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Old 07-23-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Video: Tailgate damper in motion

OK, so when a buddy of mine talked about how well his new tailgate damper kept his tailgate from slamming down, I made a visit to O'Reilly Auto Parts and picked one up. Install took about 15 minutes with help from my trusty assistants (a.k.a. kids; free labor)

Here's a video of how well it controls the downward motion (Please note: this mod does NOT aid in lifting the tailgate).
EZ Down Tailgate Damper- 2012 Ram 3500 - YouTube
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Stupid forum..... Going to make me go broke!
Thanks for the video/idea.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Stupid forum..... Going to make me go broke!
Thanks for the video/idea.
Grrrrr Times two. My GMC tailgate weighs a ton.
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OK, so when a buddy of mine talked about how well his new tailgate damper kept his tailgate from slamming down, I made a visit to O'Reilly Auto Parts and picked one up. Install took about 15 minutes with help from my trusty assistants (a.k.a. kids; free labor)

Here's a video of how well it controls the downward motion (Please note: this mod does NOT aid in lifting the tailgate).
EZ Down Tailgate Damper- 2012 Ram 3500 - YouTube
I don't know - I have no problem in avoiding banging my tailgate when I lower it. If you do - then go for it.
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Hey, wait a minute, I agree.

I plan on ordering 1 of those puppies.
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I don't know - I have no problem in avoiding banging my tailgate when I lower it. If you do - then go for it.
I usually don't either. I used to have a Tundra that had this feature and I never realized how much I liked it until I go the F350. Makes opening with one hand much easier. Well worth it to me.
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I usually don't either. I used to have a Tundra that had this feature and I never realized how much I liked it until I go the F350. Makes opening with one hand much easier. Well worth it to me.
No wonder I couldn't understand the need for this....I have a Tundra and it just saved me some money. Do the other trucks tailgate hit the bumper or something? Or is it the speed that it opens?
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No wonder I couldn't understand the need for this....I have a Tundra and it just saved me some money. Do the other trucks tailgate hit the bumper or something? Or is it the speed that it opens?
Just comes down fast and bangs really loud. Never really hurts anything, just annoying.
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No wonder I couldn't understand the need for this....I have a Tundra and it just saved me some money. Do the other trucks tailgate hit the bumper or something? Or is it the speed that it opens?
I would say the main appeal is the smoothness in which it lowers the tailgate. Of course and not a big factor is those gas filled struts would have to be replaced every couple of years depending on usage or if they were damaged.

One other thing about gas filled struts - we have them on our Town & Country van hatch door and they don't work too well if he outside temperature is high.
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I don't know - I have no problem in avoiding banging my tailgate when I lower it. If you do - then go for it.
I don't let my tailgate come down unassisted either, but this looks so much easier than having to man-handle that puppy every time.
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