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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:30 PM
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ST Tailgate conversion to drop down

So what all do I need to convert my tailgate from a swing to a dropdown on a '94 D-90ST? Any reason that I wouldn't want to do this? I currently run a fiberglass top, but will probably switch between that and a soft top.

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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:34 PM
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I think it makes it harder to reach stuff in the truck, but that is just an opinion.
When we used to do Series Rovers folks always had us convert their fold down gates to swing away.

You'll need to come up with a new spare tire carrier system and weld brackets on your rear crossmember to take the Series style flip down hinges for the tailgate and use all the Series hardware to latch it, etc.

What to do with the spare tire is probably the biggest glitch.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:40 PM
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It is a lot more difficult to climb into the back with a drop down as you no longer have the bumper as a step.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Ya the spare tire swing is all gone anyway along with the rear bumper. How are the cables that keep the tailgate from falling all the way down quick release or are they bolted on?

I guess my only concern is that I just patched and repainted the crossmember. I don't really feel like welding on that again.

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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:57 PM
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You would have to weld on (I am guessing) the rear ears that accept the tail gate hinges. If I am correct you would have to get series hardware and go that route. If so, the brackets that accept the chain are bolted to the sides of the inner rear fender wells.
It is pretty straight forward and easy once you have the ears welded on to the rear cross member.

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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:02 PM
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Gracias for the info. I guess I was thinking/hoping that the hinges could be bolted on instead of welded, like the swing hinges. Alas it appears not to be.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Bolt on crossmember recievers for the tailgate hinges ARE available. No need to weld.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Bill, check with Stephen at Safari Rovers and see if he has the bolt on version (or can get them).

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I"ll trade you my drop down for your swing open if that would help. Its the kind RN has on their site.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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There are as previously stated hinge brackets that bolt to the rear crossmember - a standard LR part, also there are small brackets that bolt through the sides of the wheel boxes to secure the ends of the chains (Series) or plastic coated steel cables (D90) and brackets that fit on the inside of the tailgate to attach the other end of the chains/cables. IMHO the cables are best as they dont rattle or damage the paint and are quick release. With the chains/cables fitted the tailgate when open rests horizontally and makes a good picnic table/worktop/viewing platform etc etc..................all the bracketry hinges etc and correct drop down tailgate are all available from LR.

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Two points, without chains, you will dent the tailgate on the hitch bumper and what possible advantage do you have with a fold down tailgate?
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Old February 10th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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Two points, without chains, you will dent the tailgate on the hitch bumper and what possible advantage do you have with a fold down tailgate?
On my Series 3 88 I can fold down the tail gate, toss in a thermorest and sleep quite nicely in the back of the truck. If it's snowing or raining, I just drape a tarp over the back.

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