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MightyBlueRam
01-15-2010, 12:00 PM
Received my DeeZee EZ Down Tailgate Assist today and just finished installing it on my truck. Here's the install process and some things to watch for. Lots-O-Pictures!

Purchased on sale with a $31 dollar discount. This is what comes in the package.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall01.jpg

First I removed the safety cable from the pin.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall03.jpg

Then removed the pin from the truck. I had to use some pliers as a lever because it was tightened real well.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall04.jpg

Replaced the original, with this one:

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall06.jpg

Slid on this shrink tubing, more later.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall08.jpg

Clipped back the safety cable:

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall10.jpg

Inserted and tightened this fastener into an existing hole in the tailgate.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall12.jpg

Removed the fastener on the tailgate that hold the safety cable. This also was tough to remove at first.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall13.jpg

Then, instructions say to remove the washer and travel stop. This left me wondering why as they don't really give a reason to remove it. The washer was imposible to remove with tools.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall15.jpg

Then reinstall back on the tailgate.

Attach the EZ Down to the fastener and use the E-Clip to secure in place. In the install video, they use a nut, so this is one difference I noticed.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall17.jpg

Attached the other end of the shock to the truck.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall19.jpg

Heated the heat shrink tubing with a lighter and trimmed excess.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall21.jpg

The bumper is used to prevent the cable from getting pinched when closing the tailgate.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall22.jpg

Once alligned a zip tie holds it in place.

I noticed that there are some parts that rub slightly. I am going to buy some heat shrink tubing and cover the parts that rub but for now I just wrapped it with some clear packing tape.

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall25.jpg

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall26.jpg

Here's a video of the final results. It does exactly what they say it does. Easy to install and took me about 45 minutes to finish. The instructions were pretty good, clear, and had some pictures to follow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2jFwjIogKE


Thanks for reading and sorry if it's too long! Hope this helps someone.

CdnoilRAM
01-15-2010, 12:06 PM
I've got it on mine, and I honestly think it's my favorite mod, no joke. I have since removed the limiting cable on the piston side since it kept interfering with my taillights and I have noticed no issues since. Great write up :rep:

chithead
01-15-2010, 12:11 PM
Rep points for that! Great write-up!

MightyBlueRam
01-15-2010, 12:22 PM
Thanks guys!

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall08.jpg

Hey any of you know what that white stuff on the rubber bumper is? Is that some kind of protectant from factory or is it just dirt?

Big Daddy
01-15-2010, 12:28 PM
Very instructive write up. I agree with chithead on the rep. Tossing one your way too.

Once again I find something else to add to my mod list.

wvcoolvinilla
01-15-2010, 12:57 PM
what was the cost of the kit? What years is it listed for? I have an 08.. don't like all the rubbing.. would need to take care of that during instillation..salt would kick my truks butt.. BTW got to rep you to bro one of the best posts I've seen

dodgeman70592
01-15-2010, 01:29 PM
Godd job buddy, great writeup. I think that will go onto my mod list as well

CdnoilRAM
01-15-2010, 01:33 PM
Thanks guys!

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/soledad829/deezee/deezeeinstall08.jpg

Hey any of you know what that white stuff on the rubber bumper is? Is that some kind of protectant from factory or is it just dirt?

It's oxidization of the rubber. Don't worry about it, it happens and doesn't degrade the rubber. There's no getting around it unless you want to coat with with a petroleum jelly.

what was the cost of the kit? What years is it listed for? I have an 08.. don't like all the rubbing.. would need to take care of that during instillation..salt would kick my truks butt.. BTW got to rep you to bro one of the best posts I've seen

Kits are universal and I removed the limiting strap on the installed side to stop the rubbing issues.

MightyBlueRam
01-15-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks to everyone for the kind words :smileup:

what was the cost of the kit? What years is it listed for? I have an 08.. don't like all the rubbing.. would need to take care of that during instillation..salt would kick my truks butt.. BTW got to rep you to bro one of the best posts I've seen

It will fit your truck, they say 2002 - 2010. I bought it from stylin trucks http://www.stylintrucks.com/parts.aspx?partfamilyid=2018 because autoanything had it listed as not shipping until February. I got in sale for $39.99 plus shipping.


It's oxidization of the rubber. Don't worry about it, it happens and doesn't degrade the rubber. There's no getting around it unless you want to coat with with a petroleum jelly.

Thanks! I'll clean it up and put some armorall or something to clean it up. Don't like to see that white stuff on there.

Toms Blue Ram 1500
01-15-2010, 04:08 PM
Nice mod there .

hemiram04
01-18-2010, 04:16 PM
Awesome post , great pics about install. I put Hoppy Easy Lift kit on mine was about $30. I like it beacause it works down and up . My 9yr old son can close it now without any problems, now it closes so easy I got tell him to be sure not pinch fingers on tarp rail . Myers speed shops had mine saved on shipping .

MightyBlueRam
01-18-2010, 05:50 PM
Thanks Hemiram04. Never hear of the Hoppy kit. I'll look at it. But if I'm not mistaken, the new rams come with easy lift already. The tailgate still feel heavy but not too bad.

MADDOG
01-18-2010, 06:04 PM
Excellent How To and information! Rep points for that!!!

Moved this one to the Dodge Ram Knowledge Base.

MightyBlueRam
01-18-2010, 11:41 PM
Thanks Maddog. By the way, that new signature photo you have looks awesome!

MADDOG
01-18-2010, 11:42 PM
Thanks Maddog. By the way, that new signature photo you have looks awesome!

Thanks! I think I am about to change it...stay tuned. :LOL:

hemiv8dodgeram1500
01-18-2010, 11:47 PM
very cool im gonna do this to my truck :rep:

cuda71
04-05-2010, 10:02 PM
Nice write up, rep points for sure. And yet another mod to go onto the TO DO list

quarky42
09-11-2010, 02:41 PM
I just installed the tailgate lift DeeZee 43300 on my 2010 1500 TRX4 and it went pretty well, however I must note:

I was completely unable to get the small nut inside of the hole on the tailgate itself with the bolt screwed into the nut. I had to pull the nut off completely and then stupid me, I dropped the nut inside the tailgate. A skinny telescoping magnet on a stick helped me retrieve the nut AND here is where I have a tip:

I was able to use the skinny telescoping magnet (like the super cheapy ones you could find at a place like Harbor Freight) to get the nut in place and hold it there while I threaded the bolt into the nut with the nut in the correct position.

Also, I highly recommend buying some 35mm wide heat shrink so you can wrap the heads of the safety cable in heatshrink tubing. I'm trying some liquid electric tape on there, but I don't think it will hold up as well as the heatshrink tubing would. I found the heatshrink tubing at my favorite auction side for $6 shipped for a decent amount of tubing... they didn't carry that size at any of the stores I've visited recently. (1.25" or 35mm. 30mm is a hair too small I think.)

I really like the ez down lift... next I'll probably be buying one of those hitch mounted steps.

Chili1K
09-11-2010, 03:12 PM
I just installed the tailgate lift DeeZee 43300 on my 2010 1500 TRX4 and it went pretty well, however I must note:

I was completely unable to get the small nut inside of the hole on the tailgate itself with the bolt screwed into the nut. I had to pull the nut off completely and then stupid me, I dropped the nut inside the tailgate. A skinny telescoping magnet on a stick helped me retrieve the nut AND here is where I have a tip:

I was able to use the skinny telescoping magnet (like the super cheapy ones you could find at a place like Harbor Freight) to get the nut in place and hold it there while I threaded the bolt into the nut with the nut in the correct position.


I have the EXACT same problem.. I have not conquered mine yet.. haven't felt like losing round 2 yet.:LOL:

GeauxHunting
09-11-2010, 03:40 PM
Thanks for the write up.As I was reading and looking at the pictures I was thinking "man I hope there is a video because I've never seen one of these babys in action" then I scrolled down a little more and BAM a video. Thanks man haha

BeBeep
09-11-2010, 05:55 PM
I had one on my 2007 Ram and just installed one they other day on my 2010 Ram. To me these are a "Must Have" mod.

rick980
09-15-2010, 08:57 PM
I have one be sure not to overtighten the bolt on the tailgate. I thought that allen key was too flimsy not tight enough, so I used a good on like I did to take of those torx screws, used a torx bit on an impact gun comes right out. Oh ya it only took a few drops and the screw on the bottom broke, they sent me a whole new kit. It's been on a year now.

charlie3133
09-22-2010, 07:41 PM
ANOTHER addition to my want list.

Very nice

winetipcolt
03-07-2011, 12:52 PM
I've got it on mine, and I honestly think it's my favorite mod, no joke. I have since removed the limiting cable on the piston side since it kept interfering with my taillights and I have noticed no issues since. Great write up :rep:

CdnoilRAM,
I'm in Canada too and am trying to find a place that ships.
Can I ask you where you got yours?
Is it a Dee Zee?
I've also seen Stabilus brand.

CdnoilRAM
03-07-2011, 02:59 PM
I ordered mine through Stylintrucks.com. You can also get them through local truck/speed shops if their supplier carries them, if they don't order one online, it's normally cheaper rather than running through two mark-ups.

snoman1
03-09-2011, 02:17 PM
I hate that my first post is negative, well sort of. I just installed mine (from Stylintrucks) and the quality is not the same as what you see online, as the tailgate does not 'float' down. I called Dee Zee and asked and the customer service lady said that the company that supplies the 'shock' changed the quality and they are aware of it, just not sure what to do. My only option is to return it if I'm not happy. Told her I'm keeping it as although it's not as good as I expected, it's not bad either. Just an FYI.

gwidener350z
03-09-2011, 04:00 PM
I hate that my first post is negative, well sort of. I just installed mine (from Stylintrucks) and the quality is not the same as what you see online, as the tailgate does not 'float' down. I called Dee Zee and asked and the customer service lady said that the company that supplies the 'shock' changed the quality and they are aware of it, just not sure what to do. My only option is to return it if I'm not happy. Told her I'm keeping it as although it's not as good as I expected, it's not bad either. Just an FYI.

How much of a difference, vs. the video in this tread, is yours? I am trying to decide between this or the Hopkins system.

Greg

rlsbee
03-09-2011, 04:47 PM
Very nice post. Pics were really good.
I was wondering if anyone has tried to modify one of the available kits for an older truck. Mine is a '98 and they don't make a kit for it. I can't think of a single mod that I'd like to have more.

snoman1
03-09-2011, 08:05 PM
How much of a difference, vs. the video in this tread, is yours? I am trying to decide between this or the Hopkins system.

Greg

I'd say the newer system works about 70% of what's shown on the instructional video. Also at full extension the tailgate does 'drop' slightly. No damage can be done, but it definitely does not float like on the video. Think of it as having a weaker shock than before. Also, although I'm not too familiar with the Hopkins system, it looks like it would not prevent the 'drop' at the end, just assists in the lift/close, which still requires the user to manually do. The Dee Zee will actually let you let you open the tailgate and release it, the shock does the rest. Also the Hopkins requires drilling holes, which I didn't want to do.

snoman1
03-09-2011, 08:29 PM
How much of a difference, vs. the video in this tread, is yours? I am trying to decide between this or the Hopkins system.

Greg

Greg,
I just watched a video of the Hopkins system, and I would definitely go with the Dee Zee setup, even with the weaker shock. I would think the only reason to go with Hopkins is if someone has difficulty lifting the tailgate to the closed position.

dankent
03-29-2011, 07:26 AM
Agreed +1 for the rep ... nice write up.

wylie
03-29-2011, 10:17 AM
Thanks Hemiram04. Never hear of the Hoppy kit. I'll look at it. But if I'm not mistaken, the new rams come with easy lift already. The tailgate still feel heavy but not too bad.

The new rams do not have the easy lift kit,,,they have a torsion bar now. It is the same heavy tailgate but the torsion bar helps a lot. I added the Deezee easy lift and it is even better now,,,,a lot better. I too omitted the reinstall of the factory cable on the piston side,,,but I put it in the truck with the allen wrench,,just in case I might need it,,,it is very easy and quick to put back on.:smileup:

RedRam10
03-29-2011, 08:13 PM
Fantastic write up with po
Hoots and video. :rep:

knsram
03-29-2011, 11:22 PM
Very Nice and Great write up!! How easy is it now to remove the tail gait? I have to remove mine to load my slide in camper.

junior1967
04-07-2011, 02:09 PM
Removing the tailgate will be the same as before.
Just unhook both cables and the piston from the truck...

Cheers,

tecnomuzik
04-12-2011, 10:06 PM
I just installed this today on my '11 Ram. Like the OP said, the washer & travel stop is impossible to remove. I left it and the Dee Zee still works. Anyone else just leave it or have tips on how to remove it? Thanks!

Yncsss02
04-18-2011, 07:18 PM
I installed mine today. I used a small pair of pliers to hole the washer by the edge and just unscrewed the bolt (sort of acted like it was a nut). Came off pretty easy.

Question for you - Does you gate come down nice and slow or slow, but enough to give a "thud" at the end. Also, mine did not come with shrink tubing, did yours?

autometrics
04-18-2011, 10:10 PM
Installed this kit this past weekend. If you have little kids its a must have. my 5 year old almost took his head off climbing on the tailgate and grabbing the handle.

MossyOakMan
05-10-2011, 01:11 PM
I realize this is an old topic, but as a newbie and on behalf of other newbies who may want this mod, I have some newer info.
Just purchased the Stabillus Ez Down from O'Reillys in Louisville today for $19.99 on sale. The part number is SG314900EZ, for 2002-present Dodge Ram 1500. You can't pass it up for that price.

BLKSVT
05-10-2011, 01:30 PM
Installed the Dee-Zee and love it!

ramgearhead
05-10-2011, 06:55 PM
I installed the kit on my 03 Ram and I love it. The only problem I had was the faster you install into the tailgate was made of cheap material so it broke.

charlie3133
05-12-2011, 10:57 AM
I realize this is an old topic, but as a newbie and on behalf of other newbies who may want this mod, I have some newer info.
Just purchased the Stabillus Ez Down from O'Reillys in Louisville today for $19.99 on sale. The part number is SG314900EZ, for 2002-present Dodge Ram 1500. You can't pass it up for that price.


Are they online?

charlie3133
05-12-2011, 10:59 AM
Answered my own question

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/home.oap

nikeman
07-22-2011, 04:28 PM
Is the Sachs EZ Down the one you installed in this video? Its one I am finding on Oreilly's website. I think they have a DeeZee one also but they look identical to me....

300MAG
07-22-2011, 06:54 PM
So I took a trip to oreillys to see what there sg314900ez looked like since I wasnt tripled with the on I got from.rock auto. It appears Sachs aka stablius makes 2 different kits using the same part#. The sg314900ez that oreillys sells is the same as the deezee kit described in this thread. The kit from rock auto has a different shock with ball mounts. The shock is much stronger than the kit I got from rock auto under the same part#. While I was there I picked up 5 quarts of sythentic and a Mobil one oil filter for 30 bucks since it was getting close to oil change time.

nikeman
08-04-2011, 09:35 PM
did anyone figure out why the say to remove that limit washer? I did not remove mine and I do not see any harm being done..

rgreen252
11-17-2011, 03:47 PM
I finally got around to adding this to my Ram and I am not too pleased with the product. I ordered it off Amazon and I chose the option to get the item from Mopar Headquarters. The shipping took about 6 days which is kind of slow for priority mail to just two states over. Anyway, when I opened the item it did not have any of the wrenched and no shrink wrap or tubing. I contacted the seller and they said they would get another one out to me. In the meantime, I went ahead and started hooking it up. The one I have is not like the ones I have seen here in the pictures. It does not stay in place with an E-clip. It is more like a ball and socket connection. But that is not where my problem was. When I went to install the threaded bolt into the tailgate section, the screw actually stripped before I even got close to the number of turns it suggested. 9 complete 360 clockwise turns. I turned it about 1 1/2 times. Lucky for me I had another bolt and I just swapped it out. With everything finally in place, it was time to test it. Not happy, it opens slowly for about 2-3 inches, then comes down pretty quickly. Nothing at all like the video. Looking over the instructions I have noticed that it says Stabillus EZ Down. From what I have seen there is another maker that is of a better quality. I just don't remember who it is. So if you ask me, it is definitely not worth the money I paid. It will still come crashing down on my son's head. Guess I will have to return it or just pay to have another one added to the other side.

platinuminjected
11-17-2011, 08:10 PM
excellent mod bud....its on my never ending list to do:)

CdnoilRAM
11-17-2011, 10:13 PM
You won't regret it. I love mine, and it's a must with the shaved tailgate.

11HEM1
11-18-2011, 07:50 AM
Just ordered a OEM one. I hope this help stop my tailgate from falling off again
Nice job with the post
Reps for that

hemirae
01-16-2012, 01:44 AM
the solution to the rubbing is to double the flat washer.

nikeman
01-17-2012, 02:00 PM
The extra washer is a good idea. I just wrapped that end with electric tape and it hasn't rubbed off any paint yet. Have had it installed for close to 6 months now.