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Old February 8th, 2021, 16:34
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Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Iím wondering if anyone on here can tell me how I can get a 1989 Cherokee rear hatch to fit on my 1995 Cherokee. Iíve realized that the wiring harness is different. The 89 has 4 connectors where the 95 has 2 connectors. Is there any way I can get it to work? Thanks for the help!
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Old February 8th, 2021, 19:18
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

1..The lift stut attachment points are different. 2.. The latch mechanism is different. and yes 3... the wire feed thrus are different. Modifications will be needed in those areas for sure. And I do not know if it will even fit. I got a 1990, my buddy has a 2001, and we noted the those three differences last week.
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Old February 8th, 2021, 20:19
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Okay thank you for the help I’ll just get another hatch off of the same year so I don’t run into problems
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Old February 9th, 2021, 05:07
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Any 1984 to 1996 tailgate should interchange, check with your local junkyard to confirm. They will look it up in the Hollander Interchange catalog.


Black1999jeep seems to be confused by the 1997-2001 body changes which do not interchange hatches with the 1984-1996.
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

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1..The lift stut attachment points are different. 2.. The latch mechanism is different. and yes 3... the wire feed thrus are different. Modifications will be needed in those areas for sure. And I do not know if it will even fit. I got a 1990, my buddy has a 2001, and we noted the those three differences last week.
That difference is going to be about the '96-'97 break in body design.

For the OP, as long as he is staying with pre '97 he has a reasonably good chance the piece will fit.

As Tim said, junkyard interchange manuals are the best source of information in this regard. However, if it is just a matter of wiring that should be fairly simple to overcome. OTOH, if mounting points are different then it is probably more work than it is worth.
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Old February 9th, 2021, 09:54
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

The hatch will fit and line up it’s just the wiring issue Of getting everything to work properly in the hatch like defrost, wiper ect. That’s the biggest issue for me
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Old February 9th, 2021, 11:58
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Does anyone have a wiring diagram for the body side of the connections so I could wire the 89 hatch to work? That would be a huge help! I appreciate all the help guys!
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Go to www.car-part.com and see if any junkyard nearby has exactly what you need.

You can always go to www.pacificcoastmanuals.com and purchase a genuine Jeep Factory Service Manual which should have all the wire diagrams you need.
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Alright will do thanks for the help!
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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Have you considered swapping the electrical harness from the old hatch to the replacement? I would think the glass connections are the same. Swapping the rear wiper motor over shouldn't be the end of the world either. Or am I missing something?
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Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

True I could do that and it would make it easier. Both hatches have the same accessories on it. I just done understand why there is more wires on the 89 than the 95 makes no sense unless like you said the wiper motor is the reason


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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Power lock?
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Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

No my 95 is all manual lock and Iím pretty sure the 89 i got it off of was also manual lock. The only thing I noticed on the 89 was a wire grounding out to the lock mechanism. I will have to look for more wire but Iím most certain it was only one connection


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Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

Okay so I just checked and there are two wires going to the lock mechanism so Iím going to assume the 89 had power locks


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Re: Can I use a 1989 rear hatch on a 95 xj?

That might not be the only thing in play there. I have no idea how dome lights were wired with regard to the hatch, but that would be another factor to consider.

If there is a solenoid to activate the lock then yes, it would have power locks, but two wires could be just a dome light switch.
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