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post #1 of 11 Old 03-09-2007, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Why CJ's don't all have tailgates.

OK, I never really thought about it until I started looking for another project. Why don't all CJ's have tailgates? I know there is a reason, but nothing really makes sense to me.


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post #2 of 11 Old 03-09-2007, 08:26 PM
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Later CJ5's don't have them. I believe it started in 78 or so. As for reasoning why, I don't know. My guess is that it wasn't that useful, not hardly any room at all behind a back seat in a 5.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-09-2007, 09:24 PM
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Tailgates became optional on CJ-5's around 72 or so. My 80 lacks a tailgate and it is such a pain to even remove the back seat. Not having the tail gate does make the body stronger, though.
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First tailgate-less CJ5 was the '71 Renegade II. (Unless you group the M38-a1 into the CJ5s, which then moves the date to '53ish)

According to literature on the Ren II, the move was probalby to appeal to consumers looking for a "sporty" ride; the tail-gate was perhaps associated too much with the agri-Jeep.


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It was cheaper to not have the tailgate. I would just about guess it was to save money on the production line.
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I'll take that green one if it comes with the girl...

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I'll take the green one because it's the right color

My 80 CJ5 doesn't have a tailgate. I'm about to rip out the backseat and bend up a new rollcage for it.

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Forgot to say, my 80 doesn't have a gate either. However, it has a fiberglass body so I can't be positive if it had one or not factory.
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I ended up welding my tailgate shut on my CJ-7 to add strength to the rear body because it was tearing away from the stress of the body mount spare tire bouncing off-road. Then I got a bumber mount spare holder and just haven't needed the tailgate enough to break the welds. But then, my 7 has more room than the 5's, so it isn't as big a hassle.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-10-2007, 04:25 PM
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I'll take that green one if it comes with the girl...
That girl is probably 55 years old now.

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post #11 of 11 Old 03-10-2007, 07:06 PM
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my 76 cj7 has one. kinda curious why? isn't like there is a whole lot of room back there.
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