Control Jeep Wrangler Tailgate Swing with a Dirt-Cheap DIY Limit StrapPosted in How To: Body Chassis on September 6, 2016
The original factory passenger-side taillight had already been cracked from the tailgate swinging open and the 33-inch spare tire smacking it. This was happening because the tailgate no longer had any limit to its travel. The factory hinges on a Jeep TJ Wrangler are decent metal hinges with built-in limit stops but eventually the stops snap off, and they do so even faster if you've added a heavier tire to the tailgate.
After not finding much on the market to cure the problem other than buying expensive replacement hinges (which might eventually break again), we opted to produce our own dirt-cheap fix. The solution was to use a suspension limit strap we had lying around and some scrap steel and hardware. We chose how wide we would allow the tailgate to open, and now have it under control again. This tailgate limit strap will also keep the tailgate from swinging too wide when the Wrangler is parked on a passenger-side off-camber hill.