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Unread 07-25-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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$30 TJ Fold Down Tailgate (and stuck torx bolt removal)






(18) self tapping #14 3/4" sheet metal screws
(2) self tapping #14 1" sheet metals screws
(1) 5/16" nut and bolt
(2) 1/2" nuts
(4) 1/2" washers
(2) 1/2" 1.5" bolts
(2) fence hinges
(2) 90 silverado tailgate cables (or whatever else...i used 15" ones)
(1) little piece of angle iron (i used 3" of 1.5"x1/4")

i had some hardware laying around, but this should be around a $30 mod.


stuck torx bolts huh?


clean the surface of the bolt of with a drill bit


weld on an "L" that you can stick a cheater bar onto


break that sucker free


factory hinges off tailgate


used tab as a spacer to keep both sides level


pilot hole for center bolt on hinge (i came in 4" from the outsides)


hinges on


hinges completely on


made a piece angle with holes for the passenger side



tested 360lbs without problem (my dad and I).

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Unread 07-25-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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great write up! i was just thinking about doing my tailgate today, but the local hardware store is closed on sundays.. i think ill take your parts list to the hardware store this week and get to work
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Unread 07-25-2010, 10:59 PM   #3
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very cool
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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:14 AM   #4
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What'd you do about the spots where the hinges used to be?
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Unread 07-26-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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What'd you do about the spots where the hinges used to be?
im going to laser cut some pates to go over them. now that all the holes are drilled ill use stainless countersunk hardware to match the rest of the armor.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 09:10 AM   #6
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Do you have any more pics of the bumper/cross-member setup? I am very close to doing something like that and I am interested in how you incorporated the receiver.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 09:25 AM   #7
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Looks great! You do such nice work
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Pretty Damn good for a Cannon Co(ker
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Do you have any more pics of the bumper/cross-member setup? I am very close to doing something like that and I am interested in how you incorporated the receiver.
its pretty much just genrights crossmember kit...just wth d ring tabs welded on and a 2" id reciever cut into the center.
Rear Tire Carrier

i wouldnt recoment towing with it. its really only 3/16" + the factory stamped corssmember. its only one mine incase i need to center pull someone out
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pull cables off tailgate, tailgate go boom
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I don't see any latch mechanism on the top passenger side of the tailgate. How is it on rattles? Seems like with the latch only on one side that it would be loose.
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I don't see any latch mechanism on the top passenger side of the tailgate. How is it on rattles? Seems like with the latch only on one side that it would be loose.
it's very secure and does not rattle, there are 3 or 4 other diy fold down tailgate's online that do not have a second latch either
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Swagoffroad.com YJ, TJ & JK Fold Down Tailgate Conversion Kits

$180+ship for the same thing + a side latch
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you think you can use the old hinges for a swing away tire carrier?
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Swagoffroad.com YJ, TJ & JK Fold Down Tailgate Conversion Kits

$180+ship for the same thing + a side latch
Yes Swag is sweet, but a $30.00 dropdown tailgate mod that supports 360 lbs. is a very viable option for those on a limited budget. Great job!
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