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Gas Struts for a '12 Tailgate.... Any Makers Out There?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by File IFR, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    File IFR

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    Hey guys, I was checking out RedLine Tuning looking at the EZ up gas struts for the hood, I thought it would be kinda cool, but what really caught my eye was the EZ Down gas strut to soften the tailgate when opening.
    http://redlinetuning.com/QL-TOY-TACOMA-95+.html

    .... That company doesn't make a tailgate strut for the '11 and '12 Tacomas and the tailgate one is all I really want.

    Does anyone know if another company makes such an item for the '12 Tacos?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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    As far as I know, the '11 and '12 tailgates are still the same as the '10.

    As for the struts themselves, I have heard on here that some people that have them have experienced rubbing issues when closing the gate. That said, the tailgate doesn't weigh anything, so personally I would not have a need for these.
     
  3. Jun 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    I've also seen one at O'Reillys for $30.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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    I don't know of anyone who got them because the tailgate is heavy. Usually people like having the easy-down action, especially when carrying something to the truck and trying to lower the tailgate with two fingers.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2012 at 4:31 AM
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    This is the product that I have; its the only one I know of. If there are any rubbing issues, cutting a bit of plastic on the tailgate will help. i have information on this in my build thread (oh and btw the think states a hella expensive price; go someonewhere else. but yeah, it was the first thing that come up on google.)


    http://www.trdparts4u.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=-8644


    The problem though, with the EZ down and 09+ trucks are the bolts that need to be removed. On 05-08 trucks they are just regular bolts, but for some 09 trucks and i think all 10+ trucks these bolts are now welded in. which, would be a problem.
     
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    I tried the EZ down on my 05 and did the trim thing but it still was all bound up in there with the cable support being pinched. Fucked with it, it kept fucking with me, decided it wasn't worth the trouble and sold it.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM
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    I got the EZ down at O'Reillys for about $30.

    Seems to work fine so far. I have had for 6 months.

    It does pinch the cable but whatever. I like it.
     
  8. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:23 AM
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    My tailgate has a really heavy steel plate covering it. I have the easy down struts and they work great. The cable gets pinched a little when it closes but not bad enough to have damaged it.

    Can't really give you any info on any of it though since it was all there when I bought the taco.
     
  9. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:25 AM
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    Im not sure why people are concerend with letting the tailgate drop down on its own weight?
     
  10. Jun 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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    I hear ya, but for me it's the sound slamming down that seems kinda harsh.... I know full well it can take the abuse though.

    'Tard, I'm gonna check O'Reilly's site, they don't have a store around the Northeast... I think. :rolleyes:

    According to Redline's site, the strut won't work for '11 and '12 tailgates. I would have thought they're all the same (2nd Gens).

    Thanks guys
     
  11. Jun 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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    They are the same. The main reason some websites won't guarantee that their product works on the new models, is because they haven't yet tested it on that model.
     
  12. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM
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    Ahh, I'm just figuring out that now, makes sense .....Auto Anything has 'em.

    Thanks Ryan
     
  13. Jul 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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    I received my combo Hood EZ lift and Tailgate EZ down today. I installed the hood struts no problem. The EZ down however, rubs badly. Even after some grinding and cursing. I still am not happy with it. It pinches the cable severely and just plain isn’t right. I plan to email Redline tomorrow regarding my purchase. Maybe I should mention in have a '12 DCLB and emailed redline prior to purchase to ensure fitment. We'll see

     

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