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DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Dodge Trucks

DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Dodge Trucks

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2018 Ram 3500 - DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Dodge Trucks

  • Tailgate Assist
  • Truck Tailgate
  • DeeZee

DeeZee's tailgate-lowering system is the safe way to lower your Ram 3500's heavy tailgate. Expertly designed and built to last, Tailgate Assist controls the drop of your tailgate, preventing injuries and making loading and unloading easier.


Features:

  • Tailgate Assist provides safe, controlled lowering of tailgate
    • Prevents injuries
    • Makes loading and unloading cargo easier
  • Smooth operation with built-in shock absorber and ball-and-socket connection
  • Extensively tested and built to withstand heavy use for the life of your truck
  • Custom designed for your vehicle
    • One kit is all you need for easy opening of your tailgate
  • Easy, no-drill installation on driver's side - 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 the driver's side of your your tailgate, and you're good to go.



43301 Dee Zee Tail Gate Assist Lowering System

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Video Transcript for DeeZee Tailgate Assist Lowering System Installation - 2015 Ram 3500

Today on our 2015 Ram 3500 heavy duty crew cab we're going to be installing the Dee Zee Tailgate Assist custom tailgate lowering system for Ram trucks, part number DZ43301. Now here is our fitting that we're going to need to install into the tailgate. It has the tool actually to install this little crush fitting that will allow you to thread the bolt in. It will actually be this little ball and socket piece here. It will go in here. This pieces right here are actually for installing it.

Now we need to take a quick measurement. We're going to need to measure from the edge of the flat washer here out to the end of the nut. We need that to be 3/4". We look pretty good there. We're going to go ahead and install in the end. Now we're going to need to turn the nut a total of nine complete revolutions.

To make things a little easier so that we know where we're at we're just going to put a little dab of point so that we can get our top mark so that we know exactly how many times we've gone around. Now we have our setup. It will go ahead and slide in the hole right here. We have it in place. Now you're not going to turn the bolt but you will turn the nut nine complete revolutions.

Go ahead and hold it in tight. Now once you have the insert crimped down by tightening down and doing the number of turns on the nut you'll need to take the Allen key and you'll actually back the whole assembly out, leaving the insert in the tailgate. It will look something like that. Next we're going to need to go ahead and take the fitting, looks like this, take some of the blue thread locker that comes with the kit. Now with our thread locker on we can go ahead and thread the fitting in. Go ahead and take a 13mm socket.

Go ahead and torque it down to the manufacturer's specification. Next we're going to need to remove this bolt right here that secures the upper part of the cable. Now to make things a little bit easier we're actually going to remove the cable first. To do that you'll just simply lift out on the tab and gently lift up on the tailgate to give you a little bit more working room. Now they give you a tool to remove the T45 Torx-head bolt. To make things a little bit easier, if you have a socket that is actually a T45, it will makes things a little bit easier to do. Now with the bolt and washer removed we'll take our bracket here. We'll go through like this and we'll reinstall it. Next we're going to need to come over here on the lower part of where the cable is so we can go ahead and and we can reinstall the upper part of the cable. Slides in place like that. We'll then take the shock and the larger part, so this bottom part pulls out. We'll slide onto the ball here. To do that it just simply pushes in place. We'll go ahead and pull down on our shock. We'll go ahead and slide the smaller end down here on the other end. Now next we're going to need to remove the other end of the cable. We're going to need to remove the limiter. Again we'll use our T45. Now there's a little retaining washer that we'll need to slide off in order to get the limiting piece off. In order to get the flat washer off or the nut, we'll go ahead and pry up the edge a little bit. We'll then hold it with a pair of pliers and back the bolt out. We'll need to go ahead and set this piece off and it will not be reinstalled. Now we have the washer back in place. Go ahead and reinstall the cable into the tailgate. Next we're going to need to measure down 3-1/2" from the top of the cable here. We're going to need to install this little fitting right here. You'll notice how there's an angle cut on it. That will actually be up towards the top. We're just going to take a pair of pliers and squeeze it into position. Then we can go ahead and close our tailgate. Then with our tailgate assist installed, when you release it it lowers down slowly in a controlled descent. With that, that will do it for the installation of the Dee Zee Tailgate Assist custom tailgate lowering system for Ram trucks, part number DZ43301, as installed here on our 2015 Ram 3500 heavy duty crew cab. .


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DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System for Dodge Trucks - DZ43301

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (470 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.

- DZ43301
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Arrived promptly in perfect condition. Very detailed installation instructions and properly fitting parts made for an easy and correct installation. I tow a 17000 pound fifth wheel for five months a year so the tailgate gets lots of action. The piston allows easy opening without fear of slamming down the tailgate. After one year, it still works perfectly. Best add-on for the price I have purchased to date. 569958



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Product works great, as promised in description. Easy install and ordering along with shipping was perfect! Thank Nicky K. for the follow up! *** etrailer now "bookmarked" for future orders! 126725


Comments
Yes 1 year and product is performing perfect! Thanks for the follow up!
Al S - 04/25/2015

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I love how easy the installation went ! The easy down feature is something I wish the manufacturer would have had as a feature but thankfully this product is out and works absolutely perfect. I also bought the tailgate lock and that was super easy to install as well and provides peace of mind . Even though the tailgate locks when truck is locked up it is nice to know that if I forget to lock the truck up my gate is still safe from thieves . Great products all the way around ! Thanks ! 474818



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Dodge Ram Pickup

Relatively easy to install. 1st timers should allow atleast 30 mins. In operation: Just pop the tailgate handle & let-go the tailgate opens nicely w/o your assistance. (note: light weight Ram gate) On Installation: the nut assembly, for the tailgate empty hole insertion, may need just a tap w/a hammer to enter the hole; I know I had to tap it. Finally, I hope the spring clips in the ball joint of the pump hold up under regular use... time will tell. Also, the clear protective mylar? If, it's the 3x5 piece of paper I found in item box; I couldn't peel it. Satisfied & thanks! Rob 281490


Comments
I enjoy it every time I open my tailgate. And, when Im with someone I make a point of demonstrating it to them because most of my friends have pick-up trucks but dont have the DeeZee installed.Also, worth mentioning, the DeeZee was an easy installation and you dont need to be a mechanic.Thanks again
Rob O - 12/12/2017

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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Great product for lowering my tailgate, wish you made a device for raising the tailgate on my 2014 Dodge Ram lighter 146015


Comments
The lowering shock works very well and Im very pleased with it. Is there any plans on developing a system for making the raising of the tailgate easier ?Thanks again
John - 08/11/2015

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Thanks for your follow up and reply. There is another option that does make lifting the tailgate easier. But it is not recommended to use a tailgate assist (what you have) to slow the drop of the tailgate in conjunction with the torsion bar style that helps reduce the weight while lifting your tailgate. Both of these items are fit guided specific to your truck tailgate.

-- Rachael H - 8/13/2015


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Easy 20 minute install. The wife loves letting the tailgate down now, complete control! 732305



- DZ43301
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After one year of service it still works good. I have noticed that the colder the weather the slower the tailgate drops but that is not objectionable. I love the convenience and it's great when my hands are full. 722277



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2018 Dodge Ram Pickup

Added this to my 2018 Ram 3500. Works flawlessly. Great product. 719745



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Dodge Ram Pickup

really good purchase, because of the weight of my RAM 2500 tailgate I purchased a second assist for the opposite side and it work wonderfully. 715675



- DZ43301
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The fastener came loose from the truck. Removed the lift assist 710958



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Install it the same day it got here. I have no complains at all. Works awesome and as it is intended. These new trucks have this as a feature and try charging $200+ If you want it. you can install it yourself very easily for 40 bucks. You can even buy the wrenches if you don’t have them for cheaper then what these dealerships ask to do it. A big win in my book 707648



- DZ43301
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After 1 year of use in the hash weather conditions of NL , Canada , the Deezee tail gate assist still performs like new 706612



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Clear directions. Easy to install. works perfectly! 703727



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2018 Ram 2500

It works OK and was pretty easy to install. However, I guess I didn't understand what it actually does. It slows down the lowering of the tailgate but does nothing when raising it. I was expecting that it would make the tailgate easier to lift as well. I would not buy it again. 694527


Comments
The DeeZee Tailgate Assist is designed to help slow the lowering of the tailgate to make it easier and safer to put the tailgate down. This product is not designed to support any weight of the tailgate when lifting it to close.
-- Victoria B - 09/02/2019

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My husband traded his GMC for a Dodge. The GMC had the tailgate assist which i really liked and the Dodge did not. That was the only thing I was upset about the Dodge not having. So he found this product and installed it for me. I love it and it works great. Now I don't have to worry about the tailgate slamming down. 690862



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I've had this on my tailgate a little over a year now. Still working like new 688357



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Minutes to install /works perfect, 683342



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I installed the tailgate assist and it worked fine for about 1 month then it started to damage the tailgate where it was mounted so I removed it. I had these installed on 2 other trucks and they worked great but not so much with this dodge truck. 681643



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Had one on my last truck works great, arrived a day early .Install is cut and dry ... 669415



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Works well as expected with no problems 664180



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2016 Ram 1500

The first one I put on the wife’s RAM, but the shock is faulty as it doesn’t start to dampen the TG until it’s about half way lowered. The one I bought for my RAM starts dampening right away! Thinking of activating the 3 year warranty on the wife’s one. It was easy to instal just follow the directions ! 663958



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Easy install. Still working great after a year 636291



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Install is easy and the tailgate drops smooth and with ease 633346



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Works great. Better than I expected. 621569



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Product showed up as described. It is decent quality. I would've given 5 stars but the strut is just a little noisy when extending. No other issues. Everything works as advertised. A worthwhile upgrade. 617992


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