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Why the side-swinging rear door?

 
Old 04-18-19, 01:57 PM
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DeMuro just seems to hate the GX. He has made comments about it in other videos and articles.

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Old 04-18-19, 02:08 PM
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Not gonna lie...this is the worst part of the GX IMO. But the flip up window kinda makes it tolerable.
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Old 04-18-19, 07:05 PM
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I had a 14 FJ and traded a 17 4Runner for the GX and my wife had the swing door on her older Rav4, The FJ and Rav4 had swing doors probably because of the weight of the spare tire. The lift gate on the 4 Runner was a little short for me being 6-4, I don't mind the swing door, it's one less thing to hit my head on. Although it would be nice to have a sliding rear window instead of a pop out.
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The swinging door is for the spare tire, just like the Jeep Wrangler has a swinging door.

BTW, the Wrangler swings the same direction. Which at first seems odd since it opens opposite of the curb, but when you open it, you see that the spare tire will be on the curb side, which is safer to mess with in case you get a flat while traveling.

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Old 04-20-19, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by norbtx View Post
The swinging door is for the spare tire, just like the Jeep Wrangler has a swinging door.

BTW, the Wrangler swings the same direction. Which at first seems odd since it opens opposite of the curb, but when you open it, you see that the spare tire will be on the curb side, which is safer to mess with in case you get a flat while traveling.
do you mean the swinging door should be for a spare tire? i dont understand if you mean on the GX; the GX spare doesnt have much to do with the door that im aware of.

I like the swinging door. more ergonomic, dont have to lift arms above shoulders. ok, so thats not really a big deal for me.

my old 4runner had the worst: a swing out spare tire that had to be moved in order to open the flip down tailgate.
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Old 04-20-19, 06:28 AM
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maybe its there as an option for the door mount spare? i have seen those on GX and Prado.
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Yes, the GX isn't just made for the US, its sold world wide as a more utilitarian truck with a spare tire on the rear door. I'm sorry if you weren't aware of that.
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Originally Posted by John00 View Post
maybe its there as an option for the door mount spare? i have seen those on GX and Prado.
I thought I read there are more internal structural supports on models that have the tire on door. I think they only recently...last year or so started to offer a Prado trim setup like ours without rear tire on door in Australia. The flip up window being considered a new option there.
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Originally Posted by norbtx View Post
Yes, the GX isn't just made for the US, its sold world wide as a more utilitarian truck with a spare tire on the rear door. I'm sorry if you weren't aware of that.
No need for sorrow, I was aware of that.
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Originally Posted by John00 View Post
No need for sorrow, I was aware of that.
So you did understand my first post?
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Originally Posted by norbtx View Post
So you did understand my first post?
I understood the words in the post. I did not realize you were referring to international versions since this wasn't mentioned.
I asked in order to get clarity in case there was something I wasn't aware of.
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