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Old 11-05-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Tailgate question (I'm a TJ'er)

How do you drop your tailgate with a hardtop? Pop the window and do the latches?

I want to do the conversion to my TJ and I want to make a wooden trunk also.

the trunk would defeat the purpose if I can't reach the latches.

Is there a key thing I could mod?

THanks guys

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Old 11-05-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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On my CJ all I do is open the window and pull one latch on each side up to let the tailgate down.

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Old 11-05-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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You open the lift gate and lift both latches with a hardtop.

With a soft top it is harder. At least with a yj style soft top. You have to unzip the window on each side, pop the latches and then guide it down.

I love how my cj tailgate looks but to be honest I don't care anything for it being a tailgate versus a swing out. Makes it hard to access gear. I'm looking at finding a way to make my tailgate swing like my carrier. I know that is crazy to most cj owners but it is a pita for me to be in and out of my back area.

Just something to consider. Not trying to start any debate either.
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