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Old 08-15-2019, 01:26 PM   #101
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Re: Crossbreed

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So is the gate electric now? I Didn't see anyone opening it. What vehicle is the set up from? Gm truck?
Not electric. I was just holding the tailgate at the corner and let go. The damper came from the 14-19 gm trucks however they are not installed in the tailgate as I have done.

On the new trucks the damper in the bedside under the tail light and the shaft goes through the hinge. Wouldn't work that way on the 67-72 trucks because the damper would hit the twilight housing. I had to modify the 67-72 hinge by welding a socket in the center. Then cut down the shaft that came from the 14-19 hinge and ground a hex on it to fit in the socket.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:05 AM   #102
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Wow I love that. I may look into doing that. Did you do it on both trunions or just 1 side?
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:48 AM   #103
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Passenger side only. The damper only provides resistance in one direction so it won't work on the driver's side. I'm also installing the lift assist torsion spring inside the tailgate which will interface with a modified trunion on the driver's side.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:50 AM   #104
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I was researching this tonight. Can't find much on the easy lift part. Post pictures when you get to it. I am interested in these mods.
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:05 PM   #105
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This is the lift assist torsion rod setup. I believe it came from the 07-14 gm trucks. I drilled a hole in the tailgate for it to slide into but should probably place a bushing in there. Also modified the trunnion. I still need to fabricate a block to hold the opposite end inside the tailgate. I'll probably make it so it slides into the pocket I cut out for the damper then plug weld it in place from the bottom of the tailgate.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:44 PM   #106
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Been a while but I finally got around to putting the torsion spring in the tailgate. Made the tailgate open softer and took a little load off closing it up. For the block that holds the end of the torsion spring I just took a thick chunk of metal and cut it to shape with a portable band saw. Made the half moon hole by cutting the block in half and filing a notch in one side then welding it back together. See it in action here link

I still need to adjust the hinges and strikers but it worked pretty good.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:22 PM   #107
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That is pretty slick
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:19 PM   #108
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If you could come up with a "kit" I bet it would sell?
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:35 AM   #109
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A kit would be doable but with all the parts and modifications it would probably cost more than most would be willing to spend. Probably close to $200 in parts, couple hours to modify and it's not a direct bolt on so whoever buys it would have to be willing to cut into their tailgate.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:17 AM   #110
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Ive been looking for the torsion rod parts new but I can't seem to find them. I am definitely going to do that to mod to my gate as well. I'll have to go to the wrecker in spring. I'll bet I'll have to buy a full tailgate thougb
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Old 02-28-2020, 04:18 PM   #111
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All parts are available new. Below are the parts I used.

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25889654 (torsion rod)
23115812 (damper)
23439650 (right side hinge)
15192282 (left side hinge)
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:04 AM   #112
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I will look those up. Thanks for that
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Old 03-29-2020, 08:52 AM   #113
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Now that's using yer noggin. Hard work but super cool upgrade. I remember anytime someone other than myself would open my tailgate and I'd hear that slam it'd make me cringe. I know it can handle it but why be so hard on it?
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:21 PM   #114
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Did you have to wind the torsion bar or dampener up so it would work properly?
And did you end up using a bushing? If so what style?
Definetely doing this!
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Old 04-06-2020, 04:55 PM   #115
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Thanks for the tail gate idea.
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