How To : Make your rear hatch raise higher for free.

Silver dude Dec 14, 2012

  1. Silver dude

    Silver dude Sliders Founding Member

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    After years of smacking the top of my head on the lift gate uttering words under my breath. It became apparent (quickly) that something had to be done to get the rear hatch to swing a bit higher for my 6.3ft frame to stand under it comfortably. Little did I know it would cost me nothing. This is a free mod no cost involved. Just need tools and time.

    Tools:
    10mm wrench
    13mm wrench
    Rope or strap

    The plan is simple: Switch the two hatch struts and brackets left to right.
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    Support the gate from a rope or strap to the ceiling in the garage or tree in the back yard. You get the idea take the weight off the struts so you can work on it safely without it falling on you.
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    Remove the brackets using the 10mm wrench.
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    Remove the strut from the hatch using the 13mm wrench.
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    Switch the two struts mount your right strut on the left side. Its easiest to bolt the stud in first.
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    By switching the two struts you are basically changing the offset of the strut mounts from in to out. Which allows the gate to open higher with more force. The door also sucks in quicker on closing. Use caution when closing the door it slams rather easily now. Just hold it about a foot from closing and let it go. I find it handy as the door closes simply.
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    Door swings all the way up. As you can see near the height of my garage door. No more brushed scalp or having to pivot my neck.
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    Enjoy your handy work. Your head will thank you.
     
  2. SAKS

    SAKS Wheeling Founding Member

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    Nice. But being short has its advantages....Good fix though
     
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  3. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Also very well done.
     
  4. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    I love free mods. I wonder if the 2nd gen brackets are designed the same. Not that I need it. I'm only 5'10" and I've never had to duck under the hatch.
     
  5. TN4x4Xterra

    TN4x4Xterra Suspension Lift

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    Nice.

    I have the new 175lb struts on my 2nd gen now because of the ladder.
     
  6. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    I can barely reach my rear hatch strap as it is lol
    I would need a ladder to close mine.

    But awesome write-up man. Rep Points!
     
  7. KChurch86

    KChurch86 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Very nice. I will be doing this, I'm sick of gashing my head on the shovel mounted to the inside of my hatch!
     
  8. outlaw_xterra

    outlaw_xterra Bought an X

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    this awesome. thanks for the write up. however i ust did a body oift to help settle the smackig my head problem but im only 511 and not 63
     
  9. Ghettomedic

    Ghettomedic Test Drive

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    I did this a while back, got a good 6" additional height. And yes it does close rather violently, but I know its latched.
     
  10. KChurch86

    KChurch86 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Just did this. I've now got 6'7" from the ground to the lowest point on the hatch, and 6'2" from the ground to my shovel. Love it! Thanks for this free and easy mod (those are my favorite ones).

    Sent from my DROID X2 using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. TKDx00

    TKDx00 Lockers Installed Founding Member

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    Guess I'll be doing this too @ 6'4" no more ducking...lol. But first, let me get some extra hardware...
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  12. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I just used a flat head screw up over and pulled the little clips off of the rear struts, so I could just pull it off of the ball. For me it was simple and easy. Great mod. Great thought.
     
  13. KChurch86

    KChurch86 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    That's how I did it. Makes it a little bit quicker and easier.

    Sent from my DROID X2 using Tapatalk 2
     
  14. tcbrad98

    tcbrad98 Test Drive

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    Its snowing pretty hard here, does anyone know if this works on a 2nd gen?
     
  15. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    The gen 2 can upgrade to a heavy duty strut.. I'll try to find the link for you
     
  16. tcbrad98

    tcbrad98 Test Drive

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    Thanks, I know I can upgrade the struts, was hoping to do this much cheaper mod. Thanks
     
  17. luv2mud

    luv2mud Need Bigger Tires

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    My son is 6'3 and still growing! He will love this little freebee!
     
  18. CrazySteve911

    CrazySteve911 Need Bigger Tires

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    Best mod here by far. 1. FREE. 2. No more blunt force trauma to my head. 3. Took a whole five minutes.

    Would never have thought of doing this myself, good write up man!
     
  19. Xterraforce

    Xterraforce <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    I did this the day after I reading about it here. At 6'6" this was a very valuable free mod. Thanks.
     
  20. Trexx

    Trexx Bought an X

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    Awesome mod good thinking
     
  21. Phillip Klingensmith

    Phillip Klingensmith Test Drive

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    so i read this post last night and did this DIY this morning and i got 5 1/2 inches of lift from the gate, love that i don't hit my head anymore
     
  22. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Yeah buddy
     
  23. El Robot

    El Robot Bought an X

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    Well something else added to the list when I get home.
     
  24. Trexterra

    Trexterra Wheeling Founding Member

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    very cool
     
  25. ymbhonk

    ymbhonk First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Illl be doimg this this weekend

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  26. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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  27. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    let us know if this works on your gen2, nobody has confirmed or denied yet....
     
  28. davemj98

    davemj98 Bought an X

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    Just added the Gobi ladder, and now the hatch is not playing well. I sure wish I knew if this worked on 2nd Gen.
     
  29. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    Did you get the Gobi hatch strut as well? It's recommended when getting a ladder.
     
  30. davemj98

    davemj98 Bought an X

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    Nope, and I suspect that was a mistake.
     
  31. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    It definitely was. Ladder adds enough weight that you need the stronger struts
     
  32. davemj98

    davemj98 Bought an X

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    I am saved; Daniel Grooters is hooking me up again!
     
  33. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I'm still running the factory struts in the flipped position. It's a little slow to go all the way up with the ladder, but not bad.
     
  34. robcarync

    robcarync Sliders

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    I bet this would be nice for camping and tailgating...to hook a tent off of and be able to walk under neath it...I may have to give this a try!
     
  35. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    Knocked this out over the weekend. Went from 74 usable inches to 80 usable inches. My forehead thanked me.
     
  36. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Your truck jut needs to be taller. I don't think I need to do this.
     
  37. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    Yeah, the alternative is definitely a body lift & 33s. But I'm not doing either one of those and I'm not getting any shorter :)
     
  38. smittycop

    smittycop Test Drive

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    Did this last week, no more split forehead for this guy
     
  39. Mr Bills

    Mr Bills Bought an X

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    There is a how-to on TheNewX. http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=17459
     
  40. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Great little mod and excellent instructions. With my truck I don't have to do this mod... Oh ya I don't have the rear hatch anymore. Lots of head room!!:)
     

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