Drop Down Tailgate for Jeep JL/JLU

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The Motobilt Aluminum Drop Down Tailgate is specifically designed for the 2018+ Jeep JL and JLU, offering a perfect blend of style, security, and functionality. With a 300 lb load capacity and easy access to the rear trunk, it is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers who need a dependable and efficient way to manage their gear. The aluminum tailgate's design includes locking latches to secure your load, a recessed license plate for a custom look, and factory camera integration to maintain all of your Jeep's original functionalities. The included hinge covers and factory door hinge delete plugs provide a clean, finished appearance that complements the vehicle’s aesthetics.

Installing the aluminum drop-down tailgate replaces the need for a spare tire, which significantly improves rear visibility, enhancing both safety and convenience. The lightweight aluminum construction is not only robust but also lighter than the factory setup, which, combined with removing the factory tire carrier and spare tire, substantially reduces the overall weight of your vehicle. This modification eliminates the worry of dragging a large spare tire during steep climbs and vertical ledges, greatly enhancing your vehicle's departure angle and making it more capable in extreme off-road conditions. Moreover, this upgrade spares you the expense associated with purchasing a full-size spare tire, wheel, heavy-duty tire carrier, and license plate relocation kit, making it a cost-effective solution for enhancing your Jeep's utility and performance.


  • Enhanced Rear Visibility: Removing the spare tire and installing the drop-down tailgate significantly improves your rear view, enhancing safety and convenience.
  • Weight Reduction: The lightweight aluminum construction of the tailgate is robust yet lighter than the factory setup. Additionally, removing the factory tire carrier and spare tire substantially decreases your vehicle's overall weight.
  • Improved Departure Angle: Eliminate the worry of dragging a large spare tire during steep climbs and vertical ledges. By replacing your spare with the drop-down tailgate, you'll greatly enhance your vehicle's departure angle, making it more capable in extreme off-road conditions
  • Cost Savings: Avoid the expense associated with purchasing a full-size spare tire, wheel, heavy-duty tire carrier, and license plate relocation kit.
  • 300 lb Load Capacity: Strong enough to handle heavy loads, making it ideal for camping gear, tools, and tailgating supplies.
  • Locking Latches: Provides security for your belongings, ensuring that everything stays safe while you’re on the move.
  • Recessed License Plate and Light: Adds a custom look to your vehicle while complying with road regulations.
  • Factory Camera Integration: Includes brackets to seamlessly integrate your Jeep’s factory backup camera.
  • Easy Access to Rear Trunk: Improves convenience and usability, making loading and unloading a breeze.
  • Curved to Fit Bodylines: Designed to perfectly match your Jeep's contours and maintain a tight seal with factory tops.
  • Hinge Covers Included: Comes with hinge covers and factory hinge delete plugs to ensure a clean and finished look once installed.


  • 2018+ Jeep JL / JLU models


  • Made in the USA: Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA, ensuring top-quality craftsmanship.
  • Dimensions: Height: 21 inches, Width: 45 inches, Depth: 4.75 inches
  • Weight: 35 lbs, solidly built for durability and performance.

Install Notes:

The Motobilt fold down tailgate is crafted from high-quality aluminum and shipped in bare metal. To achieve the best possible finish we recommend a professional paint and body shop prepare the tailgate and paint to match your vehicle.  This product is NOT 100% ready to paint. 

**Modification Notice**
Installation of this product involves modifications to your vehicle, including cutting into the body, trimming seals, and adjusting interior panels. After these modifications, it's important to touch up any exposed metal with suitable paint to prevent rust and ensure a seamless look. 

Upgrade Your Adventure:

Ready to enhance your Jeep's functionality and style? Add the Motobilt MB1217 Drop Down Tailgate to your build today and experience a new level of convenience and security. Perfect for adventurers who demand the best in both performance and appearance.


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