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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-12-2017, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sitting on the hatch

There's labeling on the inside of the hatch saying it can apparently support 220 pounds when open. It looks like it's basically just being held up by those two fairly thin wires that attach the hatch to the latch on the body.

Has anyone regularly sat on the hatch and developed any problems with it as a result?


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I wouldn't put much of a load on the gate, the hinges aren't that tough, and neither is the cables. 220 lbs seems a bit much in my thinking and I sure wouldn't sit on it myself. There have been a few owners that have had to replace the hinges because the pins broke and as I recall, it is not a fun job.
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I sit on it all the time, but I'm only 185lbs. I was just sitting on it last weekend while I was swapping out my broken air box piping. It took me a few hours, because of the angle of one of the support bolts, but I got it done. I was either sitting, or laying on the hatch the majority of the time without issue. The cables look good without rust, breaks, or creaks.




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There's labeling on the inside of the hatch saying it can apparently support 220 pounds when open. It looks like it's basically just being held up by those two fairly thin wires that attach the hatch to the latch on the body.

Has anyone regularly sat on the hatch and developed any problems with it as a result?


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Do the same all the time - both in my previous 451 with a lower rating and in my 453. Only 160 lbs. and no signs of damage to either tailgate.
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Thanks! Very good to know. I was even hesitant to lay some heavier bags of groceries on the tailgate at first (I need to stop saying "hatch"). Those wires are really spindly looking. . .


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I am 290 lbs, so can't sit on mine.
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Be sure to put a Drop of OIL on the "LITTLE" pin on the hinges.. Just a little rust on the Splined one end of that Pin where is is pressed into the plastic OR it will break... In fact OIL "ALL" your Hinges at every OIL change because they are "ALL-CHEAP-STEEL-ON-STEEL-PINS"... no Quality sintered bronze bushings...<:-(( Cheap-Cheesy-Bas-Tards at MB design...<:-((
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Just lubed my hinges the other day. Door was starting to squeak a bit.. too much rain lately I guess!
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Jim, what's the best thing to lube up the hinges? DCO
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I use a white lithium spray because that is what is on the shelf. WD40 tends to wash off in the heavy rains and I want something that sticks around for a while.
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