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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. Great Prices for the best tailgate from DeeZee. DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part number DZ43203 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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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.

DZ43203 Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System

Item # DZ43203

Installation Details DZ43203 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

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DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks - DZ43203

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (413 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.


It really helps dropping the tailgate with the fifth wheel hooked up. I added a second one to the other side since it has a lock on it so it doesn’t pop out of the hinge. I can pull the handle and let it go.


After a year, it's still dropping slow! I love this product. I bought 2 of them. One for my '99 Superduty and one for my '16 Superduty. Both work as great as the day I installed them. Install was very simple with a few tools and instructions are clear. I highly recommend this to every dude I see slamming there tailgates down. Don't be that guy. You won't regret it.


Just got my Second tail gate lowering System .there great easy for the wife to use and I don’t worry about tailgate fall on the grandkids


As advertised. My sons were typical boys letting tailgate drop and slam. Guess it makes them feel like they are working. Anyway, now even my old self can open and close. Excellent upgrade.


very helpful web site and delivery of item was on time. I will for sure order from etrailer again.


This product is the easiest to install and most helpful to use modification on my truck, for the price...the return on investment is excellent. I've ordered and installed these tailgate assists on four different Ford Superdutys and every one of them has worked so well that I, well, installed them on four of my trucks! It's a pleasure to just pop the tailgate latch and let go as the tailgate slowly lowers itself, especially helpful when my hands/arms are full with something...Kudos to the inventor!!

One year later and that lift assist is still working like a warrior. Like many extreme cold states, my truck is abused by weather, road conditions and general use, yet this product performs like the day I installed it..a wise purchase for anyone wanting a tailgate assist!
Ralph - 04/12/2020


This is the only one I found that worked on my 2016 F 250. A year later and it is still working.


So I’ve had this installed quite a while now and I’m very happy with it the tailgate lowers quickly at first then slows down for the last 1/2 of the travel I would love to have lower even slower but definitely an improvement

I have no regrets it’s been a year now and still working like when it was first installed
Mike T - 12/27/2021


I found this very easy to install on my 2012 F350. It works great!

It’s still working great! I did have to remove it to remove my tailgate while installing a LED light bar but the quick disconnect clips made it easy.
Lantz - 08/20/2022


This product allows my younger kids to open the tailgate safely. You just pull up on tailgate release and it opens smooth and controlled. Also nice if your hands are full and you don't like the dropping and slamming of the stock style tailgate.


Installed on my 2004 F-250 and am extremely pleased with the product. It was easy to install and works great!
For those who might be interested, I ordered two kits and installed one on each side of the tailgate. The passenger side requires a few added steps. First, the hole for the threaded ball mount has to be drilled up to 31/64". Primer the bare edges. Next, the tailgate hinge on the passenger side is made to allow removing the tailgate. The shock will tend to pull the tailgate hinge up and out as it drops. Simple fix is to install a hose clamp around the hinge and it stays in place. Before that is done, there is a rubber insert in the hinge and it should be greased or it will make a bit of noise as the tailgate drops. Having the two shocks on there lowers the tailgate slower and takes all the torque off just the one on the driver's side.

Still working great after a year of use.
David - 03/11/2021


I bought the DeeZee Easy Tailgate for my 2015 F250 Super Duty after reading reviews from other owners. My tailgate is quite heavy since it has the step assist system which slides inside the tailgate, and I don’t like to just let it go and bang at the bottom. I actually ordered two because of the weight of the tailgate, thinking it might be needed. I installed just one DeeZee Easy Tailgate a year ago and have no issues whatsoever. Now, when I lower the tailgate, I just pull the latch and let it go. It opens slow enough to not bang when fully opened. I still have the second one I bought, just incase the one installed ever fails. I highly recommend the DeeZee Tailgate for a smooth opening of your tailgate.

Great! I love the easy it lowers the tailgate. Still as good as new.
R. D - 03/02/2021


Did EXACTLY as advertised. Got it installed per the directions. Love how the tailgate doesn't slam down anymore.


Great instructions, easy to install. Glad it came with the torq bit tool so only typical tooling is needed. It works mostly like I expected, it will dampen the tailgate going down in the last half of motion. Some that I've seen, factory versions, they control the speed of the tailgate all the way, whereas this one, your tailgate will start off fast but slow down the last half of the range. Not an issue just something to be aware of in case you have a different expectation. I feel confident in letting my kids open my tailgate now and not having it slam down on them. Well worth the $[XX] for my 2008 F-350.

Still working great, actually its used in an ongoing prank to unsuspecting people. We open the tailgate and let go, they panic to catch it, but by the time they get to it the shock absorber has it under control...hehe
scott - 03/26/2020


Bought a tailgate lowering system
last year and does love it .
Wondering why in 2013 Ford never had that on their pickup F450 Platinum.
Just a few dollars made such a difference.
Easy to install and work very well.
Thanks to Etrailer to sell this product.
Regards Rene.

Great love it.
Rene R - 04/12/2018


The tailgate assist product was not what I had expected, I had hoped it would help take some of the weight off the gate to make it easier to lift also, it did help some but not what I had expected. Maybe I need to install the spring bar also. It is very hard for my wife to shut the tail gate.
It does a good job in lowering but not in lifting.

The spring bar system is probably what you are looking for. This assist from DeeZee is designed to slowly let the tail gate lower, it will not really help with lifting the tail gate back into position like a spring bar device would. Pairing them together may be too much and would prevent the tail gate from coming all the way down, but we have not tested them together yet. The spring bar sized for your 2007 Ford Superduty is part 74211 from Hopkins.
-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 02/28/2014


Easy to install and does the job! I didn't like that you had to take out the rubber cushion for the tailgate—that stops the tailgate from vibrating too much when it's closed. Other than that, it was good!


This gadget is the best mod I have ever added to a vehicle. It allows dropping the tailgate with one hand without slamming it open. I LOVE IT!! Simple installation, no drilling. Wish I had done this sooner and on previous other trucks.

I installed this 1 year ago and I STILL LOVE IT! Best invention ever! Super easy to install and use. If you dont have one yet, get one. You wont regret it.
Mike M - 03/04/2021


Tired of your tailgate falling on you every time you open it up.Get the DZ tailgate lowering assist . It was easy to install no drilling required it only took ten minutes and it works perfect on my f250.

Fantastic I recommend it to others and they have bought it I give it 10 stars
Kyle - 01/01/2019


The first one I received worked for about 2 months, then the shock started coming off the tailgate. I contacted and they got me a replacement that is working fantastic as of right now. The difference seems to be that the first shock that I installed didn't work correctly, would only start working about 1 inch before the tailgate hit the end of the cables. The new shock in the newer package is working from the start of lowering of the tailgate and has much more resistance when it is lowered. Thank you for the help Etrailer.


I actually installed two of these on my tailgate, which required reaming out the other (passenger) side's hole and locking the tailgate removal slot with a rubber sleeve and hose clamp. Haven't had an issue yet and it feels like there's a lot less stress throughout the system.


This was easy to install and works great on my Ford F150.

So far the tailgate shock works great.
Mark B - 07/29/2021


I purchased both the Hopkins Easy Lift and the DeeZee Tail Gate assist. I was concerned with a potential interference issue with nothing being confirmed in all reviews that I could find online. I installed both in about 2 hours on my 2004 Ford F350 Supercab Duelly . I operated the tailgate with the DeeZee by itself, lowers smoothly, a little fast and you still have the weight of the tailgate to lift close. With the Hopkins Easy Lift installed and the DeeZee installed the tailgate lowers smoothly (no slam) and is easy to to close (one hand two fingers). There is no interference issues with both installed , both work well together. I am happy I bought both. For the price it's a great value as a retrofit. Now I can unlatch the tailgate start the downward motion and let go it smoothly lowers. To lift two fingers easily closes the tailgate. Please add this review to your web information. GREAT GREAT VALUE and performance. Sorry no pictures I am an old fa-t and don't know how to transfer pictures to the web. The white Duelly in your web reviews is accurate (change the color to red and you have mine). As far as instructions for both they are fair, DeeZee could add how to remove the damper after installed to the ball pins. As for the Hopkins hole "A" dimension is accurate ( this is the hole common to the left vertical box side) install the torsion bar and then mark the tailgate to match the mark on the torsion bar. Drill tailgate as instructed in on package. The part I received was marked "B" on both ends. But not difficult to know which was "A"and "B". Again five stars GREAT GREAT VALUE.


E-trailer is a great company to deal with. They are very communicative and responsive. The part I ordered is exactly what I needed because their website makes it easy to find the right part.


like the way the tailgate doesnt come slamming down when I open it. I just unlatch and let go! Seems to be holding up very well.

Still working great, great product
Dan C - 01/18/2021

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  • Tailgate Assist that Fits 2016 Ford F-250
    For your 2016 Ford F-250 the DeeZee Tailgate assist part # DZ43203 is a confirmed fit and would work well. Your tailgate step would not be an issue for this either.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist for 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    We have the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43203 that is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty. This will ease the movement of your tailgate especially in lowering to give it more controlled assistance as it lowers. There really isn't anything to help specifically with the lift, but this product will help to some extent with a more controlled lift as the shock absorber retracts. I've attached an installation video to assist
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  • Does DeeZee Tailgate Assist Fit 2008 Ford F-350 with Tailgate Step and Handle
    DeeZee does not exclude the fit of their DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43203 for the versions of the 2008 Ford F-350 that have the tailgate step and handle like what you have so this would fit and work well. Your tailgate is pretty heavy but this will help make lowering it easier. I attached an install video of this kit installed on a 2008 Ford F-350 similar to yours for you to check out too.
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  • DeeZee Tailgate Assist for 2011 Ford F250 With Step Integrated Into Tailgate
    According to my contact at DeeZee, their # DZ43203 Tailgate Assist is compatible with tailgate step equipped models of the 2011 F250. Because the tailgate is indeed heavier than normal, the tailgate will lower more quickly, but my contact assures me that there should be no problems with any of the anchors being pulled out as long as the Tailgate Assist is installed correctly according to the installation instructions.
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  • Removal of Tailgate with DeeZee # DZ43203 Tailgate Assist Installed
    You'll be able to remove the Tailgate Assist very easily. The DeeZee Tailgate Assist attaches to the side of the tailgate and the side of the tailgate opening using a ball and socket. You'll be able to simply pull the assist off both mounts by reversing the procedure seen in the video I've linked you to. Simply fast forward the video to the 2:20 mark, and you can see how the assist simply pushes onto the mounts attached to the truck.
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  • Can the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate Work on Both Sides
    No according to DeeZee the Custom Tailgate Assist part # DZ43203 can only be used on the driver's side of the tailgate. The passenger side of the vehicle has the slot that allows the tailgate to be removed. The slot that allows the tailgate to be removed on the passenger's side has an additional bracket for support that will interfere with the attachment point on the Custom Tailgate Assist.
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  • Tailgate Assist For 2012 Ford F-250
    I spoke with my contact at Hopkins about the tailgate assist for your 2012 Ford F-250. Due to the construction of the tailgates on newer model pickup trucks the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211 will not work. I recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, part # DZ43203 for your truck. This system is an easy no-drill installation and helps prevent injuries when lowering the tailgate on your truck.
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  • Tailgate Assist that Fits 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    The Hopkins torsion spring you mentioned is not listed as a fit for your 2016 Ford F-350 but we have the DeeZee part # DZ43203 which will allow tailgate to lower slower and not slam down. It does not allow it to close easier though.
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  • Does DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 Fit 2016 F-350
    The Deezee Tailgate Assist part # DZ43203 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Ford F-350. We can't recommend the use of two of these units on your truck but with just the one you should feel a significant difference and I would highly doubt you would want to add a second.
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  • Can DeeZee Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 Be Removed for 5th Wheel Towing
    Installation of the DeeZee Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 is simple enough and this unit can indeed be easily removed and stored during your 5th wheel towing season or if you want to load a truck camper. Please refer to the linked video for illustration of the installation process.
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  • Where Does Nutsert of DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 Insert In To
    I attached a picture that shows the hole that the nutsert of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 that you referenced will need to install into. It sounds like you may have a SuperCrew model that does not have the hole needed. The picture is from the install video for this system that I attached that shows this product being installed on a 2003 Ford F series truck just like yours. If you still can't find the hole feel free to email me back a picture of your...
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  • DeeZee # DZ43203 Tailgate on 2008 Ford F350 King Ranch
    According to DeeZee, the tailgate on your 2008 King Ranch is heavier by a few pounds than the tailgate of the 2003 F250 shown in the video. The reason your tailgate drops before the assist grabs it is this weight difference, it doesn't indicate a problem or defect with the tailgate assist itself.
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  • Which DeeZee Tailgate Assist Fits a 2002 Ford F150
    There are subtle differences in the different DeeZee Tailgate Assist systems, they're designed to fit a particular model and generation of truck so they're not interchangable. For a 2002 Ford F150, you'd use the DZ43203. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video showing the tailgate assist being installed on a 2003 Ford F250. The procedure shown would be the same for your 2002 F150.
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  • Tailgate Lift Assist for 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    While there is a lift assist that fits your 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty, it isn't from Hopkins, it is from DeeZee. The part you need is the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203. The DeeZee will work superbly on your '14 F-350 and installs very easily, as you can see from the link below of the instructions I added.
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  • Best Tailgate Assist for a 2015 Ford F-350
    In regards to a tailgate assist for a 2015 Ford F-350, there's only one option I am aware of aside from factory installed equipment, the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part # DZ43203. The DeeZee Assist works great, reducing the weight and speed of the tailgate while lowering. It's easy to install and requires no modifications.
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  • What Tailgate Lift Assist Works with My 2000 Ford F-150 Flareside?
    The part of tailgate assist you need for your 2000 Ford F-150 Flareside is the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43203. This tailgate assist will fit all models of the 2000 Ford F-150.
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  • Tailgate Assist for 2015 Ford F250 w/ Tailgate Step Option
    We do indeed offer a tailgate assist for a 2015 Ford F250 Super Duty, part # DZ43203. This is compatible with tailgates equipped with the slide out step. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video. This particular assist takes much of the weight of the tailgate, allowing it to be lowered safely.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist for 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    For your 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty the tailgate assist you need is part # DZ43203. This helps control the lowering of the tailgate with the built-in shock absorber. One kit is all that is needed for easy opening of the tailgate on your F-350. This is an easy no-drill installation.
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  • Tailgate Lift Assist Kit for 2013 Ford F-350
    Yes, we do offer a tailgate lift assist kit for your 2013 Ford F-350. You can use DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43203 which is a custom-fit product made for your F-350. The Lift Assist installs without drilling using included hardware, as shown in the video I linked for you.
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  • Availability of DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for 2011 Ford F250
    DeeZee does indeed offer a Tailgate Assist for your 2011 Ford F250, part # DZ43203. If you click the provided link, you can see the Tailgate Assist being installed on a 2003 F250. The procedure for your 2011 would be similar.
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  • Could the DeeZee Tailgate Assist part # DZ43203 Be Installed on Passenger Side
    If the hole on your tailgate happens to be on the passenger side there is no reason the DeeZee Tailgate Assist part # DZ43203 wouldn't work on that side as well. The install would then just be on the opposite side of the tailgate.
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  • How Many DeeZee Tailgate Assists is Recommended for a 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    For your 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty you would only need one of the Deezee Tailgate Assists, but you would want the part # DZ43203 as it is the confirmed fit and not the part # DZ43300 that you referenced.
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  • Tailgate Assist to Help Raise or Lower Tailgate on a 1997 Ford F-150
    I have the perfect solution for you! Take a look at the Hopkins EasyLift # 74211. I have linked a video showing how the EasyLift works. Since you currently have to get your knee involved to close the tailgate the EasyLift will be the best solution for you. It will also help with lowering the tailgate. Please note that these EasyLift and DeeZee Tailgate Assist models will not fit if your truck has a stepside bed. The DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43203 will make it easier to lower your...
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  • Can Tailgate EasyLift And Tailgate Assist Both Be Installed On 2001 Ford F-250
    Since the installation of the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, part # DZ43203 do not interfere with each other when installing, there should be no problem installing both on your 2001 Ford F-250 tailgate. Our DeeZee contact said that these 2 items should work when both are installed, but they have not been installed together, so operation when both of these units are installed is not guaranteed.
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