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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 DZ43203 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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DeeZee Tailgate - DZ43203

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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.


Features:

  • 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

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (335 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.

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Through no fault of their own the delivery took much longer than anticipated. Additional communications from trailer would be good. 892267



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2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Easy install, product works perfectly! My tail gate is so heavy due to the built in steps and handrail and electronics for the backup camera. This works perfectly to prevent it slamming down and stretching the cables. Would recommend, and would buy again! 863118



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Love it! 853019



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Ford F-150

This was easy to install and works great on my Ford F150. 852134



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One of the best and most practical investments for my 2002 F-150!!! Everyone is amazed when I show it to them. Money well spent! 782722



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one year later, my DeeZee trailer assist product works the same, and as good, as day 1. No issues with it at all. Still happy I got it and I have long been at the point of assuming it will work so I click the gate latch and walk away while it drops. It's a really good product that I use everyday. I give it 5 stars. The colder it is, the slower it is, so on really cold days (0-20F) where i might think it's a little slow...but there is no pleasing me on 0-20 degree days 765368



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2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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. 764937



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These things let my tail gates down, easily with no more banging and chance for damage. Now, folks, how about an assisted lift? 764052



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The product does work great to slowly lower the tailgate and is very easy to install. I have one on each side of the tailgate and while one is quiet, the other shock is quite noisy, either making a loud "sqweech!" sound and at other times making a "thunk, thunk, thunk" sound. Unfortunate and distracting but it does work. 763484



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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. 762813



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Super easy install and keeps your gate from slamming down. Sometimes you only have one hand free, so being able to just drop the gate is useful. I bought one for each of my trucks. etrailer makes buying and installing things you need really convenient. A+ on them. 762408



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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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. 762378



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So very easy to install and its held up nicely it’s still working great after one year 745768



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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. 738884



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Excellent product. Easy to Semi-easy to instal (defendant on skill level). Works as described. Excellent product. 729044



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The tail gate drop assist works great. 727967



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I ordered it to put on my 2018 Chevy Colorado, but it would not fit. I modified it to make it work, and it now it works great. 716154



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Easy install took about 20 minutes. Has worked flawlessly for the past year. 702773



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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. 694423



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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Easy to install. So far works great and eliminated the tailgate slamming when dropped. Not as nice action wise as my stock Chevy tailgate, but way better than no shock at all. Nice addition and if its durable will be well worth the money. Time will tell. 677073



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Got the product in a few days using ground. Not very good with my hands, but had it on in less than an hour. Company did a great job in checking with me numerous times, very happy. 674845



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2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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. 670422



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Looks great works great. I don't think anyone will ever rear end me unless they are blind. Easy to install. 647908



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Arrived on time. Install went well, 30 minutes. Works Great! No more slammed tailgates. Easier for my Bride on Trash day too!!! 646676


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Zero issues, works like the day I installed it.
Roger - 05/25/2020

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Ford F-250 Super Duty

I just received my tail gate assist for my Super Duty Ford F-250. It only took two days to get it. I haven't installed it yet but it appears to be just what I need to help me lower the heavy tailgate on my pickup. I just thought the other day when I had my hands full of a heavy weight distribution hitch and had to let the tail gate down with one hand and it slammed down that it would be nice if I had something to help to keep that from happening. That night while browsing with my laptop I ran upon this and it just fits what I need. Great service, and fast delivery! Can't ask for much more!!! 639689


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Ask the Experts about this DeeZee Tailgate

  • 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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  • Replacement Nutsert Solution for DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43203
    The best option for getting a replacement nutsert for the DeeZee part # DZ43203 that you referenced is with the replacement bracket kit part # BKT43301 which includes the nutsert and a few other replacement parts since just the nutsert is not available by itself.
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  • Tailgate Lift Assist for 1996 Ford F-150
    The DeeZee Tailgate Assist # DZ43203 fits 1997 and later model years of the Ford F-150 but not your 1996. However, Hopkins offers a tailgate lift assist product # 74211 that does fit your 1996 Ford F-150's tailgate. The Hopkins system uses a torsion bar instead of a shock to take some of the weight off the tailgate for easier closing. You can see it in the linked video. You need to drill two holes during the installation.
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. 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 an item that will provide an assist for lifting your tailgate, I recommend...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can DeeZee Tailgate Assist and Hopkins Easylift Installed on a 2005 Ford F-350
    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 2005 Ford F-350 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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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist For 2002 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
    For your 2002 Ford F-150 Crew Cab, we have two options for your tailgate assist. I recommend the Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist # 74211 which will give you an assist in lifting or lowering the tailgate of your truck. It has a torsion bar that takes on the weight of your tailgate for easier function and stays out of the way for loading and unloading. The other option is the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks # DZ43203. This system...
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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 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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  • 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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