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Tailgate Check (11-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the Crown Automotive Tailgate Check fitting all 2011 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So parts break and wear out over time and it calls for necessary replacement, and your tailgate check can be one of those items. So the tailgate check is very common for wearing out, overextending, and even seizing up over time, which makes it very difficult for you to use your tailgate, and this is a perfect solution to get rid of all of those problems. So at the moment, this will be your only option on the site for a direct OEM replacement. However, it is very affordable at roughly $25, and it even comes with a 1-year and 12,000-mile warranty to keep a little bit of peace of mind. So install is a two out of three wrenches. However, it is a very light two out of three wrenches. It's nothing that you can't do in your driveway in about an hour with a couple of hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a 10-millimeter wrench, and a T30 torx bit. So the first step to our install is removing the two bolts that are holding in the bottom of our sub. So we, obviously, have a sub in the back of our JK, but the uninstall will be the same if you don't have a sub. So you still will have two bolts hing this bottom trim piece on. So we're gonna remove those with a T30 torx bit. So our next step is to remove this trim piece. All you have to do is pop it off. And then there will be a 10-millimeter nut that is holding on this plastic piece. We're just gonna remove that. So after that is off, we can pop it over that stud there. So after that bolt's removed, we can pull up on the sub and push it forward. So we can just get that plastic piece right over that stud and it should completely come off. We can pull this piece out. I'd recommend to open up your secret compartment here, and then we can completely pull this forward and off. So all we have to do is pull this out of the way. There will be a harness here. You can disconnect it and fully remove the sub, but we are just gonna move it to the side since we just need to access the four bolts on the tailgate check here. So you're gonna be using a T30 torx bit again. After those are removed, we can move to the tailgate side where there will be two T30 torx bolts there. So even though these are pretty much the same thing, this will just be a direct replacement. I did want to show you guys, side by side, how they look together. So obviously, as you can tell, they're set up the same exact way. Your new Crown Automotive Tailgate Check will basically just be a direct bolt-on replacement and will retain all of the factory hardware. So Crown Automotive does say that this will be a little bit stronger. However, I think that that may just come down to the materials. I mean, they both are made of steel with the plastic cover on the arm, but you are gonna get a little bit of an upgrade, obviously, if your stock one has seized or has worn out or overextended. So this is definitely gonna be a great replacement to throw into the Jeep. So in the front they're the same and, like I said, on the back they are the same as well. You still have the metal rollers inside with the plastic actuator. So this is gonna be a direct bolt-on replacement. So enough about our stock one, let's bolt up our new one. So we're just gonna install this how the other one came off. So we are going to place it in the opening there and reinstall those factory T30 torx bolts. I recommend to hand-thread them in before you use any kind of impact tool. You can use a T30 torx bit. Just tighten those down. So now, we can move over to the tailgate side. You may have to adjust this in order to line these up. However, it should be pretty easy. What I do like about this is that it comes pre-greased, so it's pretty easy to move around and maneuver right out of the box. Like you just saw me do, you may have to pull your tailgate a little bit forward since this does limit it. So after taking the limiter off, it may move back a little bit. So you might have to just pull it forward and line it up. After those are hand-threaded in, we can tighten them down with the same torx bit. So after everything is bolted up, I recommend before putting the sub on that everything works just fine, that your tailgate opens and shuts how it should. So now, we can reinstall our sub. You may have to open up your secret compartment again just to get that in place. You may have to mess with it in order to get it back in. You will have to slip it right around that stud. So once our plastic portion is slipped over our stud, we can reinstall our 10-millimeter nut and tighten that down. Once that's tightened down, we can put our cover back on. That will just clip back into place. You might have to move the roll bar cover out of the way. Now, we can move over to the inside of the tailgate again. So now, we can reinstall our bolts that were holding down the bottom, as well as the tabs. You can do the same for the other side. So last but not least, we can reattach our trim piece around our tailgate check and just pop that into place. You're all set. So that's gonna wrap it up for my very short review and install on the Crown Automotive Tailgate Check fitting all 2011 to 2018 JK Wranglers. For more videos like this, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Tailgate Check Upgrade
      • Stronger, Longer-Lasting than Stock
      • Measures 11 Inches x 6 Inches x 6 Inches
      • Weighs 1.6 Pounds
      • Sold Individually
      • Direct Fit Replacement
      • Retains Existing Hardware
      • Limited Warranty
      • Fits All Models of 2011-2018 Wrangler JK


      Picnic Perfect. This Tailgate Check keeps the tailgate of your 2011-2018 Wrangler JK from slamming into the body and damaging the paint. It also provides a handy surface for laying out tailgate picnics. The stock tailgate check on the Wrangler is notoriously flimsy, so you may want to upgrade before your tailgate dings your body work, or you spill all your beer, Buffalo wings, and potato salad all over the ground.

      Built to Last. The Tailgate Check is suitable for both 2-door and 4-door body styles of Wrangler JK. Constructed from high quality plastic and steel, this product is designed, engineered, and produced to stand up to whatever you and the rugged trail conspire to throw at it.

      Installation. This Tailgate Check is a direct factory replacement and uses existing hardware.

      Warranty.This Tailgate Check comes with a 12-month/12,000 mile warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Warranty applies to original retail purchaser.

      Application. The Tailgate Check has been conceived and manufactured to provide a more durable alternative to the stock component for all models of 2011-2018 Wrangler JK.

      Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

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