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Old 16 Apr 2015, 08:33 am
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Default Interchangable Rear Hatch ?

Just wondering if all the rear hatches are the same. I have a 2002 and the rear hatch is pretty rusty - the handle is about to break free and the bottom edge is disappearing.

Would like to get a hatch from a newer model, but not sure if it is the same fit. (?)

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Old 16 Apr 2015, 08:58 am
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Just wondering if all the rear hatches are the same. I have a 2002 and the rear hatch is pretty rusty - the handle is about to break free and the bottom edge is disappearing.

Would like to get a hatch from a newer model, but not sure if it is the same fit. (?)

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Through 05 is a direct swap.
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Old 16 Apr 2015, 09:11 am
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Default Re: Interchangable Rear Hatch ?

Thanks for the reply. What changed with the 06 and up models ?

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Thanks for the reply. What changed with the 06 and up models ?

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Latch and electric handle.
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Old 16 Apr 2015, 10:19 am
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Default Re: Interchangable Rear Hatch ?

I think they are ALL interchangable but the locking meck is diffrent on the 06-10 I thinh ther was a threadf where someone did a swap of like a 01 to a 08
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Latch and electric handle.
Plus, between the 1st gen and 2nd gen (including 2005 with power latch release), the lift-gate sheet metal part welded into the bottom center of the hatch is different.

The mechanical and the electrical latches differ and the stamped metal mounting part differs. This means the electric latch cannot be refitted to the first gen door (and reverse).
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Old 16 Apr 2015, 12:21 pm
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Yep, Chrysler changed the rear hatch in 2005. It's the 2001 thru 2004 that are compatible.
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Default Re: Interchangable Rear Hatch ?

Thanks again - if it makes any difference, I currently have the electric model on my 2002.

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Old 16 Apr 2015, 05:49 pm
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Thanks again - if it makes any difference, I currently have the electric model on my 2002.

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That would be interesting to see. I believe that you may be able to swap out the entire hatch of a 2005 or later on an earlier PT if you also swap out the bottom striker piece bolted to the car below. But I figure there would also have to be some rewiring to provide constant power to the electric latch when unlocked. How about posting some picks and explaining your wiring mod?
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Old 16 Apr 2015, 07:10 pm
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Default Re: Interchangable Rear Hatch ?

Maybe I'm mis-understanding the term "electric hatch" .... mine has the usual pull-up handle, but the locking mechanism is electric.

I also searched out the other thread that was mentioned above ....

Rear hatch interchange???

Having read that thread, I see by "electric hatch", you mean there is a solenoid to pop the hatch open .... mine doesn't have that.

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