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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.

Warranty Information

Dee Zee, Inc. guarantees the original purchaser a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects in materials, workmanship, and design under normal use, excluding damage resulting from road hazards such as gravel or other debris, product misuse, improper installation, impairments from accidents, product modifications, improper repairs, spills, vandalism, product neglect, or acts of God.

This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of new product(s) and is limited to the replacement of genuine Dee Zee products. Modification of any kind to Dee Zee products voids all warranty coverage. Warranty does not include electrical components, installation, cost of removal, labor, transportation costs, loss of use, inconvenience, or consequential damages.

Wear items such as shocks, latches, keys, hinges, mud flaps, step pads, end caps, seals, etc. have a one-year warranty. Replacements of these items are non-returnable non-refundable items. This warranty applies only to new products and is limited to the repair or replacement of genuine Dee Zee products. Warranty does not include electrical components, light bulb replacement, and cost of removal, installation, labor, transportation costs, and loss of use, inconvenience or consequential damages.

Warranty coverage - materials & workmanship

Limited lifetime warranty:

  • Stainless Steel: Side Steps, Grill Guards, Bull Bars, Bed Caps, and Side Rails
  • Aluminum: Side Steps, Running Boards, Storage Boxes, Transfer Tanks, Bed Protection, Invis-A-Racks, and Cab Racks
  • Plastic: Storage Boxes, and Bed Caps

Three-Year Warranty:

  • Powder-Coated / E-Coated Steel: Side Steps, Running Boards, Storage Boxes, Transfer Tanks, Cab Racks, Ladder Racks, and Cargo Carriers
  • Rubber & Mechanical: Bed Mats, Floor Mats, Tailgate Assists, and Fuel Connection Kits
  • Other: All Products Not Otherwise Listed Individually

Warranty Coverage – Component Parts

Operational items such as shocks, latches, hinges, and wear items including, but not limited to, mud flaps, step pads, end caps, hardware, seals, etc. have a one-year (1) warranty.

Warranty Coverage – Finish Protection

The finish of all Dee Zee products is covered for one-year (1) from the date of purchase. Dee Zee products have a high-quality finish that must be cared for and maintained like any other exposed finish on the vehicle. Protect the finish with non-abrasive automotive wax (e.g. Pure Carnauba) on a regular basis. Applying soaps, polishes, or waxes that contain an abrasive compound may scratch the finish and leave the exposed material susceptible to corrosion.

GPI Transfer Tank Pumps & Accessories

All Great Plains Industries (GPI) products, including transfer tank pumps and fuel meters are covered by GPI’s warranty policies. Dee Zee’s warranty terms do not apply to GPI products.

Warranty Submission Procedure

All warranty claims will be initiated at the place of purchase. The original purchaser will be required to present the original sales receipt with purchase date shown and provide photographs of the defect.

In the event the originally purchased product style is no longer available, Dee Zee will warranty the defective part with a current equivalent. If a comparable product is no longer available, the product would be returned to the store of purchase for a refund or the applicable cost difference can be paid to choose an alternate style.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act:
Legally, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure in the vehicle (per the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 2302(C)) Learn More

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Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist Installed
Dee Zee® - Tailgate Assist
Average Rating: 4.7 of 5
4.5 of 5
Tailgate Assist
Installed this on my 2015F250 which has a heavy tailgate. By following the instructions provided the install took about a half an hour. Product is as advertised and only which I would have purchased this along time ago. Highly recommend this product.
JPosted by (Springhill, KS) /
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4.5 of 5
Dee Zee Tailgate
Looks great fits perfect. Works smooth.
RPosted by (Woodbury, MN) /
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5 of 5
Dee Zee Tailgate Assist
Easy installation in under 30 min, works great.
RPosted by (Gambier, OH) /
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5 of 5
My grandkids can open the tailgate without it falling on them. My wife can open it with one hand and without it the noise. Read the directions then throw them away and follow the installation video it makes a lot more sense. I am in my seventies and had no trouble.
APosted by (Miami, FL) /
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3.3 of 5
Works Great, Looks Good
So far no complaints. I had a second one delivered because the first one got damaged during shipping, but other than that, looks and works good.
JPosted by (Green Bay, WI) /
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5 of 5
Dee Zee Tailgate Assist
The Dee Zee tailgate assist looks just like the picture. It took me about 20 minutes to install. It works great. It does fall fast for the 1st half, then slows down for the rest of the way, till fully opened. Closes very easily, don't even know it's there. I showed to my neighbor. He was very impressed and said for $25.00 I need to get one of those! CARiD as always was very helpful with the whole order process and I plan on buying more items from them. You will not be disappointed.
JPosted by (Whitehall, MI) /
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5 of 5
Tailgate Assist
The product is much easier to install than the original design in 2014 one I installed. Works great. It took me about 10 to 15 minutes to install.
SPosted by (Commerce City, CO) /
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5 of 5
Easy Install
Easy to install. Instructions easy to understand.
JPosted by (Moberly, MO) /
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4.8 of 5
Works As Expected.
It was really easy to install. I had a problem with the threads on the blind nut not gripping the installation screw, so it kept trying to strip the threads. I squeezed the threaded end of the blind nut with a pair of pliers with the screw in it. It egg shaped it enough that the threads would bite down on two sides. I was able to install the blind nut without any more problems. Works really smooth and slows the tailgate drop way down so you don't have to hold on to it. My wife is especially happy. It has made it easier for her to manage the tailgate while carrying stuff in her arms. This isn't my first one, so I would suggest to anyone, get some better loctite to use on the bottom connection. It does have a tendency to work loose.
SPosted by (Collinston, LA) /
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4.8 of 5
Highly Approve
Very nice. The product looks great preform great but it need to make a little more room for the cable.
CPosted by (Kenosha, WI) /
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