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Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

Item # 74211
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Hopkins Tailgate - 74211

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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

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Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist - 74211

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (493 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.


I absolutely despise this product. Just drilled so many holes in my tailgate trying to get it just right and it still wouldn’t allow my tailgate to lie flat. Scratched up my brand new taillights - holes all over. A disaster. 100% waste of money and time. And now I have a damaged mess of a tailgate. DO NOT BUY.

You mentioned that it was not working for you and I wanted to ask a question. Does your 1995 Chevy CK series pickup have a step side bed?
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 07/12/2022
No. Fleet side.
-- comment by: Brad - 07/12/2022
I reached out to the manufacturer however I do not have a solution for you. They advised that if the tail gate is lighter than a regular CK it might not be heavy enough to lay down flat with the torsion bar installed.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 07/12/2022


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.

1997 DodgeRam 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 .


Stills working great after the first year. It is such a great help in lifting this old heavy tailgate that I would replace it yearly if I had to……T

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!

2006 Toyota Tundra

I had my doubts but it works great on my 2006 Toyota Tundra. It opens and closes with just two fingers. The assembly does require two people install thou.

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.

Toyota Tundra

Love this product! My wife is a small person and drives a 1st Gen Tundra that has a really heavy tailgate. This lift assist makes it so much easier and safer for her. The install was really simple thanks to the instructions with pictures. Thanks so much for making it available!

2006 Toyota Tundra

The Hopkins Easylift is an awesome addition to my 2006 Tundra. I have a brite tread aluminum bed extender mounted to my tailgate which adds even more weight and the Easylift still makes a huge difference lifting my tailgate. Thanks Hopkins and Etrailer.

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.


It works fine and have absolutely no problems with it. It solved my problem of the tailgate being too heavy to lift. I would recommend this product.


Easy to install, does require two people to put tailgate on, a lot easier to open and lift tailgate


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.

1995 Ford F-150

Put it on 95 F150 for my dad. He’s 85. I’m 65. Took me and him and hoist to install. Made it pretty easy. Works very well. He’s not afraid to lower tailgate with grocery carry kids around at store now.


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

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

1994 Ford F-150

Me and my coworker installed in 20 minutes, I have a 1994 f150 with a very heavy tailgate very easy to lift and tailgate does not drop down anymore. Happy with my purchase. But it it works


I am very happy with how easy it makes opening and closing my tailgate. After installing it my mechanic decided to get one for himself

1997 Chevrolet Silverado

Installed on a 1997 Silverado C2500HD, 2WD. Works great and easy to figure out the install procedure but having two people to put the tailgate on is almost a must.


What a blessing when you have a heavy tailgate like on my 95 ford diesel…working awesome after the first year….Thanks


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


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


The instructions were very detailed and made it easy. Be sure to have another strong person to help with lifting the tailgate, especially when you need to turn it 90° to get it on the right stop of the rod. Works like a dream. Will worth the money I paid for it.

Im still happy with this product just as much as when I first got it. Works great. Glad I purchased it.
Bob M - 12/05/2015


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


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

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