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Tailgate EasyLift - Remove 80 Percent of the Tailgate's Weight!

Hopkins Truck Bed Accessories

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Hopkins Truck Bed Accessories - 74211

Relieve strain while lifting your tailgate with this easy to install torsion bar. The bar installs between the truck bed and tailgate, allowing it to work with truck toppers, and even spray-on and plastic bedliners. You will be able to lift your tailgate with ease as the torsion bar reduced 30 to 40 pounds of weight to just 4 to 7 pounds.


Tailgate EasyLift

Significantly reduce the weight of your tailgate with this torsion bar. This item allows you to easily lift and lower your tailgate, providing the convenience of not having to set down your tools, groceries, sports equipment or picnic basket just to access the truck bed. Ideal for any truck user such as contractors, mechanics, and craftsmen.

  • Easily installed in 20 minutes between your tailgate and truck bed
  • Works with truck toppers, spray-on and plastic bed liners
  • Reduces the weight of the tailgate from 30-40 lbs to 4-7 lbs
  • Drilling required for installation
  • Manufactured of hardened spring steel







EASYLIFT Tailgate EasyLift - Remove 80 Percent of the Tailgate's Weight!







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Video review of hoppy tailgate assist 74211
Hoppy Tailgate EasyLift Review

Video Transcript for Hoppy Tailgate EasyLift Review

Today we are going to show you part number 74211 from Hoppy. This is Hoppys Tailgate EasyLift. What this is, is a device that actually takes the weight off the tailgate and makes it easier to lift up and down. In most cases it will take up to 80 percent of the weight of the tailgate off your hands. It is actually pretty easy to install. As soon as you open it up you can see the instructions on what to do to install it. Basically you only have to drill two holes. One gets drilled into the tailgate itself and the other gets drilled into the truck bed itself. Most of the time on a tailgate you take two arms and you have got to really kind of push and shove it up in there. With the EasyLift it actually does not require that much effort at all. You can do it easily one-handed while probably carrying something in that arm, too. And also, when you let it down, it does not really flop down all that hard it actually has a controlled descent. And again, it just makes it smooth going up into the bed when you close it. And there you have it for part number 74211 from Hoppy, the Tailgate EasyLift.


This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2002 - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Series

2002 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 and 3500 Series

2000 - 2000 Ford F-150 All Models

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty All Models

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series All Models

1999 - 2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty All Models

1994 - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup All Models

1999 - 2006 GMC Sierra All Models

2007 - 2007 GMC Sierra Classic All Models

1999 - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado All Models

2007 - 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic All Models

2004 - 2006 Toyota Tundra All Models

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 All Models, excluding SuperCrew

1988 - 2000 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup excluding stepside bed

1988 - 2000 GMC C/K Series Pickup excluding stepside bed


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Customer Reviews

Tailgate EasyLift - Remove 80 Percent of the Tailgate's Weight! - 74211

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (122 Customer Reviews)



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: keith08/24/2011


The Tailgate EasyLift is a piece of 3/8 diameter rod with a number of bends and hardened into a torsion bar. During instalation I could not get the tailgate re-installed into the correct location to be able to close, and was forcing it toward the left when it snapped (broke). I took pictures, wrote a letter and returned the pieces (return shipping was much more than what I paid to receive it), per their warrantee policy. I gave them my phone number and email address but never heard from them until I received a new one in the mail without any letter. As my son and I tried to install it, we concluded there was NO ROOM to get the torsion bar BEHIND the tailgate pivot (where the instructions said it needed to go). We also saw that the instructions said it fit Chevy thru 2006 (and 2007 Classic). But my truck (2007) was not a Classic. We decided, if we could make room for the torsion bar BEHIND the tailgate pivot, it would work. After removing the left pivot from the truck (2 large torx screws) I machined clearance behind it in the pivot, for the 3/8 diameter torsion bar. With the bar in place and my son pushing it forward while I re-installed the tailgate pivot, the torsion bar was in the correct location. Now we could put the tailgate on the torsion bar, per the instructions and it all worked ok. It is much easier to lift the tailgate. It lowers a little slower than stock (though still drops harder than ideal). You could use a hand grinder to re-configure the pivot, or MAYBE position the hole so the torsion bar would be farther to the right and not need to go BEHIND the pivot. I am happy with the unit and how it works. A am happy with the companys service to me, to replace the unit. But the installation was MUCH harder than a novice could do and the fact it was not made to fit my truck was not clear in the ads. So I only rated it a "4". 22629






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jimmyB08/05/2014


I measured the weight of the tailgate on my 2004 Tundra with a bathroom scale. Before weight was 29.8 and after installing the EasyLift it is 16.4. That may not sounds like a lot but the difference operating it is absolutely amazing! I have a good friend who has some physical limitations. He could not operate the tailgate on his 2002 Tundra. I got him an EasyLift. After installing it he can now open and close his tailgate with ease. I wish I had taken a picture of his happy smile the first time he used it. Installation is easy and takes about 10-15 minutes. DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL THIS BY YOURSELF (I know this from experience). Double check the position of the hole in the tailgate before you drill. I put the Easy Lift in the vertical post and may sure it lined up with the hole in the tailgate. I am so thankful I found this product! 144344






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg V.06/02/2011


Amazing.... Takes about 10-15 minutes to install. When I told my wife I was purchasing this item along with the mirror extensions she questioned the need for the Easy Tailgate Lift. She said our tailgate wasn't heavy or hard for her to open or close. After I installed the lift she was totally amazed at how much easier she could open and close the tailgate. One hand is all that's needed. Every item we've purchased from etrailer.com has been over and above our expectations. I'll be searching the website for more unique products. 15925





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Very nice, but probably not 80 of the load RAM 1500. Installed I measured about 12 lbs. to lift. Did not measure the weight pre-installation, but I would guess it to be about twice that. Obviously it depends on the weight of your tailgate. One caveat: do not drill hole B without replacing the tailgate with bar in place to mark the hole location the template was not accurate off by nearly an inch. If you dont do this, you likely will have more than one hole in your tailgate.

comment by: Mike - 12/20/2013


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Thanks for the feedback and good information. We will pass it along to Hopkins.

Patrick B - 12/23/2013




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry08/16/2013


The EasyLift was very easy to install, it does require two people. Instructions were easy to follow, but pay attention to where the hole is drilled in the tailgate. I had to drill a second hole about 1 1/2 inches left of where the directions said to drill it. Other than that, it was an easy installation. Also, the product works, I should have bought one 10 years ago when I bought the truck... 95369





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Yes, the product does every thing I expected.

Larry - 08/19/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Henry M08/05/2009


WOW, my liftgate is so light! I have been researching this product on the web for awhile, and finally decided to get it. Now I regret not getting it earlier. My 03 Dodge Ram's tailgate was very heavy and I was tired of dropping it. The product did exactly as advertised. Installation was fairly simple as long as you measure accurately. The hard part was remounting the tailgate with the spring onto the bed. I did this by myself but would definitely recommend a helper. After installation, I noticed that the drilled holes bent in the direction of the bar. I assume this is normal. All the ore important to place the holes accurately. I mocked up the spring with the tailgate before drilling. I did put primer on the drilled holes to prevent future rust. Hope that works. 2213






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim H07/07/2012


This device absolutely does what it is designed to do. I can't believe how light the tailgate is now on my 04 Dodge 2500. Make SURE to follow the template carefully for the hole that gets drilled in the tailgate. I thought I was smarter and drilled the hole wrong the first time. I forgot about the fact that the hole needs to be where the second bump in the bar is located. Once i drilled it in the right place, it works great. This job definitely requires two people to handle the tailgate. Three might have been better for getting the rod started in the tailgate hole. I am recommending this to all my friends with pickups. Much better than the coil spring and/or gas shock devices, plus it is costs less and is completely out of the way. 47058






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary H01/02/2012


just follow the easy instructions, along with the required helper. On my 010 Dodge ram it actually is a bit too strong. I suspect it will relax as I use it. All in all, a good product 28996





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Is your Dodge a 2010 or 2001? Specs say it wont work on 2009 and newer Ram 1500 because of the internal structure of the tailgate. But if yours is a 2010 and it works Im going to try it. Sounds like just what I need.

comment by: Bobbie Ann - 01/22/2013


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I have sent an email to the original reviewer to see if he has anything to add.

Patrick B - 2/4/2013



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I have a 2010 2500 ram. I installed per instructions and it works flawlessly. You need two people to lift, position and re-install the tailgate once the spring is installed.The only drawback, if any is the tailgate does not fully down. The spring has enough tension to keep it up slightly. If the gate were 20 pounds heavier, it would fully .

comment by: Gary H - 02/04/2013


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Thanks for added feedback! It is appreciated.

Patrick B - 2/14/2013




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill N03/21/2014


I installed the ordered EasyLift # 74211 today on my old 1988 Chevy 1500 with out any problems at all. Just followed the printed instructions, and view the photos when drilling the two holes. In addition to using the cardboard guide, I also placed the medal rod into drilled hole "A",next to the tailgate to be sure that hole "B" was being drilled in the correct place. It was on the mark! Since I'm 83-years old I had my adult son help me lift the tailgate. No one should attemp this instullation without some help. When installed, the end of the tailgate is now about 1/2-inch higher then before, but that is not a problem. Very good product! 121661






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug M.06/06/2013


I have a 2007 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup that I use for a weekly delivery service. They have one of the heaviest tailgates in the industry. In 2009 I installed a Tailgate EasyLift. After literally 1000's of up and down cycles, it broke. I ordered another from etrailer and it fit the original holes perfectly. I'm back to closing the tailgate with 4 fingers again. What a joy! BTW, have someone help you. 83538





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Does the bar pinch between the lower lip on your tailgate and the bed of your truck? I followed the instructions and I believe the instructions had me drill to low. Im referring to point A where you drill above the pivot. Ram 2500 2007

comment by: Bill - 11/04/2013


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott S.05/30/2013


I put this on my 2007 Dodge Ram and I was amazed at how well it worked. I can now lift my tailgate with one finger. The installation instructions were simple and easy to follow. However, you need at least two people, maybe even three people to install the heavy tailgate onto the torsion bar. But once you've got it on, you'll be amazed. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. I'm already telling all of my friends. In fact, I've been accused of being a salesman because of my high recommendations. But I'm not a salesman, just a very satisfied consumer. You will not be disappointed! 82496






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill OD02/13/2014


Delivery was delayed by awful weather in the mid-west, arrived this past Monday. I was able to install the torsion bar gate lift alone yesterday. The installation was straight forward with the excellent instruction that accompanied the bar. Getting the gate on the bar and properly aligned was a little tricky but slow deliberate moves gave good results. As a 77 year old, I made myself proud. The tail gate feels much lighter and can definitely be closed with one hand, my wife can even close it single handled. I highly recommend this product. 116485






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick B.01/25/2014


The Tailgate EasyLift works great. I can now lower the tailgate on my 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, with one hand easily, and it closes just as easy. However, the installation directions could be better. The holes should be oblonged for easier installation of the torsion bar. Be very careful when marking the places to drill the holes. Double check the positioning using the torsion bar to insure proper placement. Most of all, have help to position the tailgate, you really have to move it around to get it on the bar. 114720






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Jacobs04/01/2014


This is a great product for an excellent price! However, drill your hole for mounting spot A then install the tortion bar into A location and mark your point B for drilling in your tailgate. The template does not line up. The template was over an inch out of line for my application (2004-05 GMC Sierra HD) I'm glad I tested this first as it kept me from drilling two holes in the tailgate. The end result is most excellent and makes it so easy to open and close tailgate with one finger!!!! 123154






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jvjranch01/10/2008


Also give a security factor Don't try this installation with out some assistance. Instructions say one person/friend for help, I recommend two. Lightens the weight of the tailgate greatly. Also adds to the security of anyone stealing the tailgate off of your truck due to the manner of how it is installed. Recommend this product, if nothing else your friend will be amazed at how light the tailgate feels on your truck. This was installed on an 06 Ford F-250 Superduty. 562






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chuck C.07/18/2013


This was the fourth one of these I've bought! I bought one for my '02 Ram 1500, one for my Dad's '97 F-250HD, even though it's not listed on the fit chart, one for my '08 Ram 1500, and now this one again for my Dad's truck. He lent the truck out and they needed to remove the tailgate, somehow they broke the spring. My Dad called the next day asking where I got it, and would I please get another! Great product, nice price, and easy installation. Thanks! 90292






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lonnie W.04/08/2011


I recieved this product and installed it right away. It works great. I have purchased the other type of tailgate assist before and they ended up failing in short order. This thing is so simple yet so effective and there is not much to fail. I have a Dodge Ram 2500 and the tailgate is very heavy. This assist makes it feel like nothing both going down and back up. I recomend it to anyone who would like their tailgate to feel weightless. 11329






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kent M.08/17/2010


An uplifting idea Excellent product. Does exactly what it says it will do. Definitely have a helper to reinstall the gate. The video here is a bit misleading. The template should not be placed on the truck bed to establish the "A" hole (the one that goes in the truck body). It needs to be placed even with the top of the pivot point, which is quite a bit lower than the truck bed (at least on my F-150). 3359






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Avalanche guy10/28/2013


I used the kit for 99-07 Silverado for my 02 Avalanche. There is no write up for Avalanche model but it's almost no brainer. Made the heavy tailgate a lightweight! A write up instruction could have made my life much easier. There was two inner rear end panels that you would try to slide the spring bar into a hole. The quarter panel cladding should be removed prior to installing the spring bar. 105537





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A write-up is not available for the Avalanche because the manufacturer does not recommend the product for the Avalanche. The Avalanche tail gate is heavier than the SilveradoSierra gate for 99-07 Classic. The EasyLift may not have the intended performance and life-span with Avalanche tail gate.

Patrick B - 11/01/2013

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rich N.08/11/2014


I received the Tailgate EasyLift promptly and installed it with my buddy in under 30 minutes. 2007 Ford F250. One note, I had to remove the left tail light to allow the removal of the black rubber bumper stop. It is held in place by two bolts. It needs to be removed to allow for the drilling. This is an inexpensive upgrade and easy to install. It makes such a difference. No kidding, 80% lighter. 146143






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob W.05/11/2012


We installed this on my friend's truck, all while we were doing it razzing him about it not going to work......well he got the last laugh...this thing is great. I went home that night and ordered one. My truck is a 3500 Dodge Ram 4WD and the tailgate is heavy enough so that my wife could not lift it...now she can close it with one hand. If you have a heavy tailgate...this is what you need!!! 40058






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tailgate EZ Lift01/03/2013


I own 3 Chevy Avalanches and I've installed this on all 3 of them. Love this product. The transaction from etrailer was simply amazing. Great service,follow up and super fast shipping. Can't wait to browse their site to see what else I may want to buy from them. 62387





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The avalanche is not listed can you tell me what year you have used this on and did you just go by silverado instructions?

comment by: Rodney - 10/08/2013


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Remember, the Avalanche tailgates are heavier than what is on the Silverado so the EZ Lift will not perform as advertised. We have sent an email to the original reviewer about your question. If he has any information to add, it will appear here with the original review.

Patrick B - 10/18/2013




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris12/07/2011


Followed the installation instructions on the packaging, and went on no problem. There are some Youtube videos as well. Took most of the load off my Nissan Titan tailgate. When my wife was unloading things out of the bed after the install, she came back and said "Whatever you did to the truck worked. I was ready to use 2 hands to lower the tailgate but it was really light." 27867






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mitch M02/21/2014


HI, got your Tailgate EasyLift installed today.... great product, easy and straight forward installation.... but a second pair of hands is a must.The template, and instructions are easy to understand and use.. The weight of the tailgate now compared to before is unbeliveable..... whoever came up with this product gets a big thumbs up.... 117182






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Glenn A03/16/2012


This is the second truck I've owned, and the second EasyLift I've purchased. I love it. My tailgate can easily be opened and closed with one hand, even by my wife! Everyone with a tailgate should have one! I couldn't be happier! Also, the service, price, communications, and speed of shipping for etrailer.com can't be beat! Thanks! 34155






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John McB01/03/2012


Works great on my Dodge Ram. After drilling, would not work on my Chevy Avalanche due to double wall in box and thicker fiberglass tailgate. 29051





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What year was your avalanche? Looking to get this for my mom and she has a 2004 Avalanche. Having a hard time finding something for her vehicle so any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

comment by: Dennis - 10/17/2012


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Currently, there aren't any tailgate assist products available for 2004 Avalanche. All the products that will fit your 2004 Chevy Avalanche can be found in our fit guide. If we add a tailgate assist that will work, it will show up in the fit listings. I've sent John a message letting him know you have a question on his review so he can come back and add any info he might have.

Patrick B - 10/17/2012



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One of our Experts, Rachael, recently spoke with DeeZee on the subject and they informed us that the Avalanche tail gates are heavier than the Silverado or Sierra tailgates which is partly the reason behind the lack of tailgate assist products.

Patrick B. - 10/16/2013

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert C03/26/2013


Tailgate easy lift is just that. Easy to install and make raising and lowering the tailgate on my Dodge 3500 so much easier. As usual, very quick shipping and customer response. I would recommend etrailer.com to anyone needing associated parts and equipment. I have order several times and completely satisfied each time. 72568






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis D.02/21/2012


It REALLY works!!!!! Easy to install. A few additional words in the instructions concerning how to get the rod flush, both in the upright, and in the gate would be helpful. And as a caution, for re-assembly 2 people (min) must be used, as stated in the instructions. Boy, what a pleasurable difference. 32170






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim T12/06/2013


This product lives up to it's claim as the video says. I had the help of my friend . Two people can do this but 3 is better especially when it comes time to put the bottom end of the torsion bar into the bottom hole (B) into the tailgate. I can lower and lift the tailgate with 1 finger. 109431






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: lou02/17/2014


Judy, most people are skeptical about ordering products on line but i must say this product worked just as advertized. the installation was easy, instructions were simple and correct and it makes raising and lowering the tailgate effortless. Thanks for a great product that really works. 116686






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Hugh E.02/24/2014


Even though the instructions says two people to install this, it was only me at home. I took only about 15 minutes to install. It is like 95% easier to open and close than it was. It took me three months to talk myself into buying it, I sure wish i had purchased it a lot quicker. 117298






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: geo p08/18/2014


Product very difficult to install tailgate. Cannot rotate tailgate to engage the "bend". I used an adel camp to hold it in place. Next time I remove the tailgate (now takes two people to put on or off) I will throw this product away. Only about 50% of tailgate weight is removed. 147169






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sam04/25/2012


Installs in less than a hour. Instruction were easy to follow and it works great. Even my 5 year old can push the tailgate up. Not at enough to close it of course, but it is lightweight enough for her to push it up. You will need somebody to help put your tailgate back on. 38333






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick P.09/19/2012


Awesome product! Unbelievable how such a simple design can improve the function of the tailgate. Truly impressed. Not only is it easy on the downward motion, but a breeze on the lift. No other product can compare. May be the best truck accessory I have purchased thus far. 55102






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don A05/21/2013


This product has been installed in my 2003 Ford F150 Club Cab Heritage Addion. I was forced to find something to make loading my walker in the bed as it does not fit behind the seat. After a very fast delivery, installation was fast and performance is fantastic. Thanks. 81387






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill C.09/11/2011


One of the few things that actually does what the advertisement says it will do. Took me about an hour from the time I opened the box to clean up and it was very easy. Definately get a friend to help put the tailgate back on. I have a Dodge and they are pretty heavy. 23733






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul02/11/2013


Really does help as long as it lasts it will be great. 65777





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I put this tailgate assist on two of my trucks and after a year they still work as new. There is no tearing of the sheet metal where the rod goes in. Very happy with it and would recommend to others. Thanks

comment by: Paul - 02/11/2014


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: hotoco06/03/2014


Tailgate helper torsion bar spring works excellently! It would be great if there was a unit specifically designed for the Avalanche but i was able to modify this item according to info i found on the Avalanche Owners Club website and it functions perfectly! 133894






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick E02/14/2014


Install was actually slightly more difficult than I expected, but still quite easy. I installed it by myself, and would highly recommend you grab an extra set of hands for putting the tailgate back on. So far this is the best addition I've made to my truck. 116540






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug L.05/22/2014


I found the instructions to be vague. The part of where to start the template to the side of the truck wasn't very clear to me. I finally went to the video on Etrailer site. Cleared it up for me. The lift does work well, and priced right at Etrailer. 131918






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron01/05/2013


Product works excellent but installation is a little tricky. I think there should be a specific template (for drilling) for every vehicle Make and Model. The instructions weren't clear enough so I had to do a little guessing. Product works great! 62488






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: wayne s07/11/2014


Item was extremily easy to install,and worked great. I have a 95 ram truck had it since 96 tail gate was extremely heavy. My neighbor has a late model ram, and had purchased the assist part from you. Thanks, and it arrived very fast. 140760






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick N.08/08/2013


Installation was fairly easy with the instructions. Although I was skeptical when the product arrived as to whether it would work as advertised; IT DOES. It is now so much easier to lift the tailgate. I would recommend this product. 93958






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike R.07/19/2013


GREAT PRODUCT! Super fast shipping, easy to install with one additional person. I have driven pickups for 40 years and this is the best add-on product I have ever installed! Thank you for a great product, my old back thanks you! 90396






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Vic O10/17/2013


Sorry I didn't do this years ago. Two quick holes and my son helped me with the tail gate (yes the hardest part of the install) and I was awed at how much lighter the tail gate was. For the money this a well worth it. 104136






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jerry H10/23/2012


I allready have one in my truck and love it, the last one I purchased was for a frind . The easy lift tailgate is the best thing since popco rn. Love your large selection of parts ,will keep etrailer in my favorits. 57930






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Clint H.06/03/2009


Amazing difference! Fairly easy to install if you pay close attention to the instructions regarding variances for different truck brands. Really impressed with how easy tailgate now lifts-definitely worth the price. 1937






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jan R09/06/2013


Not as smooth as gas strut, which is not available for my 1995 Chevy K2500. Must put rod end in very far left of tailgate opening in truck bed for fit. The Spring takes most of the weight off tailgate operation. 98598






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry c.03/30/2013


once again etrailer has outdone themselves! ordered product late afternoon and it was delivered NEXT day! this is the third tailgate easy lift i have purchased. it's a simple great item. no more heavy tailgates. 73390






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill D06/20/2014


I purchase a tailgate Easy lift for my truck installed was easy, my son-in law liked the item ordered him one and his installation was easy and fast they work great. Nice to lift tailgate with one finger. 136698






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: mikfe f.07/24/2012


easy to install,about 20-30 mins. Product does work well,only held onto truck with the holes you drill. I hope the holes don't widen over time as this might affect the performance of part, time will tell! 49208




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  • Will the DeeZee EZ Down Tailgate Lowering System Work with a Tailgate Lift Assist
  • I spoke with my contact at DeeZee and she stated that the EZ Down system, # DZ43300, should work with a tailgate assist system that helps lift the tailgate like # 74211. But she did say that the two have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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  • Can the Tailgate be Removed For Towing After Installation of Hopkins Tailgate Easy Lift # 74211
  • To install the Hopkins Tailgate Easy Lift, part # 74211 on your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado you will need to remove the tailgate to install the Easy Lift. The Easy Lift is a torsion bar that slides into a hole drilled into the truck bed on one side and into a hole drilled in the tailgate on the other side. If you need to remove your tailgate to tow your fifth wheel trailer, you will need to slide the Easy Lift bar out of the tailgate and the truck bed. I am including a video link to the...
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  • Hopkins Tailgate Lift Assist Compatibility with 2013 Dodge Ram
  • We do have a tailgate assist options for your 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie, however, I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he confirmed that the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211, will not fit the newer generation Dodge trucks (2009 to 2013) due to the internal structure of the tailgate. For your truck, I recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Lowering System, # DZ43300. This system uses a shock absorber to make lowering your tailgate smooth and easy. I have attached a link to the installation...
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  • Hopkins Tailgate Assist # 74211 Installation Advice
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he informed me that the issues you described are very rare, and that anytime something like that has occurred they have replaced the damaged part. He said that all of the Hopkins Tailgate Assist, part # 74211, get X-rayed before they leave to ensure that there are no air bubbles in the potted metal that might compromise the integrity of the metal. He said that your tailgate might have a slight bulge in it once this product is installed but that...
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  • Using the Tailgate EasyLift with the EZ Down Tailgate Lowering System on a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The designs of the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, part # DZ43300 allows these two products to be installed on your 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 without interfering with each other. Our contact at DeeZee stated these two products should work together, however, they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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  • Tailgate Lift Assist System for a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500
  • For a lift assist, you can use Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211 and it takes up 80 percent of the weight of the tailgate. I have linked a video review of this system for you. Or for a Tailgate lowering system for a 2003 GMC Sierra, you would need part # DZ43100. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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  • Can DeeZee Tailgate Assist and Hopkins Easy Lift be Used Together on a 2007 Chevy Silverado Classic
  • The designs of the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, # DZ43100 allows these two products to be installed on your 2007 Chevy Silverado Classic without interfering with each other. Our contact at DeeZee stated these two products should work together, however, they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed. Both products can be installed on the same side of the truck (driver side). I included a link to instructions and a video for you.
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  • Will DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System # DZ43100 Work With Hopkins EasyLift # 74211 on GMC Sierra
  • The designs of the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, part # DZ43100 allows these two products to be installed on your 1999 to 2007 GMC Sierra without interfering with each other. Our contacts at DeeZee and Hopkins stated these two products should work together, however, they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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  • Easy Lift 74211 for 2000 Ford Super Duty Dually
  • Yes, the EasyLift will work on almost all full size Ford pickups made from 1984 on, including duallys. However, it will not work on a Ford Super Crew Cab pickup.
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  • Compatibility of Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist Part # 74211 on 1995 Ford Bronco
  • I spoke with one of my contacts at Hopkins, the manufacturer of the EasyLift Tailgate Assist. I was told that in order to be installed, the tailgate must be removable and be at least 62 inches in width and 19 inches tall. They could not provide any more specific fit information than that, probably due to the age of the vehicle. The rear window should not really have any bearing on the fit, as the torsion spring attaches to the vehicle by slipping into holes drilled into the bottom of...
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  • Fit of Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift on 2010 - F150
  • The Hopkins EasyLift is not a fit for your 2010 F-150, according to Hopkins. We offer the DeeZee # DZ43200 that would be compatible with your truck. This solution would require no drilling, and you would not need to worry about it breaking. While the Hopkins unit is basically a torsion spring that helps raise and lower the tailgate, the DeeZee item will take up some of the weight as the tailgate is lowered, but not when raising it.
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  • Is the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift Compatible with an LED Light Bar Under the Tailgate
  • Light bars can sometimes interfere with the installation of the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211. I spoke with my contact at Hopkins to see if they know of any fit issues with a light bar and he told me they did have some reported complaints about light bars interfering on Dodge trucks, but he did not have any information on GM trucks. I do have some information that will help determine if the EasyLift will fit with your LED light bar. To install the EasyLift on your truck, you will...
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  • Will the Tailgate EasyLift Work on a 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat
  • Yes, this Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 that you referenced will work on all models of 2000-2011 Ford F-150s so this product will work on your 2005 Ford F-150 Supercrew Lariat. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Tailgate Lowering Assist for a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • For a 2008 Chevy Silverado you can use DeeZee tailgate assist # DZ43101. At this time there is no EasyLift system available for the 2008 Silverado. The DeeZee model makes lowering the tailgate easier. You can open the tailgate and the shock will let it down nice and easy like in the animated picture on the product page.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F250
  • For a 2011 Ford F250 you would want the DeeZee Tailgate Assist System # DZ43203. This product is confirmed to fit your vehicle, whereas the Hopkins Tailgate Assist # 74211 you referenced would not work. I attached an install video for the # DZ43203 for you to check out also.
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  • Assistance For Lifting and Lowering the Tailgate on a 2003 Ford F-150
  • For your 2003 Ford F-150, you will need the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Lowering System # DZ43203, as the # DZ43101 you referenced is intended for GM-branded pickups. This item is not intended to assist in closing the tailgate, only in lowering. It has a shock that lowers the tailgate slowly to prevent damage to the tailgate and potential injury to the person attempting to lower the tailgate. I have provided a link to the installation instructions for this item. If you are looking for...
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation For 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and they told me that due to the double wall construction on Chevrolet Silverado pickups newer than 2007, the EasyLift, part # 74211 is not a fit. I would recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, part # DZ43101, for your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. This tailgate assist attaches to the tailgate and has an easy no-drill installation and helps control the drop rate of the tailgate. It works in conjunction with the factory tailgate cables.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist Product for 1997 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Hopkins offers the EasyLift, part # 74211 that makes raising the tailgate easier, but we do not offer anything for that vehicle that would make lowering the tailgate easier. The DeeZee Tailgate Assist you mentioned is unfortunately not compatible with Dodge Ram 3/4 ton models older than the 2003 model year If you would care to view a video showing the Hopkins EasyLift in action, click the provided link.
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  • Will DeeZee Tailgate Assist Fit a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The DeeZee tail gate assist # DZ43300 is not a confirmed fit for the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. We do have the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211 that is listed as a fit. I have included a link to a video showing how the EasyLift works.
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  • Tailgate Lifting and Lowering Assist for a 1996 Dodge Ram
  • The Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211, will fit your 1996 Dodge Ram. It is designed to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. It essentially removes most of the weight of the tailgate making it easier to move. I have included a link to a video review of this item for you. DeeZee has not made and tested a fit for their Tailgate Assist on a 1996 Dodge Ram which is why that vehicle is not listed as a fit.
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  • Using the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift with the DeeZee Tailgate Assist
  • I spoke with my contact at DeeZee and he said that you shouldn't have a problem using the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, and the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, # DZ43300 at the same time on your 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 but since they have not been tested together, it is not a guarantee. Although we have numerous satisfied customers that have not mentioned having any problems with their paint while using the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, you are still dealing with two metal components having contact with...
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  • Does the Tailgate EasyLift part # 74211 Dent Truck Tailgates
  • The slight bulge that few have seen after installing Tailgate EasyLift part # 74211 that you referenced is not a permanent dent. It's just pressure from the rod on the tailgate when its in the down position. If the # 74211 was removed the bulge wouldn't be there. We haven't heard of any issues of the holes wearing either. Only a review where a customer said that he hoped they didn't wear over time. Which we never heard back from the guy saying they did so I would not assume that would...
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation to Lower and Raise 2003 Dodge Ram Tailgate
  • The Dee Zee Tail Gate Lowering System # DZ43300 is confirmed as a fit for your 2003 Dodge Ram Pick up. It will work great to help you lower the tailgate, but it is not designed to assist while raising your tailgate. We do also have the Hopkins Truck Bed Accessories # 74211 that is designed to help raise your tailgate, however it is not intended to help in lowering your tailgate. Both of these items are confirmed as a fit for your truck, and are not intended to be used in conjunction...
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  • Will Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 Fit a 2004 Ford F-150 with New Body Style
  • According to my technical contact at Hopkins the 2004 Ford F-150 with the new body style included a built-in tailgate-lift feature. If used with this Hopkins product the tailgate would not open fully due to the additional spring tension. We do offer a tailgate lowering system from DeeZee, part # DZ43200, that works with the 2004 F-150 with new body style as long as it is not a step-side or flare-side bed. This kit installs easily without drilling using included hardware. Tools required...
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  • Is Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift Compatible With DeeZee Tailgate Assist On 2007 GMC Sierra Classic
  • The design and installation of the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, part # DZ43300 allows these two products to be installed on your 2007 GMC Sierra Classic without touching or interfering with each other. Our contact at DeeZee stated these two products should work together, but since they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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  • Will Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist Fit a 1998 Ford F-150
  • We do not have a fit for an F-100 but the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, will fit the 1998 Ford F-150 as long as it does not have a stepside bed. I have included a link to a video review of the EasyLift for you.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist Device for 2005 Toyota Tundra
  • Although the DeeZee Truck Tailgate Lift you referenced, part # DZ43300 is not a fit for your Tundra, there is a tailgate assist product from Hopkins available, the EasyLift part # 74211. The EasyLift is a torsion spring that acts to remove about 80 percent of the tailgate weight, making it much easier to lift. It works the opposite from the way the DeeZee product does, by helping raise the gate rather than helping to lower it, but it works exceptionally well. To see a product demonstration...
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  • Will the Tailgate EasyLift part # 74211 fit a 2001 Chevy Silverado Stepside
  • Yes, the Tailgate EasyLift part # 74211 that you referenced is confirmed to fit all model 2001 Chevy Silverados so it would work well on your Stepside model. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Tailgate Assist Product for 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • The Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist, part # 74211 is compatible with your 2000 Ram Pickup. The hardened spring steel torsion spring makes a 40 lb tailgate feel like it weighs less than 10 lbs. I've linked a product demonstration video you. The DeeZee # DZ43301 you mentioned is a fit for later-model Ram trucks, unfortunately they don't offer a model compatible with your truck.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 1994 Chevy K1500
  • I have a tailgate assist option that would work on your 1994 Chevy K1500 as long as it's not a stepside, but the part # DZ43301 is only designed for new Dodge trucks so I cannot recommend it for you. Instead you would want the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211. I attached a review video for you to check out.
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