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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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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.




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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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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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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Me? An old IOR from nothern Europe. Thinking about upgrading to a (longer, newer) IOR from nothern Europe. I do not particularly like the way the post-IMS boats sail.

I've been acquainted with Sailkote (and WD-40 and ...) for some time. I've also been acquainted with just how bad silicone can be, especially in spray form or in cheap-crappy-variety-out-of-a-squirtgun form. Once you get it on a surface it's contaminated and you're in a bad place no matter what.

The newer 'specialised' sprays work wonders and there's no reason to limit them to boats.

What do you folks sail?
 

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Hauling Large appliances

Speaking of the hatch holding weight, I have used the back of my 2014 Passion to haul a dishwasher and a dryer. This was because my van was in the shop for repairs. Some of the clerks at Lowes took photos after I had loaded the dryer to take home (about 3 miles). The dryer was a tight squeeze but had to fit without the shipping box.


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Smyrna, TN
 
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