(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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Justin: If you missed out on the factory tailgate assist option on your 2017 and newer F-250 at home, don't sweat it guys, we got you covered with this aftermarket solution. Now, this highly-rated tailgate assist will include the damper, hardware, and brackets needed to install and control your tailgate in a slow manner when lowering. Now this option does get backed by a corresponding 3-year warranty and can be had all for right around that $50 to $60 price point.All right, guys, so this is a pretty simple product and it's designed to help those 2017 and newer Super Duty owners out there who missed out on that tailgate assist from the factory. Now, for those of you guys who are unaware of what this thing actually does, it's basically a damper that Ford installed on certain trucks or trims that basically lowers the factory tailgate rather slowly either manually, or in some cases, you can use your key fob to operate the tailgate.Now, without that factory assist in place, gravity kind of just takes over. And at that point, the tailgate slams down with a rather unpleasant thud. Now, this kit does include the main damper itself here, the star of the show, if you will, along with the necessary brackets and even a thread lock-equipped bolt to install on the driver's side without any drilling whatsoever.Now, this kit will mount using your existing holes in the tailgate or bed, which are present on all '17 and newer F-250s even if your truck did not come equipped with this thing from the factory. Now, everything has been finished off, at least on your damper side here, in a black powder coat, brackets themselves are nice and silver. And again, very easy install, zero modification needed.Speaking of which, this is a perfect time to segue into actually showing you guys how this is done. Site's gonna correctly call this a pretty soft 1 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe 30 minutes tops. This kit even includes the only tool you will need for the job. But now to give you a better idea, again, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough from an AT customer.Man: So tools for today, we're gonna use the included Torx wrench, we're gonna use a 10-millimeter wrench, and then we need an M5 Allen wrench. So one important thing to note is that you can only install this kit on the driver's side of your truck. So I would strongly suggest to not attempt to install this on your passenger side.So step one, we're gonna remove this top bolt on the tailgate, and then we're gonna loosen this bottom bolt. But it says, do not remove the bottom bolt. Only the top bolt needs to be removed off here. So I'm gonna use my 10-millimeter wrench to remove this top bolt, and it's actually pretty easy to get off. And then I'm just gonna go ahead and place this in the bed of my truck so I don't lose track of it. Then I'm gonna loosen this bottom bolt here. There we go. Hopefully, that is loose enough.Okay. So we're gonna install our tailgate ball mount plate. It has this groove here to slide over the bolt that we have loosened and it has a hold here for the other bolt that we're going to install. For the top bolt, we're gonna be installing this Allen wrench bolt here on the top.I'm gonna make sure this is loosened enough to go over. Perfect. And I will thread the top bolt through. Then I'm gonna go ahead and tighten everything down. Almost there. Okay. That's definitely tight enough. And then I will also tighten that one just right here. Perfect. Okay. So now we need to remove this cable here. And then the second thing is we're gonna remove this bolt here using the supplied wrench there. Easier to lift that up [inaudible 00:05:00] down there. Okay.And then loosen this. Remove this bolt. Okay. So now we're gonna install the ball mount plate and reinstall this bolt. And it did try to cross-thread on me. So be careful to not force it.Okay. I'm gonna use the supplied... Try to keep this straight up and down. So they included a Mylar sheet. In case anything comes loose, you can rub the paint, also create noise. So what I suggest doing is wiping down the area just to make sure it doesn't have any dirt or dust. My truck is very new, so it doesn't have much there. It never hurts to wipe it down.I'm gonna use the supplied Mylar sheet. It does also say in the instructions you can cut this down for different areas depending on your application, size, etc. Okay. So we're almost finished with our installation. So I'm gonna install the narrow end of this on this ball mount. There we go. And then I'm gonna raise this up to fit on that there. And then the last step of the installation is going to be to install your cable.Justin: So if you are looking for an affordable and easy-to-install way to slow down that tailgate on your Super Duty at home, be sure to check out this option right here at americantrucks.com.
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Control Your Tailgate. Effectively control your tailgate when raising and lowering with this Dee Zee Tailgate Assist. This accessory is essentially a shock absorber for your tailgate and is designed to lower it in a controlled manner every time you open it. By doing so, you prevent your tailgate from slamming down onto your rear bumper helping prevent damage. What’s more, this component enables you to safely lower your tailgate even when your hands are full, making it ideal for your daily grocery runs.
Resilient Build Quality. This tailgate assist is manufactured from high-grade alloy, offering excellent durability. Moreover, this component is gas charged and expertly valved to ensure consistent performance. Finally, this assembly receives a wear-resistant black powder coat finish for superior corrosion protection.
User-Friendly Install Procedure. This tailgate assist assembly is designed to install onto factory locations on your truck. No additional drilling or other modifications are needed. Also, installation is completed using basic hand tools and all necessary mounting hardware is included for convenience.
Covered by a Limited 3-Year Warranty. This tailgate assist is covered by a limited 3-year warranty against factory defects. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for more details.
Application. This Dee Zee Tailgate Assist fits all 2017 to 2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty models.
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(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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