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Old 10-17-2014, 10:04 PM
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Here's a gas strut that i fitted to the tail gate , this slows the gate down when you open it , you just let it go and it slowly opens , without smashing down and stressing the wire straps.
It's a shame they didn't invent something to make it easier to lift closed.
There are a heavy tail gate , this just make it a little easier , you only have to release the tail gate handle and it goes down by it self.


ezy-lift strut , no holes to drill ,just fits in the existing holes.
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I fitted and Easy Lift


Best $30 I ever spent on a vehicle.
The installation is a no-brainer and it works as claimed.
I can lift my tailgate with one finger and it drops down quite
slowly and gently.

Even the missus likes it!

LMC carry them, probably other dealers as well.
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Yeah there good value , i think Ford should have fitted them from new !
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I got mine from RR - I think it was called the EZ-down.

I see you ground off the tailgate locating rubber to accommodate the device.

That was a good idea. The instructions said just remove it if it fouled the shaft. But grinding the rubber down still allows the rubber to centre the tailgate.

Now I know what my next F250 job is - locate, grind, and re-fit this rubber!
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What a top idea
Can you give me what size strut you are using


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I will measure it up for you this morning, they are set at a stock length for your tail gate.
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Okay here's some measurements.

Overall length= 300mm
Body= 185mm
shaft= 120mm to the nuckle
Shaft= 8mm O/D
Body= 18mm O/D
It would be quite easy to make your own , but for the price of them i didn't think it was worth the trouble.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for that,




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The new F150 has a torsion bar built into the tailgate to help assist lifting it

The gas strut idea is good. Is it easy to take on/off when removing the tail gate?
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Would this system work on my Bronco?
It has the factory torsion bar but is still
a sunny beach to lift.
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I can't see why it wouldn't work on any vehicle wit a down loading tail gate, the main thing is to get the pivot point correct and the length to the strut .
If you look on the Ezy-lift site they may even make them for your model.

Dee Zee Tailgate Assist Kits
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Thanks Blue. The Summit site only lists back to
'97 and nothing for a Bronk. I will do a little more
looking around. Than prolly have to call anyway.
I hate menus an off shore accents. Being deaf may
have a lot to do with that.
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