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Barricade Tailgate Assist (04-14 F-150)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Safely Controls the Tailgate Drop Rate
    • High-Quality Material
    • Works in conjunction with the Factory Cable
    • Only 1 Tailgate Assist Required
    • Fits All 2004 to 2014 F-150s

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey guys, Adam here with Today, I'm bringing you a quick overview and installation of the Barricade Tail Gate Assist, which is available for all 2009 to 2014 F-150s. In this video, I'll be going over the functionality and benefits of the Tail Gate Assist, as well as all the materials and construction that goes into the kit. I'll top the video off with the installation, which I'll let you know up front will not require any drilling or modifications, and will be very, very straightforward, so I'll be giving it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.The Barricade Tail Gate Assist will be for any '09 to '14 F-150 owner who's looking to make sure that their tail gate isn't slamming down every time they go to open it, which can definitely cause some damage to the cable or the tail gate itself. So this is definitely one of the more straightforward products we have on the market here, the Tail Gate Assist is exactly what it sounds like. It's to make sure that tail gate does come down in a safe, secure and slow motion, instead of slamming down like it does now. Now slamming it down, of course, is a lot quicker, but of course, it does put a lot more strain on the cable itself. It can be pretty dangerous to the people around the tail gate, and of course, the tail gate itself could get damaged. Now, that cable does hold up pretty well, but when it keeps slamming down over the years, it can definitely snap, causing that tail gate to come crashing down. That, itself, is going to be an expensive fix, so putting on the Tail Gate Assist can definitely slow down the motion and the rate that the tail gate comes down, saving you some time, money in the long run, repairs, and of course, that cable and your safety.So that second option I did just mention a second ago is the safety, and it's simply because when the tail gate comes crashing down, and somebody's hands are in the way, it can hurt. It's not definitely the super safest way to have that tail gate come down, so the slower it is, the more easy it is to stay away from getting hurt. So the way this kit actually works is, it does come with one single damping shock, which will attach to both the body of the vehicle and the bottom end of the tail gate. Now the cable you already have will attach on the same side, only the driver's side is what it comes with, so when it attaches to the body, it goes right under the cable. And when it attaches to the tail gate, it goes to the bottom end, instead of the top, where the cable goes. Now, since it doesn't require any drilling or modifications to get the job done, it does come with all the hardware you need, including the only tool you'll need to get the job done, too.Now one of the other good things about this kit, which is probably one of the most relieving good things, is that it actually doesn't come with a very high price tag at all. You can pick up this single damping shock to make sure your tail gate comes down safely for just about 30 bucks, which, in my personal opinion, is well worth the price if you're tired of that thing slamming down, causing all types of problems for the cable. And it could actually eventually lead to the damaging of your tail gate. So, if you're looking to just, you know, save some time, some money, some repairs in the long run, definitely a kit worth picking up. And, of course, it does save some noise and slamming that tail gate down can be pretty loud.Now, I've already pretty much given you the rundown on the install, but just to cap things off with that as far as the install goes, I will tell you all the tools, again, are already included in the kit. Just this little thing right here, this torx bit, that's all that you'll need to get the job done. All the hardware is here as well. I would say, at the absolute maximum, 30 minutes on the install, because it is very straightforward. It does get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now, as far as it all goes, ev

    Made for Safety. Prevent any potential injuries when you open the tail gate on your 2004-2014 F-150. The Barricade Tail Gate Assist will safely control the drop rate of your pickup's tailgate. The tailgate assist works along with the factory cables. All you need is one installed and your truck's gate will be safe to open. You won't have to hear the loud noise of the tailgate slamming down.

    Quality Construction. Your new tailgate assist is made of high-quality material and tested to handle heavy daily use. This single dampened gas shock comes with all the mounting hardware and no drilling is required as it mounts to the driver's side for easy installation.

    Application. The Barricade Tail Gate Assist is specifically made to be used on all 2004 to 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck models.

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    Fitment: 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Tailgate Assist
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        If you were using a tailgate extender all the time will this keep the tailgate somewhat in a "held down" position so when you have a speed bump or curb it doesn't send the tailgate bouncing up and down like it does now? I use my truck for work and need the tailgate down alot but hate how light it seems.

        • The Barricade Tail Gate Assist will help to keep the tailgate from bouncing while driving with the tailgate down.

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        Will this work on Flare Side bed?

        • Yes, this works on all 04-14 models. 

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        will this work with a tailgate that has the slide out step system factory installed. I know this feature adds a lot of weight to the tailgate itself and not sure if this assist is designed to handle the extra weight. Please advise. TY

        • The Barricade Tail Gate Assist will work with tailgates equipped with the step.

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        Can I buy two of these and put one on the drivers side and one on the passenger side?

        • This tailgate assist is designed for the driver side only.

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        Do I need 2 of them for my tail gate? Or just 1

        • This specific tailgate assist is meant to only be used on the driver side, so just one.

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          Ratings Summary

          4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          • January 12, 2020

            2 2012 XLT - 2012EcoBoost Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            this could be a great product except it seems to have somethig missing. it keeps popping off of the top mount when closed and then when you re-open the tailgate it slams down.

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          • December 27, 2019

            5 2010 XLT - Lmjohnsonii Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great product.

            Love the upgrade. Easy install. Makes opening and closing the gate easy.

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          • December 01, 2019

            4 2012 FX4 - Mark Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            great item

            would be a 5 star but you have to watch the lower ball mount. i got the 1 in a illion mount that slipped through QC and was not made right. customer service was great to deal with and sent me a new one as a replacement right away!

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          • November 29, 2019

            5 2012 Lariat - AudieP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great tailgate add-on

            Took about 15 minutes to get this installed. Came with everything needed and works great. My better half always used to let the tailgate fall and I knew one day it was going to fall off the bed. With this I no longer need to worry.

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          • November 22, 2019

            5 2009 King Ranch - beh2241 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Slow and Steady

            This after a few minutes of staring at the instructions I realized how to install the product. Once installed I couldn't be more happy with how the product works. No more does my tailgate drop like a rock. "Slow and Steady"

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          • November 07, 2019

            5 2004 XLT - Chris Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great for your tailgate

            At first I wasn't real sure what to think about a tailgate assist but after I installed it I can't look back. Even though my truck is a bit on the older side I want to try and keep it going as much as possible so having a tailgate lowering slow over just a typical open drop makes this worth every penny I spent. Easy to install and works great!

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          • November 06, 2019

            4 2014 Lariat - Marcos Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Pretty easy to install

            It wasn’t hard to install after watching a video on YouTube. The instructions it came with were really hard to see. Also, it does slow the tailgate down, but it still falls faster than I thought it would. My truck has the built in step so maybe it has extra weight.

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          • September 29, 2019

            5 2013 Lariat - Rolland Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Tailgate assist

            Easy to install. Instructions was well written. 15 minutes to install.

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          • September 26, 2019

            1 2011 Lariat - MustangMan609 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Wrong size

            Just tried to install on my 2011 F-150 and the shock provided was about two inches too short and the tail gate would not go all the way down. Now I have to send it back.

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          • September 25, 2019

            5 2011 XLT - Robert Installation Time: Afternoon

            Works Great

            Easy install . Makes the tail gate safe for my wife to open. Don't have to worry about it coming down fast and hitting her or me for that matter. Love it and it is well worth the cost which is a great value for the protection from injury and damage caused by a falling tail gate.

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          • September 09, 2019

            5 2014 FX4 - smpsports Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Perfect addition

            Yep, just what I was hoping for. Nice addition to the truck.

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          • August 31, 2019

            5 2013 - LonnieL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Tailgate assist was to install and works perfectly.

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          • August 06, 2019

            5 2013 Lariat - MattyIce Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Easy install and works great. Well worth the price.

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          • August 05, 2019

            1 2005 - bford Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            good til it wasn't

            Easy install. Worked great. Until it came unscrewed and fell out of the truck somewhere. No warranty from manufacturer. Why would a company not offer a warranty and why would an online company like AT sell products from a company that doesn't offer a warranty. too bad for me, I didn't need that $35 anyway.

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          • August 03, 2019

            5 2013 XL - Anonymous

            Great purchase

            Works as advertised. I followed the installation instructions and it took me about 30minutes from start to finish. I am very pleased with it. I highly recommended this product to everyone with a pickup truck.

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          • July 29, 2019

            5 2013 Platinum - MIchael Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Tail Gate assist

            Very easy to install and a great bargain. Your hands and Arms will thank you

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          • June 27, 2019

            5 2013 XLT - combine Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            tailgate assist

            took me 11 mins to put this on ,works perfect no more tailgate banging.

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          • June 21, 2019

            1 2013 FX4 - John2013F150 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Missing Part Poor Instructions

            I received my kit. It was missing the torch wrench and parts were scattered inside the packaging. I figured out the installation...included instructions looked like a copy of a copy, if a copy. Pictures were terrible. The part does what it's supposed to so that's good.

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          • June 17, 2019

            5 2014 XLT - SPEARHEAD86 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Works great

            Very easy to install and works as advertised. Very satisfied.

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          • June 15, 2019

            5 2011 Lariat - JeremiahH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Works perfectly! Worth the price!

            The directions were slightly vague but any competent DIYer can figure it out easily. Install took me less than 30 minutes and it works amazingly.

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