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Unread 02-23-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Rattling tail gate

what is the most effective method of stopping this annoying tail gate rattle? have 35" spare tire mounted on tail gate - have adjusted hinges and striker - gate closes and latches great.

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Unread 02-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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It's a balance between cost and quality with tire carriers. I have the Teraflex hinge and adjustable mount and it's solid. You'll have to choose from all the different products.
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Unread 02-24-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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The OEM carrier and tailgate isn't designed to hold a 35" spare day in and day out. That is your problem and what is causing the rattling. Get an aftermarket tire carrier before it is too late and you cause irreversible damage like popping welds.

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Unread 02-24-2014, 09:17 AM   #4
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The OEM carrier and tailgate isn't designed to hold a 35" spare day in and day out. That is your problem and what is causing the rattling. Get an aftermarket tire carrier before it is too late and you cause irreversible damage like popping welds.

-Dan
New carrier set up or even something like the exogate (which I dunno if they make it for JKs or not to be honest). Either you are the way to messing things up.
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Unread 02-24-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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My tailgate doesn't rattle-

I adjusted the tailgate alignment ramp (below the latch) and did this-





First, as said the 35" tire is just TOO BIG/HEAVY for your stock tailgate-

Second, my little 5/8" carriage bolt is like a rubber bumpstop, except it eliminates abrupt "downforce" that the spare experiences from bumps/potholes/ledge drops-etc-

The tire slides over the round bolt end and it provides an "upforce" to the tire--simple/effective-

It has worked for over 4 years/w no rattle or hinge trauma !

You also have to have effective bumpstops on the tailgate also-

Good luck

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