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DamageInc 02-06-2012 07:59 PM

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 :banghead:

eScott 02-06-2012 08:55 PM

I would try spraying some pb blaster on the hinges.

jrmiller 02-06-2012 11:04 PM

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

DamageInc 02-07-2012 05:15 AM

Thanks guys im going to try that today. I will post the results

john4ward 02-07-2012 05:21 AM

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.

jrmiller 02-07-2012 07:35 AM

I've had the hinges working smooth for a little over a year using the hole and pb

sparky 02-07-2012 09:40 AM

Where are you drilling the hole?
Is this into the tailgate part of the hinge on the side.

97wrangler-242 02-07-2012 10:15 AM

Quote:

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?

jrmiller 02-07-2012 12:09 PM

In the hinge towards the middle. I can get pictures later today when I get off work

Another Guy In A Jeep 02-07-2012 12:16 PM

Its called a tailgate. With mine, I have to wrestle the thing open. Just write it down as a jeep thing and move along :thumb:

cdnabn49 02-07-2012 12:23 PM

mine were like that too - I replaced them and was done with messing with them...
hope the 04's will be better.

97wrangler-242 02-07-2012 05:10 PM

Quote:

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?

jrmiller 02-07-2012 07:54 PM

2 Attachment(s)
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

jp2611 02-07-2012 07:58 PM

my '04 is having issues---scribed to try

97wrangler-242 02-07-2012 08:01 PM

Quote:

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

jrmiller 02-07-2012 08:02 PM

Just found the write up I followed. Has a few more pictures

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...fix-99045.html

sparky 02-08-2012 08:50 AM

Thanks for the info and the link.

Peepers 02-08-2012 09:02 AM

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.

NHrubicon 02-08-2012 09:09 AM

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.

doolyd 02-08-2012 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by NHrubicon (Post 2006524)
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.

wwch99tj 02-08-2012 09:19 AM

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

Once Far Off 02-09-2012 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doolyd (Post 2006545)
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. :rofl:

Crittergitter 02-10-2012 05:13 PM

Anybody ever think of putting grease zerks in the hinges??

chux72vette 02-11-2012 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Crittergitter (Post 2015165)
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.

Crittergitter 02-11-2012 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chux72vette (Post 2017355)
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.


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