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Tailgate support cylinder/drop support Part 66140-0C030 Alternative?

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Nemesis, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. Sep 12, 2021 at 9:08 AM
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    An OEM Tailgate lift support strut costs anywhere from $89 to $114. That's a bit pricey for me. Especially when you compare it to later models that cost $60 less.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but without the rubber boot it looks like a generic lift strut you can easily purchase for $25.

    Is my assessment correct? Has anyone replaced the OEM lift support struts with generic struts?

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    @Nemesis yeah bro let us know if that works. Would love a 13-14 buck alternative to OEM one.
     
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    If there's any way to move the boot over to the new one, it should work just fine.
     
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    I have a feeling the one @audiowize posted will be fine. I replaced mine with the oem one in the OPs post last summer and it was literally branded Stabilus, just had the dust boot

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    Okay, its been a while but I will chime in on this, I purchased one for 59 bucks online that said OEM replacement can't remember the site but it was a company out west that sold for all vehicles, after getting it it looked the exact same boot and all but when I replaced it the tailgate dropped like a bomb it dropped as hard as the worn out original from 07, I was able to return it I have not replaced it with any other type im waiting to get an OEM from my stealer. If anyone can find something aftermarket pls post ASAP. Thanks

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    Hmm where does this go? It’s to assist in lifting the tailgate? I definitely don’t have anything like this visible in my truck. Is it inside the tailgate or between the frame/bed?
     
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    Behind the driver side taillight
     
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    I received the strut but only received one. Only one is required behind the driver's side tail light? Don't recall if struts were behind each tail light.

    Does anyone know? I'm too lazy to go out in this heat and check right now. LOL
     
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    @Nemesis IIRC there is only one needed.
     
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    Just one?

    No wonder they don't last long.
     
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    Why would they use two?
     
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    Don't give Toyota any ideas or the 2023 Tundra will only have one hood strut!:D
     
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    A hood is way too flimsy for one strut. A tailgate is substantially stronger...
     
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    only 1 strut for tail gate behind driver side tail light..
     
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    Hmm, I see what you're saying. Makes sense.

    Anyhow, the strut I purchased from PartsGeek.com was exactly the same as the one I pictured in the original post. See below.

    Install was simple. Make sure the tailgate is closed when installing, remove the tail light, loosen clips on both ends, remove the strut and replace it with new. It's so straightforward I feel silly having to explain the steps.

    If I had to do it again, I'd probably purchase from Rock Auto if, in fact, they are $18 shipped. The total price from PartsGeek.com shipped came out to $25.49. Here's to another 13 years. LOL
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    No, it assists with lowering the tailgate. It’s why your tailgate doesn’t (if the strut is in good shape) slam down when you open it. It’s a standard feature on every 2nd and 3rd gen Tundra. It’s behind the drivers side taillight.

    I hear what you’re saying, but before vehicles had hood struts most had a single prop rod on one side. It’s not like the hood used to fold in half when propped up on one side only. I suspect a single, heavy-duty hood strut would open the hood just fine. That said, two struts probably works better, and may be cheaper than one huge one. I think its more likely that the single strut on our tailgate has something to do with the tailgate still being removable.
     
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    A prop and a strut work differently. When you close a hood, you don't leave the prop in place and press the hood against it until it collapses.
     
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    upload_2021-9-16_18-2-12.jpg So I purchased n installed this heavy duty metal plate on my tailgate. I also installed an automatic tailgate opener awhile back. Before with the oem plastic plate it opens slowly as should but now with this metal plate it falls pretty hard. Thinking of replacing that oem strut with a aftermarket strut that has a little bit more pressure should do the trick? Any thoughts??
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    Another option you could consider would be moving where it mounts to the tailgate itself to change the leverage. If you move the mount on the tailgate side further from the axis of rotation, the gate will drop more slowly.
     
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    Thank you Paul
    I’ll see if it works
    I’m kinda skeptical because adding that metal trim its pretty dam heavy. Lol
     
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    okay so.. someone has to say it.. it might as well be me.. you will be surprised..... these shocks will shock u... :rofl::D:p
     
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    I had a complete failure of the strut, not sure exactly what happened but it busted the plastic bushing on the tailgate hinge and also ripped the nipple for the strut off but I had no idea that happen so the nipple is gone. Can anyone assist with what this part looks like and possibly a number? I was able to actually get the hinge off with lots of PB Blaster, a torch and patience. You need to be super careful or you will strip the torx bolt, no idea why Toyota torqued these in so tight.

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    Where did you purchase the metal top plate? Do you have a picture of the outside? I haul a lot of metal stuff and that plastic does not last.
     

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