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02-11-2012 09:13 AM
Crittergitter
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Originally Posted by chux72vette View Post
Thats exactly what I did after doing the PB thing and have had no trouble at all. As a matter of fact, I am going to have to add some kind of strap I think as it swings almost too freely, LOL. I put one zerk in each hinge on the back as tho your looking at it for easy greasing.
Side note...Use Marine Grade RED grease as its water proof BTW.
Good on ya! It just seemed like the easiest thing to do for a long term solution. And good call on the marine grade red.
02-11-2012 08:06 AM
chux72vette
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Originally Posted by Crittergitter View Post
Anybody ever think of putting grease zerks in the hinges??
Thats exactly what I did after doing the PB thing and have had no trouble at all. As a matter of fact, I am going to have to add some kind of strap I think as it swings almost too freely, LOL. I put one zerk in each hinge on the back as tho your looking at it for easy greasing.
Side note...Use Marine Grade RED grease as its water proof BTW.
02-10-2012 05:13 PM
Crittergitter Anybody ever think of putting grease zerks in the hinges??
02-09-2012 09:14 PM
Once Far Off
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Originally Posted by doolyd View Post
I believe the hinges are sealed so spraying PB doesn't really get into the hinge and is why people are drilling holes. Bad design all around. The best way is to get new hinges if you can swing it.
Yeah, but if you could swing it, you wouldn't need new hinges.
02-08-2012 09:19 AM
wwch99tj I sprayed pb blaster on my hinges on my 99 like 3 or 4 times a week for about a month working the gate back and forth and now my hinges have worked great for over 2 years
02-08-2012 09:15 AM
doolyd
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Originally Posted by NHrubicon View Post
Is there any play in the bolt holes on the stock hinges? (03 Rubicon) My tailgate acts like the hinges are 'sprung' or the tailgate is bent. (no sign of that at all). I have my spare tire mounted on a swinging holder that bolts onto the tailgate and passenger corner. But it takes 2 hands to close the gate securely. Tried PB blaster (didn't drill hole) spray white lithium (helped a little). Haven't tried to loosen up the bolts to see if there is any adjustment in the hinges. If there isn't, I'll have to order new hinges.

I believe the hinges are sealed so spraying PB doesn't really get into the hinge and is why people are drilling holes. Bad design all around. The best way is to get new hinges if you can swing it.
02-08-2012 09:09 AM
NHrubicon Is there any play in the bolt holes on the stock hinges? (03 Rubicon) My tailgate acts like the hinges are 'sprung' or the tailgate is bent. (no sign of that at all). I have my spare tire mounted on a swinging holder that bolts onto the tailgate and passenger corner. But it takes 2 hands to close the gate securely. Tried PB blaster (didn't drill hole) spray white lithium (helped a little). Haven't tried to loosen up the bolts to see if there is any adjustment in the hinges. If there isn't, I'll have to order new hinges.
02-08-2012 09:02 AM
Peepers I just bought all new hinges for my 98. They look much nicer than the flaky ones that were on there, but they also swing with almost no effort.

Kentrol 30478 - Kentrol Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges for 97-03 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
I got the black ones for my white jeep.
02-08-2012 08:50 AM
sparky Thanks for the info and the link.
02-07-2012 08:02 PM
jrmiller Just found the write up I followed. Has a few more pictures

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...fix-99045.html
02-07-2012 08:01 PM
97wrangler-242
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Originally Posted by jrmiller
The hole does not have to be very deep. Just break through the outside of the hinge and into the second layer don't drill to deep into the second layer though

Top hinge

Bottom hinge

Sorry for being sideways
Thanks man
02-07-2012 07:58 PM
jp2611 my '04 is having issues---scribed to try
02-07-2012 07:54 PM
jrmiller The hole does not have to be very deep. Just break through the outside of the hinge and into the second layer don't drill to deep into the second layer though

Attachment 95772
Top hinge


Attachment 95774
Bottom hinge


Sorry for being sideways
02-07-2012 05:10 PM
97wrangler-242
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Originally Posted by jrmiller
In the hinge towards the middle. I can get pictures later today when I get off work
I know where your talking about but pics would b nice too. How deep should I drill?
02-07-2012 12:23 PM
cdnabn49 mine were like that too - I replaced them and was done with messing with them...
hope the 04's will be better.
02-07-2012 12:16 PM
Another Guy In A Jeep Its called a tailgate. With mine, I have to wrestle the thing open. Just write it down as a jeep thing and move along
02-07-2012 12:09 PM
jrmiller In the hinge towards the middle. I can get pictures later today when I get off work
02-07-2012 10:15 AM
97wrangler-242
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Originally Posted by sparky
Where are you drilling the hole?
Is this into the tailgate part of the hinge on the side.
X2 where exactly does the hole work best?
02-07-2012 09:40 AM
sparky Where are you drilling the hole?
Is this into the tailgate part of the hinge on the side.
02-07-2012 07:35 AM
jrmiller I've had the hinges working smooth for a little over a year using the hole and pb
02-07-2012 05:21 AM
john4ward I tried the hole-and PB blaster-strategy too and it did work for a while... at least it made thing better, but mine was too far gone I think. I ordered a used pair from Davy's Jeeps, which worked very well.
02-07-2012 05:15 AM
DamageInc Thanks guys im going to try that today. I will post the results
02-06-2012 11:04 PM
jrmiller Open the tailgate completely and drill a small hole (about 1/8") and fill that hole with pb blaster and work it back and forth. wipe away the rust and dirt that comes out and keep doing it. The issue has to do with dissimilar metals and causes rust buildup
02-06-2012 08:55 PM
eScott I would try spraying some pb blaster on the hinges.
02-06-2012 07:59 PM
DamageInc
98 wrangler rear door ?

I just bought a 98 wrangler. My ? is the rear door or whatever its called does not swing freely it feels like opening and closing the vault door on Fort Knox. Is there any adjustment i can make. Thanks

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