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Need help with tail gate handle.

ViperPit07

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Looking for some help with fixing my lift gate handle. I know this has been covered but alas I happen to have 84.
however my door locks dont match the lift gate key cylinder anymore anyways. So I don't care if I can lock it.
Original handle is broken off on the inside, so it is no longer contacting the latch mechanism which still works.

Can I just replace it with a 91 explorer handle anyways or will that not work. I just want to be able to open the stinkin thing at this point. thanks in advance for ANY help on this. Cheers
 


richard booth

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Get an explorer latch handle, you just have to slightly open the holes and it works great. I tried to find the spring that failed on my b2 then found out about the explorer swap, works.
 

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Get an explorer latch handle, you just have to slightly open the holes and it works great. I tried to find the spring that failed on my b2 then found out about the explorer swap, works.
I know that the explorer handle works on later models where the key is separate from the handle. but in 84 the key hole was built into the handle and i have yet to get a straight answer on it that means the explorer handle WONT work on this tailgate.
 

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I know that the explorer handle works on later models where the key is separate from the handle. but in 84 the key hole was built into the handle and i have yet to get a straight answer on it that means the explorer handle WONT work on this tailgate.
I think it will work, he just won't be able to lock it. My B2 came w/ a hatch that had no lock cylinder but had a latch from a later model w/ no key slot. There was no way to lock that hatch. I ended up getting a different hatch w/ a lock cylinder so I could lock it up.
 

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Did you happen to find a lift gate handle for your 84 Bronco? I have come across a storage tote with a few of them in there. The 84 style both lift and tailgate and the 85-90 years also
 

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