Okay so I finally started on the tailgate. Got the key cylinder removed from the '96 and started tearing down the '95 Tailgate.
Noticed one thing - the '96 XL has an interior brace for the tire carrier, even though it doesn't have one.
So I started tearing down the '95 EB tailgate. If you run the tailgate window almost always the way down, you'll line up all the bolts so you can easily remove the regulator. NOTE: As has been posted here numerous times - the regulator is harmless if the window OR the window motor is still installed. Take both off it'll spring shut (it's pre-loaded) like a rusty, dull bear trap.
Unbolt the window from the regulator / slider arms by removing to two nuts on each side of the window.(11mm). They are easily accessible on the LH side as pictured.
On the RH side they are reachable with a 7/16 ratchet wrench. (I couldn't find my 11mm wrench)
After you get these removed - you can push down the channels attached to the regulator arms and the window is essentially detached.
To fully remove the window you need to remove the two weatherstrip end caps. Remove the screw on each, tilt it up and it comes right out. I'll be replacing these anyway.
Next you need to remove the inner and outer weatherstrips that run the length of the tailgate. I'll be replaced these too. Take the screws out on each end then use a small screwdriver to pull the clips that hold the weatherstrip out.
Now the only thing holding the rear window in - are the clips that are taped into the wiring harness.
Personally I like popping the top tabs off - as seen in the picture. That way when I reinstall the harness I can simply use a zip tie to hold the clips. I've dealt with those on other vehicles and it works well - it's easy and it's free.
With that, I pulled the window out - and found a spot for it in the back seat. Next up pulling the regulator. IF you lined it all up to begin with you can unbolt it. You'll need to remove the two bolts on the RH side of the tailgate that hold the black inner tailgate carrier brace and remove the brace.
Then just remove the other 3 11mm regulator bolts and you can get the entire thing out through the opening on the LH side.
You can see the motor on the '95 was replaced.
I also bought new window rollers. These are trashed. To install the replacements, I'll have to drill these rivets out and bolt in the new ones.
And so I've got the famous separation of the outer tailgate skin. I'll have to make a few calls and get someone to weld in a couple of small metal braces.