Gnarly tailgate rattle

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So I have had this brace by hammer built installed for 2 weeks now and I will say 95 percent of the noise is gone. I cannot even say the noise I hear is from the tailgate as the noise is so infrequent. I love this brace.

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I had a rattle when I hit larger bumps. I had my son drive around while I rode in the back and I pinpointed it coming from the tailgate area. I tried opening the plastic latch cover to look inside, nothing there.
I then just sprayed some WD-40 on the latch and the strikers, took it for a drive and it went away!

Rattle free..... for now my OCD is held at bay. :)
Has the noise returned?
 

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So I have had this brace by hammer built installed for 2 weeks now and I will say 95 percent of the noise is gone. I cannot even say the noise I hear is from the tailgate as the noise is so infrequent. I love this brace.

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I ordered the exact same setup you have from hammerbuilt last week. Can’t wait to get it
 

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I had a rattle when I hit larger bumps. I had my son drive around while I rode in the back and I pinpointed it coming from the tailgate area. I tried opening the plastic latch cover to look inside, nothing there.
I then just sprayed some WD-40 on the latch and the strikers, took it for a drive and it went away!

Rattle free..... for now my OCD is held at bay. :)
I re-applied after about a month, but it worked again. Might try white lithium next time.
 

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Reporting what worked for me in hopes it will help others:

1. I developed the same rattle as in the short videos posted on this thread. Noticed mine 2-3 weeks ago, at about 500 miles.

2. After reading another thread on B6G (but not this one) regarding a rattle from the cargo area, I applied GummiPflege to all window and seals in the rear. This didn't resolve the issue.

3. Rode in the rear seats yesterday morning and I isolated the sound as coming from inside the tailgate as others here observed.

4. On advice of a poster to this thread, I removed the rectangular black accessory cover from the tailgate and really doused (bathed) the 2-3 bolts that I could see with WD-40 Spray Lithium Grease. Test drove it again and the noise was better (i.e. less frequent) but still there. Figured I was on to something.

5. Found and read all 13 pages of this thread. I removed the accessory cover again and doused the lower bolt towards the driver side latch that I had missed on the first pass. (Tip: Use flashlight to see this and all other bolts to make sure you don't miss any).

6. At the same time, on the advice of another poster to this thread, I doused the latch mechanism on the tailgate and the slider on the body.

7. Test drove again and the rattle/tick-tick sound is completely gone.

Not sure what actually resolved my issue or whether it was a combination of all these things but I hope this helps others.
 

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not the rubber gasket video. This one:

I am having this exact same sound although not as bad yet. Started about 200-300 miles ago and has progressively gotten worse.
 

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I am having this exact same sound although not as bad yet. Started about 200-300 miles ago and has progressively gotten worse.
Mine was a pretty specific spot in tailgate and ultimately the replaced.
 

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Thankfully my noise hasn’t returned since my above post on Sunday.
 

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Thankfully my noise hasn’t returned since my above post on Sunday.
Mine is currently at the dealer getting the seal for the rear top changed. When I get it back I'll try lubing everything up and see if it helps.
 

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Thought I'd add my update to this thread since no one seems to have mentioned it. I took my 2-door for its service and told the SA about the tailgate rattle. I was told that there is an official TSB out about this. I was in a rush and didn't get the full details on what part(s) of the tailgate will be fixed under warranty, but apparently this TSB is specific to hardtops only.
 

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I know it sounds like its coming from the tailgate but check the heat shield above the muffler ,ask me how I know👍
 

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I like the rattle. Sounds like a man’s vehicle.
 

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I know it sounds like its coming from the tailgate but check the heat shield above the muffler ,ask me how I know👍
You can hear mine when you are opening or closing the swing gate. Not sure how that could be the heat shield but I’m willing to try if you tell me more.

I have climbed under and the heat shield seems to be pretty solidly mounted. It’s pretty soft and I bent it around a little bit bit could not find any loose spots or screws.

The rattle seems to be inside the tail gate itself. I have ridden back there and taken everything off the swing gate but nothing seems to make it stop.

Taking the spare and spare mount off helps but does not solve it. And even if it did, well you would not have a spare or rear camera.
 

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I can’t believe guys are worried about “squeaks” and “rattles” in an off-road vehicle.

I mean, to be a prisoner to that sort of obsessive behavior has got to be a difficult way to live and enjoy life.
 

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I can’t believe guys are worried about “squeaks” and “rattles” in an off-road vehicle.

I mean, to be a prisoner to that sort of obsessive behavior has got to be a difficult way to live and enjoy life.
This is not a normal Squeak or Rattle. It is BAD.

Feels like the swing gate is coming apart over rough pavement.
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