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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.
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.
Video of Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist
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Today we are going to show you part number 74211 from Hoppy. This is Hoppys Tailgate EasyLift. What this is, is a device that actually takes the weight off the tailgate and makes it easier to lift up and down. In most cases it will take up to 80 percent of the weight of the tailgate off your hands. It is actually pretty easy to install. As soon as you open it up you can see the instructions on what to do to install it. Basically you only have to drill two holes. One gets drilled into the tailgate itself and the other gets drilled into the truck bed itself. Most of the time on a tailgate you take two arms and you have got to really kind of push and shove it up in there. With the EasyLift it actually does not require that much effort at all. You can do it easily one-handed while probably carrying something in that arm, too. And also, when you let it down, it does not really flop down all that hard it actually has a controlled descent. And again, it just makes it smooth going up into the bed when you close it. And there you have it for part number 74211 from Hoppy, the Tailgate EasyLift.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (157 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.
by: Billy S01/28/2015
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
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
by: Bill OD02/13/2014
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
by: Bill N03/21/2014
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
by: Daniel S.01/22/2015
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
by: Rick B.01/25/2014
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
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
by: Tailgate Easy lift06/02/2014
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
by: Greg V.06/02/2011
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
by: Mitch M02/21/2014
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
by: Hugh E.02/24/2014
Even though the instructions says two people to install this, it was only me at home. I took only about 15 minutes to install. It is like 95% easier to open and close than it was. It took me three months to talk myself into buying it, I sure wish i had purchased it a lot quicker. 117298
The EasyLift was very easy to install, it does require two people. Instructions were easy to follow, but pay attention to where the hole is drilled in the tailgate. I had to drill a second hole about 1 1/2 inches left of where the directions said to drill it. Other than that, it was an easy installation. Also, the product works, I should have bought one 10 years ago when I bought the truck... 95369
by: Jim T12/06/2013
This product lives up to it's claim as the video says. I had the help of my friend . Two people can do this but 3 is better especially when it comes time to put the bottom end of the torsion bar into the bottom hole (B) into the tailgate. I can lower and lift the tailgate with 1 finger. 109431
by: Mitch in Florida09/16/2013
Truck came with one, and I broke it. Went to E-Trailer and found this one. Exact replacement. took 5 minutes to install. GMC dealer wanted $100 for the replacement. 100063
by: Billy Q.09/25/2014
Works Great ! Put it on my 1995 Dodge 3500 Dually,my wife can open it with ease now ! 153045
by: Bill D06/20/2014
I purchase a tailgate Easy lift for my truck installed was easy, my son-in law liked the item ordered him one and his installation was easy and fast they work great. Nice to lift tailgate with one finger. 136698
by: Henry M08/05/2009
WOW, my liftgate is so light! I have been researching this product on the web for awhile, and finally decided to get it. Now I regret not getting it earlier. My 03 Dodge Ram's tailgate was very heavy and I was tired of dropping it. The product did exactly as advertised. Installation was fairly simple as long as you measure accurately. The hard part was remounting the tailgate with the spring onto the bed. I did this by myself but would definitely recommend a helper. After installation, I noticed that the drilled holes bent in the direction of the bar. I assume this is normal. All the ore important to place the holes accurately. I mocked up the spring with the tailgate before drilling. I did put primer on the drilled holes to prevent future rust. Hope that works. 2213
by: Jim H07/07/2012
This device absolutely does what it is designed to do. I can't believe how light the tailgate is now on my 04 Dodge 2500. Make SURE to follow the template carefully for the hole that gets drilled in the tailgate. I thought I was smarter and drilled the hole wrong the first time. I forgot about the fact that the hole needs to be where the second bump in the bar is located. Once i drilled it in the right place, it works great. This job definitely requires two people to handle the tailgate. Three might have been better for getting the rod started in the tailgate hole. I am recommending this to all my friends with pickups. Much better than the coil spring and/or gas shock devices, plus it is costs less and is completely out of the way. 47058
by: Gary H01/02/2012
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
by: Mike M.08/08/2014
EasyLift was delivered promptly and was just as expected. Easily installed it makes opening and closing the tailgate so much easier. Thanks etrailer and easylift. 145318
by: DON M.01/28/2014
NICE PRODUCT! GREAT SALES COMPANY!!!! FAST SHIPPING. 114967
by: Bob Thompson03/30/2015
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
by: Doug M.06/06/2013
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
by: Thomas D.07/09/2015
That torsion bar aka tailgate lift assist is an absolute jewel! I got the package asap and had it in the truck in less than 30 minutes. This thing really works. I can lift and close my tailgate now with a single finger, literally. I also installed the tailgate lower assist unit which I got from e-trailer too and it also really works. I can release the tailgate and turn it loose and it takes about 7 seconds to slowly lower itself. Between the two items from E-trailer I installed on my Dodge Ram tailgate I no longer am pained by my arthritis raising and lowering the tailgate. Whoever came up with these ideas should get a raise. 210664
by: Scott S.05/30/2013
I put this on my 2007 Dodge Ram and I was amazed at how well it worked. I can now lift my tailgate with one finger. The installation instructions were simple and easy to follow. However, you need at least two people, maybe even three people to install the heavy tailgate onto the torsion bar. But once you've got it on, you'll be amazed. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. I'm already telling all of my friends. In fact, I've been accused of being a salesman because of my high recommendations. But I'm not a salesman, just a very satisfied consumer. You will not be disappointed! 82496
by: David Fitz04/30/2015
I followed the instructions. Double checked all measurements. By the way this is not easy to install. Getting the tailgate remounted is tedious and took the two of us 45 minutes. Imagine doing this each time you want to take off your tailgate. Seemed to work fine at first but the hole you drill in the bed quickly deformed and stretched making an ugly jagged hole. This of course meant it no longer worked well. I have removed it and will not be reinstalling. Just need to figure out how to patch the hole in my truck. 188871
by: John Jacobs04/01/2014
This is a great product for an excellent price! However, drill your hole for mounting spot A then install the tortion bar into A location and mark your point B for drilling in your tailgate. The template does not line up. The template was over an inch out of line for my application (2004-05 GMC Sierra HD) I'm glad I tested this first as it kept me from drilling two holes in the tailgate. The end result is most excellent and makes it so easy to open and close tailgate with one finger!!!! 123154
Also give a security factor Don't try this installation with out some assistance. Instructions say one person/friend for help, I recommend two. Lightens the weight of the tailgate greatly. Also adds to the security of anyone stealing the tailgate off of your truck due to the manner of how it is installed. Recommend this product, if nothing else your friend will be amazed at how light the tailgate feels on your truck. This was installed on an 06 Ford F-250 Superduty. 562
by: Bob M12/05/2014
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
by: Chuck C.07/18/2013
This was the fourth one of these I've bought! I bought one for my '02 Ram 1500, one for my Dad's '97 F-250HD, even though it's not listed on the fit chart, one for my '08 Ram 1500, and now this one again for my Dad's truck. He lent the truck out and they needed to remove the tailgate, somehow they broke the spring. My Dad called the next day asking where I got it, and would I please get another! Great product, nice price, and easy installation. Thanks! 90292
by: Scott S.12/16/2014
I was pleasantly surprised to receive the product within 3 days of ordering it. Had a minor problem installing the tailgate lift but once I got phone-assisted advise from the manufacturer's tech: Gary, the installation was a snap. It's a great product; I wish I had gotten it years earlier. I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra. The product delivers what it promises. The proof is that my 75-year-old mother can now lift my tailgate with one finger. 165714
by: Lonnie W.04/08/2011
I recieved this product and installed it right away. It works great. I have purchased the other type of tailgate assist before and they ended up failing in short order. This thing is so simple yet so effective and there is not much to fail. I have a Dodge Ram 2500 and the tailgate is very heavy. This assist makes it feel like nothing both going down and back up. I recomend it to anyone who would like their tailgate to feel weightless. 11329
by: Kent M.08/17/2010
An uplifting idea Excellent product. Does exactly what it says it will do. Definitely have a helper to reinstall the gate. The video here is a bit misleading. The template should not be placed on the truck bed to establish the "A" hole (the one that goes in the truck body). It needs to be placed even with the top of the pivot point, which is quite a bit lower than the truck bed (at least on my F-150). 3359
by: Avalanche guy10/28/2013
I used the kit for 99-07 Silverado for my 02 Avalanche. There is no write up for Avalanche model but it's almost no brainer. Made the heavy tailgate a lightweight! A write up instruction could have made my life much easier. There was two inner rear end panels that you would try to slide the spring bar into a hole. The quarter panel cladding should be removed prior to installing the spring bar. 105537
by: Rich N.08/11/2014
I received the Tailgate EasyLift promptly and installed it with my buddy in under 30 minutes. 2007 Ford F250. One note, I had to remove the left tail light to allow the removal of the black rubber bumper stop. It is held in place by two bolts. It needs to be removed to allow for the drilling. This is an inexpensive upgrade and easy to install. It makes such a difference. No kidding, 80% lighter. 146143
by: Bob W.05/11/2012
We installed this on my friend's truck, all while we were doing it razzing him about it not going to work......well he got the last laugh...this thing is great. I went home that night and ordered one. My truck is a 3500 Dodge Ram 4WD and the tailgate is heavy enough so that my wife could not lift it...now she can close it with one hand. If you have a heavy tailgate...this is what you need!!! 40058
by: Tailgate EZ Lift01/03/2013
I own 3 Chevy Avalanches and I've installed this on all 3 of them. Love this product. The transaction from etrailer was simply amazing. Great service,follow up and super fast shipping. Can't wait to browse their site to see what else I may want to buy from them. 62387
by: Bill H02/27/2015
Being at the age of bad shoulders, back, and so on it became very difficult to lift the tailgate on my 2004 Dodge 1500. With some assistance from my friend and following the detailed instructions We were able to install the Tailgate EasyLift bar in about an hour.. Now I can lift the tailgate with one hand and not do any more damage to my body. I highly recommend this product. 176415
Followed the installation instructions on the packaging, and went on no problem. There are some Youtube videos as well. Took most of the load off my Nissan Titan tailgate. When my wife was unloading things out of the bed after the install, she came back and said "Whatever you did to the truck worked. I was ready to use 2 hands to lower the tailgate but it was really light." 27867
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
I read the reviews when I bought this item and several reviews said the template dimensions are wrong for the hole in the bottom of the tailgate. Well after assembling this tailgate assist I couldn't agree more. The template dimension was off by 2", I measured and re-drilled and it works great. Well worth the money, you just need to re-engineer the template. 167274
The tailgate easylift arrived quickly and the instructions were easy to follow. I was able to install it myself but it would have been a lot easier with two like the instruction recommends. The lift works great. I have shown it to a few friends and they are going to order one for there truck as well. All in all this is a great product. 152605
by: Glenn A03/16/2012
This is the second truck I've owned, and the second EasyLift I've purchased. I love it. My tailgate can easily be opened and closed with one hand, even by my wife! Everyone with a tailgate should have one! I couldn't be happier! Also, the service, price, communications, and speed of shipping for etrailer.com can't be beat! Thanks! 34155
What a great product! My 3/4 T tailgate seems to weigh just that! But not anymore! Great instructions and great pictures, drill two holes, get some help taking the tailgate off, and install...easy as that. Just make sure you don't lose any of the cup spacers on a Dodge, they help center it! Now it's a one finger open and close! 149520
by: John McB01/03/2012
Works great on my Dodge Ram. After drilling, would not work on my Chevy Avalanche due to double wall in box and thicker fiberglass tailgate. 29051
by: Robert C03/26/2013
Tailgate easy lift is just that. Easy to install and make raising and lowering the tailgate on my Dodge 3500 so much easier. As usual, very quick shipping and customer response. I would recommend etrailer.com to anyone needing associated parts and equipment. I have order several times and completely satisfied each time. 72568
by: Dennis D.02/21/2012
It REALLY works!!!!! Easy to install. A few additional words in the instructions concerning how to get the rod flush, both in the upright, and in the gate would be helpful. And as a caution, for re-assembly 2 people (min) must be used, as stated in the instructions. Boy, what a pleasurable difference. 32170
Judy, most people are skeptical about ordering products on line but i must say this product worked just as advertized. the installation was easy, instructions were simple and correct and it makes raising and lowering the tailgate effortless. Thanks for a great product that really works. 116686
by: geo p08/18/2014
Product very difficult to install tailgate. Cannot rotate tailgate to engage the "bend". I used an adel camp to hold it in place. Next time I remove the tailgate (now takes two people to put on or off) I will throw this product away. Only about 50% of tailgate weight is removed. 147169
by: Jeff B10/05/2015
Awesome product! I wish I would have bought one two years ago when I first seen it. Easy to install, I did mine by myself with the use of a rope pulley system I have in my garage, (to lift tailgate off and re-install). Makes lifting the tailgate a pleasure, only need one hand. 229240
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