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Old 11-30-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Simple upgrade you should do now!

So my tailgate window stoped working when it was up. Did the power direct to the motor thing and got it open. The problem was the switch that assures the gate is closed. I got to thinking, what does this switch do for me? It prevents me from moving the window when the gate is down. In 22 years of owning a Bronco, I have never "axcedentally" opperated the window when it was down. I have needed to oppperate it many times to work on it. It's not hard to defeat by clicking the latches, but why?

Solved. I just unpluged the switch and cut the wires right at the plug. Strip them and twist together. Done. I recumend you do this simple upgrade the next time you get a chance. It's alot eazier to do it now then wait till you have to hot wire the moter to get the gate open. LOL.

BTY The switch/plug is located behind the access cover on the drivers side. It is a little hard to see as it is behind the window rail.

Edit: also while you have the cover off, mark the plug that goes to the motor. That way if you ever have to "hot wire" the motor, you don't have to figure out which plug goes to the motor and which goes to the truck.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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This seems like one of things that somewhere...somehow...will come back and bite you
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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Agreed but these were built for the masses. We are of the enlightened few and would NEVER do such a thing.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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Mine has been bypassed for a few years now. While I do agree you should be able to adjust it and make the window work right, my switch was being extra finiky. I have never had an issue. I did solder and shrink wrap the wires when I did it.
To me this is along the same lines as a clutch start switch on a manual.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:43 AM   #5
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Old saying........"if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

I personally won't do this as sometimes the gate doesn't latch all the way once it's closed, you won't want to roll the window up against the track where it will bind.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Mine has been like this since I had wiring trouble with the tailgate a year ago...

Even with my loose tailgate latches and hitting potholes my back glass hasn't broken yet
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Old saying........"if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

I personally won't do this as sometimes the gate doesn't latch all the way once it's closed, you won't want to roll the window up against the track where it will bind.
Exactly, and sometimes others may drive and use your bronco.
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Exactly, and sometimes others may drive and use your bronco.
Do what I do, "no you may not" :)
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:07 PM   #9
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Ya, ya, ya, everybody says that, but one day someone else will be behind the wheel.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #10
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I think modifications like this one made by owners are cool as anything. :)
Always have and always will.

Not all my modifications are for anyone else and this one ain't for me. ;)

There's been a few times when very competent adults and/or kids have
climbed in and they closed the tailgate behind themselves and the window
wouldn't go up because the tailgate wasn't latched good.

I caught it right away from the driver's seat and happily got out and re-shut
the tailgate for them and off we went. :)

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Old 11-30-2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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my tire carrier prevents the gate from becoming unlatched. Window will be ok as long as you dont slam door( ask me how i know )
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #12
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #13
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After two hours of screwing around I found a defunct tailgate window safety switch. Removed, spliced wires, no more problems. No problems since then a year ago.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #14
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Old saying........"if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

I personally won't do this as sometimes the gate doesn't latch all the way once it's closed, you won't want to roll the window up against the track where it will bind.
If you did, the worse that could happen is the window break. Its not like you would crash the truck. I dont think it would break. In any case, I always make sure the gate is shut.

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Exactly, and sometimes others may drive and use your bronco.
In 22 years, I have let my best friend and my wife drive my truck. Probubly about five times in all. My wife cant reach the tailgate, let alone shut it. I would be happy to have my friend bust the glass. Then I could never let him live it down. (never happen) LOL

I know its hard to believe, but allot of people dont want to drive a truck on 38's. Go figure.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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If you did, the worse that could happen is the window break.
Exactly.....that's why it's not a upgrade for me.

I drove around with no window in the winter before......let me tell you, IT SUCKS!!!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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Exactly.....that's why it's not a upgrade for me.

I drove around with no window in the winter before......let me tell you, IT SUCKS!!!!
I think that would teach you to shut the gate or not to loan your truck to people you dont trust. LOL. But really now, couldnt you just put a piece of cardbord over it temporary.

Wait till you have the back full of sh*t and the window wont go down. Then what, break the window?
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:14 PM   #17
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Wait till you have the back full of sh*t and the window wont go down. Then what, break the window?
No.....

I've owned these trucks for 21 yrs...... I've experienced pretty much all they can dish out. I have my remedies.....
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:38 PM   #18
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When mine wouldnt move it was the "plastic" sleeves on the posts that gate latches to, they were just wore out. Enough slop the saftey switch wouldnt let the window move.
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