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My '03 tailgate door will not close without some brute force "finessing."

It may be the latching mechanism? It may be the hinges are no longer aligning with the door peg. It may be a combination of both... And it's hard to tell, because sometimes it closes normally, and others I have to "work" it closed.

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It's one size bigger than the standard "stock tires." Same spare that's been on the jeep for over a decade.
 

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Hard top or soft top?
How does the tailgate close without the spare?
Without the spare, is there up and down movement with the tailgate?
Do you have a ton of crap in the back of the jeep that is falling out of the storage area?
What is the wear on the latching pin?

Maybe some pictures or some more info will get you better answers.
 

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I run a 31 on an '05 stock tailgate, no issues.

You could have worn hinges or a worn latch assembly.

With the door open if you lift the end up and down is there a lot of play?
 
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