Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist

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Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist Installed
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Tailgate Assist by Dee Zee®. This kit includes a gas strut and related hardware that allows your truck’s tailgate to glide slowly and safely down on its own once opened. Parts are fitted specifically to work in conjunction with factory tailgate support cables for your make and model. Easy, no drill installation.

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  • Allows tailgate to glide slowly open by itself once opened
  • Includes one gas strut and related hardware
  • Designed to stand up to repeated, heavy-duty operation
  • All parts are fitted specifically for your make and model
  • Gas strut works in conjunction with OEM tailgate support cables
  • Installation is easy with no drilling
  • All hardware needed is included along with easy-to-follow instructions
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty
  • Proudly manufactured in the United States

When you are carrying a lot of heavy items in both arms, the simple act of opening your truck’s tailgate can become a cumbersome process. After pulling a release handle which may or may not work well due to loose or misadjusted linkages, juggling things around in your arms as you lower a heavy steel tailgate is awkward. If a package or the tailgate panel itself has ever slid out of your hands and fallen hard, you will greatly appreciate the Tailgate Assist kit from Dee Zee. It features one gas strut and related hardware that bolt easily in place that allow your tailgate to glide open slowly, safely, and gracefully.

Installation is straightforward. Using standard tools, simply unhook the driver’s side tailgate support cable, then replace the original mounting bolts with new ones supplied in the kit designed for the gas strut. Once the support cable is reinstalled, your tailgate will latch tightly in place with no clearance issues or difficulty. Dee Zee has tested and developed the gas strut and related components to heavy duty specifications to ensure many years of smooth operation, even in the most extreme of temperatures and the dirtiest of environments. Dee Zee proudly manufactures the Tailgate Assist kit in the United States and backs it with a 3-year warranty to ensure your satisfaction.

Since 1977, Iowa-based Dee Zee® has sought to create products and accessories for trucks and SUVs with class-leading levels of style, quality, and longevity. Their success and growth in the marketplace has always been fueled by listening to what customers want, then building the things competitors did not offer. Dee Zee believes being environmentally aware is extremely important and views efficient manufacturing to minimize pollution and waste as a corporate responsibility. That philosophy goes hand in hand with fundamental beliefs that a product which effectively resists corrosion represents a better value for the customer – giving it a longer useful lifespan instead of becoming more junk in a landfill. CARiD is proud to offer the Dee Zee product you’ve seen on this page as well as the company’s complete lineup of running boards, grille guards, tool boxes, bed protectors, mud flaps, liquid transfer tanks, cargo carriers, and much more.

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Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist Installed
Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist
Average Rating: 4.7 of 5
5 of 5
A Tailgate Assist That Finally Works
I received the Dee Zee tailgate assist in an excellent protected package. I then opened and read the instruction sheet. It was so simple to install on my Ford 2015 F150 truck that an 8 year old could install it. It took me only 7 minutes to install it. They even furnished a special wrench I didn't have, but do now. This tailgate will never bruise me again as the strut eases the gate down. I normally have trouble installing accessories but this was so easy to install. I recommend everyone who owns a truck to buy this inexpensive accessory to save you from a possible injury from a falling tailgate. It's hard to believe the cost compared to the workmanship and what it gives you for the price. George D. Bentley.
GPosted by (Harrison, OH) /
2015 Ford F-150
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2.8 of 5
Good Idea, But....
Bought this for my 2013 F-150 super crew short bed. Had more difficulty than anticipated with installation of the "blind nut". Videos showed that careful attention was necessary for proper installation, and instructions addressed this as well as options if difficulty was encountered. My experience with this piece caused me to try every trick in the instructions. Got it done but the fit seems weak and I have concern that it will break, as I can see slight movement when I use the gate. However, 3 weeks in it seems to be holding up so far.
DPosted by (Indianapolis, IN) /
2013 Ford F-150
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5 of 5
DeeZee Tailgate - Unbelievable!
What a great accessory! Along with my organizer for inside the console, this is the most useful and practical accessory I have bought for my F150, and I have bought quite a few accessories since buying the truck. . For the $40 I paid, I am not sure why every truck just doesn't just have this as a standard feature on their tailgates. Along way from the cost of the remote tailgate option and installation was a breeze. A definite must have!
JPosted by (Ontario, ON) /
2015 Ford F-150
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5 of 5
The Dee Zee tailgate assist was easy to install and help the tailgate.
CPosted by (Milford, KS) /
2003 Dodge Ram
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4.8 of 5
Dee Zee Tailgate Assist Installation
The Dee Zee Tailgate Assist was relatively simple to install on my 2003 F250. It's a little tricky to get the blind nut to squash up properly, but you can use either the tape method that comes in the instructions or what I did was secure it in a vice and slowly took up the drive screw until the blind nut ribs started to expand. ( I gave it 4 stars for this part if you are not the mechanical type.) Do it just enough to still be able to fit in the tailgate hole. However, if you go a little too far you can squish it back with a mid-size Channel Lock or similar pliers. Be sure to torque to the specified 11 psf so it doesn't spin. Everything else is straight forward. The damper snaps right on and really makes a difference in lowering a heavy tailgate. I haven't tried to remove the damper yet (no need to, it's brand new), but it should just pop off. Recommend it if it's a hassle for you to manhandle the tailgate. Installed it in about 20 minutes including removing necessary existing parts.
RPosted by (Scotts Valley, CA) /
2003 Ford F-250
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4.5 of 5
Dee Zee- Tailgate Assist
Great service! It works just how they showed. The install was easy, because I went on YouTube and reviewed installations being performed. Pleased with product.
KPosted by (Mckeesport, PA) /
2010 Dodge Ram
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5 of 5
Works Great
Very easy to install, works great, just wish it helped lifting the tailgate too.
SPosted by (Brownsville, VT) /
2014 GMC Sierra
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4.5 of 5
NPosted by (Aurora, OH) /
2013 Chevy Silverado
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4.5 of 5
Dee Zee Tailgate Assist
The Dee Zee tailgate assist works pretty good for my 2013 ford F-250 but the tailgate is so heavy, i had to buy another so it would close more easy.
DPosted by (Fort Worth, TX) /
2013 Ford F-250
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4.5 of 5
Great Product
Awesome works well.
BPosted by (Bradenton, FL) /
2005 Dodge Ram
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