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Tailgate slow opener device

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by petersharp, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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    petersharp

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    So a friend has a Titan (is that a banned word around here?) that has a damper/spring mechanism that lets the tailgate drop slowly - you can just pull the latch and it will drop down by itself. So I get used to that, then go to the Taco, do the same thing - and bang! :mad:

    Anyone fitted one to their Taco? I seem to remember seeing at thread about them on here a while ago, but couldn't find it. I have an '07 Prerunner.
     
  2. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:40 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    i think the one most people have is the EZ Down...or something like that
     
  3. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:49 PM
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    Marc M

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    Yes, EZ-Down it is. I have one on my truck. The wife likes it alot.

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  4. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:51 PM
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    i ask my parts guy i go to and he said that they do not make one for tacoma (EZ down)
     
  5. Oct 17, 2008 at 5:01 PM
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    Marc M

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    Your parts guy is mis-informed. They make them for our tacomas from '05 to '08. From what I understand, the bolts can't be removed from the tailgate an the '09's.

    Marc M
     
  6. Oct 17, 2008 at 5:05 PM
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    alright tomorrow morning ill go see him and ask him again thanx
     
  7. Oct 17, 2008 at 5:26 PM
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  8. Oct 17, 2008 at 7:45 PM
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    I have the EZ-down on my 08. The bolt in the tailgate was a bitch to get out. I stripped the torx head of the bolt so I ended up drilling it out and running a tap through it to clean up the threads. I highly recommend having it on the tailgate to avoid having it slam open. I got mine on e-bay and am very happy with the final result. I been thinking of adding a second one. lol
     
  9. Oct 18, 2008 at 10:27 AM
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    Thanks all for your replies. How much aggro is it to disconnect (and reconnect) it when you want to remove the tailgate?
     
  10. Oct 18, 2008 at 10:29 AM
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    You would need to pop off one E-clip.

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  11. Oct 19, 2008 at 12:49 AM
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    If you like the Titan "ez-down" go open a tailgate on the new Tundra!
    You can open/close with 1 finger.
     
  12. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:39 AM
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    Did you just use the one made for the '05-'11 models? What did you use to trim down the tailgate panel?

    Later.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:46 AM
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    Cool...I saw the date, thought I'd take my chances.

    Do you know of an alternative to the EZ Down?
     
  14. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:48 AM
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    I like the concept but what I don't like is how it pinches the tailgate cable. YOu have to make sure it doesn't get caught every time you close the tailgate
     
  15. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:52 AM
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    I've heard of people removing the cable on that side and not having issues. They probably weren't loading super heavy equipment onto the tailgate though.
     
  16. Sep 4, 2015 at 6:33 AM
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    I honestly think you shouldn't get them. It works but there is a trade off. The cable binds, and it pushes the tailgate more towards the passenger side(it's noticeable). It wasn't design right for the Tacoma.

    I installed one on my 08, didn't last a week before I removed it.
     
  17. Sep 4, 2015 at 6:40 AM
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    I like the idea (especially after installing the Redline Tuning struts to the hood). But with this I "personally" think there are more negatives than positives.

    EDIT: Redline Tuning Struts are the shit for the hood!
     
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