, if you just let the doors fly open you will eventually pull the strap retainers out of the doors and or break the straps.

Just become a creature of habit and pay attention if you want things to last.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #15
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Nope, that stop is for keeping the tailgate open.

You need new hinges. If you care about the plastic covers, you should replace those, too.

There is a difference between '97-'03 and the '04-'06 hinges, they do not interchange. There are fewer aftermarket designs for later TJs.

If you find a set that claims '97 to '06 compatibility, DON'T BUY THOSE, because they do not have a clue.
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This will work but if you just let the gate fly open it will break also. This is designed to hold it open in different positions.
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If you remove the spare tire from your tailgate then the gate stop has a better chance of stopping a flying gate. Its the added weight of the wheel and tire creating excess force against the hinge stop.
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Here's some pictures. Picture #2 is the tailgate open against the buit in stop in the hinges. Pic #3 is pointing to the stop lip built in to the hinge, and Pic.#4 is pointing to where that lip hits when fully open.

If yous is not working, why not just set up your tailgate with a limiting strap like your doors?
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:14 PM   #19
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I am going to have to do something with a strap because my door will not stop. Even if I use my hand and stop it, it will swing it's self open and rest on the tail light.
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As stated above, get new hinges.

As heavy as the door with spare are, one good swing and it will break the strap or rip it out.

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