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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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2016 Ford F-150 - DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks

DeeZee's tailgate-lowering system is the safe way to lower your Ford F-150'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.



DZ43204 Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System



DZ43204 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details DZ43204 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for DeeZee Pickup Truck Tailgate Assist Lowering System Installation - 2018 Ford F-150

Today, our 2018 Ford F150 we're gonna be taking a look at, the DZ tailgate assist custom tailgate lowering system, part number DZ 43204. A common problem with trucks is whenever you go to open the tailgate, especially it you have something in your hands, you'll open it up and the tailgate wants to slam down and either have to let it slam or guide it down all while we're trying to hold everything in our hands.For their tailgate assist we're not gonna have to worry about holding our tailgate, we can simply open it up, it'll come down nice and slow so we don't have to worry about any damage. The shock absorber on our tailgate assist, it's gonna allow our tailgate to come down slowly so we're not gonna hurt ourselves or damage or truck but at the same time it's still gonna allow us to push our tailgate up with minimal effort.It is gonna be a custom design fit for and F150 which means we're not gonna have to cut, drill, or anything at all. It's gonna be a completely bolt on instillation. Let's show you how I do that now. Here's everything that's gonna come with our tailgate assist, it's gonna come with all the brackets and the shock necessary to get it installed.

The nice thing about our kit is the fact that we're not gonna have to drill any holes into our truck it's simply gonna bolt up to existing bolt holes.To begin our installation we're gonna open up our tailgate and we're gonna be working on the drivers side. On the tailgate itself we're gonna have these two bolts that are going into the side, we're gonna need to remove this top one and loosen the bottom. We are gonna have a 10 millimeter socket or wrench and we'll loosen those up. Remove that top one and then we're just gonna loosen that bottom one up so we have enough room to get behind the head of the bolt. We'll grab the lower bracket here, it's gonna have an oval hole and then a slop on the bottom here.

We're gonna line it up so that the top hole fits, lines up with the bolt hole and that little notch is gonna go around the bolt. Once the plates loosely in place we're gonna grab the Allen bolt from our kit and the blue loctite, I'll put some blue loctite on the threads, and then we're gonna thread this in where we removed the factory bolt on top. Then we can come back with the 316 Allen bit or 5 millimeter and tighten it up and we're gonna use a 10 millimeter socket to tighten up the bottom bolt.Next, we're gonna have to remove the cable off of the stop up here. Seeing this, very gently lift the tailgate up just enough, just a little bit of slack and we're gonna pull that metal tab to where it's on the outside and we'll just slide it up where we take the cable off. With the cable out of the way, we're gonna remove this bolt right here and we can use the included tool in our kit and we'll just unthread it or you can grab a T47 torch bit and you can pull it out that way.

Once you have the bolt removed we'll grab our upper bracket and you're gonna notice there's gonna kinda be a curved section and a flat section, you want the flat section to go towards the inside of the bed like this, line up the hole and then replace the bolt. Then we grab our cable, lift up slightly on the tailgate and then click it back in place.We grab our tailgate assist and it we're looking at it you're gonna notice it has, the part it's gonna extend out and have the rod on there that's gonna go on the bottom. So, we'll start with the large section up top and we'll take it and we're just gonna click it right on to the bolt just push it in place and the we'll take the other end and we're gonna stretch this down so that we can hook it on to the bolt. If you need to you can kinda pull out on the shock as well as lift your tailgate a little bite and then we're gonna just press it into place. Once we have it installed we just wanna double check all the clearances and make sure that the shock here and everything else isn't gonna rub on anything.

You just wanna gently close the tailgate, open it up a coupe times, make sure every things gonna be in line. Now if you notice that either the shock absorber itself, the cable, or any other components are extremely close, our kit is gonna come with some Millard tape and that's just gonna be a barrier in between everything. So, if it is really close you can cut this to fit and put it against the painted surface.And with everything bolted up it'll finish up our install. That'll finish up your look at the DZ tailgate assist custom tailgate lowering system, part number DZ43204, on a 2018 Ford F150.


Customer Reviews

DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks - DZ43204

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (399 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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Good price, works as it should 578097



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Got my tailgate assist quick, it was a super easy install took 10 minutes. Works great! Very happy! 482748



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2016 Ford F-150

This is a great addition to my new truck, and easy to install. My wife loves it. 512755


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Item works as described, lots better than a slamming tailgate.

Stanley - 06/01/2019

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I would like to thank you for the good service I received from you. Also got your products at a great low price. 469209



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2017 Ford F-150

Installed in 10 minutes max. However, it is an assist only. You cannot just let the tailgate go. I was looking for something a little beefier. It would probably help to have one on each side, but the instructions specifically say to install it on the drivers side. 516420


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It works great. Just what it needed

Joseph - 06/03/2019

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The product arrived when it was promised. It was very easy to install. It took me 25 minutes from the time I began to open the package to the time the install was complete. And that includes being interrupted by 2 phone calls! It works great. Another great experience with etrailer.com. 302607


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Love it! Works great.

George B - 10/02/2017

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5 star, easy to install and has been flawless for the year i have owned it. would recommend to anyone. 580726



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This is an AMAZING product. no more heavy tailgates!!! Installation was a breeze, It took less than fifteen minutes and done, Its great to see a product that does what it is actually designed to do... Service was great as well. Thank you! 510044



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Ford F-150

had one installed already on my '08 Super Duty and LOVE IT !!! Got the next one for my F150. . .and figured out my tailgate didn't match the pictures....but not to worry. I just used some self drilling hex bolts. . . and presto!! LOVE IT also :o) 561971



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The product is great and very easy to install. I would recommend it to anyone. 436780


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Perfectly

Richard - 09/27/2018

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2016 Ford F-150

Great product wish I would have bought one for my last truck and very simple to install 545635



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2015 Ford F-150

It was a cake walk to install the DZ43204 tail gate dampening device. After installing the bottom plate I went to work on the top plate. Didn't bother disconnecting the cable just unscrewed the bolt (M5 thorax) added the top damper plate reinserted the bolt with cable then snapped on the damper. Done! less than 15 minutes. The Mylar wasn't needed since there was plenty of clearance between the damper, gate, and truck bed. The wife will enjoy using the tailgate without manhandling it. 287018



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2015 Ford F-150

Great product,so easy to install even I had no problem. The tailgate lowers with ease and my wife has no problem using one hand to open and lower the gate. A quality product, easy to install, looks great and reduces the chance of a dropped tailgate. 389780


Comments

Yes its been a year since installing the tailgate assist and it works fine , I can let the tailgate go and it handles the weight just fine. Love it!

Donald S - 06/07/2018

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Easy install,works great 470192



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I am very satisfied with this product 654683



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The product works great. Easy to install and my wife is very happy. Thank you 652194



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We've had this tailgate assist for a year now and it works just as good today as when we installed it. Great for the wife as the tailgate is way bigger than her so it doesn't knock her over. Second truck we've had one of these on and still love it. 651374



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Product arrived on time. Easy to instal l. 641901



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Product was easy to install as advertised. Product is more for preventing the tailgate from slamming down but it does give a little assistance with closing. The instructions say nothing about the small squeeze bottle of blue liquid so I didn’t use it. Liquid was not listed in the package contents. 637390



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Product working as designed. To bad it isn't standard on ALL trucks. 633167



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Love the product best part of all my wife can even open and close it with ease. And yes guys she uses the truck when I am not around. I would highly recommend this for everyone no more tail gate slamming open 621803



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Perfect Fit- easily installed. Delivery was very prompt. 617564



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Great when hands are full, tailgate glides down easy. Very easy to put on. 616550



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Installed the Deezee tailgate assist on my new Ford F-150. Love it. Works as advertised, easy to install and a custom fit for the truck. 614087



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Decent product. Seems to work fine. One minor issue is it make the tailgate cable on the other side of my truck not go fully taught. Not sure this is an issue, but just something worth mentioning. Also worth a note is that etrailer ruined the original packing apparently in order to fit it into a smaller box. I was not happy about this. 608793



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2011 Nissan Frontier

It worked great for 3 months then broke 605276


Comments

The tailgate assist is covered by a 3 year warranty, you can call our Customer Service folks to get instructions on how to get a warranty replacement. You can reach them at 800-298-8924.

-- Mike L - 02/15/2019

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I recently purchased DeeZee Tailgate assist for my F150. This product is awesome and highly recommend it for only around $30 all in! Took me around 15 minutes to install. I watched the provided etrailer videos before installing and that made all the difference.. I had a hard time pushing/pressing the "shock" onto the pivot points so I gently tapped it on with a rubber mallet. Great product so far and no more "slamming" of my tailgate! 599203



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Easy install, works great. This is the third truck tailgate I have added this tailgate assist too. I would recommended this small addition to any pick-up truck tailgate as a safety feature and lowering assistant when your arms are full. 598102



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Everything working as expected 596066



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2014 Ford F-150

One year follow up with 2014 f150 dee zee tailgate assist so i love the actually assist shock its very good well built. As far as the nutsert that crimps into tailgate hole is bending an loose i think that could of used better design when tailgate is open allway shock moves all around cause bottom mount nut sert is junk ive never put weight on opened tailgate i knew better so it bent an came loose from tailgate weight. 594310



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Product was easy to install finished in minutes works great with my truck all in all product was awesome 593319



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This was super easy to install on my wife's F-150. We were concerned with the body being aluminum and rumors about denting tailgates if dropped. It took about 10 minutes to install. 591168



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Great product! Bought 2 in total the other one was for my son-in-law. Works great!!! 589847



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E-Trailer got the product to us on time. The tailgate dampener works great. Installation was simple with the picture directions. Would recommend this product. 587905



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Easy installation and great performance ... 582897



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Work great. 581692



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Great product. Easy to install. Works better than expected. Will put one on my next truck for sure. 578165



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Fast delivery when purchased. Have it installed in 15 minutes. Much nicer having the tailgate lower without just dead dropping. Wife lives it . 578042



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2018 Ford F-150

Easy to follow directions, as described and a great price. What more could you ask for 569861



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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Simple to install, works as expected. 566620



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2001 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

I always enjoy your products! Love the three tailgate assist devices i've ordered. 564344



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The DeeZee Tailgate Assist works great. It gently lowers the tailgate. Clever design fits perfectly with easy install. 561286



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2018 Ford F-150

Works great for stopping the tailgate from slamming open when dropped. I was not sure if it was also "sprung" to help lighten it when shutting it, It is not. 560684



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2018 Ford F-150

Website has very good vehicle info which helps choosing the right parts the first time, products worked as advertised and shipped in a timely manner. 558029



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2017 Ford F-150

Great product and service from etrailer 541516



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2017 Ford F-150

all trucks need this product rich 526107



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2016 Ford F-150

RECEIVED KIT TODAY 6/21/18 GREAT SHIPPING TIME. when trying to install found threads on button head bolt were bent causing tailgate insert to distort . Some work with a metric tap and die set straightened threads and got installed. Tailgate seem to drop faster than in video, . Weak cylinder? Due to bolt trouble install time about 1 Hour Firat time to have problem with your prducts , keep up the good work. 525017



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2016 Ford F-150

It seems to be a good product. It was easy to install. And seems to be doing what I expected it to do. I'm sure time will tell just how reliable the product truly is. Nicole in customer service definitely gets five stars! 516038



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2018 Ford F-150

Easy install 15 minutes tops works great 505482



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2010 Ford F-150

Purchased the tailgate assist for my F150 installed in about 10 minutes, I was so impressed I ordered one the next day for my brother for his birthday. Never let that heavy tailgate drop again. Great product. 496060


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