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post #1 of 18 Old 05-16-2009, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tail Gate Squeak( gonna kill something)

I wanted to know if any one out there had the same issue with thier tailgate making an annoying rattle or squeak?? I have a 35 inch tire on the back with the bracket, I know is not permanent, but the squeak is driving me nuts on every bump in the road.


any suggestions??

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-17-2009, 06:29 PM
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Didn't I see this on "another" forum?
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There is a plastic "stop" on the latch side of the Jeep. It is a wedge shape that the gate sits against when itis closed. YOu will see what I mean if you ake a look at it.

THere are two bolts youcan loosen and move it outward a bit.

I had some squeaks. I moved it out some. My gate now does not sit exactly flush with the body and it slams a lttle hard hen I close it but it now holds the gatemuch more snug and my squeaks are gone for now
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I"ll have to try that in the morning,
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There is a plastic "stop" on the latch side of the Jeep. It is a wedge shape that the gate sits against when itis closed. YOu will see what I mean if you ake a look at it. THere are two bolts you can loosen and move it outward a bit. I had some squeaks. I moved it out some. My gate now does not sit exactly flush with the body and it slams a lttle hard hen I close it but it now holds the gatemuch more snug and my squeaks are gone for now
I also have 35x12.5 and have had what started as a barely noticeable rattle last summer grow into a very annoying squeeky rattle thing. I noticed the factory rubber spacers or blocks (whatever they are) weren't contacting the tire at all so I replaced them with the Daystar ones. Save yourself $15, I can't tell a difference. Beyond that when I get home tonight I'll check the suggestion above. I think the final solution is going to be a bumper with a carrier... the tailgate was never designed to hold these tires that do weigh substantially more than stock, especially when you rattle down a few good trails and loosen everything up.

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any luck??
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it's to much weight on the tailgate and it's giving out. I had the same problem last year. It will continue to make that noise until you get the tire of the tailgate. It just gets weaker and weaker and the noise gets louder and more frequent

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damn, that sucks. I had the money for a new (wench), I'm divorced. just kidding. but I was trying not to buy a carrier for a few more months, but the rattle is killing me.
Thanks for the heads up>

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any luck??
Nope I haven't had a chance to try it yet... it's been steady raining here since monday I've got half my wheel wells lying in the driveway, daystar hood wranglers i picked up this weekend, and the tailgate to mess with and it won't stop raining!

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That sucks. I put the tailgate strut on last night, I pieced the parts together instead of buying the kit. the rattle is almost gone, only on hard speed bumps.

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I had my 100 lbs 35" mounted on the gate for 6 months and adjusted the striker, got longer rubber stops (I had a wide offset wheel) and never did get rid of that crazy sound. All good now with my swingout but look out, some brands and installs of bumpers with swingouts make sounds to. My first swingout bumper combo was as bad as having the wheel / tire on the gate.

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I had to lubricate the rubber seal on the bottom of the tub where the tailgate closes every few days to prevent the "squeak".

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what type of swing out did you end up with.

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what type of swing out did you end up with.
Rockhard. No squeaks, but it rumbles and rattles a bit.

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The rain finally slowed down, and I got the hood wranglers on and the tailgate adjusted. It works! I set the plastic "catch" about 3/16" out and it's catching fine. It is a little harder to close, and it still rattles offroad, but so does everything else. No more rattling on the pavement, and that's what I was after. I hope my money wasn't totally wasted on the rubber spacers.... maybe now that it's tight they'll help reduce the vibration and help it loosen up more slowly (this is my glass half full way of justifying the expense). I'm curious about the "tailgate strut" mentioned above... I seem to have missed what that's about.

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I have tracked the rattle down to the spot welds on the tailgate failing near the upper hinge on the inside of the tailgate.

Swing you gate open, grab ahold of the tail light assembly while standing on the inside of the tailgate and shake it. This should duplicate the rattle. (Notice that you can do this with the gate open, which means its not a latching problem, shutting the tailgate only adds enough stability to quiet it for awhile)

Anyway, if you put your hand over the gate at the spot welds, squeez them, and you can stop the rattle.

Has anyone disected one of these? I want to figure out if there is a good way to reinforce this area?!

Easy enough to reweld the spot welds (of course, you will screw up the paint). Maybe just through bolt the area with heavier steel on both sides?

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My wife's Jeep also developed a squeak after I rotated the tires (35" also) In our case it was a matter of the tire slightly resting on the rear tube bumper. The cutouts on the bumper were not intended for this size of tire in the stock mounting location. I had to make the cutout area larger on the hinge side. After I did the first rotation I could barely open or close the tailgate. Just because of how the tread lines up when it was mounted on the rim. This is the third rotation and the previous two didn't touch the bumper on the opening side of the tailgate, like it does now.

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