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Unread 07-30-2010, 01:43 AM   #46
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If there was a clean way to attach another latch to the paddle handle, that would be the greatest. Think hard!

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Unread 07-30-2010, 07:56 AM   #47
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Mine is about 60% done. Hopefully I'll get it done tonight and get some pics of it and post em up. My nutsert tool took a crap the other night so I had to find another one. The hinges and one of the brackets are on but I'm not happy with the countersunk holes on the hinges or those brackets. They aren't nearly deep enough so I also picked up a countersink drill while I was at Harbor Freight. So I still have to drill out all the holes.

FYI, Harbor Freight has a kit for $16.99 that comes with some nutserts but they don't have the grooves around the outside for added grip so I wouldn't recommend using them. The tool though seems fairly durable.

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Unread 07-30-2010, 08:57 AM   #48
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Wow I like that allot!!! I guess Ill be doing that in the future. Looks like a great place for a
BBQ........ Thanks for the idea.
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Unread 07-30-2010, 03:47 PM   #49
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I have been considering finding a damaged tailgate and removing the section of the skin with the handle. Install it in my tailgate and there would be a pair of matching handles. Its just a huge pain to do it, even one handle attached to the add on latch is gonna be rough.
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Unread 07-31-2010, 10:10 AM   #50
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what are the nutserts? where did you use em on this install?
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Unread 07-31-2010, 11:39 AM   #51
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Tigertrack did not use nutserts but I'm using them on my install.

A nutsert has a few different names like rivnut, rivet nut, or threaded insert but is basically a piece of hardware that is crimped into a hole like a rivet is and it is threaded on the inside for putting screws or bolts in. Here are a few pictures.

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Nusert with screw


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Unread 07-31-2010, 09:22 PM   #52
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YouTube - nutsert, pneumatic nutsert,

good video for those of you who are still lost about nutserts
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Unread 07-31-2010, 09:38 PM   #53
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Nice video.

Well I finished my install a bit ago. The little brackets for the support cables I used aren't quite strong enough. When I sat on the tailgate they bent a little but they holding on. I think once I get a another welder I'm going to make some similar brackets out of plate steel and chain links. I can cut a couple of chain links in half and weld them to the plates and those should be more than enough.

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Unread 07-31-2010, 11:54 PM   #54
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Looks good. How is it on the passenger a
side? I'll (hopefully) be doing this in a couple of weeks.
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Unread 08-01-2010, 12:17 AM   #55
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Same as the driver side except the bracket goes straight to the tailgate. It is in the second picture.
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Unread 08-01-2010, 12:29 AM   #56
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Sorry, I should have clarified. How is it on the passenger side, without a latch?
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Unread 08-01-2010, 12:37 AM   #57
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Seems just fine to me. The tailgate is pretty rigid. Not much flex in it. I don't have a hardtop though so who knows how it will be with one on. Most of the complaints seem to be guys with hardtops.
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Unread 08-01-2010, 06:24 AM   #58
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Nice work guys, it looks good!
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Unread 08-06-2010, 10:36 PM   #59
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Looks like this will be next on my list of mods, just as soon as I can find an old CJ tailgate! hmmm....



like this....
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Unread 02-20-2011, 04:18 PM   #60
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I realize it has been many months since this thread started, but has anyone had any issues after doing this? Just got my swingout done and can't wait to have a drop down tailgate!
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