Jeep JK Hinge Installation Instructions

Jeep JK Hinge Installation Instructions
INSTALLING YOUR
HEAVY-DUTY JK WRANGLER
TAILGATE HINGES
FACTORY
HINGE
HEAVY-DUTY
HINGE
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JP54-003
TOOLS LIST
For stock hinge removal: 13mm socket and T-50 Torx bit
For H-D Hinge Installation: 13mm socket (deep well socket or extension needed for
HD Hinge Installation) and 5mm Allen wrench
NOTE:
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If installing tailgate reinforcement with HD hinges, read through tailgate
reinforcement instructions before proceeding.
1. Remove spare tire.
2. Remove plastic covers from each factory hinge.
3. Remove hardware from existing top hinge and remove hinge, this will require a t-50
torx bit.
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4. (Optional) See note below for recommended touch-up scenarios. In image 3, you will
see some areas that have no paint or a thin coat of paint. We recommend using the
included 2” black vinyl squares, or black automotive tape, to cover these areas that
may potentially show through the heavy-duty hinges.
5. Replace with new hinge and hardware provided – use small amount of anti-seize on
bolts when installing them to allow for easy installation.
6. Use serrated lock washers with bolts for attaching hinge to tailgate.
7. Repeat process with bottom hinge.
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8. After installation, adjust the hinges to allow the tailgate to latch properly and rest on
the factory support below the latch, then tighten all bolts.
NOTE: The hinge includes a grease zerk, we recommend greasing the hinges on initial installation
and thereafter greasing the hinges whenever the chassis or other body mounts are greased.
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The factory paints Jeeps after they are assembled, and this can result in a thinner application
of paint in some areas that are hard for the paint robots to reach. Because the factory hinges
are installed on the primered body parts before painting, it isn’t uncommon for water to seep
between the factory hinge and the tailgate or body tub, which can lead to corrosion that’s evident
when the factory hinges are removed. If corrosion is present after you remove your factory
hinges, we recommend touching up the affected area and any areas of thinner paint coverage
with appropriate touch-up paint before installing the heavy-duty hinges.
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