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Old 04-26-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Aligning rear hatch

Bolt heads are visible when the hatch is open. I am putting a 960 hatch on to replace my east coast corroded 760 aluminum one.



I was thinking about getting the bolts just barely snug, then shutting the hatch. A couple of cycles of this should align it with progressively tighter bolts.

Is this the technique, or is there a different way?

That new spoiler will let my grandpamobile slice through the wind.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:54 PM   #2
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Remove the lower part where it engages the lock. Just in case it closes awkwardly and then you can't unlatch it. I would just try to line up the hinges where there is no paint on the hatch, for starters.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:09 PM   #3
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^ from dealing with my hood lock jammed up, forcing me to go in through the bottom, that really is good advice.

From what I can tell, you need about 4-5 small pieces of wood and several pieces to serve as shims, to hold the hatch open and in the correct orientation a few inches for you, while you are inside tightening everything.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:51 PM   #4
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Great thanks. Sort of figured all this, and will not try to do this myself.

Thanks for the pointers.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:48 AM   #5
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Is the new one not aluminum?

I'd be curious to know if the spoiler helps keep the tailgate cleaner.
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