I've had a rattle (clunk) in my tailgate for about a year (despite never carrying a spare on it). I could lift on the gate and feel some play in the top hinge. I've adjusted the striker and the cup but nothing seemed to ever fix it.
Fast forward a few months. I installed a TF hinge and carrier because I decided I needed to free up cargo space and get the spare out of the back cargo area.
Everything is tight and installed correctly. I just can't get rid of the damn clunk over bumps.
Any ideas on what is causing it or an easy way to adjust the striker and cup. It gets frustrating making minor adjustments, driving, coming back and making another adjustment....repeat over and over and over again.
I’m going through this right now too. Dealer suggested new hinges - $150
North ridge 4x4 wanted nearly $600 worth of aftermarket parts to “fix” the clunk.
I will be adjusting that tomorrow in hopes of full recovery.
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Slide the catch forward 1/4”. Problem resolved. Funny, how Northridge would rather sell me $500-600 crap than to help a guy figure out how to adjust to fix. . Doesn’t make me warm and fuzzy about spending money there- Ever.
Northridge salesman actually said: “I wouldn’t be ashamed to sell you this hinge system”.