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Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs

Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs

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  • Tailgate Assist
  • Trailer Tailgate
  • Gorilla-Lift
  • Steel
  • 300 lbs
This system uses stainless steel cables with sturdy springs to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Units mount on both sides of the trailer to assist each side of the tailgate evenly, preventing warping. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from Gorilla-Lift. Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs part number GL1 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Gorilla-Lift Tailgate - GL1

This system uses stainless steel cables with sturdy springs to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Units mount on both sides of the trailer to assist each side of the tailgate evenly, preventing warping.


Features:

  • Lift assist allows you to easily lift and lower the tailgate on your utility trailer
    • Cables attach to springs in the rear of the units and take on the weight of the tailgate
  • 2-Piece system attaches to both sides of trailer for even, uniform lifting and lowering of tailgate
    • Reduces wear and helps prevent damage to hinges
    • Helps keep tailgate from warping
  • Durable stainless steel cables
  • Self-lubricating, thermoplastic rollers help guide the cables, control movement, and reduce wear
  • Rust-resistant eco-finish on springs ensures lasting quality
  • Sturdy solid steel tubing has corrosion-resistant powder coat finish
  • Fast, easy installation with included hardware
    • Drilling required


Specs:

  • Application: open utility trailers with square-tube, round-tube, or angle-iron side walls
    • Trailer side rail height: 12" to 24" from trailer bed
    • Trailer tailgate height: 4' to 6' from trailer bed
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Individual unit dimensions: 6' long x 2" wide x 2" tall
  • Spring length: 25"
  • Cable dimensions: 58" long x 3/16" diameter
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Detail of housing assembly, rollers, and cable for Gorilla-Lift trailer tail gate lifter

The Gorilla-Lift tailgate assist reduces the amount of force needed to lift or lower your tailgate. It is comprised of 2 separate units that mount to both sides of your trailer. With even tension applied to each side of the tailgate, the tailgate is able to be raised and lowered evenly, reducing wear on the hinges and helping to prevent warping. Each unit has a spring located in the back. This spring attaches to the cable that hooks onto your tailgate.


Gorilla-Lift trailer tail gate lifter allows you to easily lift and lower your tail gate

When you lower the tailgate, the majority of the load is taken on by the springs, thereby decreasing the amount of weight that you have to manage. When you raise the tailgate, the springs, which extended as the gate lowered, will begin to retract, thus helping to pull the tailgate back into the upright position, again limiting the weight that you are responsible for lifting. As you raise and lower your tailgate, the self-lubricating thermoplastic rollers help to guide the cables in and out. This controls the movement of the cables for smooth and steady operation of the assist, and it also reduces wear on the cables.




GOR2LIFT Gorilla Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable

Replaces 40101042GS



GL1 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details GL1 Installation instructions



Video of Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Gorilla Lift Utility Trailer Lift Gate Assist with cable. This offers a 300 pound capacity. It's part number is GL1. Here's what the Gorilla Lift's going to look like installed on your trailer. As you can see, we've got a dual system here so we're not just supporting our gate. We're assisting our gate from one side so it's going to pull up evenly on both sides.

That's going to help eliminate any of the gate warp or the twisting that we get, which is really going to take a lot of the extra load off our hinges. The Gorilla's Lift's designed to mount onto trailers that have a side rail of anywhere from 12 to 24 inches. It's going to work for gates that are anywhere from the trailer deck up to 4 foot all the way up to 6 foot high so really a very versatile style with a 300 pound capacity. That's going to take care of most of those big gates that are out there on the market today. Overall, our length is going to be right at 6 foot. We look at our side to side dimensions, right at 2 inches by 2 inches so anything from a ...

Maybe an inch and 3 quarter up to whatever width rail you might have, this should work great on. The bolts themselves are 2 and a half inches long so up to 2 inch square tubing. Things like that shouldn't be a problem getting these installed on your trailer. Now, inside of each Gorilla Lift, what you'll see when we install, we've got a dual spring. You've got a larger spring that's going to run the length down here and connect to our cable and then a smaller spring right inside. It's going to give us really great support and a small compact design.

The cable runs on through right down here to our thermal plastic rollers. We've got one on the bottom and one on the top that keeps our cable directly in the center there and these are self lubricating so we don't have to worry about grease inaudible 00:01:56 or grease guns or anything like that. You case see our cable's going to fit right on the mounting bolt here. This is a 5 and a half inch bolt, of which about 3 inches of it is going to be usable so as long as your gate doesn't have larger than a 3 inch tube, shouldn't be an issue getting it installed. The Gorilla Lift, they really thought about longevity with their product. We've got sturdy steel construction here.

It's going to have a powder coat finish on it. That's going to help resist corrosion. The cables that they've used, these are stainless steel so they're not just low grade steel cables. All the hardware's been zinc coated. It's going to give us superior corrosion resistance. Plus, on the springs located internally, there's an eco finish there to, again, resist the corrosion so we'll have a product that will really look good for a long time to come. To begin our installation process, we want to take both parts of our Gorilla Lift and we're going to set it right down on our top rail. You can see this angle. That's going to be the top and the very back of it as long as we make sure that the letters are the right way up, we'll know we've got it in the right position. We want to mark each of our holes. Now we got lucky here on our trailer. There's already a hole that exists here in the back. Big tip here is just to keep this about a quarter inch from your gate. You don't want the gate to actually come up and make contact with it so keep that in mind. This one's got plenty of room here. Put that in position. We want to slide our front piece forward and without moving this piece, I'm going to scribe right there where that hole location is and now let's bring our other portion back and now without moving it, let's take this part off. Square it up and let's get that one marked and we'll do the same thing up here on the front. There is a location all the way there at the back. If you don't already have a hole there, you'll need to drill that one out as well, but we want to drill it out to a half inch. We're going to start with a smaller pilot bit just to get it going. Then we'll switch to that larger bit. Now let's run those out to half inch. Now the hole's drilled out, we're going to grab our 7 16ths inch carriage bolts. What we're going to do is place them right down through the tube, just like that. We want to be sure that they don't get crossed like that. That's not going to let our spring work. We want to be sure they're fully seated down in there. That's going to slide right down. We'll have one in each hole location. That's why we drilled those holes out just a little bit larger, as per the instructions of course but just a little bit larger to give us some adjustability there on it. Then to the bottom, we need to add on a flat washer and then one of our flann's nuts. We're going to do that at all 4 locations. Now once we center this up with our rail here, then we'll go ahead and tighten our bolts down. Again, we'll do this in all 4 locations. Now with that nice and secure, we're ready to install our cable and spring. We can slide the cable in from the front here, toward the back. Now before we get our spring in there too far, you're going to see we've got an outer spring that has a loop on it and an inner spring that has a loop on it. When we slide our pin through, we want to be sure to go through both of those. We're going to slide our pin in through the inside. A little screwdriver or a little hook can help you with alignment. That'll come through this side. Now, on to that we slide a half inch washer, and then we're also going to have the keepers or the little clevice pins. Those are just going to kind of . If you wiggle them, they'll slide down on there. You see ultimately that circle's going to go around and hold it in place. Now we'll head to the back of the trailer. Now, we're going to slide one of our pins through. We want to make sure we go right through the center of our roller. Then we're going to attach 2 of the smallest washers that we've got and then another one of our keepers. Now we'll lift our cable up and install our roller underneath. Again, just like the top, 2 flat washers there. All right, now we want to grab the little black S hook. We're going to attach it to our cable and we'll go right up to the expanded steel on our gate. We're going to make sure we've got it even on both sides. Once we've got that hooked in place, we're going to go do the same thing over on the passenger side. Of course, we've already got ours installed. Now it's time to actually test out our gate. These aren't our permanent attachment points. This is just so we can test it temporarily. What we want to see is . Pull this down, it actually stays stationary wherever we stop. You can see there, this is looking really good. It takes virtually no effort. Pop it up with your foot if you want. That, to me, looks like positioning here is going to be perfect. Let's re-latch our gate in the upright position. That puts our cable loop about right here so we want to come over. Let's mark that spot right in the center of the trailer. We're going to do that on both sides. Then we'll get our half inch holes drilled out. Now we're going to take our long bolt. You see we've got a flat washer we've already installed on there. That's going to go right down to the gate. Then we can thread on one of our flange nuts. We want the top of that to be facing toward the end of the bolt there. Kind of backwards of what you'd normally put one on. We place the flat washer on there. Slide that right through the hole. Flat washer on the other side and then another flange nut. We just need to snug those down, do the other side, and our gate's ready for use. Now when we're all said and done, you'll see how nice and easy the gate's going to come down. We're not going to have to worry about it falling or anything like that. Right down to the ground and then we can load up. Now we can get strapped down and heading down the road to the next job. That's going to complete our look at the Gorilla Lift utility trailer tailgate assist. Part number GL1.


Customer Reviews

Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs - GL1

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (151 Customer Reviews)

This system uses stainless steel cables with sturdy springs to make it easy for you to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Units mount on both sides of the trailer to assist each side of the tailgate evenly, preventing warping.

- GL1
by:

Great product to save my back. 569516



- GL1
by:

Great product works as it should very happy and saves my back thank you 571994



- GL1
by:

My 20 ft., 10K trailer was originally equipped with 4 gas springs to counter balance the weight of the heavy tailgate. The gas springs were failing so I removed them and installed the Gorilla Lift. The GL was less expensive than replacement springs and in my opinion, a much more robust alternative. Installation was a breeze. GREAT PRODUCT. 477383


Comments

Still works fine. Suggestion: Paint it black. Most trailers are black. Yellow is starting to fade after 1 year in NY sunlight.

Henry J - 02/20/2019

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- GL1
by:

I bought this as a Christmas gift so I can't give a review till after that. Ordering was easy and it was delivered VERY fast. The only problem I had was it was a gift for my husband and it was delivered just in the original box. Luckily, I was able to get to it and put it up before he saw it. 588385



- GL1
by:

Works as expected, will save my back, as you can see I put a 3/4" piece of plywood on my gate and it held the gate where ever I left it. Very happy 571679



- GL1
by:

Quality product. Plan on 2 hours. Measure carefully per the directions and have a steel punch for marking the holes, a sharp 1/2" drill bit and a high speed drill. My deep well sockets were just a hair short??? So I had to tighten the nuts on the side rails with the ratchet backed out from the socket a bit. I was hoping to get by with one side only but my trailer gate was too heavy. I have a 7'x12' open bed trailer with mesh gate. 399638


Comments

1 year later working perfectly, love it!

Dave S - 06/27/2018

40232

- GL1
by:

We have loved having these Gorilla Lifts on some of our trailers. With consistent loading and unloading of equipment throughout the day, these things are lifesavers. Makes the process much faster and easier. The only complaint I have with these is that the Yellow Powder coated frame is kinda flimsy. We have bent one of them during normal operations. The unit still functions perfectly, but you can see the dent in it and I think they could make that part a little sturdier. But over all if is a great product and we will be ordering more for the rest of our trailers. 455336



- GL1
by:

First question - Why didn't I buy this product many years ago? I purchased this lift assist kit after reviewing every one that I could find. The lift was delivered on the promised date. I installed the gate lift in about an hour our two, with time out for a hot dog. Instructions were very clear, all the parts were there and it fit just like it was supposed to. There are even spare clips for the pins, which is very thoughtful. The lift works exactly as advertised and the gate now lowers without a bang and lifts effortlessly. I installed this on my 5' x 10' trailer and plan on buying another one for my 6.5' by 14' trailer. 403610


Comments

It is a great contraption. Works perfectly. My back and I thank you.

Peter M - 07/17/2018

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- GL1
by:

the product appears to be well made , however when i tightened the second bolt the threads stripped . i picked up some grade 5 carriage bolts , that solved the problem.it seems to me that the company could spend a few more pennies and provide good grade 5 bolts . when finished the unit works well. anyone with a bad back needs one of these . etrailer is a great company to deal with . 387403



- GL1
by:

it was a replacement for an old gorilla lift. it really makes life easier. my tailgate is so heavy 2 men cannot lift it. with gorilla lift it takes no effort at all . i reccomend Gorilla Lift and Etrailer. very good company to deal with. 564668



- GL1
by:

I do like to shop. I generally no what things cost when i look for things. Iv put gorilla lifts on my tralers in the past. Excellent product. SAVES YOUR BACK. 1st time buying from etrailer. Ordered/ got product nxt day. At a good price. Thank You etrailer. Will be sure to shop with you in firture. 439908


Comments

Works great. Thank you.

Gorilla L - 10/08/2018

44412

- GL1
by:

Ups delivered as expected. 1 1/2 hours later I had a very functional tailgate assist. Installed by myself with no problems. Instructions were very good as was the etrailer video. Highly recommend. 449677



- GL1
by:

I installed the Gorilla Lifts to my trailer following the directions included in the box. The direction were easy to understand and follow. The lifts were easy to install, adjust and work great. The ramp on my utility trailer was heavy and hard to lift by one person. It is an easy, one handed operation now. I am very happy with the lifts and the service I receive from etrailer.com 524738



- GL1
by:

Product works well for gate lift assist the only weak link is the plastic rollers guides that wear out then takes the cable with it. Would be nice to have choice of brass for the daily use of commercial service, or sell replacement rollers for less than $24 per side when whole unit only costs $170 478074



- GL1
by:

It took me awhile to get around to installing the lift. I found the written directions to be a little confusing. I wish they would include more pictures in the directions. How- ever once I figured it out installation was a snap. I installed the unit on a 5X10 open trailer like the one in the brochure and it works fine. It is my intention to buy another unit for an 18' trailer I have. 241109



- GL1
by:

I just installed the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist system on my 12' open utility trailer. The system was exactly as advertised. Installation was very easy and instructions were very detailed and precise. 245862


Comments

The Gorilla-Lift has been great even a year after installation. Have recommended this system to friends many times. Would not hesitate to purchase again, however, mine are in great shape even after sitting out in the weather for a year.

Rick P - 04/22/2017

23280

- GL1
by:

This is the second Gorilla lift I have purchased. Unfortunately the first one rusted out after about 2 years which is why I am only giving 4 star rating. However my dad has had the same lift installed for 5 years under much more harsh conditions and it is still working great, so I am hoping my first lift had a factory defect. My lift gate on my trailer is very heavy. But after I installed the lift my 8 year old daughter could lift the gate with one hand. Highly recommend!!! 365131



- GL1
by:

Product was as advertised although it would not work with trailer intended; 14' dove tail with short tail gate. Used product on a different trailer with a taller tail gate and it works great. Shipping was very fast, with a three day delivery during Thanksgiving holiday. 454507



- GL1
by:

I could never go back to life without the Gorilla tailgate lift assist. It was tricky installing on a 15 year old 12 ft. PJ's single axle trailer due to structural side rail supports that just happened to foul the locations where the bolt holes were needed. We worked around the problem but even with that frustration I love my lift assist and my back loves it even more so. 461308



- GL1
by:

It arrived quickly, very heavy construction. Followed the instructions and installation was easy. When I was trying to adjust the tension for the gate it caused some frustration, fortunately there is a troubleshooting guide which addressed my problem. The lift works as advertised, effortlessly raises or lowers, and eliminates my concern about dropping the gate by accident. I highly recommend it 392519



- GL1
by:

Should have purchased this years ago. What a difference. I had to do a custom mount on the side of the trailer rails due to the location of my gate latches. Welded on 6 pcs of channel iron, drilled the holes and mounted. This allows you to use the tie downs on the top of the trailer rails and let's the cables stay online with the rollers with no side load. It now takes very little effort to raised and lower the 6'4" x 4'2" gate made with 2" angle iron. Could have gotten away with just one but two makes the gate super easy. The force needed to raise the gate from the ground now measures between 5 & 6 lbs. Product was as advertised and shipping was super quick and free. 516130



- GL1
by:

We wish we'd bought this years ago. I do a lot of the mowing and handling the trailer ramp/tailgate is hard on my back and shoulder. I decided to buy from someone besides the big online retailers and ETRAILER'S price was comparable. I like the ease of ETRAILER'S website and appreciated the video on the installation. We did the install in about 1 1/2 hours. Looking forward to using the gorilla lift! 399731



- GL1
by:

I have a utility trailer with a bi-fold gate that was too heavy to operate and the use of the Gorilla 1 helped with the ease of use. I had to make a cable guide that was mounted in the box tubing of the first section of the bi-fold gate and the cable end was attached about 4 inches from the hinge of the second gate. This allowed assistance in the weight of second section of the gate as was lifted to lower the first section of the gate. From the lowered position, the cable tension allowed the weight balance of the full gate to retract with ease and automatically fold. 445292



- GL1
by:

It lasted great for about 11 months then the bigger of the two springs on the left side if lift stretched out. I have contacted gorilla lift for a warranty claim and the part will be In later today after having to pay 20 dollars in shipping. Other then that it has worked like a champ. 643054



- GL1
by:

I have been wanting this lift for some time and so glad I ordered it from etrailer.com. They had the best price around, quick shipping and customer service is awesome. Total installation time was around 1 hour and easy to do. I have arm, neck and back issues so the trailer ramp was difficult for me to raise and lower. The Gorilla Lift made it so easy to use now, I can't believe I wanted this long to get it! Highly recommend this company and the product! 640154



- GL1
by:

Easy to install. I can now raise and lower my gate with one hand and hardly any effort!! The only regret I have is not purchasing these sooner!! 638159



- GL1
by:

Excellent product, thank you 628880



- GL1
by:

Love this product, looks great and works even better. One year later and still like new. 628792



- GL1
by:

great product very easy install gets lots of looks and positive comments everywhere i go 627848



- GL1
by:

Attaching the spring to the gate is a real pain trying to adjust the tension is trial and error, using the whole S-hook in the tailgate while prying with a screwdriver to increase tension is kind of messed up. I finally used a 6" piece of chain in the top of the S-Hook and opened up the S-Hook so the prying with a screwdriver was not in the same location as the place where S-hook needed to be maneuvered into the gate and I got it to work. Watch the etrailer video on how this is installed use a light "dog chain" in the upper part of the S-hook you will figure it out from there. Once you determine where the proper location for the correct tension is and drill the required hole that is where things get really difficult, brute force and vice grips and a helper or two are required to get the bolt into the hole. My tailgate must be heavier than they expected. But if it was much lighter and there would not be that much a need for a lift. After it was installed it works good enough my wife says it fine and that was the objective. 619437



- GL1
by:

The Gorilla-Lift was installed on my almost forty year old utility trailer that I have recently dove tailed, painted and new wood. The tail gate is 5’ x5’ made of 2” tubing and expanding metal (heavier thanI wanted to lift). You can see by the pictures all it took was one lift with the larger spring to do the job. Was adjusted to where you take your hand off it stays put. The Gorilla- Lift was recommended by a friend that has one installed on a much heavier tail gate that works great. I would recommend the Gorilla-Lift to my friends. 619239



- GL1
by:

Great product and love it. The only issue I have is that I've lost 4 pins that hold the parts together. The clips that hold the pins together rattle off somehow. After exactly 1 year, I've lost 4. I just ordered replacements. If you want, it's a great product, the clips look like they'll hold fine, but they don't. 617843



- GL1
by:

Great product. Easily mounted. Gets the job done. Very cooperative staff to work with. I had ordered the wrong lift, called them, and they straightened it out for me immediately. The lift was delivered very quickly. Much appreciated. 617777



- GL1
by:

Great place to order from. Took care of everything I need Product was just what I needed works great I put it on my dads trailer and he love it helps the ramp up and down great. 617078



- GL1
by:

Makes life a lot easier 616348



- GL1
by:

The pickup tailgate lift assist is awesome. The only problem I had was that my Pickup is a 1992 Dodge D250. With a minor adjustment. we have it working perfectly. It is a God send, for me. 616045



- GL1
by:

Love this product. Easy to install and VERY helpful on lifting the gate!!!! 610311



- GL1
by:

I received the Gorilla lift today. Thanks so much for helping me out. Great service. !! 610089



- GL1
by:

Put these on my trailer and can't beleive that i didn't do it sooner. Makes all the differance in the world!! 607889



- GL1
by:

Well worth the money, good quality. My only regret is that I did not buy it years ago. 597158



- GL1
by:

Easy to install. I very pleased on the how easy it is to open and close the gate now. 595935



- GL1
by:

Works great. Had trouble with one spring but it was my fault for not tightening bolts enough. Gorilla trailer sent me a new spring. Would recommend to anyone that has a heavy tailgate on trailer. 593461



- GL1
by:

Took a couple hours to install but was worth the effort.The tailgate assist makes raising and lowering the gate sooo much easier. 592032



- GL1
by:

Super fast shipping on one of the greatest purchases i have ever made. I have a frw years under my belt and this item takes ALL the work out of lifting your trailer gate. Outstanding item. Quit thinking about it and buy it! 591764



- GL1
by:

After accidentally dropping a metal tailgate on my toes, causing a serious injury, I decided to install the gater tail gate lifter. It is WONDERFUL! Installation was relatively simple and quick. Only minor modification were required. It changed a dreaded tsk into something simple and easy - and safe. I have installed the gate lifter on a second trailer. Highly recommended. 589625



- GL1
by:

Excellent seller, fast shipping and great competitive prices! Would definitely buy from them again 585898



- GL1
by:

The lifts have worked well for us. Team members are getting older and it was getting tougher for them to lift the tailgate after loading and unloading. The gorillia lifts have helped in this area. 585599



- GL1
by:

Your price was the best I found on the net and that includes the auction sites and the discount tool vendors. Some $40 cheaper. Installed the gorilla lift next day and it works perfect! 585412



- GL1
by:

This is an excellent product and works as advertised. The instructions were easy to follow and were all inclusive. 582954



- GL1
by:

The price was unbelievable also the shipping was quick,the product was easy to install with the instructions .I will b doing repeat business with you guys!Ty ! 582762


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  • Would the Replacement Square End Cap 853-5826 Fit Gorilla Lift GL1
  • The Replacement Square End Cap # 853-5826 should work perfectly for you. I went out and measured one and found that it's overall diameter is 2 inch by 2 inch and the inner tube piece measures a tiny bit over 1.75 inches by 1.75 inches so it would fit your trailer that has an inner tube of 1.75 inches as well.
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  • Ramp Lift Springs for a Trailer with a 7 Foot Long and 2 Foot Wide Steel Ramp
  • If your 7-foot long and 2 foot wide ramp is heavy enough then you would use ramp springs such as # RS16933LH and # RS16933RH. But each of these springs produces 2,000 foot pounds of torque so they may be way too strong for your ramp. If you can tell me how much the ramp weighs I can determine if these springs would be a good fit. Based on the material and size I am willing to say the ramp is probably too light for this type of spring. Another option that could work for you is the trailer...
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  • Recommended Lift Gate Assist For Utility Trailers
  • The Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 is a great system that I highly recommend because it utilizes stainless steel cables with sturdy springs to assist each side of the tailgate evenly to prevent warping. I've attached a couple videos as well as the link to the item's page for purchase. This makes raising and lowering your tailgate easy and controlled.
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  • Compatibility of Gorilla Lift Tailgate Lift Assist with Split Ramp Trailer Gate
  • The Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 will work on a split ramp trailer gate. You will install it in the exact same way, you will just split the weight capacity so each ramp will have 150 lb weight capacity and will only lift from the outer edge. You may choose to use a basic latch like the Bolt-On Zinc Spring Latch # SL716 to connect your ramps when desired for full lift assist function.
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  • Can Gorilla-Lift Be Installed on Trailer with 2 Inch Round Side Rails
  • The Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 that you referenced can be applied to an open utility trailer with round-tube side walls. I spoke with my contact at Gorilla-Lift and she confirmed that it will work on your trailer's 2 inch round tubing. The bolts that are included with Gorilla-Lift for installation on the side rails measure 2-1/2 inches long. If these bolts are not long enough to install the lift on your 2 inch round rails, you may need to longer 5/16 inch...
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  • Can Gorilla Lift Tailgate Assist GL1 Be Used on Round Tube Trailer Frame
  • Yes, the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable # GL1 can be installed on a utility trailer frame that is constructed with round-tubing. However, there is an alternate installation if round-tubes are larger than 2 inches in diameter. Gorilla-Lift advises that you might need longer carriage bolts before installation on a round-tube that is larger than 2inches. They also suggest that the Gorilla-Lift can be spot-welded on to the side of the trailer rails instead of...
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  • Recommendation For Trailer Lift Gate Assist
  • Yes. We have two products that meet your description. I recommend the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 which is most similar to what you currently have. This has a cable on each side to help with lifting and lowering the tailgate. The other option is also a good one and can be used on one side or two. It is the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs # RA-27C. This system uses a springs and chain instead...
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  • How To Lower Spring Tension of Gorilla Lift Tailgate Assist
  • I attached a page from the install instructions for your Gorilla Lift Tailgate Assist # GL1 that covers how to lower the spring tension.
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  • Trailer Tailgate Latch Recommendations For Trailer Pulled by a Dodge Ram Pickup
  • While the Gorilla Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 is a sturdy product that reduces the lift force needed to close the gate as well as slows the gates opening, I must recommend that you always have a latch or lock on your trailer. The Gorilla Lift by itself is not enough to keep the gate to your trailer closed while traveling. If you need a tailgate latch for your trailer, I recommend the Redline Bolt-On Stainless Steel Spring Latch # SL716SS. It features a stainless steel...
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  • How Do You Replace The Cable On Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist
  • There is a bolt and nut at the end of part # GL1 that holds the spring in place. When there is no tension on the system you will need to remove the bolt and nut so that you can get the old spring out. You will also need to remove the rollers at the other end of the unit so that you can pull the spring and cable all the way out. After assembling the cable and spring you would reverse the steps you took to remove them from the GL1.
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  • Is it Normal to have to Replace Cables on Gorilla Lift Once a Year
  • I would say that it is not normal to have to replace the Gorilla Lift cables with # GLC1-Q1 very often under normal circumstances and certainly not once a year. If the system is overloaded, mounted outside of its specified range, or the trailer is often in extreme weather conditions (a lot of salt) then that would reduce the lifespan. The Gorilla Lift # GL1 is rated for up to 300 pounds for tailgates that are 4 to 6 feet tall. The trailer side rail height also needs to be 12 to 24 inches...
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  • Will Gorilla Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist Work On Trailer With Wooden Side Rails
  • If the wooden rails on your trailer are strong enough and you can mount the system securely, you will have no problem using the Gorilla Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist, part # GL1 with your trailer. I recommend using an additional metal support for the hardware when mounting it so that it does not pull through the wood and risk becoming loose.
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  • Adding Spring Assist to Ramp on Puma 25TFC Toy Hauler
  • I may have a solution for you, however tailgate lift assists like the Gorilla-Lift # GL1 that you were looking at aren't designed for this type of application as there won't be any space to mount the spring components on your enclosed toy hauler. What you might be able to do if your Puma features springs across the bottom is add a ramp spring like the 96 inch # ERS160D96 or the 81 inch # ERS120D81 (depending on the width of your door) at the top of the ramp opening to further assist...
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  • Will Trailer Tailgate Lift-Assist Work With 4 Ft Folding Tailgate
  • The Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 is designed for trailers with side rail height from 12 to 24 inches from the trailer bed and a tailgate height from 4 ft to 6 ft from the trailer bed. We also have the Rack'Em Double Barrel # RA-27C that requires a side rail height from 10 to 15 inches form the trailer bed and a tailgate height at least 44 inches form the trailer bed. If your trailer and tailgate fit this criteria, either of these lift-assist systems will work for you....
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  • Length of Replacement Cable for Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assistant
  • The entire cable to the end of each loop is about 57-1/4 inches. Between the clamps on each end before the loops is about 51-1/4 inches. The replacement cable for the Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 is # GLC1-Q1.
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  • Replacement Cable and Spring Recommendation for a Gorilla Lift Tailgate Assist part # GL1
  • Unless it was overloaded or otherwise misused the cable of the Gorilla Lift Tailgate Assist part # GL1 should not have snapped. This product is covered by a 1 year warranty, if you bought it less than a year ago you should contact the retailer you bought the product from. As long as the product wasn't misused the other cable shouldn't break anytime soon. For a replacement cable and spring you would want the Replacement Spring part # GSCC-400. If the rollers look fine and seem to be...
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  • Can Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist be Used on Folding Trailer Ramp
  • The Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 could be used on a folding ramp. Yes, it should be attached to the first section of the ramp that is connected to the trailer. You could either fold the ramp and then lift or if your ramp allows you can use the lift assist to raise the entire ramp before folding.
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  • Can the Gorilla Lift Ramp Assist be Used on Bi Fold Ramp Trailer
  • The Gorilla Lift part # GL1 that you referenced could be used on a bi-fold style trailer ramp, but you should note that it would not help at all for extending the second folded portion of the ramp. It would with the first portion of the ramp though.
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  • Weight Rating of Replacement Spring and Cable Kit for Gorilla Lift GSCC-400
  • The Replacement Spring and Cable Kit for Gorilla Lift, part # GSCC-400, has a weight capacity of 150-lbs. This is used in a set of 2 springs on their # GL1 lift, the total weight rating for which is 300-lbs.
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  • Length of Upper # RA-DB3 and Lower # RA-DB4 Spring Replacements for Rack Em Tailgate Assist # RA-27C
  • After speaking with my contact at Rack Em, I was informed the length of the Upper Spring Replacement # RA-DB3 for the Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C is 10-1/2 inches from the end of each eyelet. The length of the Lower Spring Replacement # RA-DB4 is 18-1/2 inches from the end of each eyelet. We also offer the Gorilla Left Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1.
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  • Will Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Work With Landscape Truck With Split Gate
  • The Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift products like Item # GL1 are great but unfortunately are designed to work with utility trailers with square tube, round-tube, or angle-iron side walls. They are not purposed for truck gates and I do not recommend using them in this capacity. If you want to use the Gorilla-Lift on a utility trailer then a great choice so long as it fits your situation. Something like the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, Item # DZ43300, is a better choice for your...
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