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dwil4

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Just bought the 02 Sport.
#1...The rear glass will not shut tight even though it latches. I can put my finger through the cracks. Can I fix that?
#2...The gate itself ,when shut,has a fair amount if "loosness" as well. Can I fix that?
These 2 things create road noise and rattle. Also what exactly is the broken piece around the license plate called so I can try to find one. I appreciate any help you guys can offer.
PS..I have tried to upload a video of the gate loosnes but it says too large and when I resize it ,it attaches but then says.." the file is not a video as expected" WTF? Lol

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RangerX

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I can’t help with any of your questions, but I did move your thread into the Gen2 section, as your Sport is that model even though it’s an 02.
 
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bmdubya1198

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There are supposed to be bushings on the latches, and they tend to break apart and disappear.
This is what you'll likely need: Amazon product
 
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DemonMudder

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I'm still not 100% on the exact name of the trim piece, but rear hatch handle cover seems to work. Can find them on ebay, at at junkyard, and probably a few other places too, weirdly high priced. But heres one I found on ebay that doesn't look too bad
 
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bmdubya1198

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Replacing those should help with that movement. Also clean and lubricate the latches, they can get sticky over time.
 
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