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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 www.americanmuscle.com, 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 www.americanmuscle.com.

    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 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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        CAN I INSTALL ONE ON EACH SIDE OR DO YOU MAKE RIGHT AND LEFT SIDE

        • 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
        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
        how do I get the piston on the brackets? 0 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.5

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Performance Gain 4.511029 4.5
          • Fit 4.740351 4.7
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.670176 4.7



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 15, 2019

            Good product

            Just so much better to have the tailgate lower slowly.

            Rich

            Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 13, 2019

            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.

            FordLifer

            Year: 2019 Submodel: XLT Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 13, 2019

            Great, cheap, fix

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

            JimC

            Year: 2016 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

            Helpful (0)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 10, 2019

            Wrong kit

            Ordered the kit for the 15-19 F-150, got a kit that didn’t have the right mounting bracket. Ended up chopping a plate and welding the ball mount up before bolting it on. Otherwise a good product

            DrSnickerz

            Year: 2016 Submodel: XL Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 08, 2019

            Works great, easy to install

            This assist works great to remove the need to actively lower the tailgate after opening it. You can pull the tailgate latch and then let go to have it lower itself without slamming down. It still moves quick so you aren’t waiting on it to lower. I got this so my kids can open the tailgate without being clobbered by it. It works great and gives them just enough time to open the tailgate and then get out of the way.

            Brian

            Year: 2019 Submodel: Limited Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 06, 2019

            Barricade Tailgate Assist

            Installation was easy. 15 minutes. Product works as described. Love it. Note: There are 2 small clips on the ends that you must remove from the piston sockets in order to slip over the ball to secure the unit.

            ShawnG

            Year: 2019 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 30, 2019

            Barricade Tailgate Assist

            This is truly a must have! And installs easily in less than 10 minutes

            Greg

            Year: 2018 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

            Helpful (0)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 23, 2019

            Broke after 2 months

            Installed the tailgate assist and it worked great! until last week when i opened the tail and the bottom bracket that connects the actual assist rusted and broke off at ball joint.

            matthew

            Year: 2019 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 21, 2019

            Simple enhancement great benefit

            Added tailgate assist to my 2016 f-150. Took about 30 minutes to install. Works great. I dented my tailgate when it accidentally dropped onto trailer jack handle. That problem is fixed. Thanks for the product.

            ScottT

            Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 20, 2019

            Excellent product.

            Install took about 5 minutes and was easy. Form, fit and function is as advertised.

            TGH

            Year: 2015 Submodel: XLT Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 05, 2019

            Barricade Tailgate Assist (15-19 F-150)

            works great, priced right, shipping was quick and easy to install.

            TimC

            Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 02, 2019

            Easy

            Easy install and works as promised, out of the way and doesn't catch on anything. 20 minute install

            Partec

            Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 01, 2019

            Easy Install/ Works Great

            Took about 15 minutes to install. Much easier to open the tailgate now, especially if hands are full.

            JeffG

            Year: 2019 Submodel: XLT Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 30, 2019

            5 minute install

            Easy to install. Great price. A must have if you have kids so they don’t slam the tail gate anymore

            Dano760

            Year: 2019 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 29, 2019

            Works as advertised

            Good piece of gear to add to your truck. One area where the instructions can be improved is to explain that you should remove the retaining clip before installing the damper on the ball. Admittedly, I'm not the handiest but instructions said nothing about it and the damper wouldn't slip over until I removed the retaining clip. Worked like a champ after than and reinstalling the clips is easy with a pair of pliers. Folks that are handier may intuitively know you need to do that but, for us knuckledraggers, having it in the instructions would help. Very pleased.

            MikeW2

            Year: 2019 Submodel: Lariat Engine: 3.0L V6 Power-Stroke

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 23, 2019

            Works great.

            Easy to Install and works great. Now the kid doesn't open the tailgate with a bang.

            Cooper

            Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 20, 2019

            Easy Peazy

            I spent a whole 2 minute on the install procedure. (I was a bit upset it took so long to install!). Then, I spent another 5 minutes playing with it. Watching just how effective this thing is. Why isn’t this standard equipment on all pickups?

            MrJeff

            Year: 2019 Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 19, 2019

            Works better then I though

            Super easy to install! and works as advertised. It took maybe 10 min to install and came with everything but the 10mm wrench.

            Mike805G

            Year: 2018 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

            Helpful (1)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 17, 2019

            Worst Instructions Ever

            The product comes with instructions and misses a critical step of removing a small clip where the shock connects to the mount. I tried hitting with a hammer and made a mess of the parts before I realized what the issue was. It's unbelievable they would provide instruction and not include a critical step. I'm really disappointed and disgusted with this product.

            Rog

            Year: 2019 Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (0)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 09, 2019

            Not Happy

            I got this for my 3.6L, V6, 4WD, Super Crew Cab 2018 Ford F-150. I followed the instructions to a T but when it was all put together, the shock length was too short for my tailgate to fully go down or put any weight on it. So, I slowly and gently applied a little pressure down on the tailgate to see if the shock would extend a little bit more, so my tailgate could go all the way down. Upon doing this, the top bracket moved on an angle, to make more space for the tailgate to fully go down. Although doing this seemed to work, I thought it was weird because that's not how it looked in the instructions. So, I closed the tailgate and then opened it slowly (with my hand underneath it) and it seemed to do good BUT THEN I closed the tailgate a second time and opened it again (without my hand underneath it) and the top nob snapped off and my tailgate came crashing down. Hence, I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone!

            StephenT

            Year: 2018 Submodel: XLT Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

            Helpful (3)

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