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View Poll Results: Which Tailgate Assist is the better choice?
DeeZee Tailgate Assist 3 21.43%
Stabilus Tailgate Assist 3 21.43%
I'm a man, I don't need no stinking assistance with my tailgate! 8 57.14%
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:23 PM
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DeeZee Tailgate Assist w Write up Lots O' Pics

So i figured it was time I did one of these. I bought the DeeZee tailgate assist from Amazon DeeZee model number DZ43203


Here's how your truck should look without the tailgate assist


Here's what's in the package
Bed Assist strut, thread lock, mounting plate, a "nutsert" and nutsert tool (it's just a molly that expands when the bolt tightens), a torx wrench and the instructions and a ball-mount screw (now that I think of it, this stuff sounds dirty.



You don't need those instructions, ball 'em up and throw 'em away


Hmmm...don't throw 'em away just yet


This is the "nutsert" and tool, here you need to make sure there's about 3/4'' between the head of the bolt and the washer


Find the predrilled hole in the left side of the tailgate near the hinge


Put the nutsert into the predrilled hole that you just found


Hold the nut with a 13 MM wrench and a hexkey/allen tighten the bolt until the "nutsert" fully expands.


Put some of the provided threadlock on the ballmount screw


Grab your ratchet with a 16mm deep well socket


Put the ballmount screw into the nutsert, tighten with the above mentioned socket


Next you're gonna remove the cable


With the provided torx remove the bolt that holds the cable


Put this bracket where the cable holder bolt thing was and put the bolt you took out, back in it


Put the cable back on and tighten the bolt, make sure the bracket is straight up and down


Snap on the top of the strut to the newly added bracket and the bottom snaps onto the ballmount screw


Almost done.
See this rubber guy here? Yeah he gets in the way of the strut and you can't close the tailgate, rendering this mod useless


Use an 8mm socket to remove the bolts from the back of the tail light, once you pull it off, find the 11mm bolts that hold that rubber stopper on. my bolts are really dirty


So long, rubber guy


Here it is without the rubber stopper


Once you've done that, close up your tailgate and enjoy your handywork

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good job John. That video almost looks professional
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I've had one on my truck for a while and love it. I bought it from eBay for $33, then later found out oriellys sells them for $20

Also I didn't bother removing the rubber, I just pulled out my knife and cut the rubber part off.
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good job John. That video almost looks professional
I had a camera crew out here and everything, if you listen carefully, you can hear the director say "perfect"

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I've had one on my truck for a while and love it. I bought it from eBay for $33, then later found out oriellys sells them for $20

Also I didn't bother removing the rubber, I just pulled out my knife and cut the rubber part off.
I found this on Amazon for $24 and I got it in 2 days
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That video is pretty good. Where is the camera girl? Just need some narration with a mustang in the background ...! Lol
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I'll make a new video when Sarah gets home lol
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I have one of these things and love it! I shaved my tailgate, and installed a popper. I push a button on the dash and the tailgate drops!

Good write up.
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Thanks for the idea! Just went to OReillys picked one up and installed it for less than 20 bucks

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Thanks for the idea! Just went to OReillys picked one up and installed it for less than 20 bucks

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I did also.

Thanks Fantom for posting.
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Great post! Im going to think about doing this as well.
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