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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

  • Truck Tailgate
  • Tailgate Assist
  • DeeZee

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.


  • 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

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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:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (478 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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5 star, easy to install and has been flawless for the year i have owned it. would recommend to anyone. 580726

still love it !
Rodney - 11/08/2019


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Installation was not difficult. Very pleased with the way it works. 772310

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I bought this product about a year ago it took me about 15 minutes to install it I would recommend this product To anyone Who has a pick up My neighbor and my brother has bought one on my recommendation and they like it 763644

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It has been very nice my wife has no problems with opening the tail gate 758946

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Works great have used these on all my trucks from 2013, 2015, 2018 I wish there was a key control to lift it up again. 756694

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I don't use the tail gate very often, but so far it not failed to work very well. I have recommend it my son and to friends. Thanks to your company for a great product and to E-trailed for great service. 748715

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The tailgate assist was easy to install and works great. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. Price was right as well. 745369

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Not only do I like it but everyone that sees it i impressed at how much it helps and then when they find out how affordable it is they want to know where I got it! 736291

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easy to install, cost less than local dealer, works really well. highly recommended 733650

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Bought this for my wife's new F150 Great product easy to install works as it should, allows you to just let the tailgate fall does not restrict the tailgate from closing and I had no issues with it rubbing on any painted surface. 733253

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Works great. So much easier to just pull the handle and let the tailgate unfold by itself. 732895

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Ford F-150

My F-150 had the internal step option in the tailgate and was very heavy. If you were not careful it would catch you by surprise and slam down. I installed DeeZee a year ago and I'm still extremely pleased with the results. About 20 minutes to install and fixed the problem. Really good product for a decent price. 729186

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One year in and our tailgate assist is working flawlessly. It was easy to install. Just as the installation video indicated. My FAVORITE thing about ordering from Etrailer.com is are your fantastic and detailed installation and overview videos. We are very happy with this product and would order again. For us, it has worked perfectly in the year we have used it. 727504

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Dodge Ram Pickup

This Deezee Tailgate Assist is a fantastic addition to my F150. It has worked perfectly since installation. I had previously owned a few Ram trucks on which I had also installed this product. I liked them so much I purchased one for my best buddy. Great product. Easy installation process. 726230

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Product was easy to install and works really well. Tailgate falls slowly with no effort on my part. Would like to know if there is a part that also helps the lift. I would buy another one if this one fails. Price is very reasonable. 722660

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Went in fast and Works awsome. Avoids the slam of the tailgate. I hate how the talegate slams down. All cured now and I don't even have to hold on. 719903

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My husband installed this on his truck easily in only a few minutes. He is pleased but said it's not quite as strong as he thought it would be, so the tailgate drops faster than he thought it would. But it's is still a definite improvement over NOT having it on the tailgate at all. 718479

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Install was quick and easy .still functional after 1yr.the tailgate does open a little faster than from original installation. 716582

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Fast shipping, easy to install and works as intended. I’ve had it installed for a year. No issues. 702759

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Works great when your arms are full,no issues with it 698065

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Very easy to install and works pretty good, it comes down slow, not slamming, but my tail gate must be heavy because it still comes down with some speed not sure if that is good or bad. Either way I am very happy that something so simply would make working in the back of my truck so much better. I have had it slam open on me so many times and now I don't have to worry about that anymore. I would recommend this to anyone. 696768

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This lift/drop assist went on in 10 minutes and is still working great a year later. Should be standard equipment on every truck. 695338

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Easy to install, works great so far. No complaints here. 694860

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still working great after a year of use. 683691

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Ask the Experts about this DeeZee Tailgate

  • Will Dissimilar Metals be An Issue with Installing DeeZee Tailgate Assist
    We have not had any issues with dissimilar metals being and issue with the DeeZee tailgate assist systems like the part # DZ43204. We sell quite a few of these too and many people leave reviews of their experience with the product. If it was a problem I am sure we would have seen it by now.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist for a 2017 Ford F-150
    Yes, the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Pickup Trucks part # DZ43204 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Ford F-150. The kit provides an easy no-drill installation with hardware included. The tailgate assist comes with a 3 year warranty.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist for 2017 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab
    For a tailgate assist system that is confirmed to fit your 2017 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab, I recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43204. This assist will provide safe and controlled lowering of the tailgate on your truck. It features a built-in shock absorber and ball-and-socket connection for smooth operation. All of the necessary hardware is included and it will be a simple, no-drill installation. I have attached the complete installation instructions...
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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist and Husky Floor Mats for 2017 Ford F-150
    Starting with the tailgate assist, I recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43204 for your 2017 Ford F-150. This system is confirmed to fit your truck and features an easy, no-drill installation with the included hardware. This will provide you with safe, controlled lowering of your tailgate and it has a smooth operation with its built-in shock absorber and ball-and-socket connection. I have attached the written installation instructions that you can...
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  • Compatibility of DZ43204 Tailgate Assist with Tonneau Cover on 2019 F-150 FX4 EcoBoost
    A Roll n' Lock brand tonneau cover would not interfere with the installation of a DeeZee # DZ43204 tailgate assist. The two would work together with no problem. If you use the provided link, you can see an install video.
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  • Will Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System Fit 2016 Ford F-150
    The Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System, part # DZ43204 is designed to work great on your 2016 F-150. The installation of this tailgate assist requires no drilling for installation and comes with the hardware needed.
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  • Operation of DeeZee Tailgate Assist System in Cold Weather
    I spoke with my contact at DeeZee regarding the use of their Tailgate Assist Systems in cold weather. He said that while they haven't officially tested the units in extreme cold, they have yet to hear any feedback from customers with regard to weather-related failure. He did also say that they sell quite a bit of these to customers in Canada and have not seen any of the shocks break down due to the cold. It's possible that the malfunction you experienced was actually unrelated to the...
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