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MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

Item J104172
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    Features & Details

    • Ideal for Oversized Spare Tires
    • Reduces Weak Spots and Damage to Tailgate
    • Reinforces Entire Spare, Not Just the Right Side
    • Laser Cut and Welded Support
    • Black Powdercoat Finish
    • Lightweight yet Extremely Durable
    • Compatible with Factory and Aftermarket Bumpers
    • Made in the USA
    • Fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ Models
    Put Your TJ to the Test. If you put your Jeep Wrangler to the test on a regular basis, you may notice the rear tailgate beginning to become loose, rattle or sag as the factory tailgate hinge system begins to weaken. This can be especially true if you are using oversized tires and enjoy time spent off-roading. This MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit offers unparalleled strength and durability, designed to stand up to the most rugged abuse. This kit will work with factory spare tire carriers, as well as most aftermarket options, allowing you to keep your current tire mount for a practical upgrade.

    Durable Construction. Proudly manufactured in the USA, this Reinforcement Kit is laser cut and welded to ensure reliable, rigid strength. It features a unique design that reinforces your JK's entire spare tire mount, absorbing hard hits to prevent your tailgate from breaking and warping. This is a world above some competitors out there where only the right side of the carrier is supported. It's finished in a tough black powdercoat for corrosion resistance, providing tough styling you'll enjoy.

    Installation. No drilling, modification or special tools are required to install this Tailgate Reinforcement Kit. All the hardware you need for installation is included, allowing for a straight forward process to get you out of the garage and back on the trail faster.

    Application. The MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit is designed for installation on all 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

    MPN# JP54-022

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box
    • (4) Hinge Spacers
    • (2) Hinges
    • (1) Tailgate Support Frame
    • Installation Hardware
    • Installation Instructions
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Wrangler?
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        Questions & Answers (14)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        One answer says no hinges one says yes hinges, are hinges included or not?

        • Yes, the MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit includes hinge upgrades.

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        I see it doesn't come with a tire carrier. What tire carrier is recommended to be used with this MORryde?

        • You can use several Tire Carriers, look at item J108257.

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        If the hinges are not included, why does your listing say that they are in the box?

        • Hello, I do apologize for the confusion. The MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit (97-06 Wrangler TJ) does come with the hinges and was just very recently updated on the product page.

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        I dont see the attachment hardware listed as in the box, is this included?

        • This will come with the installation hardware as well as instructions.

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        Recommend weight limit?

        • MORryde hasn't given us an explicit weight limit for this, it's really about as sturdy as you can make the stock tailgate before you'd need a swing arm tire carrier. Our customers usually use this with up to 35s, but even 37s should be fine.

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        9 More Questions
        are the hinges included in the kit? 1 answer
        Will the MORRYDE spare tire carrier part JP54-017 work with this kit even though its designed for the JK? I know it wont bolt to the TJ but its linked to this reinforcement kit (JP54-022) on its web site. So will it bolt to the reinforcement kit? 1 answer
        Can tire carrier be mounted on TJ with Poison Spyder corner armor installed? 0 answer
        How much does this weigh? 0 answer
        The factory mount is off center , will this allow me to center up my spare ? 0 answer
        What tire carrier would you recommend to go along side this product? I need something to hold up to a 35x12.5 tire but also keep the tire as tight to the tub as possible. 0 answer
        Will this kit work with corner guards? 1 answer
        hello, can it be used with ome hinges ? thanks 1 answer
        hello, i would like to know if hinges are include or not because in description you say "sold separetly" but it appears on the pictures and i don't find it sold as detail on your web site ? Thanks from France Erwan 1 answer

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          Ratings Summary

          4.3 out of 5 overall rating from 17 customers

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          • December 22, 2019

            3 2000 Wrangler - JFull212 Installation Time: Afternoon

            Like it. Don't love it though. Door swing is 100 smoother, but not quite as sturdy as i hoped with a spare on it.

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          • November 17, 2019

            4 2005 Wrangler - Toannn Installation Time: Afternoon

            Good sturdy with one flaw

            Easy install, everything bolted up without a problem, only issue I have is that the tire bumper extension is about 1 inch too short. You need this to properly seat the tire to the tailgate so that it does not create vibration.

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          • October 18, 2019

            5 2006 Wrangler - 2006JeepTJ Installation Time: Afternoon

            Very study and well built product. Fairly easy to install. Having an extra set of hands would be nice in a couple spots of the install. My tailgate actually closes easier and more smoothly now. Appearance wise it is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan of the big black metal but I may repaint to match my body color in the future.

            Helpful (0)
          • May 21, 2019

            4 2006 Rubicon Unlimited - Rdcaughey Installation Time: Afternoon


            Good product works like it says. Holding a 33 no issue

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          • February 06, 2019

            4 2000 Wrangler - KellyN Installation Time: Afternoon

            Great, sturdy product

            I received my MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit in great condition. It was a simple install, just be careful when removing the seatbelt reel if you need to (if it locks up when you remove it, just try to hold it level and it should release). Be aware that, depending on your spare tire mount and rim offset, you may need to do some modification. I was fortunate enough to have kept my stock tire mount, so I just slapped that one back on there and it worked. I had to make some rubber tire snubbers to compensate for the larger gap between the spare and the tailgate. Easy to do with some PVC and longer bolts. Don't fret if the door sags under the weight of the spare when/shortly after you install it. Just loosen a couple of bolts, raise up the tire/tailgate and re-tighten in order to ensure a better latch.

            Helpful (4)
          • January 12, 2019

            4 1999 Wrangler - ChrisH Installation Time: Afternoon

            super tough

            This is the best heavy duty tailgate system anywhere. My 35 spare was killing my tailgate but now opens and closes with 1 finger and you could probably lift the jeep with it. Very pleased

            Helpful (3)
          • November 15, 2018

            5 2000 Wrangler - ErnieO Installation Time: Full Day

            MORryde perfect tailgate beefer-upper !

            This Kit is more than an adequate solution for my over-sized spare and Tailgate-Saver. No Instructions came but I found them Online. It was an easy, fun and satisfying fix and makes my 2000 TJ Perfect back there. It is more than worth it.

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          • September 21, 2018

            3 2000 Wrangler - JamesF Installation Time: Afternoon

            MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit

            I Like the design, function and appearance of the Tailgate Reinforcement Kit. I only have 33" tires but they are Duratracs and heavy. Makes the tailgate feel much more solid. It takes a couple hours to install, if you use antiseize on bolts be careful to not get it on the contact surfaces of the jeep and mount.. It wont stay put until you completely clean it off and makes adjusting the tailgate impossible... It is kind of expensive but is a solid product I know I'm not going to have to screw around with in the future..

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          • September 14, 2018

            4 1998 Wrangler - MatthewG

            Good product but not simple installation

            Don’t buy this thinking it is going to be an easy switch out if you have torx screws. If you haven’t tried to loosen the screws, you might give that a try before you buy. Heating up the screw head didn’t work for me. I had to take my TJ to a body shop so the OEM hinges could be removed without destroying anything.

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          • August 12, 2018

            4 2004 Wrangler - DennisS Installation Time: Afternoon

            MORryde mount is good stuff

            This is really your only option if you wish to hang your 35” and up spare and not use bumper swing out mounts or one of the $1000 (plus) and up body mounts. Installation on my 2004 TJ would have straight forward with no tools other than simple hand tools, but I have trail tail LED tail lights it required some grinding and fitting to get them to clear. My only complaint has not to really do directly with the tailgate reinforcement kit but rather the lack of spare tire mounts themselves that can support a 35”tire on the tailgate. I am currently using a rugged ridge brand (I consider a lot of there products to be cheap wanna be off road gear) and the problem I have is running a 35” spare my tire hangs 5”-6” off the extended tire bumpers. I have played with the stock mount and another no name brand with the same results. I would like to see MORryde develop a tire carriers to go with this kit to allow adjustment of the tire in and out; like I mentioned currently have 5”-6” between the tire and the bumpers and over simple speed bumps the tire mount etc flex. The only fix is to have weld /Fab ship cut a tire mount a remove material to bring the tire in against the mount.

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          • August 01, 2018

            5 2005 Wrangler Unlimited - Matt Installation Time: Afternoon

            Great Product

            This is a great way to reinforce the tailgate and hinges so you don't have to worry about putting a larger spare on the back without adding a ton of weight, keeps the tailgate operation to just one latch, and looks like it came originally on the Jeep. It's very well built and very strong. It allowed me to move the spare tire up and away from the stock rear bumper and not have any clearance issues. It comes with all of the right hardware and clear instructions. The only issue I had was that the spacers that come with the kit were not quite long enough to keep the my tire snug up against the stock rubber pieces.

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          • June 03, 2018

            3 2006 Rubicon Unlimited - ChristopherD Installation Time: Afternoon


            Overall its a good product, but the item came with a few scratches and spots with sharp edges, that had to be filed down and paint touched up. Had to have happened at the factory because there was no damage to the box and everything was very well packaged. the spacers for the snubbers are pretty much useless as well. Just would have expected better for what it is and the price it is.

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          • May 02, 2018

            5 2006 Rubicon Unlimited - JayM Installation Time: Weekend

            Great Product for the DIY

            Removed my swing away and installed this, Making modifications for snugging up the 33” tire. Also made a gas can rack for the hinge side. Just ran a 800 mile run with lots of wash board road. No problem, thing worked great. Now it’s only one operation to get in to the back!

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          • February 15, 2018

            5 1999 Wrangler - DavidR Installation Time: Afternoon

            Great Product

            Does exactly what it says. The old hinges were warped due to an oversized tire and a fair bit of off road use. Closing the gate was a multi-try affair. Now, the gate closes with no issue. Definitely recommend.

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          • November 21, 2017

            5 2004 Wrangler - Vkraft Installation Time: Afternoon

            Another great Morryde product!

            The tailgate reinforcement and hinges are seriously heavy duty and hold my 35” tire with ease. I can close and fully latch the tailgate with my pinky. Morryde includes quality stainless steel hardware and provides brackets to relocate the tire carrier up and to the driver side if needed. It is important to note that this product is designed to work with the stock tire carrier only, aftermarket carriers will need to modified. Instructions are short and concise and the included graphics help show how it all goes together.

            Helpful (8)
          • July 18, 2017

            5 2006 Rubicon - BillS Installation Time: Afternoon

            Awesome tire carrier

            When I picked up the box , I said man is this heavy. The construction of this carrier is HEAVY DUTY. Pretty simple install, my only real issue was the taillight guard had to come off as there wasn't room to slid the plate for the new hinges so that took a a little extra time . The finish was good but I still spray bed lined it for a little more protection. haven't mounted the tire as a I'm replacing wheels so I cannot comment on that but it appears it will not be any issue for the 37".

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          • January 11, 2017

            5 1997 Wrangler - Justin Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            worked great

            i ordered this to help out with my 35 inch spare tire.

            Helpful (9)

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