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#1 Seņor Rocky

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:43 AM

Hey guys, I've had my truck for a little over one week now, and I've been wondering what the EZ Lift Tailgate is supposed to do.

It does feel smooth to me, but c'mon it's a brand new truck...besides, I've been lifting weights 5x week for years now...it just doesn't feel like there's anything especially "EZ" about lifting the tailgate on my truck. Yet on the window sticker of my truck, it says it comes equipped with it:

EZ LIFT TAILGATE PACKAGE:
LOCKING TAILGATE
EZ LIFT TAILGATE
($95.00)

Is there a special mechanism or device on the hinges that could help identify whether that particular tailgate is the EZ LIFT kind?

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#2 huntervh

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:00 AM

From what I understand, there is a sping on the hinges that make it easier to lift the gate.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:12 AM

Yep, it's just a spring assist that lightens the feel of the tailgate, i.e. makes it easier to open and close because it feels lighter than it actually is! As a comparison, my 05 Nissan Frontier tailgate felt about 40 lbs heavier than my GMC tailgate, and it was tough to close with one hand while you had your hand full. The GMC Tailgate with the EZ Lift is a piece of cake. If you really want to see the difference, go to your dealership and find one with EZ Lift and one without sitting side by side and open and close both, the difference will become real clear!
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#4 SpiritoftheWild

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:06 PM

There is a slight closing force difference between a NBS truck with tailgate assist and one without. However, if you compare a GMT800 to a GMT900 (both unassisted), the 900 gate is by far easier to close and feels lighter.
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#5 Razor1616

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 07:11 AM

$95.00 spring :D :eek:

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:20 AM

I was told at the dealership that GMC also added in a torsion bar to the tailgate to better distribute the weight. This torsion bar makes it such that you don't get deflection in the tailgate when you close it, which sometimes happens on really hot days and days where you just want to "close" the tailgate and go home.

Another experiment, grab the center of an EZ gate and close it, then open and then clsoe again, but this time put your hand near the left or right edge od the tailgate. It will feel extacly the same as in the middle. Do the same on a non-EZ tailgate.

#7 ShaneV

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:40 AM

$95.00 spring :D :eek:


On a $40,000 truck... who cares.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:14 PM

$95.00 spring :D :eek:



Plus the locking tailgate part, which you can buy seperatly for about $50.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:21 PM

$95.00 spring :D :eek:


On a $40,000 truck... who cares.

.....and spent as much on gas the last time I fed the beast.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:48 PM

Had one on my Titan. It also allowed the tailgate to ooze down slowly when opened. Also made the gate feel very light when shutting. Not sure if the GM does that. My new GMC doesn't have it and I manage to get the gate shut after putting down my beer.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:57 PM

If you need an EZ lift tailgate, you should be driving a Prius. :D

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:07 PM

If you need an EZ lift tailgate, you should be driving a Prius. :D


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#13 Paul58

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 04:49 AM

If you need an EZ lift tailgate, you should be driving a Prius. :D


My new GMC doesn't have it and I manage to get the gate shut after putting down my beer.


If it means I can close my tailgate without putting down my beer, it's worth every cent of that $95.00!
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:32 AM

it's intended for the crowd that doesn't lift wieghts 5x a week and of course, we have the foxy ladies who are the majority of Rado cruisers here where i live.... :D

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:44 AM

Had one on my Titan. It also allowed the tailgate to ooze down slowly when opened. Also made the gate feel very light when shutting. Not sure if the GM does that. My new GMC doesn't have it and I manage to get the gate shut after putting down my beer.


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