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I used to own a 1990 Eddie Bauer about 5-6 years ago. I just bought a new one about a month ago and the tailgate feels like it weighs 300lbs when I open it. I assume it's a problem with the torsion rod. I've never dealt with one of these before and I know they can be pretty dangerous. Has anyone else had this problem? If so how did you fix it? I'd appreciate any ideas or tips.

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Spray the hinges with WD-40. That's what I did, and now it's smooth as can be. Same with the rear window motor gears.
 

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my torsion rod's broke, thought of replacing it... .... and never stoped thinking about it, but i do think i will bring it to a auto body shop and let them do it. for now make sure the cables are good and Dont drop it.... to much.
 

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Sounds like the torsion bar is disconnected or missing. I just unbolted the bracket for mine after the inner brace for it inside the tailgate let go and it smashed my rear window to smitherines. If it's disconnected or missing, it's probably because the same thing happened to that truck and smashed a window. That being said, it's likely you need a new tailgate or some good fab skills.
 

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Sounds like the torsion bar is disconnected or missing. I just unbolted the bracket for mine after the inner brace for it inside the tailgate let go and it smashed my rear window to smitherines. If it's disconnected or missing, it's probably because the same thing happened to that truck and smashed a window. That being said, it's likely you need a new tailgate or some good fab skills.
LOL-- same thing happened to mine. Smashed the rear glass to smither -- still getting glass pieces her and there...

I just used my angle grinder with a cutoff blade and cut the bar right by the hinge after the window smashed (before I put the new glass in ) :thumbup

:banghead Just not worth taking it all apart to replace the torsion bar
 

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I'm saving mine to install in the new gate.;)
I was so frustrated it just felt a little better knowing I killed it - LOL :twak


It's not so heavy once you get used to it and it's funny to see other peoples expression when they try opening/closing it after I give them that quick warning :histerica
 
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