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DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks

DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks

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DeeZee's tailgate-lowering system is the safe way to lower your vehicle's heavy tailgate. Expertly designed and built to last, Tailgate Assist controls the drop of your tailgate, preventing injuries and making loading and unloading easier. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from DeeZee. DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part number DZ43200 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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DeeZee Tailgate - DZ43200

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DeeZee's tailgate-lowering system is the safe way to lower your vehicle's heavy tailgate. Expertly designed and built to last, Tailgate Assist controls the drop of your tailgate, preventing injuries and making loading and unloading easier.


  • Tailgate Assist provides safe, controlled lowering of tailgate
    • Prevents injuries
    • Makes loading and unloading cargo easier
  • Smooth operation with built-in shock absorber and ball-and-socket connection
  • Extensively tested and built to withstand heavy use for the life of your truck
  • Custom designed for your vehicle
    • One kit is all you need for easy opening of your tailgate
  • Easy, no-drill installation - hardware included
  • 3-Year limited warranty

Tailgate opening in a controlled descent using DeeZee Tailgate Assist

DeeZee's Tailgate Assist makes it much easier and safer to lower your heavy tailgate. It helps to prevent injuries and makes opening your tailgate easier on your back, arms and shoulders.

DeeZee Tailgate Assist installed on tailgate

This tailgate-lowering system is custom designed for your vehicle's factory tailgate cable. It uses a shock absorber as well as a ball-and-socket connection at the truck to make opening your tailgate smooth and easy.

The Tailgate Assist is built to last. It's carefully tested to make sure it will stand up to heavy use. Installing a Tailgate Assist takes just a few minutes using the included hardware, and you don't have to drill into your truck bed. Only one Tailgate Assist kit is necessary for your tailgate. Just install it on one side of your tailgate, and you're good to go.

DZ43200 Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System

Installation Details DZ43200 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

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DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks - DZ43200

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (392 Customer Reviews)

DeeZee's tailgate-lowering system is the safe way to lower your vehicle's heavy tailgate. Expertly designed and built to last, Tailgate Assist controls the drop of your tailgate, preventing injuries and making loading and unloading easier.


Works very well. No more accidental slamming/dropping of the tailgate, and no interference with the cable. Install was quick and easy. Highly recommended.


Great product very easy to install.
can install in about 30 minutes!!!!
No more losing control of tailgate falling fast and out of control.

Wonderful !!! What a great product
Wayne - 02/16/2020


I installed one on my Sierra 2011 and I think it could be a little more damping, the gate drops a little hard to my liking, but after I installed a Easy lift (pn 74211 installed without difficulty) , it is perfect.

This one for F150, I will try to install on my Ranger 2011

Did the install on the ranger work?
-- comment by: na - 12/05/2014
ow did it work with your 2011 ford ranger
-- comment by: Ralph - 06/26/2015

I have checked with my contacts at DeeZee and their Tailgate Assist Systems are designed only for use on full size pick up truck tailgates.

-- Etrailer Expert Rachael H - 6/29/2015


Item worked great and as expected. 2010 Ford F-150 XLT. Instructions included are a bit vague, but there are great videos to reference. Easy install. Communication from etrailer has been best in class.


Every part came with the kit and was ready to install. The installation process was smooth and took about 30 minutes when all is said and done. Make sure you have the proper tools to install the nut and bolt at the bottom of the tailgate!


F150. Love this product. Installed quick and almost effortlessly. The wife loves it too, as you pull the lever and pull away reaching for whatever your placing in the bed. The tailgate glides down smooth and quiet. Should be a standard thing on luxury models.


Works great. Took a little more effort to install tailgate attachment. It takes lots of turns. Otherwise installed pretty easy.


I had trouble installing the Tailgate Assist on my 2012 F150. I measured 3/4 inch from the washer to the bolt head on the blind nut tool. After 9 360 degree turns the blind nut was still loose. I made 2 more turns and it was still so loose I could remove it from the opening. I called Customer Service and was told others have had the same problem. The Service Rep said to apply some of the thread lock to the blind nut tool threads and wait for at least 90 minutes. I did, waited 2 hours and tried it again. After 9 full turns the blind nut was still loose. I made 3 more turns and the blind nut tool completely came out with the blind nut partially expanded enough that I couldn't remove it.

After some thought, I clamped the outer edge of the blind nut with a Vise Grip, slid a bushing over the nutsert bolt and slowly turned it with the M5 Allen wrench until it was tight and I had enough threads on the ball mount to install it. I finished the install and it seems to be operating correctly for now.

It still works great!
Horace C - 03/25/2018


Product arrived a day early. Was just as described. Easy install, 15 - 20 min.
Excellent product from an excellent co.


I ordered this for my son's truck as a Christmas gift. The tailgate assist was shipped the same day. Communications via email with the company is phenomenal! Packages are shipped promptly and are followed up on by the company. is a great company to do business with! Getting back to the tailgate assist, we have not installed it on my son's truck yet but I installed one on my own truck. I love this thing. It took 15 minutes to install and works great! I highly recommend it!


Works really well. The installation is straightforward. If you didn’t know is aftermarket you’d think the truck came with it.


Installed on a Ford F150 Lariat. Easy to install but Had a problem with the 9 full turns to set the nut. Played with it for a little white (trial and error) to avoid over tightening. Unit installed and it works great. Wife likes dropping tail gate now. Very easy down - very well shocked absorbed. There is little if any spring to lessen the weight to lift (close) the tail gate. Tail gate down - great; tail gate up - no change.

After a year all things great. I am surprised that it is not on the trucks from the factory.
Rick B - 06/20/2015


I love this product, as well as the wife. It is nice to have a system finally that allows the tailgate to drop easily without the slam or knocking you off balance if on an uneven surface. It installed simply, took about 15 minutes (mostly my referring back to the instructions), and still works as good today as when installed over a year ago. I was surprised that it was just one shock absorber and not two, but surprisingly the one does the job perfectly.

Its been over a year and this tailgate assist from DeeZee still works just as good as the day I installed. I recommend it to anyone that asks about it.
Jim N - 12/06/2017


Quick and easy install. Tailgate drops nice and easy now.


The Tailgate Assist was great. No need to "catch" the tailgate as it was being lowered. It's just too bad that it doesn't help with raising it back up. We traded in our Ford F-150 for a F-250. The Tailgate Assist is one of the first accessories I ordered for it.


I had a little trouble getting the nut to attach to the tailgate. But after several tries and a lot of pressure pushing it against the tailgate it finally worked. Once this was done no other problems with installing the rest. The system works great just as advertised. I have already recommended it to several people.

Still working great. Best thing I ever bought
Stan L - 05/18/2015


Ordered this item regular shipping on a Wednesday and received on Monday. Great service I have not installed the tailgate assist yet due to weather but it will be no problem with the install and I feel it will work great. If not I will let you know.


Great, no more falling tail gate now its nice and smooth. Great product and installed in no time.
Toppy - 01/12/2016


Ordered 10/19/15 arrived 10/22/15 and installed on truck with no problems.
Instruction were great, easy installation, works great. Will by from etrailer again.
No need post picture reviews all ready pictures.

Working great after one ýear.
Richard H - 10/22/2016


Etrailer can’t seem to disappoint, no matter how many opportunities I give them.
I placed an order on Monday 2/9/15 and received a notification within a few hours stating the order had already shipped yea right! It arrived on the third day, Wednesday 2/11/15. FYI, crow is best served with hot sauce!
I ordered two clearance lights for a boat trailer and a tailgate assist for my F-150 so my wife can’t drop the tailgate anymore. Both showed up as promised and I installed the shock that afternoon, works like a charm very smooth. I haven't installed the boat lights yet, but seem to be as described and get installed this weekend.
Etrailer has never disappointed this shopper, and I see no reason that they would start any time soon.
Thanks Etrailer


Product fit my truck as advertised. Easy to install, with good directions. Completed in 15 minutes. Keeps my tailgate from slamming down on opening.


I bought this ezdown tailgate gas shock one year ago and its working as good as day one. I love this product.

This is year 2 of having the ezdown gas shock & its surprising still working Perfect my tailgate is up-and-down at least 12 times A-day So it is really getting put to the test.
Craig S - 07/07/2019


This Tailgate lowering system from DeeZee is GREAT!!! I have no idea why Ford doesn't install them from the factory? It was soooo easy to install (10 minutes) and works GREAT! etrailer did a great job shipping and providing tracking information to exactly where my package was at all times and email updates to. I will buy from etrailer again in the future.


I had watch various installation videos prior to my purchase of this product. The videos are spot on. My installation time was about 20 minutes. That included setting everyone out to include all the tools necessary to install this part. So, I did not have to look at the instruction for the installation. Having said that, I did read through it and it was covered in your installation video. I just like the nice gentle drop of the tailgate at a nice slow rate and no more dropping the tailgate hard. I am really pleased with this tailgates assist mechanism.


Received the DeeZee Tailgate assist on time and in excellent shape. Instructions were clear and easy to understand. Took me approx. 20 minutes to install.Worked like a charm couldn't be happier great product. I would definetly recommend this tailgate assist to my friends.


I cannot find any bad things to say about all of my shopping experiences here with etrailer. The lastest item I bought was the ezee lift tailgate package. I installed it in a matter of minutes. I did run across a bump in the road but I contacted etrailer and they immediatley responded and we're working on to resolve it. I will continue to shop at etrailer, they're good people and they stand behind their work.

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Ask the Experts about this DeeZee Tailgate

  • Will DeeZee Tailgate Assist Work on 2014 Ford F-150 Platinum with Step in Tailgate
    Yes, the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43200 will work on your 2014 Ford F-150 Platinum with a step in the tailgate and is a great way to easily control the lowering of your truck's tailgate. I have added a link to a video review as well as an install of this system on a F-150 for you to take a look at.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist For 2014 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
    The DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System, part # DZ43200 is designed to help make it safer when lowering the tailgate on your truck. I have attached a link to an installation video for this system on a 2013 F-150 but the installation will be very similar to your 2014. You can order this system by visiting the product page on our website and just adding it to the shopping cart.
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  • How to Tighten Insert for DeeZee Tailgate Assist on 2014 Ford F-150
    The installation details for the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43200 does recommend tightening the insert 9 times, however it is not a requirement. Often it will require more than this for it to be tight enough. I recommend simply continuing to tighten the insert until it has expanded enough for a tight and secure fit. If you are still having issues, please let me know and I will be happy to look into this further.
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  • Is there a Video Showing the Removal of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist
    The only video we currently have on the DeeZee tailgate assist # DZ43200 is our installation videos on the 2011 and 2013 Ford F-150. To remove it, you can simply pull the shock off of the ball joints. Unfortunately, there isn't a video showing it at this time.
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  • Tailgate Assist for 2015 Ford F-350 Recommendation
    For your 2015 Ford F-350 the tailgate assist you need is part # DZ43203. It is important that the nutsert fit snugly in the pre-drilled hole (see video). The pre-drilled hole is usually round, not oval (see image). Check out the video and see if you are looking at the correct hole (it is located near the hinge.) However, some customers have written that the hole in their tailgate is more oval and they were able to file the hole to make the nutsert fit snugly. As long as the nutsert fits...
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  • Fit of # DZ43200 Tailgate Assist on 2014 Ford F150 Raptor
    The # DZ43200 tailgate assist fits all models of the 2014 F150. I've confirmed this for you with DeeZee. If you click the provided link, you can see an installation video.
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  • Can the DeeZee Tailgate Assist be Used in Extreme Cold Weather
    I spoke with my contact at DeeZee and she informed me that they haven't tested the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate Assist part # DZ43200 at -40 degrees so they can't say for certain if it would work for you, but they (and us) have sold a ton of these and have yet to hear of an issue where cold weather caused a problem, so it would most likely be just fine. I attached a review video for you to check out to the right as well.
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  • Recommendation for a Loose Insert of a DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200
    When tightening the insert of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200 in your tailgate it is not required that you only tighten it 9 turns. Generally that is the amount of turns that gets it tight, but if after 9 turns it is still loose you can continue to tighten it until the insert has expanded enough that it is tight.
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  • Tailgate Assist That Fits 2013 Ford F-150 Platinum
    We do have a tailgate assist that will fit and work with your 2013 Ford F-150 Platinum, the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43200. Tailgate assists are a custom-fit product, so while you were on the right track, the two other DeeZee part numbers you mentioned would not work for your truck. I have added a link to a video install of the # DZ43200 on a 2013 Ford F-150 for you to check out, as well as a link to the written installation instructions,...
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  • Removal DZ Shock from Installed Tail Gate Assist
    No special tool is needed to remove the # DZ43200 tailgate assist, you'll just need to pull in a slow steady manner and it will pop off. You can try hitting the spot where the shock meets the ball with a spray lubricant and letting it soak for a few minutes before pulling. Or, you could use a # 50 torx to remove the cable bolt which will allow the plate that the ball is attached to to come off.
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  • Fit of DeeZee DZ43200 Tailgate Assist on 2005 Ford F150
    The # DZ43200 Tailgate Assist is a fit for 2004 - 2014 Ford F-150 models, so it will indeed fit your 2005 Ford F150, regardless of the cab/bed configuration. I've linked to an install video that you might find helpful.
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  • Recommended Deezee Tailgate Assist for my 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor
    The DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part # DZ43200 is a confirmed for for your 2010 F-150 Raptor. I was able to confirm this with DeeZee. Check out the install video I linked for you.
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  • How Do You Uninstall the DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200?
    For getting the shock off of the ball joint of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43200, I recommend trying to remove the shock when the truck bed is not fully open. This is because there could be some extra tension on the shock when you try to remove it from the ball joint. Around a 45 degree angle should be fine to give you the slack you need. Also, you may need to use pliers to help remove the shock. Feel free to use a rag in between the...
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  • Tailgate-Lowering System for a 2006 Ford F-150 Flareside STX
    Thanks for the picture! Yes, the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks item # DZ43200 fits all models of the 2006 Ford F-150. This will fit your Flareside STX.
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  • Is It Normal For My DeeZee Lift To Operate Slower in Cold Temperatures
    I did some research on the DeeZee website and your DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks, part # DZ43200, will operate more slowly when the temperature drops. I believe this is because the oil becomes less viscous in colder temperatures. Per DeeZee, you should not add any force to your tailgate assist to help it along. If this is not the case and your tailgate assist has a malfunction, it does come with a 3-year warranty. I have included a product review...
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  • Tailgate Assist for 2005 Ford F-150
    The DeeZee # DZ43200 tailgate lowering assist fits 2004-2014 Ford F-150 models, so it'll work great on your 2005 F-150, regardless of its bed length or configuration. If you use the provided link, you can see an install video.
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  • Replacement Nutsert for the DeeZee Custom Tailgate Assist 2013 Ford F-150
    The Replacement Bracket Kit part # BKT43200 has the nutsert that you will need for the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate part # DZ43200 on your 2013 Ford F-150.
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  • Compatability of DeeZee Tailgate Assist System On Step Integrated Tailgate
    The DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43200 and the Replacement Bracket Kit for DZ43200 Tailgate # BKT43200 are confirmed to fit both your 2013 F-150 with step integrated tailgate as well as your 2014 with standard tailgate. The fit is not dependent on tailgate step integration. This however will not fit on a flareside or stepside model.
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  • Replacement Ball Bracket for the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate Part # DZ43200
    In order to replace the ball bracket on the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate part # DZ43200 you will want the Replacement Bracket Kit part # BKT43200.
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  • Replacement Ball Mount for DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200
    To replace the ball mount bracket portion of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200 you can use part # BKT43200, which infludes the torx wrench, nutsert tool, and plate. The ball mount is not available by itself. I'm not quite sure why this piece is braking on your setup. I recommend making sure that the ball mount is properly torqued to 8 foot pounds when installing it and that you are using thread lock on the threads to help keep it in place. Also make sure that the threads on the nutsert...
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  • Which DeeZee Tailgate Assist is Recommended for 2010 Ford F-150
    For your 2010 Ford F-150 the DeeZee tailgate assist part # DZ43200 is a confirmed fit and will work well. We had the chance to install this on a similar 2011 F-150 and we found it fit and worked well. Check out the install video I attached for more info.
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  • Recommended Dee Zee Tailgate Lift Assist for 2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    The DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43200 is for Ford and Lincoln vehicles but we do offer the similar kit made for your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. You can use Dee Zee kit # DZ43300. This installs without any drilling and all hardware is included. Please refer to the linked video to see more on this item.
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  • Tailgate Assist For 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    The tailgate assist that you will want for your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43102. My contact at DeeZee said that the 2015 Silverado trucks come with a tailgate assist already installed, which is why this tailgate assist is listed as a fit for the Silverado Work Truck. However, if your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 does not already have the tailgate assist, the # DZ43102 will work well for your LS.
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  • DeeZee Tailgate Assist for 2012 Ford F150 Platinum
    For your 2012 F150 Platinum, you would want to use the DeeZee Tailgate Assist part # DZ43200, which is a confirmed fit for your truck. If you click the provided link, you can see an installation video.
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