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Barricade Tailgate Assist (15-20 F-150)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Prevents Tailgate from Dropping When Opened
    • Slow, Smooth Operation
    • Designed to be Install on the Driver Side Only
    • Simple Bolt-On Installation
    • Fits all 2015-2020 F-150 Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. Alex from, and today I'm bringing you my quick review and breakdown of the Barricade Tailgate Assist Kit for the year 2015 through current F-150. So, in this video, I'm gonna talk about who this kit's going to appeal to, what you should expect to be spending. And then lastly, we're gonna take a very quick look at the installation where I'm gonna be giving this a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and about 30 minutes to get this on your truck. I'll have a little bit more for you on that later. So, the Barricade Tailgate Assist Kit that I have here today should definitely appeal to any 2015 or newer F-150 owner out there that just flat out does not to like the fact that whenever you're releasing your tailgate, it just drops down. And taking a look at some, if not most, of the newer truck models out there today, aside from Ford, you're gonna see that they have something like this either in place just like coming off, or they actually have a torsion bracket built right into the tailgate itself. By dropping this down and having it slam, it's not only a little bit just jarring for your ears, kind of hurts you a little bit inside as your brand new truck is just being slammed around, but it's probably gonna be putting some unneeded stress on your factory components. This is gonna be a very, very simple kit which is essentially going to install at your factory mounting points of your gate, and it's essentially gonna be like a strut, where it's gonna contract and expand whenever you're releasing your gate. So, in terms of the construction or what you're gonna be receiving with this kit, guys, everything that's gonna be on this table is exactly what's gonna be coming out of the box. Down to brass tacks, we're going to be looking at a mild steel construction. Everything's gonna be black powder coated which is not gonna stand out like a sore thumb whenever you're opening or closing your gate, as well as being able to hold up over time in regards to any type of exposure to the elements.Switching gears to the pricing, you should expect to be spending only about 30 bucks for this kit which in my opinion, is worth its weight in gold. And I say that because if you're gonna shop around and look at a couple different companies out there, you're gonna see they definitely have a tendency to be overpriced, but absolutely nothing like if you were to purchase this directly through your dealer, which can absolutely cost an arm and a leg. Again, for the money here, you're gonna be allowing your truck bed to go down easily and softly. It's not gonna slam down, as well as having a very much needed convenience factor, like something that you're gonna find with most, if not all, brand new trucks out there today. Looking into the installation or what's gonna be necessitated here guys, just like I had said up top, you're looking at a very straightforward and an easy one out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter. And easily less than 30 minutes to get this on your truck, only with a 10-millimeter socket and a flat head screwdriver. Now, the ease of installation here is definitely a huge selling point for me as it should be for any brand new truck owner, as you're not gonna be doing any type of cutting, welding, any modification that's gonna be needed for this kit. It's essentially going to install using your factory tailgate mounting points, and again you're really only gonna be looking at a few minutes to get this on, and at the end of the day, very easy one out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter.All right, guys, so just to wrap things up here, some final thoughts. If you are the 2015 through current F-150 owner, and you are just plain sick and tired of seeing and hearing your gate drop and making that loud clunk, it makes me a little bit weak in the knees just thinking about it on a brand new truck. I would definitely suggest checking out this very inexpensive and easy to install kit for your brand new truck. So, that's my quick review and breakdown of the Barricade Tailgate Assist Kit, fitting your 2015 through current F-150 available right here at

    Smooth, Slow Operation. Are you tired of your F-150's tailgate dropping open with a loud bang? If so, Barricade Off-Road has the answer in the form of their Tailgate Assist. Barricade's Tailgate Assist uses a damping strut to slowly and smoothly open your F-150's tailgate when unlatched, preventing it from just dropping open. The Tailgate Assist is ideal for those times when you only have one free hand to open your tailgate.

    Simple, Bolt-on Installation. Barricade Off-Road designed their Tailgate Assist to be a direct bolt-on upgrade reusing existing factory mounting points. There is no drilling or modifications required for a simple straight forward install. With just a set of basic hand tools this Barricade Tailgate Assist can be installed in less then 30 minutes.

    Application. The Barricade Tailgate Assist is designed to fit all 2015-2020 Ford F-150 including King Ranch, Lariat, Limited, Platinum, XL and XLT models.

    Barricade Off-Road

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details

    MPN# T528421

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Lower Ball Mount
    • (1) Upper Ball mount
    • (1) Damper
    Installation Info

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        5 Top Rated Questions

        How about something to help you lift the tailgate back up.

        • At this time we do not offer anything similar to the Barricade Tailgate Assist that helps in closing the tailgate.

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        Are the 2 black powder coated mounting brackets aluminum since the body is aluminium? If not will they rust over time because they are touching a dissimilar metal (such as galvanized touching aluminum)?

        • The Barricade Tailgate Assist will utilize coated steel brackets. Since the brackets are coated and the aluminum of the body is painted, there should be no issues with corrosion of either metal.

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        Why won't this product fit on the passenger side? Looks like the bottom bracket would work if installed the same way as driver side.

        • The Barricade tailgate assist will only work on the driver side because if you were to try installing the lower ball mount plate it would not line up correctly. In addition that would cause the strut to not go in place.

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        • This Barricade Tailgate Assist is designed to be installed on the driver-side only.

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        Has anyone tryed this on a 2017 F150? I saw a comment on youtube that it wont fit?

        • The Barricade Tailgate Assist has been tested for fit and function on the 2017 and found to work fine.

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        10 More Questions
        Is there any drilling required? 1 answer
        Will this work on a F-250 (15-18)? 1 answer
        Hi my tailgate has extra weight due to having the step assist in the middle of my tailgate will this product still work with out any problems? 1 answer
        Will this work on 2014 f150? 1 answer
        can i install this on a lease vehicle ? 1 answer
        Will this product rust? If so after how long can you expect that? 1 answer
        The mounting brackets that came with my tailgate assist are bare steel, they are not powder coated at all. Do I have to worry about these rusting over time? Also, I would’ve preferred if they were powder coated black as stated in the video, as to not “stand out”. 0 answer
        Has anyone tried this on a F-250 yet? 1 answer
        Hi, I'm having trouble attaching the ball sockets on the shock ends to the ball on the mounting brackets. Can you help me with installing them? Thanks, Ken 1 answer
        well why don't they make a version for the passenger side ? what if you want one on both sides ? 1 answer

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          Ratings Summary

          4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          • January 15, 2020

            5 2018 XLT - MalibuMan Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Love it!

            I wish Ford made this a standard feature, but until it does, it is worth it to get this little gadget. I love being able to pull the lever and let go. It floats down perfectly. Install was easy, although the star tool that the kit provides is not helpful when removing one bolt. I was lucky to already have a better tool that had more leverage to get the bolt loosened without a problem. I bought one for my dad as well. Great gift!

            Helpful (0)
          • January 11, 2020

            5 2019 XLT - RCR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Really liked the entire process from good price, quick delivery, good installation instructions and easy installation.

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          • January 10, 2020

            1 2018 XLT - Giuseppe Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Will break

            The shocks aren’t that great and freeze in lower temperatures. The bracket ball broke after a year. Warranty is only for 30 days. Disappointed in barricade product support.

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          • January 07, 2020

            5 2019 XLT - johns Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Awesome upgrade

            This is a great product every pickup owner should get this installation was easy 15 minutes to bad it didn’t come with my truck already told friends to get one thanks American truck

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          • January 05, 2020

            5 2017 XLT - JosephMG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Tailgate assist

            Great quality product, perfect fit and easy install. Should have done it years ago !! If you are in and out of the bed of your truck a lot, get it you won't regret it !! (see what I did there)

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          • January 04, 2020

            5 2015 XLT - Willie

            Works very well

            Really like great and only took like 10 minutes to install

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          • December 31, 2019

            2 2019 - 2019F150XLT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Average Expectations... Low Quality...

            Wanted a quick mod for the tailgate - could tell immediately after opening that this item had a low build quality as the paint was chipped coming out of the box. But you get what you pay for.... Install was very quick, very easy (minus the provided T50 allen wrench, no way that was getting the cord bolt off, use a torx bit) For $40 - its 50/50 whether it will meet your expectations. After installing, the strut will stay on for about 3 open/closures until it pops off the socket again. Will be testing out other brands to find a higher quality strut.

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          • December 27, 2019

            5 2019 XLT - ChrisCross Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Tailgate Assist

            The tailgate assist was easy to install and fit perfectly to my vehicle with the included pieces. Installation took about 20 minutes (in the cold, during a period of snow showers). If you are looking to add this to your truck, don't hesitate! Great addition!

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          • December 21, 2019

            5 2019 XL - RickF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            so far so good

            I've had this about 3 months now. Every time I open the tailgate I'm happy to have this thing. No problems, easy install.

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          • December 13, 2019

            4 2018 XL - Bootywax Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Works Great

            Does its job, keeps the tailgate from slamming down. Less one star: The supplied T50 was more like a T48 so it was loose and started to strip the bolt. I had to use my own bit.

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          • December 12, 2019

            4 2019 XLT - carpfish Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            it works

            it works good,the pins on mounting brackets have a lot of coating on them had to sand some off toget shock to slide on.easy install 15 minutes.

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          • December 04, 2019

            5 2019 XL - Julio1208 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Really simple to install. No need to worry about slamming it.

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          • December 02, 2019

            5 2016 XLT - Josh Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Must have for any F150

            This was super simple to install and makes opening the tailgate a breeze. If you have a pickup truck this is a cheap modification that every truck should have!

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          • November 25, 2019

            5 2017 XLT - SeanL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Excellent, Inexpensive Addition

            This is one of the least expensive and worthwhile additions to my '17 F-150. The tailgate comes down slowly, smoothly, and quietly, which is awesome. And I'm no longer worried about one of my kids slamming it down on their head/hand/etc. Installation was a breeze - my 10-year-old daughter and I had it installed in about 15 minutes. Looks great and does the job very well. I'd recommend to anyone.

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          • November 22, 2019

            4 2016 - JDJD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            As expected

            Performs as expected, controlled release to open. Does create minimal resistance when lifting up tailgate.

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          • November 20, 2019

            1 2018 XL - Sergey

            never again

            i am very disappointed with item, which made in USA, after six month of using it the shock stop opening my tailgate, called to customer service of the American Tracks and talk with representative about warranty, she said:"only 30 days".

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          • November 19, 2019

            5 2016 XLT - 16f150sansa Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Works great and easy to install don't have to worry about kids getting there ball bags out and just dropping the tailgate anymore

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          • November 15, 2019

            5 2016 XLT - Rich Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Good product

            Just so much better to have the tailgate lower slowly.

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          • November 13, 2019

            5 2019 XLT - FordLifer Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Easy upgrade for so much convenience

            It's so nice to be able to just open and let go of the tailgate now and not have it slam. This was super easy to install, just took a little elbow grease to get the bolts loosened with the provided tool. Definitely recommend.

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          • November 13, 2019

            5 2016 XL - JimC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great, cheap, fix

            These should be factory standard. For a few bucks and a few minutes tailgate much nicer to use.

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