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DagYo 03-18-2012 10:49 AM

TJ Tailgate Brackets
 
Hello, I removed my tailgate last week and removed the hinges. I wasn't really thinking when removing bolts, but it appears that the brackets on the inside of the body aren't fixed.

The top bracket was just behind the carpet in the bed.http://i.imgur.com/RUI7Ch.jpg

My question is how do I recover the bracket from the bottom? The best I can tell, it seems to be double-walled. Any advice?

Here's the jeep in question.

http://i.imgur.com/ezy13h.jpg

GoldenSahara00 03-18-2012 10:55 AM

Good question. I never tried to do this but, go to the underside corner of the tub and there is a plastic piece that covers. Pull that out/aside and see if you can reach up in there.

DagYo 03-18-2012 10:56 AM

Ok, found my own answer. You can get to it from the inner fender. Like I said, I didn't realize there a non-fixed bracket back there and I've been driving it around all week, so the bracket is long gone.

Any downside to just using nuts and washers at this point?

Thanks for the help.

DagYo 03-18-2012 10:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 (Post 2152699)
Good question. I never tried to do this but, go to the underside corner of the tub and there is a plastic piece that covers. Pull that out/aside and see if you can reach up in there.

Yep, you are correct.

GoldenSahara00 03-18-2012 10:59 AM

Dang, sorry man. And yes, without a solid piece back there is won't spread the force out as well, and could rip through. See if you can get someone to weld two nuts in a flat piece of steel and make a new bracket for you. It shouldn't be hard to do just need the tools.

I-Want-A-Jeep 03-18-2012 11:02 AM

I'd definitely at least put another piece of aluminum back there before washers and nuts. It'll help distribute the force from the bolts going through the body..


^Beat me to it..

kfdjason7620 03-18-2012 11:06 AM

I can make you a piece of flatbar with 2 thru holes in it. And if I knew the thread/pitch size, I could tap them also

Black Magic Brakes 03-18-2012 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kfdjason7620 (Post 2152723)
I can make you a piece of flatbar with 2 thru holes in it. And if I knew the thread/pitch size, I could tap them also

If you pull your top hinge bolts, that will give you the exact spacing for the holes when you use the nut plate on yours to find the centers. The thread and pitch is 5/16-18 if you want to re-use the factory fasteners.

Don't make the plate too wide because the holes are right above the rear tub crossmember. Without looking, I don't think you can be any wider than 1.5" with the holes centered top to bottom.

If I was doing it, I'd use a piece of 3/8" x 1.5" 6061 T6 rectangular bar stock.

Thinking further, I don't think anything that thick is needed. Someone can double check or I can later today, but I seem to recall a tub brace back there that picks up those two lower hinge holes in which case, nuts and washers will be more than adequate.

kfdjason7620 03-18-2012 02:04 PM

Yeah I was thinking a piece of 304 stainless, 1/4 thick would be great for tapping

freeskier 03-18-2012 04:25 PM

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I had to replace all that hardware last year with the new tailgate. I used stainless steel hex key bolts and 2" diameter washers, been fine like that for over a year.

DagYo 03-18-2012 09:03 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I should have something fabbed up this week.


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