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How to Install Poison Spyder Tailgate Hinge Delete Plates on your Wrangler

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These installation instructions apply to the following Poison Spyder products: 

13-04-005 YJ Tailgate Hinge Delete Plates
14-04-005 TJ Tailgate Hinge Delete Plates


(2) Tailgate Hinge Delete Plates
(4) 5/16-18 X 3/4 SS Flat Head Cap Screw
(2) 5/16-18 Nylon Insert Lock Nut
(2) 5/16 Flat Washer


The Poison Spyder TJ or YJ Tailgate Hinge Delete Plates are designed to fit on Jeeps already equipped with Poison Spyder Crusher Corners. If the tailgate has been removed, converted to drop-down, or replaced with a Poison Spyder TrailGate, these plates fill the cutouts in the passenger side Crusher Corner or Trail Corner that are left empty once the tailgate hinges are removed. 


• Park the Jeep on a flat, level surface and set the parking brake before beginning. Wear eye protection if any drilling, grinding or sanding is to be done.  

• The hardware provided will attach the plates into the stock tailgate hinge mounting holes. The holes for the lower plate have a captured nut-plate to thread into. You will use the provided flat washers and lock nuts on the upper plate.  

• On TJ’s, the slightly larger plate is the lower plate.

• The plates are made of 6061-T6 aluminum. They will not rust but may oxidize over time, and will do so faster in salty conditions (seaside, or in areas where roads are salted during winter). For this reason we recommend painting or powder coating them.  

• Test-fit prior to applying paint or powder coat, in case any minor edge trimming or sanding is needed for proper fitment.  

• Note that these plates are designed to fit within the hinge cut-outs of Poison Spyder Crusher Corners or Trail Corners. While there is some lee-way afforded by the captured, floating nut plate for the lower plate (and the through-holes for the upper plate may be elongated as necessary), the plates may prove difficult to install in cases where the previous Crusher Corners or Trail Corners installation was significantly misaligned. In these cases, it may be necessary to sand or trim the edge of either the plate or the adjacent edge on the corner, although this may result in a gap at the opposite edge.