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Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

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Install this torsion bar between your truck bed and tailgate to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your truck. The EasyLift ensures controlled movement so that you can access your truck bed with just one hand. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from Hopkins. Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist part number 74211 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Install this torsion bar between your truck bed and tailgate to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your truck. The EasyLift ensures controlled movement so that you can access your truck bed with just one hand.


  • Lift assist allows you to easily lift and lower your truck bed tailgate
    • Torsion bar takes on the weight of the tailgate to make it easy to open
    • Stress on the bar is released when you close the tailgate, making it easy to close
  • Controlled descent reduces wear and helps prevent damage to hinges
  • Hardened steel torsion bar is strong and durable
  • Fast, easy installation between your truck bed and tailgate - drilling required
    • Torsion bar slides into hole drilled into the truck bed
    • Other side of bar slides into hole drilled into the tailgate
    • Included template helps with installation


  • Application: most pickup trucks
  • Length: 32-3/4" overall
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Relieve strain while lifting or lowering your tailgate with this easy-to-install torsion bar. The bar installs between the truck bed and the tailgate, allowing it to work with truck toppers, tonneau covers, and even spray-on and plastic bed liners. You will be able to lift your tailgate with ease because the torsion bar makes your 30- or 40-lb tailgate feel like it weighs just 4 to 7 lbs.

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EASYLIFT Hopkins Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

Item # 74211

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Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist - 74211

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (467 Customer Reviews)

Install this torsion bar between your truck bed and tailgate to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your truck. The EasyLift ensures controlled movement so that you can access your truck bed with just one hand.


This is truly an amazing product. Works great. Lowers the tailgate a little faster than I thought it would, but raising the tailgate is definitely a one or two finger process. Most of the weight of the tailgate is gone. Would recommend this product for anyone wanting an easier way to raise and lower those heavy truck tailgates

Great, best improvement ever
Larry A - 03/31/2022

1996 Ford F-150

I have an older Ford 150 and the tailgate is really heavy. I was able to install this without any helper, although it would have been nice if I did have someone. So far I really like it. Installation took about 30 minutes. The template I used for the corner post, but eyeballed the tailgate hole. Worked out great.

1996 Ford 150- has been working great. This tailgate was built out of steel and extremely heavy. So glad I found this spring.
Wayne - 04/26/2022


Ingenious! A simple, inexpensive modification that makes life so much easier. My only question is why I didn't do it earlier. And etrailer is always unmatched in terms of knowledge, service, and price.

Love it! Simple and smart. Makes life so much easier.
David - 04/14/2022


I read through the directions twice, and drilled my holes in the tailgate, and in the truck bed itself on my 2006 Tundra Double Cab. The template helped a lot, and having a friend help made it possible to fit the tailgate back onto the truck after the torsion bar was installed. Now the tailgate is so much easier to open and close.


I carefully followed the instructions. Had to get a strong neighbor to help lift and maneuver the tailgate. Using the supplied template, all my measurements were correct. We struggled to reattach the tailgate, but very happy with the outcome.

I love showing others how easy the tailgate is to open and close. My wife and I are 60 yrs old, both with hernias. I am so glad we installed the torsion bar. We’ve no issues with the bar, no failures at all. The tailgate functions perfectly every time. 2009 Dodge Ram 3500, 8ft bed.
Dennis K - 03/01/2022


Installation was quick and easy. It makes lifting that heavy tailgate a breeze. Very glad I bought this.


Have a 7.3 OBS and those tailgates are extra heavy and drop real fast once opened. I wanted something to make it easy for my wife to open and close, and kids not to get brain damage from accidentally opening it. This product did exactly that! Easy installation (took about 15 min). My tailgate drops and picks up so much better now.


the only problem i have with it is I have to make sure I tuck the rubber clip on behind it when I shut the tailgate. To make sure it latches shut - if not it will pop open on some of the gravel roads I drive on.


It is definitely a two person install albeit I managed by myself but not without doubling the install time. It’s not difficult to install but rather that holding the tailgate while trying to to do the final steps takes some muscle. Having said that after a year it’s been flawless. I was convinced it would make some sort of noise eventually but nothing. I love it. I can lower/raise my tailgate with my pinky finger.


I followed the instuctions,The product ended up making a dimple in my tailgate.I immediately removed the product and thru it away.Do not purchase this product!!!!!


Had this truck for and hated the heavy tailgate for 25 years. 1995 GMC Sierra 2wd 1,500, short bed, standard width (not step side.) I wish I’d known about this torsion bar years ago. So very simple to install. Maybe an older product version had different template design, but this one I purchased Nov 2019 has absolutely correct hole placement. FOLLOW THE TEMPLATE & INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY!!!
I read the reviews stating incorrect hole location for their model. One was a Dodge saying A side hole was wrong. My template had a different location for Dodge marked same as that customers final install hole. Another stated B hole was off and recommended using the bar as the template, but I bet he drilled B location for the torsion bar installed at a straight up into the tailgate 90 degree. The design is for the bar to go into the tailgate and then slide toward the passenger side until the white mark on the B side is at the hole in the tailgate. If it’s only installed straight up, then it can work itself downward with road vibration falling out of the tailgate completely or partially causing damage when it’s next opened. I also suspect this is the cause for the review of torsion bar imprinting the outer skin of the tailgate, it was not fully inside the tailgate to that white paint mark on the torsion bar. Also I noticed the tailgate didn’t lay fully down as mentioned by other reviews, until I moved the bar fully in to the B side white mark. THERSE ISSUES ARE ONLY IF ONE OVERTHINKS THE INSTALL DIRECTIONS & TEMPLATE AND DECIDES THEY ARE INCORRECT. SAVE YOURSELF FROM PROBLEMS WITH FUNCTION AND EXTRA HOLES DRILLED. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR TRUCK MODEL NO MATTER IF YOU ARE SURE THEY ARE WRONG. I’m 47, disabled, multiple level spinal injury and advanced carpal tunnel in both wrist. I was able to install this with my cordless drill. On my 95 GMC, the torsion bar was a very snug fit behind the drivers side tailgate pivot hinge. It would not go into its final location without some persuasion. I followed install directions exactly. I liberally coated all torsion bar to truck metal contact points with very thick grease. It functions very smooth, quiet, and it’s like I’m opening the tailgate on a $75k 2019 Denali. I have absolutely nothing negative to say except mad at myself I didn’t do this years ago. I recommend this to everyone. The torsion bar helps you lift the tailgate to close and supports the weight on the way down. The hydraulic assist struts only slow the drop, they do not help with lifting the tailgate to close. The torsion bar does both.


Does the job, but almost too much tension in the bar. Tailgate won’t open flat so it’s a little inconvenient from that perspective . Probably wouldn’t buy knowing this, but leaving installed for my wife who it was purchased for.

Bob, I took a look at your account and see that you have a 2005 Ford F-150 which this is not a fit for. I believe that is why your tailgate will not open flat. I recommend to get the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part # DZ43200
DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks
which is designed for the 2005 unless it is a Stepside or Flareside model.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 02/24/2022


Don’t order! Supposed to be gas shock installed on side of tailgate. This requires removing the tailgate and drilling

For this system drilling is required. The torsion bar slides into hole that is drilled into the truck bed. For a 1996 Ford 15, it does not work with a Stepside or Flareside model.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/10/2022


The lift has been a back saver. Why should just the new truck tailgates have torsion bars, huh?

1997 Dodge Ram Pickup

I really am quite satisfied with the tail gate helper springs. I only have one suggestion and that is on some models of Dodge Ram you may have to change the install slightly. Don,t know if I am the only one who has had this problem but for the hole drilled in the left hand hinge area , I had to lower the hole about two inches. Not a big deal but drilling at the suggested location made the spring bind with the left hand hinge. Lowering this hole took care of the problem and let me tell you this spring makes the tailgate weigh about 1 pound. I will attach pics to help explain .

2010 Ford F-150

I installed this assist on a 2004 F150 and it only took about 10 minutes to drill the two holes. I had to wait some time for my neighbor to get home so I had someone to help install the tailgate with the assist. It took us about 10 minutes also but part of that time was spent explaining to my neighbor how the tailgate mount system works. When we had the tailgate back in place, the spring is so strong that the tailgate remains partially raised (about 20 degrees). I called Tech support at Hopkins and the person said that the 2004 F150 may already have a spring assist in the tailgate and that would explain why the gate does not open flat. I could not see any factory assist springs so I don't know if he was correct or not. I will put up with the not opening flat as the benefit out weights this minor issue. I can now close the gate with one finger!


Sorry, I couldn't get it to work. I measured twice and drilled once. It just would not fit in the holes that I drilled. But, no go.

You mentioned that it would not fit with the holes that you had drilled. I wanted to ask if you would be able to send a picture. How big where the holes that were drilled.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/14/2022


wish I had this 24 years ago it is amazing the difference it makes tailgate now light as a feather


I was thrilled over the weekend when I finally got a neighbor to help me install my EasyLift tailgate system. It went on just as the included instructions suggested, and works great. I am so glad I finally got it installed.
Thank you for supplying this great product.

The Easy Lift tailgate torsion bar worked great, and then my tailgate got damaged and needed replacement. The body shop declined to install the unit as it was not a Toyota made product. I havent taken the time to re-install it on the new tailgate but will eventually. Its worthwhile doing.
Garrett - 11/23/2021

1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Got the easy lift tailgate. Wow. Didn't think this would work, but it does and its fantastic. It's simple to install, no moving parts and very reasonable for the price. Can now operate my tailgate with one hand without breaking my wrist. Great product.

1997 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty

Performs about as advertised. Standard multi application installation instructions.

Would not recommend if you remove your tailgate for any reason, or plan to.


This is one excellent add on. Easy to install . Fair price. Everyone says what a functional add on. Wife can now work the tailgate with ease.


I love my EasyLift. I was struggling, with my truck's heavy tailgate before and now it is just one handed to raise or lower the tailgate. Being into my 80's, strength in the arms does diminish and this is a great aid. Now I can have some sacks of groceries in one hand and close the tailgate with the other.

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I have seen this product for a number of years and finally got around to buying one. Excellent product. I can't tell you it takes 80% of the weight of the tailgate, but what I can tell you it makes a HUGE difference in the amount of effort to raise and lower the tailgate. My wife can now easily operate the tailgate with 1 hand. I am glad I made the purchase and did not put it off as I did previously. You definately need a helper on this one. I'm 6'2" 250 and had no problem getting the tailgate off my F250 off. Trying to install this by youself would be very difficult. I highly recommend this product. One note: If I installed this correctly on a 2006 F250 you need to remove the tail light to remove the bolts holding the rubber tailgate stop to drill the hole in the back of the truck.


The torsion arm works great. It is strong enough it will hold the tailgate at half open. It was easy to install. Just make sure you don’t have it shipped USPS it will take forever

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