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Adding tailgate assist

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by evilrb, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Jul 23, 2020 at 2:49 AM
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    Hey guys, So the search button has failed me but what kit are you guys using for a tailgate assist?
     
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  3. Jul 23, 2020 at 3:43 AM
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    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!!!
     
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    If I had known about the torsion bar in your link I’d have tried that first. I suppose it could still be added even with the strut assist I’ve had installed since last fall which is very nice!

    Hows the upward assist on it? On the down assist, can you let the gate go and it doesn’t slam?
     
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    I saw your build when I was searching but figured I'd try the torsion bar first. I was a bit skeptical but it does work and suited my needs. I would likely have done the struts if this didn't work.

    The upwards assist is pretty good, the effort is greatly reduced and I can easily lift the tailgate with just a finger or two. Of course making sure it's securely latched when closing still requires more effort than just a finger but getting it to that point is easy. Even though the torsion bar greatly reduces the opening/closing effort, it will sort of slam down if you just opened the latch and let go of the tailgate. I say "sort of slam down" because while the tailgate's weight is being mostly offset by the torsion bar, if you let it go it will drop quicker than a gas charged strut. But I can easily open/close the tailgate with one hand so that's a win for me.
     
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    I may get one of these torsions in addition to the strut which is a no hands let go to butter soft landing. Yours sounds like it will help on the upswing. Thanks for the review.
     
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    Whats everyone's thoughts on installing a second tailgate assist on the opposite side?

    Would the tailgate not have enough weight to make a downswing on its own?

    This is just an idea. Obviously. I mean it would make things match.
     
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    I'm thinking about that right now, but with the tension style and the gas shocks....

    Might be best of both worlds but it also might be overdoing it...
     
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    Yes I was thinking it might be overkill also.

    Guess it depends on valving of the gas shock.

    I have no experience with the other style.
     
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    I think the gas strut coupled with the tensioner would be a good combo. I’ll be adding the tensioner to mine in the future. The strut is for the landings and the addition of the tensioner would not interfere, I do not think, but would maybe slow it a little more on the downswing? The tensioner would be for the upswing assist.

    I feel confident both would work together, like ebony and ivory, for Wurrld Peas.

     
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    I’m willing to give it a go, as the tensioner is only $25. The only risk I see is having 2 holes drilled into my bed and I might get Turd Gen OCD and start a 12 page 3671 post thread about it. :rofl:
     
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    Or the one about how to fix a lag bolt on a fence gate? Whom refuses to drill through the other side, and put a bolt, washer, split lock, and nut on?
     
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    I missed that one but can only imagine. I just stay in the 1st Gen Section unless I feel like beating up on some turd gen’rs for fun for the day. :rofl:

    Most of them are cool, but some of these guys can’t change a light bulb. :annoyed:
     
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    A favorite saying of mine at work is thus.

    "I don't know how many maintenance techs it takes, but I know how many we're gonna use!"
     
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    I'll add a few pics below so you know what to expect.

    Only one hole in the bed, the other in the tailgate door. Even if the torsion bar was a complete fail, the holes shouldn't negatively affect anything. Well, except for OCD.

    The install is pretty straightforward, it's recommended to have some help with the tailgate since it has to come off but I managed to do it by myself.

    The packaging includes a template indicating where to drill the two holes. I marked and drilled that first hole at the indicated 3-3/4" height, doing it again I'd go just a smidge lower (or grind just a bit of the edge of the hinge bracket) because I have slight rubbing of the tailgate on the torsion bar when closing the tailgate.

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    Here you can see where the bracket for the hinge slightly rubs. I was going to take a little metal off the bracket with a file but after a little spray lubricant and opening/closing the tailgate a few times it's really not that noticeable and doesn't bother me. Just throwing this out there for reference.


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    Since the torsion bar is "springy" the bracket sort of nudges it out of the way.

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    Here is where the hole is drilled in the tailgate. The torsion bar hooks into both holes and will slightly deform the thin sheet metal slightly when both are installed. Not a problem, in my opinion, just throwing it out there for reference. I wouldn't want to be responsible for someone ruining a feather duster in the off chance it got caught up in there. :p

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks that helps!
     
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