Tailgate to barn doors

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  1. Superman72613

    Superman72613 New Member

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    I have a question for y'all. If I have 2 of the exact same year, make, model suburbans but one is a tailgate with the lift glass and the other is barn doors can I swap them? Can I take the barn doors off the one and put them on the other? Is all the holes there to bolt it in or is it alot different then I'm imagining?
     
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    You can't look at both of them and figure that out?
     
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    You can't look at both of them and figure that out?
     
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    You can’t figure that out by looking at both of them?
     
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    Your best bet is to look at both of them and try to figure that out
     
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    Ok all of you obviously aren't understanding my question. They both look identical and I'm sure it can be done. However I don't personally have both trucks to ensure the bolt holes are there. I was asking a question for advice. I don't know if there's anything required to do the switch besides the obvious.
     
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    my guess is a different harness for the rear end, move the hardware around and some holes that need to be drilled.
     
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    Look at both of them... you can't figure it out
     
  9. duke

    duke i like interco

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    Iono but the third brake lights are different just take a look and see tho.
     
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    2007NNBS NNBS Owner/FireFighter

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    First question is year model? I would imagine it would be harder than you think and not a direct swap
     
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    Dnw barn doors. The hatch is much better, blocks rain when loading, makes shade for tailgating and what not.
     
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    Phildirt n. fil-dert.

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    Honestly the hatchback feature of my Burb is one of my favorite things about it.
     
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    Eh, hatch has benefits. But I don't have to replace a rear window wiper. And if my rear door handle breaks, I can replace it with a front door handle from any NBS truck/SUV. I don't expect this will happen, but it's just something to think about. But the view in the rearview mirror does take some getting used to.

    Back to OP's question, one thing I would advise is to check the hatch model to see if it has openings inside the body next to the taillights. The barn doors have the hinges inside the truck. Another thing is to check at the top center of the rear opening to see if there are any contacts on the top of the opening. I'm betting not, but this is where the contacts for the rear window defroster are. One last thing, the 3rd brake light of the hatch is set in an indention of the rear window. The barn doors place the 3rd brake light on the top of the roof.
     
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    Dude. I think I’ve gone through like 3 wiper blades in 12 years, not a deal breaker :)
     
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    I actually would like a rear wiper. Rain water spray just lands on the back windows & stays there. I've been thinking of Rain-Xing them.
     
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    Word barn doors use the third brake light off of obs suv.
     
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    Very good points and I would definitely look into all this. Thank you for your input!
     
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    They are both a 1994 GMC Suburban.
     
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    Ok so all know (probably should've said this earlier) but ahhhh Both trucks are a 1994 GMC Suburban. The one with the gate I have the other is at a neighbors fathers and I can have what I need. Now that brings me to this point. Most of my truck is in excellent shape and low mileage but the rear window for the gate isn't. If you don't know the window mounts inside/on top of a frame and the hinges/support struts mount to said frame. Well my frame is broken on the one side. I already looked into having my frame "repaired" or "welded" but that's just way to money. So I was thinking about just swapping to barn doors. I would just replace the frame but I just can't seem to find one and when I do it's a lot of money or in crappy shape. Nobody makes new frames for the rear liftgate window. So yeah thats where my mind is at with this. Thanks for all the input. Oh yea and I have been fixing/building cars and trucks since the 1980s and yes I know I can look at them or what not but I don't have it in my possession or I would've.
     
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    Why can’t you just repair the frame yourself? It’s metal, not sorcery. Post a photo of the damage if you can.
     

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