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Old January 12th, 2015, 07:16
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At first I thought finally, but then realized you were joking. I am surprised that no one has actually posted how hideous it is. I figured someone wouldn't like it.
Maybe everyone is just following the "If you don't have anything nice to say" rule.
Honestly, I don't like it at all but I can definitely appreciate the work that's gone into it. If I went through the trouble I'd want it to be a horizontally split hatch. Tailgate drops down, window goes up.

Just out of curiosity, what advantage does the barn door have over a standard hatch?

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Old January 12th, 2015, 07:53
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Honestly, I don't like it at all but I can definitely appreciate the work that's gone into it. If I went through the trouble I'd want it to be a horizontally split hatch. Tailgate drops down, window goes up.

Just out of curiosity, what advantage does the barn door have over a standard hatch?
Horizontal split was my backup plan. I did this for a few reasons.
The shocks were bad, and the mounts rusted out. I welded them a few times.
I hate having to lean back when opening the hatch, I've hit my head more times then I can remember.
But most of all it's just faster for my dog, and loading items open/in/close.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 08:04
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Re: Fabricated some barn doors.

Props for the TON of work this had to take, waaaaaaaaaaay more time than I would invest in anything on a jeep.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:21
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Re: Fabricated some barn doors.

Not my cup of tea but it looks really well done. I like my lift gate, gives me a dry place to stand while its raining or to grab some shade on sunny days. I have StrongArm brand struts and the liftgate flies up with the tiniest effort, makes opening a breeze.

I have a recent fond memory of sitting in the back of the XJ parked at a Grand Canyon view point eating lunch with my ol' lady, the lift gate was the perfect sun shade.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:35
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Honestly, I don't like it at all but I can definitely appreciate the work that's gone into it. If I went through the trouble I'd want it to be a horizontally split hatch. Tailgate drops down, window goes up.
This is how I wish all back ends were made.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:41
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Not my cup of tea but it looks really well done. I like my lift gate, gives me a dry place to stand while its raining or to grab some shade on sunny days. I have StrongArm brand struts and the liftgate flies up with the tiniest effort, makes opening a breeze.

I have a recent fond memory of sitting in the back of the XJ parked at a Grand Canyon view point eating lunch with my ol' lady, the lift gate was the perfect sun shade.
Ah yes..... I used to do this with my Range Rover. It had a lift gate and a tailgate combo. Off roading and then lunch on the tailgate. I contemplated the split horizontal but it wouldn't be the same. plus it seemed like more work then the two doors.
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This is how I wish all back ends were made.
I said the same thing when I met my girlfriend.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:43
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Re: Fabricated some barn doors.

I like it cause it is different and the result of patience and hard work.

I see the benefits for folks who can't reach the hatch on a lifted XJ (like my wife)
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:56
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I always loved the barn doors on my old Suburban. Nice work!
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Old January 12th, 2015, 11:07
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If I went through the trouble I'd want it to be a horizontally split hatch. Tailgate drops down, window goes up.
Even better is tailgate drops down and window rolls down into the tailgate

Super deluxe is removable hard top

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Old January 12th, 2015, 12:34
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Of all the cars and trucks I've owned.. I've never had a K5. Still want one.
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Even better is tailgate drops down and window rolls down into the tailgate

Super deluxe is removable hard top

/misses K5 Blazer something awful
I once saw an Oldsmobile station wagon in the yard where the window rolled up and then the tailgate rolled down into the floor. I think I found a link to a video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll-OsKw0mDQ
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Old January 12th, 2015, 13:01
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What would be cool is if you could push a button and the hatch completely disappeared.
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holy balls someone actually did it.
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I once saw an Oldsmobile station wagon in the yard where the window rolled up and then the tailgate rolled down into the floor. I think I found a link to a video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll-OsKw0mDQ
I had one of those.

In addition to the keyed switch at the rear there was a pair of switches on the dash. They were originally wired such that they would only work if the vehicle were in park or neutral. I bypassed that so I could operate them while driving. That was a great deterrent for tail-gaters. Once they realized the back of the car was opening up they backed off. They didn't want to find out what might come next.
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