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Unread 11-29-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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is there a way to make my YJ tailgate like a CJ tailgate?

I want a flip down tailgate like the CJ but I can't find one in any local junkyards and quadratec wants over a 100 for a new one that doesn't even have Jeep stamped in it. So can I do some fabbing to make one? Has anyone on here made a write up and if so can I pointed in the right direction because I couldn't find it. Also is there a square driving/fog light that'll fit in our headlights cuz I've seen it done on trail only CJs and early Broncos
-Thanks in advance, Mike

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Unread 11-29-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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Check the JP magazine archives. They did this a few years back but I don't remember the details.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 12:16 PM   #3
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I have it saved on my laptop and it's from a CJ but thanks anyway
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Unread 11-29-2009, 01:00 PM   #4
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It's pretty easy to re-engineer it with bottom hinges.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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Do you think I could use my stock hindges or should I get new ones
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Unread 11-29-2009, 01:43 PM   #6
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Check this link YJ fold down tailgate conversion kit Swag off road

I'm thinking of doing this in the spring.
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the swag one is really nice,

but check ebay for cj tailgates,
they have lods on there with hardware and all
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Do you think I could use my stock hindges or should I get new ones
My guess, without looking at it, is that it wouldn't work too well. With some modification to the hinges it might.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 02:30 PM   #9
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The only kit I know of is the swag kit, Iv'e been thinking of doing a fold down gate too.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 04:25 PM   #10
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Yeah the whole reason I want a swingdown is so I have a place to sit to eat lunch when I'm wheeling and I want to make a tire carrier that bolts to the body/framelike the OR Fab tire carrier that won't raddle as much
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Custom 4x4 tube off road fabrication tj fold down tailgate

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Unread 11-29-2009, 05:29 PM   #12
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Yup, I'm going to get that Swag kit someday as well.

I wish they would have kept the tailgates instead of going to the swing out deal we all have now
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I wish they would have stayed with the round headlights and put coils springs like the xj
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I wish they would have stayed with the round headlights and put coils springs like the xj
Shame on you! I will keep my square headlights and leaf springs thankyou.
May want to post this in the Fab shop. May be able to come up with a few more options.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 06:08 PM   #15
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That's true I didn't even think to look at the fab shop
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