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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Spare Tire Hinge Replacement

Has anyone used the spare tire hinge replacement kit from Atlantic British? If so, would you recommend it for reducing the rattling of the tailgate door?
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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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I just installed it. Photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7624439349518/

The tire carrier rebuild kit definitely eliminated most of the squeeking but the door still creaks when I open it because of the door hinges. Those are a bit harder to find and I haven't located a set yet.

Be prepared to have to get medieval on the old bolts. My truck is not very rusty but those bots were still a bitch. It took a lot of impact wrenching, dead blow hammer banging and PB spraying to get them off. I had the rack media blasted and powder coated while I was at it. Also replaced all of the hardware with type 316 stainless steel kit from McMaster.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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The bolts look nice but I wish they were stainless. Mark on the board has them. His truck is the cleanest 90 I have ever seen except for the replacement AB bolts. They rusted to shit quickly. No clue why
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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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Door hinge repair kits are $5 or less from every vendor. Reassemble the hinges with copper anti-sieze and they won't squeak.

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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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Stainless bolts would probably not withstand the force of a tire bouncing around on them. Stainless on the other hardware isn't as huge of a deal; there's at least 11 bolts holding the carrier to the door, but only three bolts holding the carrier together.

The AB bolts are not galvanized or zinc plated. I plan on treating them with rust converter and primer and then painting the heads with a q-tip. Not much I can do about the stuff inside the bushing. I smeared a lot of anti-seize on mine when I installed them.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 03:35 PM
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yeah just the heads rust quickly. I do like them. Wish someone sold factory looking ones for cheap
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Old July 13th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Chris, that cleaned up nice. Mine is showing some signs of rust and want to get it taken care of before winter hits. Are the bolts generic enough to source better replacements from mcmaster?
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Old July 14th, 2010, 12:29 AM
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Daniel, they are just generic shoulder bolts and some bronze sleeve bearings. Definitely could be sourced from McMaster. Wish I had measured them before I installed them. I see some stainless steel shoulder bolts available. Who knows, maybe it would be strong enough. Maybe somebody here has an uninstalled set and could get some dimensions. I'm not about to pull mine out again.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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I searches the AB site for a rebuild kit for the tire carrier and found everything but! What is out there?

My tire carrier is at that stage where if it goes another winter, it's going to be twice as bad as it is now.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 08:18 PM
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Here is the AB link,

http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/8987.cfm

But you can buy them yourself too

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...d.php?p=231615
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