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Hello all

considering converting my 110 dropdown tailgate into a side opening one, any hints and tips greatly appreciated

What hinges did you use, i was going to use standard rear door ones top and bottom on the original tailgate, and how did you keep it closed?, i was considering using the existing catch at the top and moving th other catch to the bottom of the door

cheers

Mark

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Just use standard rear hinges in the bottom & middle positions. Be careful when you bolt the hinge to the tailgate as it is double skinned but there are not anti-crush strips in it so you could distort the tailgate and make it look a bit rough. I used nylocks and it works perfectly.

The genuine side-hinged tailgate uses the same lock/catch mechanism as the standard rear door however when I did mine I used a pair of drop-catches (on all the ones I had seen that use a single catch, the bottom of the door tends to pull out slightly).

I have a WH side-hinged spare-wheel carrier attached to mine, the door & carrier have been working for over 7-years without any problems whatsoever.

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These pics show how I done mine....

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I took the lock barrel off the rear door lock (as I didn't see much point in fitting it :rolleyes: ) and drilled a hole in the tailgate for the handle to pass through.

The bottom hinge is upside down as I only had one o/s hinge and one n/s hinge (hinges used are SII door hinges)

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These pics show how I done mine....

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I took the lock barrel off the rear door lock (as I didn't see much point in fitting it :rolleyes: ) and drilled a hole in the tailgate for the handle to pass through.

The bottom hinge is upside down as I only had one o/s hinge and one n/s hinge (hinges used are SII door hinges)

I have one just like this - an old heavy series tailgate

Steve

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