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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 or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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.


  • 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


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


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 Series

2002 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 and 3500 Series

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 - 1998 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty excluding Stepside

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 excluding SuperCrew

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 Hoppy Tailgate EasyLift Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Hopkins EasyLift Truck Bed Tailgate Lift Assist - 74211

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (241 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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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

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by: keith08/24/2011

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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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


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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by: Mark H02/19/2016

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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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


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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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


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

Bill N - 03/21/2015


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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

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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


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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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


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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by: jimmyB08/05/2014

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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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


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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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 has been over and above our expectations. I'll be searching the website for more unique products. 15925


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


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

-- Patrick B - 12/23/2013

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by: Art H.10/03/2017

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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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


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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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


My product is working fine, love it and am so glad that i purchased it. You should see peoples faces when they open or close the tail gate. They are amazed at the ease of operation.

Hugh E - 02/24/2015


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by: Larry08/16/2013

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


Yes, the product does every thing I expected.

Larry - 08/19/2014


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by: A.H.02/10/2015

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


Works fine, as stated previously, poor instructions

A.H. - 02/22/2016


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by: CharlesD07/12/2016

The video didn't follow the instructions I had on the cardboard, and with 2 old guys, it was still a PITA on a 2004 Tundra. You GOT to make sure you read closely and that the marks you make, LINE UP before you drill. First drill hole was easy, is that 2nd all important hole you make that makes or breaks the deal in my opinion. Me and my 69yr old buddy (as I'm 100% disabled) had to use a pry bar to get everything in place to get the tailgate back on. After installing a DeeZee on my Chevy (much MUCH easier) its a shame they don't have it available for the Tundra. However as much as I'd never install another like this unit, it DOES work. I only gave it 3 stars because its definitely NOT for the faint of heart or those not mechanically inclined. But it definitely made tailgate really easy to lift with just one hand (I really LIKED that), as its the truck that has my wheelchair lift on it. 271254


Works fine, as stated previously, poor instructions

CharlesD - 07/14/2017


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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


Ive had this for a year now, and it performs as good as the first day.

Jim T - 12/06/2014


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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


Thanks for following up. Great customer service. Wish more companies held the standard. The part has work great no problems. Several friends are amazed at how easy my tailgate is to lift.

Mitch i - 09/17/2014


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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


How the tail gate fift working outAny problems with the gate or the mounting holes Thanks Scott

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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


Still working great! So easy to open my tailgate now!

Billy Q - 09/25/2015


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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


Still like new, works great dont know why this is not standard on all new trucks

Bill D - 06/20/2015


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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

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by: Terry S03/23/2015

Wonderful item! Not bad to install. Did it by myself but another person would be a big help. Feels like I'am lifting a piece of aluminum instead of a heavy steel tailgate! I highly recommend this item. 180386


Great product! Wish I installed this when I first got the truck.

Terry S - 03/22/2016


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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


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


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

-- Patrick B - 2/4/2013


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


Thanks for added feedback! It is appreciated.

-- Patrick B - 2/14/2013

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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


Still love it, works flawlessly and makes life much easier.

Mike M - 08/13/2015


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by: DON M.01/28/2014



it work great. does everything they said it would do. i am very glad i bought it. it akes a lot of pressure off your hands when closing the tailgate.

DON M - 01/28/2015


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by: 7421109/20/2017

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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by: Mike M06/02/2017

I put this product on a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup and it made a WORLD of difference! My wife could barely close that old heavy liftgate, but after installing the EasyLift she was able to do so . . . well, easily. I have since sold this truck, but the new owner commented on how light the tailgate was when closing. I showed him the EasyLift and he said he would have to get one for his other truck. I installed it myself and checked and rechecked the hole locations (be sure you do to). It was a little difficult to remount the tailgate myself, but at 6'5" and 270 lbs I was able to get it back on. Overall, AWESOME fix for those old heavy tailgates! 387977


That’s what we love to hear Mike M!!! Hopkins appreciates your business and we are grateful you purchased our Tailgate Lift Assist. Im glad that someone else is now going to reap the benefits of your purchase!!

Hopkins C from - 06/05/2017


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by: Willy G.10/09/2017

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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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


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

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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

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by: Edward Reiter03/30/2015

product was easy to install works like a dream I would recommend this to anyone 181512


very nice it works great could not be happier,thanks,

Edward R - 03/30/2016


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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

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by: Doc09/14/2016

The install on my particular truck (98 Chev Cheyenne 5.7L shortbed fleetside) was considerably more difficult than the later model Dodge represented in the installation video. Especially the last part where the torsion rod fits up into the tailgate........but we finally got it done. Also my tailgate will not drop completely down now because the torsion rod is doing too good of a job. I'm sure this will not be a problem as time goes by and the rod weakens a bit. These are the reasons that I cannot give it a 5 star rating. Please understand I am satisfied completely. 294531

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by: Dave G.09/10/2016

Great product and works as advertised. However, for 2006 crew cab Tundra ...the template was wrong for the underside of the tailgate hole by about 1 inch. After drilling the first hole in the bed body ... hold the torsion rod up to that hole and see where to drill the 2nd hole in the tail gate bottom. Mark in place and remove the tailgate ....and drill the hole to insert rod in bottom of tailgate. Then works great. Extra hole didn't hurt because the whole bottom side of the tailgate contain drain holes. (one more drain hole) (Wife was thrilled) 293249


Very well. I thought that it might lose some of its strength due to metal fatigue but ...not so. Still working very well. Friend of mine has a similar Tundra and reminded me of how heavy and hard to work without the rod. Happy still.

Dave G - 09/10/2017


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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

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by: Nicholas M.10/24/2016

This product is ok. The instructions can be somewhat hard to follow based on your individual vehicle. The drill hole pattern did not line up as designed on the tail gate itself, requiring a second hole to be drilled. The finished tail gate torsion bar product, did reduce the overall lowering weight of the tail gate, but it is still reasonably heavy. I do wish it was stronger material that would reduce the lowering weight even more than it currently does on the Dodge Rams. Overall happy with the product though. 310101

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by: Chris M.10/24/2016

This product is ok. The instructions can be somewhat hard to follow based on your individual vehicle. The drill hole pattern did not line up as designed on the tail gate itself, requiring a second hole to be drilled. The finished tail gate torsion bar product, did reduce the overall lowering weight of the tail gate, but it is still reasonably heavy. I do wish it was stronger material that would reduce the lowering weight even more than it currently does on the Dodge Rams. Overall happy with the product though. 310099

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by: Robbin05/15/2016

I put this in a 2004 Chevy Avalanche 2500. Works great, but it could have had better directions. Once I figured out how to install on an avalanche it worked. makes a very heavy lift much more manageable. The avalanche is about twice as heavy as a regular pickup truck tailgate. I did the install in about an hour and a half by myself. The weight of the tailgate is a little heavy for one person to align by oneself, a second person would speed up the install. I would not hesitate to buy and install great product. 250340

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by: Richard B.08/22/2016

E-Trailer sets the standard for ecommerce! I have ordered several items from this company and I cannot commend them enough on their product description, instructional videos and item packaging. The best in the industry. The item I ordered is exactly as described and very well built. I had my wife raise and lower the tailgate before and after installation and she couldn't believe it, in fact, she asked me to order another one for her friend's truck. Take your time and follow the instructions. 286306

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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

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by: Ian12/15/2016

I installed this torsion bar on a 2005 Toyota Tundra. It works well, but the stencil didn't line up properly. I had to drill a second hole to fit the bar into my tailgate. One other thing, the bar rubs on the bottom edge of my tailgate when opening or closing it. It hasn't been a problem, but I imagine it will rub the paint off and be a rust issue later on. Overall it is worth it, and certainly makes the tailgate much lighter feeling. It easily opens and closes with one hand. 325110

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by: jvjranch01/10/2008

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

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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

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by: Pete J10/17/2017

Just installed it on my 2006 Tundra . I tried to follow the instructions to the letter and marked and drilled the holes precisely to the template . The "B" hole was off by 1/8 inch and the rod was bending as I tried to put the tailgate back on . I drilled a second hole and got it to work . I do hear a slight "creak" as I close the tailgate so I may lube it at strategic locations but it is significantly easier to open and close the tailgate . 443577

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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

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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

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by: Charlie H07/06/2017

After lots of years (I am 67) straining to lift the tailgate on my Dodge pickup, I installed the Hopkins tailgate assist. Because it was so simple looking and inexpensive, I wasn't expecting too much. It has been great. I can lift the tailgate easily with one hand. My wife loves the lift. She used to leave the tailgate down after using the truck. Now she actually closes it. I will buy it again when I get my next truck. 402105


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  • Will DeeZee Tailgate Assist Fit a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The DeeZee tail gate assist # DZ43300 is not a confirmed fit for the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. We do have the Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211 that is listed as a fit. I have included a link to a video showing how the EasyLift works.
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  • Hopkins Tailgate Lift Assist Compatibility with 2013 Dodge Ram
  • We do have a tailgate assist options for your 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie, however, I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he confirmed that the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211, will not fit the newer generation Dodge trucks (2009 to 2013) due to the internal structure of the tailgate. For your truck, I recommend the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Lowering System, # DZ43300. This system uses a shock absorber to make lowering your tailgate smooth and easy. I have attached a link to the installation...
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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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  • Will the DeeZee EZ Down Tailgate Lowering System Work with a Tailgate Lift Assist
  • I spoke with my contact at DeeZee and she stated that the EZ Down system, # DZ43300, should work with a tailgate assist system that helps lift the tailgate like # 74211. But she did say that the two have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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  • Which DeeZee Tailgate Assist Fits 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • We have two different tailgate-assist products that are compatible with your 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The DeeZee # DZ43300 provides resistance that makes lowering the tailgate easier. Hopkins offers what they can a Tailgate EasyLift, part # 74211 that is a torsion spring that removes about 80 percent of the weight of the tailgate, which would make it easier to raise the tailgate.
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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 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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  • Can the Tailgate be Removed For Towing After Installation of Hopkins Tailgate Easy Lift # 74211
  • To install the Hopkins Tailgate Easy Lift, part # 74211 on your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado you will need to remove the tailgate to install the Easy Lift. The Easy Lift is a torsion bar that slides into a hole drilled into the truck bed on one side and into a hole drilled in the tailgate on the other side. If you need to remove your tailgate to tow your fifth wheel trailer, you will need to slide the Easy Lift bar out of the tailgate and the truck bed. I am including a video link to the...
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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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  • Recommended Tailgate Assist for a 2012 Ford F-150
  • Currently, the only tailgate assist for your 2012 Ford F-150, is the DeeZee custom tailgate lowering system # DZ43200. The Hopkins tailgate EasyLift # 74211 you referenced isn't a fit for your 2012 Ford F-150. The DeeZee # DZ43200 will work with tailgates with or without a tailgate step. I included a installation video for you as well.
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  • Using the Tailgate EasyLift with the EZ Down Tailgate Lowering System on a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The designs of the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, part # DZ43300 allows these two products to be installed on your 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 without interfering with each other. Our contact at DeeZee stated these two products should work together, however, they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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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 Recommendation for a 1994 Chevy K1500
  • I have a tailgate assist option that would work on your 1994 Chevy K1500 as long as it's not a stepside, but the part # DZ43301 is only designed for new Dodge trucks so I cannot recommend it for you. Instead you would want the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211. I attached a review video for you to check out.
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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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  • Compatibility of Hopkins EasyLift Tailgate Assist Part # 74211 on 1995 Ford Bronco
  • I spoke with one of my contacts at Hopkins, the manufacturer of the EasyLift Tailgate Assist. I was told that in order to be installed, the tailgate must be removable and be at least 62 inches in width and 19 inches tall. They could not provide any more specific fit information than that, probably due to the age of the vehicle. The rear window should not really have any bearing on the fit, as the torsion spring attaches to the vehicle by slipping into holes drilled into the bottom of...
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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 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 System for a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500
  • For a lift assist, you can use Hopkins EasyLift, # 74211 and it takes up 80 percent of the weight of the tailgate. I have linked a video review of this system for you. Or for a Tailgate lowering system for a 2003 GMC Sierra, you would need part # DZ43100. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist for 2004 Dodge Dakota
  • I checked the confirmed fits for each of the tailgate assist products we offer, all of which can be seen on the link at right. None of the DeeZee products are designed for the Dakota; my DeeZee contact confirmed this. However, I also checked with my contact at Hopkins, maker of the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211. He confirmed this will work on Dakotas up through the 2007 model year.
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  • Can Truxedo Truxport Tonneaus be Used On Trucks with Bed Rail Caps
  • I checked with Truxedo and the Truxport like part # TX281101 is compatible with trucks that have bed rail caps like your 2003 Chevy Silverado. This tonneau would not interfere with the # 74211 either.
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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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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist System for 2012 Chevy Silverado
  • DeeZee offers a Tail Gate Assist, part # DZ43102 that will fit your 2012 Chevy Silverado. According to my contact at Hopkins, the EasyLift will not work on the Chevy New Body Style models, due to the double-wall configuration of the tailgate jamb. To see the installation details, click the provided link.
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  • Will DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System # DZ43100 Work With Hopkins EasyLift # 74211 on GMC Sierra
  • The designs of the Hopkins EasyLift, part # 74211, and the DeeZee EZ Down Lowering System, part # DZ43100 allows these two products to be installed on your 1999 to 2007 GMC Sierra without interfering with each other. Our contacts at DeeZee and Hopkins stated these two products should work together, however, they have not been tested together so it is not guaranteed.
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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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  • Assistance For Lifting and Lowering the Tailgate on a 2003 Ford F-150
  • For your 2003 Ford F-150, you will need the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Lowering System # DZ43203. This item is not intended to assist in closing the tailgate, only in lowering. It has a shock that lowers the tailgate slowly to prevent damage to the tailgate and potential injury to the person attempting to lower the tailgate. I have provided a link to the installation instructions for this item. If you are looking for an item that will provide an assist for lifting your tailgate, I recommend...
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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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  • Fit of Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift on 2010 - F150
  • The Hopkins EasyLift is not a fit for your 2010 F-150, according to Hopkins. We offer the DeeZee # DZ43200 that would be compatible with your truck. This solution would require no drilling, and you would not need to worry about it breaking. While the Hopkins unit is basically a torsion spring that helps raise and lower the tailgate, the DeeZee item will take up some of the weight as the tailgate is lowered, but not when raising it.
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  • Tailgate Assist Recommendation for a 1995 Chevy Silverado
  • I have a tailgate assist that is a fit for your 1995 Chevy Silverado, but the DeeZee part # DZ43100 is not a confirmed fit. Instead you would want the part # 74211 which is a confirmed fit for your truck and actually would be a better option. It makes the tailgate feel much lighter whereas the DeeZee only slows it down as you are lowering it.
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  • Availability of Tailgate Assist for 2010 Chevy Silverado
  • We have the DeeZee # DZ43102 Tailgate Lowering Assist that's compatible with your truck, but the Hopkins EasyLift # 74211 won't work with the current generation Silverado because of the way its tailgate is constructed. Rather than assist with raising the tailgate like the EasyLift does, the DeeZee product helps lower the tailgate.
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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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