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post #1 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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sitting on tailgate?

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With your stock tailgate down, do you sit/stand on it without worry or is that too much weight?


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post #2 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 07:04 PM
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I did once. Wont do it again. Im not a big guy but i noticed how much strain it put on the little chain tabs.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 07:22 PM
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I do on my CJ2A. Never really noticed an issue (I'm about 170#)

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 07:30 PM
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I guess it depends on the year model you are talking about. My 1985 CJ-7 has cables that support the tailgate just fine. I sit on it sometimes when I’m bolting the hardtop down. The 1986 model I bought new was the same design. Back then loaded and unloaded Pontiac 428 and 455 blocks into the back of my Jeep alone. It was everything I could do to lift the block high enough to lay it on the tailgate by myself. Once I had the block on the tailgate I could slide it into the back, so I could deliver it to the machine shop. A bare Pontiac block weights about 190 lbs.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 08:23 PM
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I've never sat on mine, but my tub is cracked right beside one of the hinges, so I'm not about to test it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 09:24 PM
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I was suspect to doing this very thing at first, especially because my tailgate must be aftermarket since it does not have the stamped Jeep name logo. I did however inspect all of the mounting points of hinges and supports, with it all being solid and adjusted properly. I sit comfortably and confidently now with either my 6 year old son (65lbs) or my 4 year old daughter (50lbs), and I’m coming in at 235lbs. I expected to see the tailgate bow or wince, but solid. So I just say inspect it closely, and don’t Invite Greg Louganis to the BeerFest BBQ.

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 01:02 AM
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 06:50 AM
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Partied off the tailgate for years back in the day. Two grown adults sitting on it with no issues.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 08:28 AM
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I use mine as a bed extender often. I put two large coolers side by side, length-way and tie them so they don't fall off the back. Then I drive long distances with them in that location. I have never seen any signs of stress.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 08:41 AM
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No problems even with my weight of 250lbs or 1/8 of a ton, sitting on the tailgate. I even sit on the CJ-7 tailgate workbench I built in my garage that is attached to the wall sometimes. Never an issue or concern.

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post #11 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 08:50 AM
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Double wall CJ-7 tailgates are fine to sit on being double wall, CJ-5 gates like to bend, if you want to sit on a '5 most will run a piece of round bar stock through the top of the tailgate to support it better.

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-10-2019, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, sounds good. I have a YJ tub and just fiitted the CJ7 tailgate on. Didnt have mounting brackets for the tub side so I just cut 2 square pieces from the the leftover steel plate for the hinge reinforcement behind the body and used (2) 1/4" bolts to connect to body, with about 1 inch sticking above the wheel well and another 1/4 bolt through this protruding part to hold the cable. It moves more than I am comfortable with. I wanted to use the existing 2 holes/ welded nuts on the driver side were the YJ door jam was mounted.

Really dont want to sped $100 just for those brackets.

Now I am thinking I just drill directly into the wheel well and use those square plates as reinforcements.

Can you guys post pics of your body side hinges?

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post #13 of 13 Old 09-11-2019, 09:46 AM
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Mine came prebent so I have no qualms about sitting on it. I replaced the rusty chains and made sure the new ones were rated at least 250#.


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