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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a quick look at and installing the Barricade Tailgate Assist available for the '07 to '18 Silverado 1500. I got to say, guys, this is something that I definitely recommend for anyone looking to make your life a little bit easier when it comes to operating your tailgate. Now, usually, when you're operating your tailgate, you're trying to get something in or out of the bed and you probably have your hands full at that point. Now, dropping your factory tailgate without this installed, the tailgate comes slamming down, has absolutely no support, nothing to slow it down at all, it can be pretty violent and very loud. Adding this tailgate assist puts a strut on the driver side underneath of that cable from the top and attaches to the side corner of the tailgate there to help it come down smooth and easy. To show you guys what I'm talking about here, I'm just going to bring it up and let it go. And you can see how effortless that comes down with no loud bang whatsoever. Now, the nice thing about this is the install is extremely simple. There's no drilling, there's no permanent modifications, none of that nonsense. And it cost about 30 bucks. For this particular thing, I think it's a no-brainer for anyone with a Silverado looking to get a very impactful mod for under 100 bucks, because that's really all this is. It's really all pros, no cons.Now, in my opinion, this is something that should have come on the Silverado from the factory many years ago. It wasn't the case until about 2019 there with the remodel, this particular option here, I definitely pick up from my own truck. And the install, I'm giving one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, because you can tackle it in 30 minutes or less with very simple hand tools. It does involve a rivsert that's going to come on a preassembled bolt, you're then going to install that on the side of your tailgate, pull the bolt back out and the rivsert will still be installed. And from there, it's really just snapping on some brackets. It's super simple. I'm gonna show you guys every step of the process, let's get started. All right. Tools used in this install include an impact gun, 3/8 ratchet, 5/32 hex socket, 3/16 hex socket, 13-millimeter deep socket, 10-millimeter wrench, a paint marker, and measuring tape.All right. The first thing we're going to do is drop our tailgate and I'm gonna take the pressure off of the tailgate strap on our driver side by just propping it up here on my hip. Now, we have to remove that 13-millimeter bolt. Before we do that, we're gonna pull up on this tab, push the strap upward and pop it off of that bolt. All right. So this is loose. Now what we do is remove the 13-millimeter bolt altogether. Grab your 13 deep socket and get it off. So, now what we're going to do is slide that 13-millimeter bolt into this oval-shaped bracket with a little knob on the bottom. That's going to go right up inside of here on your driver side. Everything that we're doing here is going to be on our driver side. I'm gonna tighten this down by hand just so we know that it's positioned properly. All right. And tighten it down. Now, what we can do is prop that tailgate up again, and we're going to reinstall the strap, putting that bolt through the bottom while lifting up on the retainer clip and it locks back in place.All right. So, next up, we're taking a look at this nutsert bolt. Now, this is included in the kit preassembled, but if you don't have it preassembled, you want to make sure that you have the nutsert followed by a washer, bearing, washer, nut, and then bolt head. So what we're going to do is basically adjust this so that from the washer to the bolt head is 3/4 of an inch long. So, I've got my tape measure here, I'm going to prop it up here. If you already have it all the way back down, it's about 1/4 of an inch. So what we need to do here is loosen up the nutsert so that that's like that, we're going to measure out 3/4 of an inch. Looks like we need just a little bit more. Perfect. And then from there, you're basically just going to back this nut back down like a jam nut collar. All right. So, once you to have that backed all the way down and it's tight, double-check 3/4 of an inch, we're going to move on.All right. Next up, we're going to take that nutsert assembly, we're going to insert it into the hole on the side of our tailgate on our driver side. Now, if it's tight, you want to take a rubber mount and tap it in. Ours is loose, so we're just going to hold it here. The next step we're going to do is take a paint marker or a pen of some sort or sharpie that you can easily see. What we're going to do is basically mark the top of the nut along the threads, and I'm gonna mark the bolt head too right here. What we're basically going to do is hold this nut, put an Allen key on the end here, and rotate it 9 full rotations. So, having these marks clearly visible is going to help us know how many rotations we've made. What that's basically going to do is as we tighten this bolt down, it's going to expand that nutsert and the nutsert is going to stay in that tailgate. And then we're going to pull the assembly out and the nutsert will be threaded. All right. So I'm just going to hold this with my 10-millimeter wrench. And I have my 3/16 Allen socket here or hex socket and we're going to tighten this guy up. Now that we've marked that, we're basically going to do 9 full rotations tightening down that bolt to get this nutsert to stick into the tailgate. So, 9 full rotations, and it'll be tightened on there. All right. So with that in position properly, I'm going to switch over to my impact gun and take the entire bolt assembly out, which will leave the nutsert in the tailgate. All right. So, now that's in there as a threaded hole and we can bolt down the second plate.All right. Next up, you're going to take this plate here that has the open curve at the end. This curve is going to hug in at the end of that tailgate and this open hole will line up with the threaded hole we just put in there. Once you have that in place, grab the hex screw and you're going to tighten that down to the nutsert. Grab your appropriate Allen key or hex socket and tighten that down. All right. So, now I'm switching over to a 5/32 hex socket. It's recommended to use blue Loctite on the threads of this bolt here. We're skipping that step because we are going to uninstall it at the end of the video, but it's recommended there if you're planning on leaving it on long-term. Next step, take the strut, make sure the tops are screwed down all the way. You don't want any threads showing. Now, the shaft here is going to be at the toward the tailgate end. The body is going to be up there toward the taillight region. Basically, you're going to snap this onto the stud on the bottom just by putting a little pressure. For the top, you may need to lift the tailgate up a bit to get it to match, press that on, and let it drop. And there you have it.All right. Now that we have this installed, quickly, I want to show you guys how it works. It's really simple. You only need it on the driver side. Shutting the tailgate is the exact same, nothing changes about it, but now when you're dropping the tailgate, all you have to do is that and you can back off and let it go and it slowly comes back down effortlessly. There's no slamming noise that you get from the stock tailgate. Without this installed, gets really violent from the factory. My opinion, just should have been there all along.That's going to wrap up my review and install for the Barricade Tailgate Assist for all '07 to '18 Silverado 1500s. Pick one up for yourself right here at americantrucks.com.
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