Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist

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  • Tailgate Assist
  • Truck Tailgate
  • Hopkins
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. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from Hopkins. Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist part number 74211 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Hopkins Tailgate - 74211

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • Application: most pickup trucks
  • Length: 32-3/4" overall
  • 1-Year limited warranty


BarDims

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.


Product Detail


EASYLIFT Hopkins Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist





This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1992 - 2000 Ford F-150

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series

1999 - 2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

1994 - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

1999 - 2006 GMC Sierra

2007 - 2007 GMC Sierra Classic

1999 - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado

2007 - 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic

2004 - 2006 Toyota Tundra

2002 - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

2002 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 and 3500

1988 - 2000 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup excluding Stepside

1988 - 2000 GMC C/K Series Pickup excluding Stepside

1984 - 1991 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 excluding Stepside

1992 - 1996 Ford F-250 and F-350 excluding Stepside

1997 - 1997 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty excluding Stepside

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 excluding SuperCrew Cab




Video of Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist


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




Video Transcript for Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist, part number 74211. Whenever we go to get in the back of our truck, opening and closing the tailgate can be a hassle, especially on a truck like this where it's all steel. This can be extremely heavy. With our Lift Assist, not only is it going to help lower it down, but the real benefit we're going to get out of it is when we go to close it. What used to be a two-handed job where we might have to even bend over a little bit to get enough oomph to lift it up, I can lift this tailgate with two fingers, and it feels like there's almost nothing there.Now, our Lift Assist is going to accomplish that because it's going to use this torsion bar. Whenever it's opened, it's going to be under pressure, so when we go to lift it up, it's going to relieve that pressure and start to relax, making it a lot easier for us to lift it up.

Since it's under that pressure, it is going to help with lowering the tailgate, taking some of that weight and helping us slowly lowering it without having it slammed down. Now, this is going to be a universal design, so it is going to fit a wide variety of trucks, and you can see if it fits yours here at etrailer.com.To get our Lift Assist mounted, we are going to have to drill two holes. One into the bed of the truck, and then one into the bottom of the tailgate. If you're looking at tailgate assist, another common type is the one that's going to use a shock line. Now, those will help you when lowering the tailgate, but it's not going to have a whole lot of benefit when you go to lift it up.

That's where our Hopkins EasyLift is going to have the best of both worlds. It's not only going to be easy to lift up, but it's also going to give us a little bit.


Customer Reviews

Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist - 74211

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (318 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.

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1997 Ford F-150

I have 97 Ford F-150 Lariat and tailgate is extremely heavy and difficult to let down slowly. This product solved the problem. Now can open gate and let it lower itself nice and easy. Product well worth the price. 414835


Comments

Product still working well. Would buy again if needed another.

Tom C - 08/14/2018

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2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

This was my second tail gate lifter. My first lifter left a indentation on the back of my 2005 Doge Ram 1500, where the bar went into the back of the truck. The one I just installed is located in a better spot and I don't think it will damage my truck body. Installation on a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 took two people. The tail gate is bulky and heavy. It works great. people are always asking me about it. It has made working out of the back of the truck so much easier. I would buy again. 574641



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HI, got your Tailgate EasyLift installed today.... great product, easy and straight forward installation.... but a second pair of hands is a must.The template, and instructions are easy to understand and use.. The weight of the tailgate now compared to before is unbeliveable..... whoever came up with this product gets a big thumbs up.... 117182


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One year later and this product is still working as advertised.... I see no reason why it wont last forever...Everyone who sees it wants one... Mitch

Mitch M - 02/21/2015

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This product has totally lived up to its claims..I'm still caught off guard by the change in opening and closing my tailgate.. Awesome, inexpensive, easy to install product. 133880


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I still believe this is the best twenty dollars I have spent in a good while. My truck is my office. My pickup bed is my shop. My tailgate is my workbench. It gets opened and closed five to twenty five times per day, and with one hand! Thank you for a great product at a great price. Now thats value! I appreciate the follow up. Thanks again

Tailgate E - 06/03/2015

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Delivery was delayed by awful weather in the mid-west, arrived this past Monday. I was able to install the torsion bar gate lift alone yesterday. The installation was straight forward with the excellent instruction that accompanied the bar. Getting the gate on the bar and properly aligned was a little tricky but slow deliberate moves gave good results. As a 77 year old, I made myself proud. The tail gate feels much lighter and can definitely be closed with one hand, my wife can even close it single handled. I highly recommend this product. 116485


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Happy to say that the tail gate lift is still working just fine. It makes my life much easier on a daily basis. Im sorry that I waited so long before buying it.Thanks again for a wonderful product.

Bill O - 02/13/2015

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Amazing.... Takes about 10-15 minutes to install. When I told my wife I was purchasing this item along with the mirror extensions she questioned the need for the Easy Tailgate Lift. She said our tailgate wasn't heavy or hard for her to open or close. After I installed the lift she was totally amazed at how much easier she could open and close the tailgate. One hand is all that's needed. Every item we've purchased from etrailer.com has been over and above our expectations. I'll be searching the website for more unique products. 15925


Comments

Very nice, but probably not 80 of the load RAM 1500. Installed I measured about 12 lbs. to lift. Did not measure the weight pre-installation, but I would guess it to be about twice that. Obviously it depends on the weight of your tailgate. One caveat: do not drill hole B without replacing the tailgate with bar in place to mark the hole location the template was not accurate off by nearly an inch. If you dont do this, you likely will have more than one hole in your tailgate.

-- comment by: Mike - 12/20/2013

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Thanks for the feedback and good information. We will pass it along to Hopkins.

-- Patrick B - 12/23/2013


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2001 GMC Sierra

The product works as advertised but the directions suck to be frank. The issue arises when drilling the hole in the tailgate. I drilled exactly where the mark is and I when I inserted the black pole into "hole A" by the taillight where the mark for "Hole B" was and where the black pole was physically touching the tailgate were 3/8" off. Rather than listen to my mechanical common sense, I went with the hole the placard marked and what do you know it was off. This in turn caused me to have to install my tailgate in a funky manner to get the pivot points where the tailgate mounts to the truck to align. Tailgate works fine without issue but good lord it was a pain because of the hole not aligning. I also did it by myself. You don't need 2 people unless your really weak and want to bother someone. 2001 gmc sierra 2500HD basically if I were you with a chevy truck I'd drill Hole A how the placard says but then where ever Hole B lands on the tailgate I'd mark and drill there or double check to see of the placard spot matches where the actually black pole contacts your tailgate. And my trucks rear end is not crooked, damaged or twisted. 454596



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2006 Chevrolet Silverado

Good product. Performs as advertised. Read instructions thoroughly. They are not the best. Template is questionable. For Hole "b" use the template even if you think it is wrong. Hole "a" was the disappointment. Product is exposed below the tailgate when closed when drilling by the template. I have not corrected/changed as the product works and I don't want more holes. 173186


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Works fine, as stated previously, poor instructions

A.H. - 02/22/2016

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2000 GMC Sierra

Hopkins #74211, 2000 GMC sierra 1/2 T. I had one question answered well by C. Jameson, your tech, to clarify placement of the bar before starting installation. Then all went well with the included instructions on the template. No problems, but will add one note, which actually does show on the instructions; To get the tailgate placed exactly on the angle section of the horizontal bar you have to turn the tailgate at least to a 45% angle, maybe slightly more and hold the bar in place while reinstalling the tailgate. Such a simple engineered bar that actually does what is advertised. Wow! what a difference. Two finger operation is completely correct! Thanks much, e-trailer. Bob 181547


Comments

still one of the best products I have ever bought and working as intended. I did take extra time to fully understand the exact placing and drilling of the holes needed. What a great addition especially for a 75 Y.O. guy and his lady!

Bob T - 03/30/2016

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Best purchase made, even bought one for our son. 573655



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Seen this product online and figured I'd give it a try My tailgate Weighed about 30 pounds after installing this product I am now able to open and close my tailgate with one finger this was my best investment ever easy to install took maybe 20 minutes I would recommend this product to anybody 436098


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The product is still working great never had any problems with it would recommend this to anybody five out of five stars

John m - 09/26/2018

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2007 Dodge Ram Pickup

I have a 2007 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup that I use for a weekly delivery service. They have one of the heaviest tailgates in the industry. In 2009 I installed a Tailgate EasyLift. After literally 1000's of up and down cycles, it broke. I ordered another from etrailer and it fit the original holes perfectly. I'm back to closing the tailgate with 4 fingers again. What a joy! BTW, have someone help you. 83538


Comments

Does the bar pinch between the lower lip on your tailgate and the bed of your truck? I followed the instructions and I believe the instructions had me drill to low. Im referring to point A where you drill above the pivot. Ram 2500 2007

-- comment by: Bill - 11/04/2013

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2006 Toyota Tundra

Used the lift for my 2006 Tundra. Limited models seem to be "limited" in options for tail gate assit so I was glad to find this one. It works great. All the prep work can be done by yourself but the final install, as indicated, needs two people. Very happy with the functioning of the unit and the price. Highly recommend. 436126


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One year later and working fine. No issues, remain very happy with the product.

Jim - 09/26/2018

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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. 170817



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1992 Chevrolet k1500

I looked for a long time to try to find a lift assist product for my 1992 Chevy K1500. Finally found this item and ordered it after reading through the reviews. The product arrived faster than I thought, and I followed it on the tracking program link. That was nice! I had my wife help me install it. I work slow and deliberately, something I learned after years of experience. I read through the directions a couple times, used the template, had her help me lift and turn the tailgate in place, and in less than 20 minutes it was complete. It's great! Something so simple and easy to install. I wish I would have found it years ago. Thanks! 440958


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Product is great! Ive showed it to lots of friends and family. Amazing how something so simple can make my life, and lifting the tailgate, easier. Thanks!

Willy G - 10/09/2018

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Chevrolet

The Tailgate EasyLift is a piece of 3/8 diameter rod with a number of bends and hardened into a torsion bar. During instalation I could not get the tailgate re-installed into the correct location to be able to close, and was forcing it toward the left when it snapped (broke). I took pictures, wrote a letter and returned the pieces (return shipping was much more than what I paid to receive it), per their warrantee policy. I gave them my phone number and email address but never heard from them until I received a new one in the mail without any letter. As my son and I tried to install it, we concluded there was NO ROOM to get the torsion bar BEHIND the tailgate pivot (where the instructions said it needed to go). We also saw that the instructions said it fit Chevy thru 2006 (and 2007 Classic). But my truck (2007) was not a Classic. We decided, if we could make room for the torsion bar BEHIND the tailgate pivot, it would work. After removing the left pivot from the truck (2 large torx screws) I machined clearance behind it in the pivot, for the 3/8 diameter torsion bar. With the bar in place and my son pushing it forward while I re-installed the tailgate pivot, the torsion bar was in the correct location. Now we could put the tailgate on the torsion bar, per the instructions and it all worked ok. It is much easier to lift the tailgate. It lowers a little slower than stock (though still drops harder than ideal). You could use a hand grinder to re-configure the pivot, or MAYBE position the hole so the torsion bar would be farther to the right and not need to go BEHIND the pivot. I am happy with the unit and how it works. A am happy with the companys service to me, to replace the unit. But the installation was MUCH harder than a novice could do and the fact it was not made to fit my truck was not clear in the ads. So I only rated it a "4". 22629



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2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

I got this yesterday, I could have used a friend to help me out but I did it by my self. I used a card table to help me with the tailgate to drill the hole and to help me get it alined up with the bar on the bed. Took 15 to 20 minutes not bad. Had to drill a little side ways on the bed to get the bar to go flat on the bed. So far it work grate on my 1999 Dodge Ram Sport 4x4 Quad Cab 5.9L, it’s nice on my back. I think if they would use a little thicker poll it would work even better than it does, so that’s why I give it a 4 STAR. I Hope it last a lone time. 571539



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2006 Chevrolet Silverado

I had two problems doing the install of your EasyLift my 2006 Silverado . 1) The directions say to lay the template on a flat surface, so I put it on the lip of the tailgate and the hole too low. I read the instructions again and saw where it said to put it above the pivot and the second hole lined up correctly. This was mostly my fault because I didn't pick up on the template having to be "Above" the pivot but there the only flat surface is the side of the body. 2) After getting hole "A" in the right place, since the hole and rod are both round, the rod's bend would not let it hang down behind the pivot. Not a big deal as I put an old bolt in the hole and hit it with a hammer to make the bottom of the hole concave and the top convex and the rod then laid flat against the truck. This may have been something I did wrong but I think it would be the same problem on any installation. The hole in the tail gate would have required the same fix except that the tail gate material is thinner and bent in when we installed the tail gate. The EasyLift does work and does make a huge difference and is well worth the money. The only con I have is that it does take two people to install the tailgate and will take two to remove it if I need to. I saw a question about using the EasyLift along with a DeZee Tailgate Assist. I had a DeZee assist on my truck and love it because it keeps the tail gate from slamming if you don't hold on to it while opening. The EasyLift makes opening and closing the tailgate a dream but with the DeZee assist it opens without having to hold the tailgate. Had I seen and installed a EasyLift before I found the DeZee, I doubt I would have brought the DeZee but they do work fine together. The DeZee install was not a drop in either and required some modifications to fit. The EasyLift works great for a 69 year old like myself but will save a lot of wear and tear on both young and old people who love their trucks. I can't count the number of times I've opened and closed my tail gate and grunted because of the weight. With the EasyLift there is no Grunting, only an occasional "Darn" why did I slam the tailgate? The reason is because the EasyLift makes it so easy and light. Thanks for a great product! 171520



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1998 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I installed the ordered EasyLift # 74211 today on my old 1988 Chevy 1500 with out any problems at all. Just followed the printed instructions, and view the photos when drilling the two holes. In addition to using the cardboard guide, I also placed the medal rod into drilled hole "A",next to the tailgate to be sure that hole "B" was being drilled in the correct place. It was on the mark! Since I'm 83-years old I had my adult son help me lift the tailgate. No one should attemp this instullation without some help. When installed, the end of the tailgate is now about 1/2-inch higher then before, but that is not a problem. Very good product! 121661


Comments

Great, Id hate to be without the lift on my PUs tailgate!

Bill N - 03/21/2015

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2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

The Tailgate EasyLift works great. I can now lower the tailgate on my 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, with one hand easily, and it closes just as easy. However, the installation directions could be better. The holes should be oblonged for easier installation of the torsion bar. Be very careful when marking the places to drill the holes. Double check the positioning using the torsion bar to insure proper placement. Most of all, have help to position the tailgate, you really have to move it around to get it on the bar. 114720


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The Tailgate Easylift stills works great. I have had several friends look into installing one on their trucks.

Rick B - 01/25/2015

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2016 Toyota Tundra

I measured the weight of the tailgate on my 2004 Tundra with a bathroom scale. Before weight was 29.8 and after installing the EasyLift it is 16.4. That may not sounds like a lot but the difference operating it is absolutely amazing! I have a good friend who has some physical limitations. He could not operate the tailgate on his 2002 Tundra. I got him an EasyLift. After installing it he can now open and close his tailgate with ease. I wish I had taken a picture of his happy smile the first time he used it. Installation is easy and takes about 10-15 minutes. DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL THIS BY YOURSELF (I know this from experience). Double check the position of the hole in the tailgate before you drill. I put the Easy Lift in the vertical post and may sure it lined up with the hole in the tailgate. I am so thankful I found this product! 144344



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2012 Nissan Titan

Worked super on my 1999 Ford 250 Super Duty. I measured the tailgate weight at about 3 inches from the completely open position and it went from 34 lbs to 12 lbs. No quite as advertised 30-40 down to 4-7. But mine are actual numbers and still a great advantage. Wish I'd known about it years age. Installed real easily per the instructions. Did have to remove the rubber stopper on the bed sidewall to drill the hole but that wasn't a big deal. Get to the screws that hold it on by removing the two screws that hold the tail light assembly on then just pull out (towards you) on the left side of the assembly and the two retaining pins will release, they are tight though. The drilled holes will distort a little when the spring is in place but that was to be expected. Now I just hope it lasts a long time, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't. P.S. My back and my wife really loves it. My daughter wants one for her husband's 2004 Nissan Titan, I waiting for a reply to my question about it now. 438808



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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. 163457


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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

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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! 238171



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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. 434328



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2004 Chevrolet Silverado

I went with Hopkins because the Dee Zee wouldn’t fit my 2004 Chevy step side bed I was told. The Hopkins uses a spring that goes in between tail gate and truck bed. Hardest part was figuring exactly where to drill the holes. If one holds the spring in place where it should be mounted and marks both the bed and tail gate then drill the bed side first ,then drill the tail gate side you can’t go wrong. Please be aware that the spring goes inside the tail gate and bed. This install is good if you have help with another person. I didn’t use the template that came with the kit. 4 stars because nstructions were very vague 561168



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2007 Chevrolet Silverado

GREAT PRODUCT, EASY TO INSTALL, GREAT SERVICE! Bought this for my 2005 F350 with a spray on bed liner, Compared to my 2007 Silverado that has the factory equipped easy lift the wife says this works easier, Thanks 431951


Comments

GREAT PRODUCT, if you dont have this on your truck, BETTER GET IT

Willis L - 09/13/2018

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2010 Dodge Ram Pickup

just follow the easy instructions, along with the required helper. On my 010 Dodge ram it actually is a bit too strong. I suspect it will relax as I use it. All in all, a good product 28996


Comments

Is your Dodge a 2010 or 2001? Specs say it wont work on 2009 and newer Ram 1500 because of the internal structure of the tailgate. But if yours is a 2010 and it works Im going to try it. Sounds like just what I need.

-- comment by: Bobbie A - 01/22/2013

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I have sent an email to the original reviewer to see if he has anything to add.

-- Patrick B - 2/4/2013

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I have a 2010 2500 ram. I installed per instructions and it works flawlessly. You need two people to lift, position and re-install the tailgate once the spring is installed.The only drawback, if any is the tailgate does not fully down. The spring has enough tension to keep it up slightly. If the gate were 20 pounds heavier, it would fully .

-- comment by: Gary H - 02/04/2013

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Thanks for added feedback! It is appreciated.

-- Patrick B - 2/14/2013


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This is my second lift couldn’t live without it. Ron 690093



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2005 Toyota Tundra

I give the product 5 stars overall because it is a quality item, works very well, and is inexpensive. Plus customer service was top notch with communication. However, as stated in other reviews, the directions are not very clearly stated and I ended up drilling two sets of holes. I didn't mind this so much, but I could see where others would. Overall, great product, much easier to raise and lower the tailgate on my tundra. Would buy again, and friends and relatives that have tried it are likely to get one too. 672944



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2004 Ford F-250 and 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. 669120



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2017 Ram 1500

Product was exactly as advertised. Husband installed it on my Dad’s Ram, and now he can operate the tailgate effortlessly. 668486



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1997 Dodge Ram 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 . 665653



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Good product Had mechanic install since tailgate was so heavy to handle. Took one guiding and two holding and positioning. Worked well. 664624



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The ordering process was easy and the product was delivered in 2 days. That part was great. I read the installation instructions and the installation is not complicated. However, it requires 2, possibly 3, people in complete the installation. This was a disappointment. I live in a rural area and don't have immediate access to the additional manpower. Consequently I haven't installed it yet and can't give a full review of the product. 662365



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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 Thanks 661390



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I have a 2006 Tundra (1st gen) and I'm not sure the template is correctly stamped for the 1st gen Tundras. I had to abandon the paper template and go with my own measurements to correctly fit the assist bar. It works fine, but it rubs on part of my inside tailgate lip. You will definitely need an extra set of hands when doing this install. Lifting the tailgate with one finger is possible which makes closing it with your hands full a breeze. 660776



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1999 Dodge Ram Pickup

Not very difficult to prepare for installation but it takes a couple of strong folks to complete it due to the weight fo the tailgate and the positions it needs to be placed in. Once installed it works quite well. 658596



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Affordable and simple to install. Works great and does what it is designed to do. Thanks 656700



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Ford F-250 Super Duty

Works great. Takes the load off when lowering or raising tailgate on f-250. I highly recommend it. 655666



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Ford F-250 Super Duty

Works great. Takes the load off when lowering or raising tailgate on f-250. I highly recommend it. 655665



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1996 Ford F-150

Best thing I’ve bought in a long time works great 654792



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1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Tailgate lift assist is exactly what I needed. I open and close my tailgate many times a day as a work truck it is and now it closes with a fingers effort. 647426



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Nissan Frontier

I installed this on my '13 Nissan Frontier, even though it wasn't listed as fitting my truck. It works perfectly! The heavy tailgate can now be closed with just the lightest push. This should be standard equipment on all new trucks. 644344



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This product is easy to install if you have a little mechanical skills. I recommend it my wife uses it for a small landscape business and loves how easy the trail gate opens and closes. 643860



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Products were as described, worked correctly and installed with no modifications all parts worked & are high-quality products shipping was on time and easy if all online companies would work this way it would be much easier thank you for your products the good pricing and friendly service will definitely shop with you again. I am in the process of refurbishing a flatbed trailer I will be buying up more parts soon. 642601



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The product appears to be quite well made. The installation instructions were adequate. The installation went fairly well, but I had to slot the hole in the tailgate slightly to facilitate installation of the rod. The lift assist works very well, but I dread ever having to remove the tailgate. If I do have to remove the tailgate, I have a modification in mind to make future removal much easier. As always I am well pleased with etrailer. 641657



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I got your easy lift today and installed it it was easy to install and works great Thank You. 641101



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Fast service easy to install. 632022



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Easy install, for 2 men. Tail gate is light and one handed open and close is easy. 615156


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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist For 1993 GMC Pickup
  • For your 1993 GMC pickup the tailgate assist I recommend is part # 74211. This installs between the truck bed and tailgate, and helps reduce the weight of a tailgate that weighs from 30 to 40 lbs down to 4 to 7 lbs. The DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System, part # DZ43100 you referenced is designed for 1999 to 2007 Chevrolet and GMC trucks.
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  • How To Install The Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist
  • As shown in the attached video at about the 32 second mark, the template is used to show where to drill the hole in the truck tailgate post and then in the tailgate itself. You want to make sure you mark and drill the holes that are designed for your model truck. The template remains in the same place when locating the place for drilling a hole in the bottom of the tailgate itself. I recommend following the direction of the attached video to make sure you install the tailgate assist...
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  • Tailgate Assist To Fit 1993 Chevy C1500
  • Great news! There is a tailgate assist available for the 1993 Chevy C1500. Hopkins Tailgate Lift Assist part # 74211 is designed for the Chevy C1500 and allows you to easily lift and lower your tailgate. The Tailgate Assist is designed with a torsion bar that installs between the truck bed and tailgate to take some of the weight off of the tailgate. I have attached a video for your reference.
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  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate Availability that Fits 2016 GMC 2500 and 2015 GMC 1500
  • Our aftermarket tailgates like the Stromberg Carlson part # VGM-14-4000 fits both a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 with lift assist as well as a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 with lift assist. If you have the factory monitor in the dash of your truck we do have a camera system you can install for the cargo area with the part # 3460010 but we do not have a way to integrate into a tailgate camera.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 1998 GMC Sierra
  • I have a tailgate lift solution I can provide for both of your trucks, but the part # DZ43100 that you referenced is not listed as a fit for either truck. Instead you would want the part # 74211 as it has been confirmed as a fit the 1998 truck and would work great for making your tailgate feel MUCH lighter. Nothing we offer will fit the 1988 because it has a step side.
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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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  • Tailgate Lift Assist Kit for 2016 Ram 1500
  • Yes, you can use DeeZee's Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Dodge Trucks # DZ43301 on your 2016 Ram 1500. This system is confirmed to fit your truck and the installation process is shown in the video I linked for you. Installation requires no drilling and all hardware is included. The similar Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist # 74211 fits older models of Dodge Ram, Ford and GM pickups, just not your 2016.
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  • Using the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift with the DeeZee Tailgate Assist
  • I spoke with my contact at DeeZee and he said that you shouldn't have a problem using the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, and the DeeZee Tailgate Assist, # DZ43300 at the same time on your 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 but since they have not been tested together, it is not a guarantee. Although we have numerous satisfied customers that have not mentioned having any problems with their paint while using the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211, you are still dealing with two metal components having contact with...
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  • Hopkins Tailgate Assist # 74211 Installation Advice
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he informed me that the issues you described are very rare, and that anytime something like that has occurred they have replaced the damaged part. He said that all of the Hopkins Tailgate Assist, part # 74211, get X-rayed before they leave to ensure that there are no air bubbles in the potted metal that might compromise the integrity of the metal. He said that your tailgate might have a slight bulge in it once this product is installed but that...
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  • Tailgate Assist Product for 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • The Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist, part # 74211 is compatible with your 2000 Ram Pickup. The hardened spring steel torsion spring makes a 40 lb tailgate feel like it weighs less than 10 lbs. I've linked a product demonstration video you. The DeeZee # DZ43301 you mentioned is a fit for later-model Ram trucks, unfortunately they don't offer a model compatible with your truck.
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  • Tailgate Assist Compatibility With 2015 Nissan Frontier
  • Hopkins Easylift Tailgate Lift Assist # 74211 was made to fit most trucks, but they stopped doing any fits past 2007 as tailgates started to change based on manufacturer. I cannot confirm this will fit your 2015 Nissan Frontier. Our other tailgate assist options are for lowering the gate gently and are custom fit for year/make/model. Unfortunately there isn't a system that is confirmed to fit your 2015 Nissan Frontier.
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  • Will the Hopkins EasyLift Work with the DeeZee Tailgate Assist on a 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • I looked at the install instructions for both the Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist part # 74211 and the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System part # DZ43300 for your 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup. They both install in different locations on your tailgate therefore should work well together though it has not been tested yet. It is also important to note that some have experienced a floating tailgate meaning the tailgate will not extend all the way down without...
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist for 2001 Dodge Ram 1500
  • We do offer a tailgate assist for your 2001 Dodge Ram from Hopkins, part # 74211. The Hopkins EasyLift is a torsion spring that helps control the descent of the tailgate when you're opening it but the spring action removes much of the weight of the tailgate which allows you to close the tailgate with one hand. The DeeZee tailgate assist controls the descent, but offers no assist in raising the tailgate. DeeZee doesn't offer a model that's compatible with a 2001 Ram, the # DZ43300 wasn't...
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 1997 Chevy Silverado
  • We have a tailgate assist that has been confirmed as a fit for your 1997 Chevy Silverado, but the part # DZ43100 is not it. Instead you would want the part # 74211 which is a confirmed fit. This will actually make the tailgate feel lighter on the way up and down so it would be the setup I would want if it were me.
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  • Where to Position Drilling Template for Installation of Tailgate EasyLift 74211 on 1993 Ford F-150
  • The Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 includes as part of its packaging a template for locating the appropriate drilling points for the two holes needed to install it. Use a scissor to cut out the template from the packaging. The included directions indicate that the bottom of the template should be placed on the flat sill of the truck bed, with the left end of it slid behind the driver-side pivot post. Figure 1 in the instructions illustrates this positioning. You can also refer to the...
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  • Will the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift Fit a 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
  • Yes, the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 will fit all models of the 2005 Toyota Tundra included the Double Cab. I have included a link to a video review of the EasyLift for you.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist for 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • We do offer a tailgate assist product for a 2006 Toyota Tundra, the Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist, part # 74211. DeeZee doesn't offer a tailgate assist for the 2006 Toyota Tundra.
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  • Hopkin EasyLift Tailgate Lift Assist for 1988 Ford F-150
  • The Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist item # 74211 is compatible with your 1988 Ford F-150 so long as it is NOT the step-side bed model. 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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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist Device for 2005 Toyota Tundra
  • Although the DeeZee Truck Tailgate Lift you referenced, part # DZ43300 is not a fit for your Tundra, there is a tailgate assist product from Hopkins available, the EasyLift part # 74211. The EasyLift is a torsion spring that acts to remove about 80 percent of the tailgate weight, making it much easier to lift. It works the opposite from the way the DeeZee product does, by helping raise the gate rather than helping to lower it, but it works exceptionally well. To see a product demonstration...
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  • Tailgate Assist Compatible With A 2005 Chevy Avalanche
  • We do not have any tailgate assist products that are a confirmed fit for your 2005 Chevy Avalanche, however, based on your model year, the Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist # 74211 may be compatible according to my contact at Hopkins. It hasn't been tested on your vehicle that is why a fit or a lack of fit cannot be confirmed. We have had customers with Avalanche models as close to yours as 2004 say it fits perfectly.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist Product for 1997 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Hopkins offers the EasyLift, part # 74211 that makes raising the tailgate easier, but we do not offer anything for that vehicle that would make lowering the tailgate easier. The DeeZee Tailgate Assist you mentioned is unfortunately not compatible with Dodge Ram 3/4 ton models older than the 2003 model year If you would care to view a video showing the Hopkins EasyLift in action, click the provided link.
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  • Tailgate Lift Assist Recommendation for a 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • Yes, the Hopkins EasyLift part # 74211 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2006 Toyota Tundra and would be a great option. This will make your tailgate feel super late. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Does the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Help with Lifting the Tailgate on a 2014 Ford F-150
  • The DeeZee tailgate assist # DZ43200 only helps in lowering the tailgate but not lifting it. We do not have a product that will assist on lifting the tailgate on a 2014 Ford F-150.
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  • Tailgate Lifting and Lowering Assist for a 1996 Dodge Ram
  • The Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211, will fit your 1996 Dodge Ram. It is designed to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. It essentially removes most of the weight of the tailgate making it easier to move. I have included a link to a video review of this item for you. DeeZee has not made and tested a fit for their Tailgate Assist on a 1996 Dodge Ram which is why that vehicle is not listed as a fit.
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  • Recommended Tailgate Lift Assist for 2006 Dodge Dakota
  • Unfortunately none of the DeeZee tailgate assist products are designed to fit your 2006 Dodge Dakota. I reached out to my DeeZee contact to confirm. However, I do have a solution for you. I checked with my contact at Hopkins, maker of the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 and he confirmed this lift assist will work on Dakotas up through the 2007 model year.
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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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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist/Lift for a 2008 GMC Sierra
  • The custom fit tailgate lift for your 2008 GMC Sierra is the DeeZee # DZ43102. The Hopkins EasyLift # 74211 you were looking at will not be a fit for your 2008. It is important to note that this will not be a fit for the Stepside or Flareside models. I have linked the DeeZee product to this page for your convenience.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • If you have a 2008 Toyota Tundra we don't have a tailgate assist system confirmed to fit your vehicle. If you instead have a 2006 Tundra you would want the part # 74211. I attached a review video for you to check out for more info as well.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist for 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The Hopkins # 74211 Tailgate EasyLift is indeed compatible with all models of the 2001 Dodge Ram.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation to Lower and Raise 2003 Dodge Ram Tailgate
  • The Dee Zee Tail Gate Lowering System # DZ43300 is confirmed as a fit for your 2003 Dodge Ram Pick up. It will work great to help you lower the tailgate, but it is not designed to assist while raising your tailgate. We do also have the Hopkins Truck Bed Accessories # 74211 that is designed to help raise your tailgate, however it is not intended to help in lowering your tailgate. Both of these items are confirmed as a fit for your truck, and are not intended to be used in conjunction...
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