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Old 02-03-2011, 08:56 PM
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31's too much for my tailgate

i have a 1995 YJ. Just got a new spare tire carrier (standard, not a swing-a-way), and when i put my spare (31's) on the tailgate won't shut and latch properly. obviously the tire is too heavy... question is can you get better/stronger hinges for the tailgate or do i need to get a swing-a-way tire carrier?

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Old 02-04-2011, 12:21 AM   #2
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Not that familiar with the '95 YJ, but it's not a problem with the tire bumpers is it? I had that problem with my '06 with factory spare/rim. Replaced it with matching wheel to my other four. Now it doesn't even touch the bumpers, and no problems closing tailgate. Ideally it should touch the bumpers for support...just haven't figured out a good way to extend them. According to some, unless you do a lot of off-roading, a 31" tire shouldn't place a lot of strain on tailgate. If you do, you may want to look into a bumper mounted tire carrier.

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Old 02-04-2011, 04:47 PM
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thanks. i don't do a lot of off-roading, so i'm not sure what's going on. when the spare tire is off the tailgate shuts just fine. but once i put the tire on it won't latch properly. do you know if they make stronger hinges for tailgates? anyways, thanks for the help!
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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My 94 YJ is doing the same thing...it's the tailgate hinges not set right. I had it all rebuilt/modified/upgraded but when they installed the stainless steel hinges the tire was NOT on the tailgate to get the right setting for the bolts...so come springtime when we get it out of the snowbank we're going to loosen up the bolts, lift up on the tire, and re-tighten them. That should cure the problem.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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As said above, you just need to adjust the tailgate by loosening the bolts on the hinge and moving the tailgate up or down until it closes correctly with the tire on it. If you still have the stock hinges on your jeep, they are probably worn a bit too. To completely fix the problem, I'd suggest buying new stainless hinges and adjusting them to the correct position.
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