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Old January 7th, 2014, 01:22 AM
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Benefits of a Drop Down Tailgate

I'm researching drop down vs swing away rear doors and need a little input. Right now I'm leaning towards a swing door. Have any of you converted from one to the other? Why?

Advantages of drop down tailgate:
You can sit on it. You can load longer things in the back.

Harder to get inside. Can't be used with a rear step. Doesn't lock with key.

What other advantages am I missing? Should I go with a swing door?
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Old January 7th, 2014, 07:41 AM
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Is it better to get into the driver's seat of a Tithonus starting with the left foot or the right? I'm thinking of getting one, but I'd like to know this before I make my decision.
I am talking purely from an aesthetics standpoint.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 07:43 AM
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I'm currently on FH SW swing door and plan long term to switch to drop down. Have accumulated most of the parts to let that happen.

Most tire carriers are specific to swing doors. Britpart has one that works with both.
A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.

I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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