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Old 01-12-2019, 11:00 AM
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Tailgate hinge pin

Has anyone ever rebuilt the tailgate hinge pins? It seems the hinge in welded to the tailgate one one side and the other side bolts to the bad. The problem is the pin is worn out and moves quite a bit in the hinge. The pin however is "swedged" in the hinge. How does one go about fixing it?
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Just trying to get rid of all the slop in the hinge but I don't see an easy solution other then grinding the swedge off of one side.

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Old 01-24-2019, 05:38 PM
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Nobody has fixed this? Really?
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I have never touched mine, they still work just fine.

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Mine have about a 1/4" of play!
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Is it right to left or up and down play? Not sure what difference it makes. Just asking.
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Yeah, right, left, up, down,
all of above, that's the reason I want to fix it
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Looks like you would have to heat the swedged area to pound it out as it looks very heavy duty to pound cold. I would trim it off with die grinder. Would also possibly resize the hinge holes if they are worn. With luck its just the pin thats worn and replacing it will remove the slack.

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