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Tailgate spring?

I own a 2008 F250 6.4 Crew Cab 4X4. About a month ago when my tailgate was down I heard a loud noise that sounded like a spring of something metal popping. Right after that my tailgate was much heavier to put up an down. Is there a spring in the tailgate that equalizes the tailgate weight when lifting up and down? If so how do I access and fix? Is this a do it yourselfer? If I need parts where do I get them? My tailgate has the step in the middle. I have looked for some sort of spring but I do not see it.
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No spring. It just pivots from the two points on the bed....you must be getting weak! : )

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No spring. It just pivots from the two points on the bed....you must be getting weak! : )
I guess that is possible! Dang. I even weight train 3 times a week. Oh well I really thought the tailgate was now heavier to lift and put down. Must just be imagining things. Thanks.
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My 09 F350 has a tailgate assist. It has a torsion bar inside tailgate and uses drivers side hinge. Not sure what year Ford started using them.


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My 09 F350 has a tailgate assist. It has a torsion bar inside tailgate and uses drivers side hinge. Not sure what year Ford started using them.


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This!! All 08 and up tailgates uses them, most likely your Torsion Spring broke.
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This!! All 08 and up tailgates uses them, most likely your Torsion Spring broke.
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Didnt you notice you could lift your tailgate with your pinky practically?!? Compared to older/other trucks.

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Didnt you notice you could lift your tailgate with your pinky practically?!? Compared to older/other trucks.
No I can't. Heck the tailgate on my fathers 01 ram is easier to lift. And I know there is no spring assist on that.



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Didnt you notice you could lift your tailgate with your pinky practically?!? Compared to older/other trucks.
I have an '09 and my tailgate doesn't have a spring assist on it. I actually just bought one of those Dee Zee EZ Down tailgate assists. Haven't installed it yet.

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Both my 08' and my 10' have it.

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