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Author Topic: Tailgate torsion bar lift assist (removes 70% tailgate weight)  (Read 45706 times)
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« on: 05/11/07 08:13 AM »

Everyone with an Avalanche knows the tailgate is WAY TOO HEAVY.  GM has worked to resolve the issue in 2007 with springs on the hinges.  Good for ’07, but what about us with the ’02 – ’06 trucks? Well glad you asked.  There is a least one company who makes a product to help.  It’s not designed for Avalanches, and I may contact them again to see if they would be willing to make a version for the AV, but I did find a way to make the existing product work for Avalanches / Esclalanches.  (That is my name for EXTs)

Hoppy makes a tailgate torsion bar.  If you search Froogle (now Google Products) for “tailgate torsion bar” you should find a number of places that have this product for less than $30.  I got mine (with shipping) in 4 days for $24.  We found it removed 70% of the tailgate weight!  70% !!!

I picked up mine at: http://autoaccessconnect.stores.yahoo.net/taasforpitr.html



First some warnings:
  • You are doing this at your own risk – it involves drilling a couple holes, if you are scared of this, go away now.
  • If you remove your tailgate often – this will complicate that process, so think about that.
  • There is a little prying and just a little metal bending involved in this – it’s at the hole you drill above the driver’s side tailgate hinge.
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So what do you need to do? 

Once you get the product, remove and throw away the instructions and drill template.  Avalanche/EXT details are not listed on the template – details are below.

1.  We cut about ¾ of an inch off the torsion bar with the “A label” or with the yellow paint. - will explain later.  Maybe it was not needed - maybe move the drill point up to 5" from hinge and don't cut anything.  I have only installed two of these.


2.  Drill a 3/8” hole 4.25” above the driver’s side tailgate hinge.  (Take care you don't scuff the side of the truck with your drill chuck depending on drill bit length)  You will drill through the metal and the drill bit will hit another steel wall about ¼” inside your nice new hole.  This is a little bit of an issue and the reason we cut the ¾” off the torsion bar. 


3.  Measure over 32 ½” from the outside of the hinge cup on the tailgate and make a mark – you will drill into the bottom of the tailgate in line with the existing rivets of the tailgate.


4. Remove tailgate, transfer measurement and drill or re-measure and drill 3/8” hole in bottom of tailgate.  It’s fiberglass, so don’t brush it away with your hand unless you want to itch for the next 24 hours.


5.  Insert the torsion bar back into the side of the truck and make sure it’s sitting flat against the truck bed wall behind the hinge pin.  You will need to insert the bar, push, pull, pry and try to wiggle the torsion bar into the hole between those two walls.  This WILL result in you bending the metal a little above the hole to get a little more room between the two metal walls.  I was trying to push on that inside wall to get it to bow in more and bend the outside metal less, but I don’t think it would be possible to insert the whole like 2” of the bar in – cutting off ¾” to 1” off the bar appeared to do the trick and we got about 3/4" into the hole.


6.  Re-install tailgate, but this time you will insert side B of the torsion bar into the tailgate hole you just made.  I found a hammer to tap the bar into the hole was required due to the friction from the side of the hole on the torsion bar.  (NOT a one person job)


7.  Don’t forget to latch your tailgate cables back onto the stops.  You should now be done.

Give it a try.  Your face may look like this when you close the tailgate the first or second or third time:   Shocked   Cheesy   Cheesy 


I forgot to check my tailgate weight before I changed mine, but we checked the second time and found the "weight" required to lift the tailgate using a bathroom scale went from 28 lbs to 8 lbs. Next time you are at the gym - go do a couple curls with a 30 lbs weight and then go do a couple with the 10 lb weight.  You will be out shopping for this product before the sun sets.  Your wife will love you for it.    love
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« Reply #1 on: 05/11/07 08:15 AM »

How will that interfere with the removal of the tailgate (easily)?
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« Reply #2 on: 05/11/07 08:22 AM »

How will that interfere with the removal of the tailgate (easily)?

Because you will have to remove the 5" long bar from the center of the tailgate after the gate is off the hinges.  Not hard, but not a one person job unless you have really long really strong arms and can hold the gate with one hand and wiggle the bar out with the other.

I so seldom remove my gate it's no big deal - and with the wires for the lock and camera, the gate removal is kind of complex anyway this was a simple decision for me.
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« Reply #3 on: 05/11/07 08:29 AM »

Gadget,

Great write-up and post...  You rock!

I was looking into the "EZ Down" by DEEZEE, but they also don't have an application for the Avalanche. It's a little shock type thingy (dampener) that allows the tailgate to lower itself.
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« Reply #4 on: 05/11/07 08:31 AM »

Good post, I was looking into this:

http://www.aztrucks.com/category.asp?product=594

But they do not make a kit for the Avalanche. I called the company and they have no plans at this time to make it......BUMMER! It cost more that what you did but one advantage is you cannot drop your tailgate down hard! Mine has fallen open twice.........to me it does not make sense that they make it for a regular pickup and not the Avalanche, the last time I closed a regular truck tailgate it was no where near as heavy as the Avalanche tailgate!!
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« Reply #5 on: 05/11/07 08:52 AM »

Way to go Ivan... can't wait to see it in person sometime!
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« Reply #6 on: 05/11/07 11:07 AM »

GREAT WRITE-UP.  This will be one of the first mods when I get my Av.  Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: 05/11/07 11:30 AM »

Great write-up and pictures, thanks.  I am a little surprised that folks think the tailgate is heavy, I've had a couple of full size pickups, and this is much lighter, it's closer to my Dad's S-10 in heft.  The outer skin is plastic, and not sure about the inner, but it is a little narrower tailgate than a full size truck also.  I was actually thinking that its lightness may be why nobody makes anything specifically for it. 
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« Reply #8 on: 05/11/07 06:52 PM »

   the new Toyota has a cool little gizmo that prevents the tailgate from slamming down after you unlock it.  once i pulled on the handle i let it go, but it will not slam down.  it also seemed to assist in lift too.  that, or the tailgate was so lite it just seemed like it was.
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« Reply #9 on: 05/11/07 07:38 PM »

Everyone interested should go to the EZ down website http://www.ezdown.com/ and type in the Chevy Avalanche for future consideration.  The CAFCNA website should have enough weight to influence them.
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« Reply #10 on: 05/12/07 10:44 AM »

socalAVY,

I went to their website and placed my vote!
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« Reply #11 on: 05/13/07 05:47 AM »

Really great write up. Good pics and it seems to do the job. Like others I think the EZ Down is the final answer.  I too had voted to add this to the Dee Zee line, but it does not seem to do anything. I finally found their toll free number....if EVERYONE would call them direct and say that they would buy one if they made it for the Avalanche it would help. The guy told me the new catalog comes out in October and it may have new applications. I think they need a ton of phone calls to wake them up....Call them tomorrow!
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« Reply #12 on: 05/13/07 05:54 AM »

 Very nice write thank i should do this thanks
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« Reply #13 on: 05/13/07 03:04 PM »

Great mod....

thanks for the tip

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« Reply #14 on: 05/13/07 03:16 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: 05/14/07 12:14 PM »

I was watching some truck show this weekend (I don't remember which) and I saw an advertisement for this tailgate damper called EZ Down.  It looked very functional and when I visited the web site the price was reasonable.  The bad side is that it is not available for the Avalanche (yet).  I think if we have enough interest and fill out the form on the bottom of their web page they may expedite production for the Avalanche.

Take a look...

http://www.ezdown.com/
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« Reply #16 on: 05/14/07 12:27 PM »

I would think the one that fit silverado's would fit AV's I saw them also and it said all gm truck 1999 thru present. It's made by DeeZee and I think it's a universal fit best prce I found was on amazon.com $49.00
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« Reply #17 on: 05/14/07 12:33 PM »

I would think the one that fit silverado's would fit AV's I saw them also and it said all gm truck 1999 thru present. It's made by DeeZee and I think it's a universal fit best prce I found was on amazon.com $49.00

I emailed them twice. They said it  will not fit and they have no plans to make one for the Avalanche at this time. It is a shame, the Avalanche tailgate is So much heavier than the Silverado! I had thought about buying one and trying it myself but am not ready to take on more projects at this time.........why don;t you do it and let us know? love I am thinking with the extra weight it may require two cylinders instead of the one that is in the Silverado kit.

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« Reply #18 on: 05/14/07 12:38 PM »

I may just do that I did not know AV tailgates were heavier, I know they are heavy but other than narrower what the Difference
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« Reply #19 on: 05/14/07 12:42 PM »

Everyone interested should go to the EZ down website http://www.ezdown.com/ and type in the Chevy Avalanche for future consideration.  The CAFCNA website should have enough weight to influence them.

Really great write up. Good pics and it seems to do the job. Like others I think the EZ Down is the final answer.  I too had voted to add this to the Dee Zee line, but it does not seem to do anything. I finally found their toll free number....if EVERYONE would call them direct and say that they would buy one if they made it for the Avalanche it would help. The guy told me the new catalog comes out in October and it may have new applications. I think they need a ton of phone calls to wake them up....Call them tomorrow!
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« Reply #20 on: 05/14/07 01:01 PM »


On the standard pick-up there is a hole already there
(that's not there on an Avalanche) to be used as a mounting point for the "EZDown"... I bet if a guy were to duplicate that hole on the Avalanche tailgate, that it would work. Maybe we have a member that knows the tailgate, and how they're built, to let us know if it is possible to drill the hole needed to mount it.

  idea Torsion bar + EZDown = sweet  Woot!

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« Reply #21 on: 05/14/07 01:12 PM »

I'm changing tailgates in about a month, I'll let you know
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« Reply #22 on: 05/14/07 02:43 PM »

I created a new topic for the tailgate damper.  I wonder which moderator moved my comments to this topic?  My topic has to deal with the damper, which slowly lowers the tailgate, which has some similarities to the torsion bar but it's not the same.  Can a moderator please move my comments and those responding to my comments back to the topic I created.

EZ-Down was already discussed in this thread, hence it being merged to maintain continuity of discussion.
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« Reply #23 on: 05/14/07 02:46 PM »


It's all good...

after all... we're talking tailgates here!

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« Reply #24 on: 05/14/07 08:54 PM »

In case you missed earlier replies...

Contact EZ Down/DeeZee Inc.  and either fill out the webform for future consideration of the 02-06 Avalanche, or call or write them a letter expressing interest if they produce it for our application.

Website:  http://www.ezdown.com/

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« Reply #25 on: 05/15/07 06:10 AM »

EZ-Down was already discussed in this thread, hence it being merged to maintain continuity of discussion.

No problem.  I did a search for EZ Down before I posted and I did not notice any matches.  I must have missed it.
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« Reply #26 on: 05/15/07 07:30 AM »

... Maybe we have a member that knows the tailgate, and how they're built, to let us know if it is possible to drill the hole needed to mount it.

  idea Torsion bar + EZDown = sweet  Woot!

Gadget... you up for the challenge?  Just kidding

Dang it - would you people stop putting these ideas into my head!  I have all that stuff sitting at home and could give it a shot (you know there is a 99% chance I will get it working) 

Have some spare gas cylns from some other projects (my hot tub cover lift assist project appears to have about the same size devices) and I have a ton of pictures of my tailgate insides (design changed in '05) I have the tailgate modeled in Pro/E (from the DropTail plan which I decided not to do myself) and could do a little measurement to verify what kind of throws and forces I would need with and without the torsion bar.

Then again, I need to install a swamp cooler in our new old house before it gets too hot.  My wife would like this EZ-Down, but would prefer a cool house first.  - However, I might be myself out to the garage and give it a try if I have some extra time.
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« Reply #27 on: 05/15/07 01:20 PM »

Dang it - would you people stop putting these ideas into my head!  I have all that stuff sitting at home and could give it a shot (you know there is a 99% chance I will get it working) 


gadget... You rock!

Wow, you have pictures of the tailgate insides... with that information you'd know if there was anything stopping us from just drilling a mounting hole that would be strong enough to support the mount. I figure EZDown just doesn't want it too complicated for the
"do-it-yourself-er" -- little do they know we have a "ringer" on our side (_gadget_).

Well... let us know what you find out!

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« Reply #28 on: 05/16/07 01:05 PM »

I just ordered my EasyLift... ships at the end of the week. One tailgate mod at a time -- keep us posted _gadget_ !
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« Reply #29 on: 05/18/07 12:33 PM »

OK with three kids, I'm definetly up for this mod.  My only question is; is the tortion bar shaped sort of like a U?  Then when you open the tail gate the torsion bar gets twisted, hence the release of pressure returning the tail gate to the up position???

Thanx,

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ps-thanx for the write up and the pics gadget.
pss-who online did you order from?

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« Reply #30 on: 05/30/07 04:27 PM »

 _Gadget_   hows is the tailgate assist holding up?

Any suggestions for improvement now that you have had it in use for a while?




Anyone else do this mod yet?
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« Reply #31 on: 05/31/07 12:59 PM »

We just returned from a 2500 mile road trip through the Southwest.  It included packing and un-packing almost every day, and the MUCH lighter and easier tailgate was great!  This really should have been my first mod; it was very inexpensive, and with Gadget's paving the way, only took 15 minutes or so.

Combined with my new bedslide written up elsewhere it made for an easy system.
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« Reply #32 on: 05/31/07 01:35 PM »

is the tortion bar shaped sort of like a U?  Then when you open the tail gate the torsion bar gets twisted, hence the release of pressure returning the tail gate to the up position???

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Yes - it's shaped just like a U.  The section which goes into the tailgate would stick straight up normally - as you open the tailgate it's twisting this and thus trying to flip the tailgate closed and assist in closing the gate.

So far all is good.  Showed this to a cousin that owns a 2500 AV.  Just asked him to close my tailgate and he noticed the difference without saying a word. 

I ordered my from http://autoaccessconnect.stores.yahoo.net/taasforpitr.html but many other sites are out there.  I also noticed camping world says they carry these.  We have some of those local here, but not gone in to ask.
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« Reply #33 on: 05/31/07 03:07 PM »

I love it...and it is a cheap mod...this MOD goes on my "to do" list!
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« Reply #34 on: 05/31/07 03:32 PM »

this is diffently on my buy/to do list.gotta help my grandmother when she has it when im on the road.

got a question though.is the EZ lift rod made out of spring steel? if so,i might be able to come up with a design that might make it EZer to take off the talegate,if needed.
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« Reply #35 on: 06/03/07 07:14 AM »

I'm changing tailgates in about a month, I'll let you know

Are going with a much lighter Tailgate or just different design?

Simple, inexpensive mod. Thanks
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« Reply #36 on: 06/03/07 07:31 AM »

Actually I traded some parts for a tailgate with another member and I bought a escalade tailgate skin off eBay for 25.00 lucked out on the color Cadillac call pewter goldmist it matched.

Actually I bought the EZdown waiting for it to arrive, I can see why it won't work on a avy.
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« Reply #37 on: 06/05/07 06:56 PM »

OK I put on a EZDown in this evening

Opportunity or problems as some folk call them

Not enough clearance between the cladding on the bottom side I used a roto zip and cut a slot in it see picture.

It works slows the opening down allot closing it did not help at all still heavy.
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« Reply #38 on: 06/06/07 06:12 AM »

OK I put on a EZDown in this evening

Opportunity or problems as some folk call them

Not enough clearance between the cladding on the bottom side I used a roto zip and cut a slot in it see picture.

It works slows the opening down allot closing it did not help at all still heavy.
did you add the spring also? or just the shock? did u email ezlift and showed them it can work nice mod chevy
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« Reply #39 on: 06/06/07 07:56 AM »

There is a spring inside the shock, and you have to pull it open then about have way down it opens by itself. I don't think EZDOWN is going to tell car owners to cut a slot in there cladding, that's probably why they are saying it won't work, except for people like us who make it work .
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« Reply #40 on: 06/07/07 02:17 AM »

nice job MS3
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« Reply #41 on: 06/07/07 10:38 AM »

It looks like there is a bracket added at the hinge pin of the tailgate the EZ down attaches to.  Did this come with the kit or did you make that? 
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« Reply #42 on: 06/07/07 11:11 AM »

You are right one bolt that goes into the tailgate is removed and the bracket is attached using that bolt. The bracket is offset from the tailgate and the nut rubs against the cladding on the bumper. I just opened and closed the tailgate a couple of times so it would make a impression on the cladding so I knew where to trim the cladding. I will go back this weekend and glue a backing on where I trimmed the cladding.
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« Reply #43 on: 06/08/07 04:28 AM »

It looks like there is a bracket added at the hinge pin of the tailgate the EZ down attaches to.  Did this come with the kit or did you make that? 

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« Reply #44 on: 06/08/07 07:34 AM »

IMHO, I think the torsion bar assist is on the right track to solving the heavy tailgate issue.  I would rather counterbalance the load, not merely control the dropping speed.

The EZDown appears to be an extension damper such as these http://www.mcmaster.com/nav/enter.asp?pagenum=1145 and will only keep the gate from slamming down.  I doubt it assists in lifting it back up.  I'm not knocking the EZDown, it probably solves the safely issue.

So for me, I'm going to pursue a full counterbalance system such as a torsion bar shown here, or a smaller version of the counterbalance rewind system like what you see on rear ramp doors of enclosed trailers.  They also make reverse gas springs (ones that are spring-loaded to retract rather than extend) that could mount similar to the EZDown system.
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« Reply #45 on: 06/08/07 07:55 AM »

MS3- great job in jumping into it and installing it. Did you purchase the 99-06 Silverado model of EZdown?  And just installed it per the insructions, right?  That seems too easy. Does the attachment point where the bolt is removed and the new bracket is installed seem up to the task?  If so, I have got to order one tomorrow!
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« Reply #46 on: 06/08/07 08:16 AM »

It does not help at all lifting it back up it actually makes it a little harder to lift. I had to try it some times I need to get into the rear of the AVY when it is in the gargage where I can't open it all the way and it helps there. 

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« Reply #47 on: 06/26/07 07:03 AM »

I ordered my EZ Down off eBay...got it for $55 including shipping. Here are some photos. Here is the entire package with instructions for a Silverado.
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« Reply #48 on: 06/26/07 07:05 AM »

Here is the bracket as it comes for the Silverado. It attaches to the tailgate with one bolt. The bend is for the stock steel Silverado tailgate. With this bend it WILL hit the sheet metal on WBHs and the cladding on others AVs. Take this stock bracket to your vise and get a big sledge hammer to straighten it out. Then make a slight bend in the other direction so it more closely follows the AV tailgate.
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« Reply #49 on: 06/26/07 07:08 AM »

Here is the EZ down installed on a WBH with the bracket bent toward the tailgate to match the shape of the AV instead of the Silverado. My son had his Silverado over here with his EZ Down installed so we could compare the differences. The set up works great but time will tell if the plastic tailgate can stand the stress of this bracket and shock absorber. I am keeping the stock bolt for the tailgate strap so I can change back if I have to...but I am happy today!
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« Reply #50 on: 06/26/07 07:23 AM »

Nice tip about bending the bracket, does it rub at all.
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« Reply #51 on: 06/26/07 08:40 AM »

Wow, talk about a hijacked thread...

I don't have anything to sell nor any ax to grind, but to future readers of this thread, I would strongly recommend doing the torsion spring mod before even considering an ez down type of thing.  The torsion spring works both ways- letting you bring your tailgate down AND UP with just a couple of fingers.

It's cheaper, too  Cheesy
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« Reply #52 on: 06/27/07 02:55 PM »

Very cool. Thumbs up!
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« Reply #53 on: 06/27/07 04:39 PM »

Wow, talk about a hijacked thread...

I don't have anything to sell nor any ax to grind, but to future readers of this thread, I would strongly recommend doing the torsion spring mod before even considering an ez down type of thing. The torsion spring works both ways- letting you bring your tailgate down AND UP with just a couple of fingers.

It's cheaper, too Cheesy

Thanks for the tip on how to post DPS, But this post was merge with another post about the ez down, because they both are about Tailgate Assist and was not JACKED. If you look at the first page you will see the 2 different topics in the title.

But I do agree with you about the torsion spring if you don't mind drilling holes in your AVY
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« Reply #54 on: 07/06/07 09:05 AM »

I just ordered my EasyLift... ships at the end of the week. One tailgate mod at a time -- keep us posted _gadget_ !

I ordered this on 5/16/07, and it just got here yesterday (7/5) -- I forgot I ordered it!
 I've got family up visiting and won't have time for a project till they leave, but will keep you posted!

Thanks MS03 & Snoball for the write-up/info in the Easylift -- looks like I'm gonna be the first to try the "combo"?

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« Reply #55 on: 08/05/07 05:47 AM »

Any updates on the  torsion bar lift assist?

Any problems?

Still recommend?
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« Reply #56 on: 08/06/07 01:01 PM »

Any updates on the  torsion bar lift assist?

Any problems?

Still recommend?

I love it more each day.  No problems and I would and have recommended this to many people around here.  I find reasons to make other people (people with pickups) close my tailgate for me just so they can go  Shocked what the *!@!%?  Your tailgate weighs nothing - come over and try to close the gate on my F250...

Oh, wait - there is one problem - my wife now prefers to take the truck to go shopping rather than her car now that she can load up items with the lighter tailgate and the bedslide.   love  'Eh, I don't mind getting stuck with the Accord once in a while.
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« Reply #57 on: 08/06/07 05:33 PM »

I love it more each day.  No problems and I would and have recommended this to many people around here.  I find reasons to make other people (people with pickups) close my tailgate for me just so they can go  Shocked what the *!@!%?  Your tailgate weighs nothing - come over and try to close the gate on my F250...

Oh, wait - there is one problem - my wife now prefers to take the truck to go shopping rather than her car now that she can load up items with the lighter tailgate and the bedslide.   love  'Eh, I don't mind getting stuck with the Accord once in a while.

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 Thanks for the feedback, I guess I am ordering mine now.  I like the torsion version better than the easy-down as it adds in the lifting.  Great idea and appreciate you sharing it with us all.   Thumbs up!

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« Reply #58 on: 08/18/07 11:13 AM »

...just sold another guy on the idea who is a GMC owner.  That makes three with two Fords earlier. Should look into becoming a distributor Cheesy

As much as the General could use some cash (and Ford, too, I guess) they could be selling these things for $100 as an option whilst pocketing about $98 profit.

Really the nicest of the mods when considering the convenience of use, cost of mod, and time to install mod, in my opinion.
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« Reply #59 on: 08/18/07 06:56 PM »

Anyone know about the 07 escalade ext??  Their tailgate has some sort of lifter helper inside the gate itself.  My brother has one but will ot let me take it apart to look at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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« Reply #60 on: 08/18/07 07:25 PM »

Anyone know about the 07 escalade ext??  Their tailgate has some sort of lifter helper inside the gate itself.  My brother has one but will ot let me take it apart to look at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

He won't let you take his tailgat apart on his new EXT?
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« Reply #61 on: 08/18/07 07:27 PM »


Great write-up gadget, and great idea.
I worry about one of my kids trying to open the tailgate and that thing coming down hard on their head.

Great mod for my list! Thanks.
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« Reply #63 on: 08/19/07 11:31 AM »

Hi there, I just wanted to comment on the Easylift (correction)  spring install. YOU ONLY HAVE TO DRILL ONE HOLE above the tailgate hinge- ands NOT through the second wall behind it  banghead  and protect the taillight enclosure-    Shocked by using a long drill bit or  protective covering!!!Live and learn I guess   Roll Eyes  Also use the hammer for inserting the other end into the tailgate- Otherwise not too eventful and a worthy mod.

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« Reply #64 on: 08/19/07 01:24 PM »

Hi there, I just wanted to comment on the Easydown spring install. YOU ONLY HAVE TO DRILL ONE HOLE above the tailgate hinge- ands NOT through the second wall behind it  banghead  and protect the taillight enclosure-    Shocked by using a long drill bit or  protective covering!!!Live and learn I guess   Roll Eyes  Also use the hammer for inserting the other end into the tailgate- Otherwise not too eventful and a worthy mod.

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Just to confirm - are you reffering to the "Torsion Bar" or the "Easy Down" installation?
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« Reply #65 on: 08/19/07 07:52 PM »

I just completed the "Torsion Bar" install:

1 )  Sorry no pics

2 )  Yes, I agree with "_gadget_" that you need to cut off approx 3/4 of inch from "A" side of bar.

3 )  You do not need to drill through the second wall.  I did drill through both, but then I realized the "A" side of the torsion bar must lay vertical and if were to pass through second wall you could not get it to vertical.  So I have the bar in between the two walls.

4 )  I would recommend treating the drilled hole with some kind of paint to prevent corrosion.

5 )  I have a cladded avalanche, and scraped my cladding on the passenger side hinge area as I took the tailgate on/off so many times trying to get the torsion bar to stick into the tailgate.  I recommend you protect this area in advance.  I was trying to be careful and still scratched in may places.

6 )  This is not difficult, but is a two person job once you go to install the torsion bar.  You can drill the holes, trim the a-side of the bar, then you just need someone to help you wield the tailgate around.

7 )  I could not install side A then B.  When side "A" was in, the angle/tension to get side "B" into tailgate was too great.  I ended up inserting side "B" into the end of tailgate, and then inserting side "A".  Side "A" hole was already prestreched/bent to allow the torsion to lay vertical.

8 )  Yes, as "_gadget_" states, you have to bend/wiggle side "A" initially to get it to fit between the two walls.

9 )  I would recommend drilling the hole above the hinge a little to the outside versus inside.  The inside edge is a spot welded seam and I ended up in that area, and I believe is an area that now exposed would be more prone to corrosion.  If you move the L/R centering of the hole to the outside (or left of center) you will clear the seam area.

10 )  I would recommend cleaning and re-greasing the hinge cups prior to install, as once you have the torsion bar in place you are less likely to remove the tailgate so often.

11 )   If you only drill through the first panel, I think this is a very minimally invasive mod.  The hole at the tailgate is into composite and no fear of corrosion there.

12 )  I have the "Rod Mod" Remote tailgate kit, and I am not sure if the torsion bar is going to interfere with the internal actuator, time will tell, but the bar does enter the same cavity area as where the actuator is located.  (If you do not have a "Rod Mod" Remote tailgate actuator, or you do not know what the Rod Mod is, then don't worry, it will not apply to you).

13 )  Once installed, you can barely even see, and no one will notice the torsion bar.

14 )  Man does the bar make a difference in the effort to lower and raise the tailgate.  This was a great and cheap mod.    I highly recommend this mod.  Those on the fence - just do it!  Thanks "_gadget_"!  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #66 on: 08/19/07 11:18 PM »

Just to confirm - are you reffering to the "Torsion Bar" or the "Easy Down" installation?

Correction:
Torsion Bar- Easylift 

My apologies for the mixup.

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« Reply #67 on: 08/21/07 11:59 AM »

Hi there, I just wanted to comment on the Easylift (correction)  spring install. YOU ONLY HAVE TO DRILL ONE HOLE above the tailgate hinge- and NOT through the second wall behind it  banghead  and protect the taillight enclosure-    Shocked by using a long drill bit or  protective covering!!!Live and learn I guess   Roll Eyes  Also use the hammer for inserting the other end into the tailgate- Otherwise not too eventful and a worthy mod.


Thanks for the feedback SpottyJ and caliavy

Maybe I should go back and put some bold around my first post on those few items.    And I should mention not to drill through once you do HIT the other wall of the truck side.  I guess I don't mention you don't need to drill it - just say the bar will jam between these metal walls.  So if you don't visualize that, just stop drilling once you get through that first wall.

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No, I believe the torsion bar should be located inside the center section of the tailgate just to the left of where my lock actuator is.  I took measurements before I did this mod to ensure the torsion  bar would not hit the actuator in my tailgate (shown in picture below)

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« Reply #68 on: 08/21/07 07:03 PM »

...just sold another guy on the idea who is a GMC owner.  That makes three with two Fords earlier. Should look into becoming a distributor Cheesy

As much as the General could use some cash (and Ford, too, I guess) they could be selling these things for $100 as an option whilst pocketing about $98 profit.

Really the nicest of the mods when considering the convenience of use, cost of mod, and time to install mod, in my opinion.
the new silverados has an ez lift spring option like the new Avs only thing its like 95.00 extra :E:so lets see by an Av get the ez lift spring included by a silverado have to request it banghead
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« Reply #69 on: 08/21/07 07:06 PM »

Anyone know about the 07 escalade ext??  Their tailgate has some sort of lifter helper inside the gate itself.  My brother has one but will ot let me take it apart to look at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
its same as the 07 newer Avs
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« Reply #70 on: 09/24/07 05:41 PM »

I want  Thumbs up!

Ordered it just a few minutes ago 
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« Reply #71 on: 09/28/07 01:41 AM »

 Woohoo!  Received mine yesterday!

Hope to install tonight. Thumbs up!
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« Reply #72 on: 09/28/07 03:27 PM »

When you install the torsion bar, might I suggest that when you drill the hole in the tailgate, wobble the drill bit around a bit on the second hole, maybe even drilling a second hole to the right of it, on the second hole only inside the tailgate, right being toward the passenger side of the vehicle, I've put two of these on, and it seemed to help in getting it in there somewhat.


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« Reply #73 on: 09/28/07 07:51 PM »

OMG!

All I can say is Do It!

Read the instructions and JUST DO IT!

I have an '04 and there was a second horizontal stiffener I had to drill through for the "B" end of the torsion bar to fit in all the way.

I will bet that it reduced the tailgate weight by 90-95%!  It doesn't even streatch out the safety cables when open!  The wife can close it with her PINKY FINGER!!

Best mod I've done.

JUST DO IT!
 
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« Reply #74 on: 09/28/07 07:55 PM »

OMG!

All I can say is Do It!

Read the instructions and JUST DO IT!

I have an '04 and there was a second horizontal stiffener I had to drill through for the "B" end of the torsion bar to fit in all the way.

I will bet that it reduced the tailgate weight by 90-95%!  It doesn't even streatch out the safety cables when open!  The wife can close it with her PINKY FINGER!!

Best mod I've done.

JUST DO IT!
 
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« Reply #75 on: 09/28/07 07:57 PM »

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« Reply #76 on: 09/28/07 07:59 PM »

Somehow I knew you would love this mod!

Butch

Oh Yeah, I  love it!!

BTW Thanks for the show and tell Butch and Didit!

Props to _gadget_ for this thread on the Tailgate torsion bar lift assist
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« Reply #77 on: 09/28/07 08:01 PM »

Gotta see this saturday

I will be happy to Show & Tell  Thumbs up!

Did I say? I  love it!
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« Reply #78 on: 09/28/07 08:20 PM »

I have flames, teak, a lowering kit, custom rims and THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOD! I just smile every time I open or close that tailgate now, and with the LED's and that tip switch I quit worrying about if I forgot to shut the tailgate as I drive away! love


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« Reply #79 on: 10/03/07 04:54 PM »

When you install the torsion bar, might I suggest that when you drill the hole in the tailgate, wobble the drill bit around a bit on the second hole, maybe even drilling a second hole to the right of it, on the second hole only inside the tailgate, right being toward the passenger side of the vehicle, I've put two of these on, and it seemed to help in getting it in there somewhat.


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?!?!?!?  huh ?!?!?!

Lemme ask a question. The tailgate isn't steel. So is the hole in the bottom of the tailgate liable to get deformed or broken out or otherwise torn up by the tension on the bar when the gate is open? I don't know what kind of material the tailgate is made of, so I have to wonder about  what's gonna happen to that hole in time.

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« Reply #80 on: 10/03/07 05:21 PM »

No

Its pretty thick, has a doubler riveted to the bottom.

The end of mine extended up through another stiffener inside the tailgate which will hold it from moving around.
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« Reply #81 on: 10/03/07 05:58 PM »

got mine on order. Thumbs up!
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« Reply #82 on: 10/03/07 06:38 PM »

 look what i found pricey  banghead
 
  http://www.gateassist.com/
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« Reply #83 on: 10/03/07 06:42 PM »

look what i found pricey  banghead
 
  http://www.gateassist.com/

Saw those several months back. (someone posted them) Had the instructional video also.  But were not available for the AV. "Alledgedly the silverado series wouldn't work"
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« Reply #84 on: 10/03/07 08:10 PM »

buy it Moos...........all the money you saved on them free floormats you got, ukin afford it!!


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« Reply #85 on: 10/04/07 05:25 AM »


?!?!?!?  huh ?!?!?!

Lemme ask a question. The tailgate isn't steel. So is the hole in the bottom of the tailgate liable to get deformed or broken out or otherwise torn up by the tension on the bar when the gate is open? I don't know what kind of material the tailgate is made of, so I have to wonder about  what's gonna happen to that hole in time.



You drill through a area that has  row of rivets. It it where two panels overlap and seems very strong.
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« Reply #86 on: 10/04/07 05:27 AM »

That baby went in like BUTTAH!  Thanks for the info. This is a great mod.

My experience was:

1.) Measurements provided were right on.
2.) Install the "A" end of the bar 1st, then while my partner had hold of the tailgate, and I was lying in the bed on my stomach, he lifted it up and I had to "spring" the bar towards him just a hair and he was able to drop the gate down on it. Then he raised the PS end of the gate to get the cup seated on the pin on the DS, and then set it down on the PS pin.

Good to go.
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« Reply #87 on: 10/10/07 12:34 PM »

A couple of questions since I will be doing this mod as well.

1.   Did you use the measurements from this thread or from the template?

2.   If you did not use the template, at what part of the pivot point did you make your measurements for A and B.

Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #88 on: 10/10/07 12:46 PM »

No template. _gadget_'s measurments are all you need. They were right on.
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« Reply #89 on: 10/10/07 01:05 PM »

Thanks.

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« Reply #90 on: 10/10/07 01:14 PM »

OOooooRAhhhhh. Spent 3 yrs in NC. Spent most of my free time at the beach in Morehead City.
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« Reply #91 on: 10/10/07 01:33 PM »

One last clarification.   Did you measure "A" from the top of the pivot cup, and when _gadget_ talked about measuring "B" from the outside of the pivot cup did he mean close to the tail light or tail gate part?  What did you do?

Again thanks for the help.
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« Reply #92 on: 10/10/07 03:17 PM »

remove the tailgate and set it flat on a table. Measure 4 1/4" up from the hinge pin on the drivers side. Measure 32 1/2" from the outside edge of the hinge cup in.
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« Reply #93 on: 10/10/07 04:21 PM »

A couple of questions since I will be doing this mod as well.

1.   Did you use the measurements from this thread or from the template?

2.   If you did not use the template, at what part of the pivot point did you make your measurements for A and B.

Thanks for any help.

No template. _gadget_'s  measurments are all you need. They were right on.


I wished I had asked those questions before I drilled mine  banghead

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« Reply #94 on: 10/10/07 04:22 PM »


I wished I had asked those questions before I drilled mine  banghead

Now I call it a lightening hole.........it lightens the truck for improved gas mileage  Big laughter with tears

Just put a couple of those Radio Shack "Flush mount" LEDs in there!  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #95 on: 10/10/07 04:30 PM »

Thanks again Sarge.  Appreciate the help.  I wanted to ask those questions along time ago.  But it's hard for a guy to ask for  Help me! some times.  But I didn't want to end up like this banghead.  Sorry Sirshopolot I guess I should have asked sooner.
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« Reply #96 on: 10/14/07 12:40 PM »

Thanks again Sarge.  Appreciate the help.  I wanted to ask those questions along time ago.  But it's hard for a guy to ask for  Help me! some times.  But I didn't want to end up like this banghead.  Sorry Sirshopolot I guess I should have asked sooner.

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It worked, you can't see it, and I'll bet it's 95%+  let off.  I can open the tailgate and get it to stand open about 6-8" on it's own.

Greatest mod ever!  Just going to take some time to get used to so I quit trying to "slam" it shut!
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« Reply #97 on: 10/15/07 06:12 PM »

Yeah!  Even after asking the questions, mine isn't pretty either, but you can't tell.  Have some cleaning up to do, but works great.
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« Reply #98 on: 10/16/07 12:22 PM »

Thanks, Gadget, great instructions.  Just installed the torsion bar and what a difference in the felt weight of the tailgate.  Once I got past the measuring, worrying, and remeasuring phase, it took longer to cut off the end of the bar (with a hacksaw) than to actually install it.

    Hit the "A" end of the bar with file so the sharp edge of the cut wouldn't dig into the second steel wall.  Also a little oil on the end helped it slide in with a little wiggling and a tap with the hammer.

    Dab of paint on the edge of the drilled hole and the cut end of the bar.

    With the driver side hinge supporting the weight and the gate almost closed, the "B" end of the torsion bar slipped right into the hole.  Let the weight of the gate down and tilt to open slightly and it slipped right onto the passenger side hinge.  Then with the gate completely closed to take the torsion off I pushed the "B" side up another inch or two into the tailgate.

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« Reply #99 on: 10/19/07 08:26 AM »

Good writeup.  I would like to see this in person.

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« Reply #100 on: 10/19/07 02:07 PM »

Good writeup.  I would like to see this in person.

Tom

We are having a little GTG in JASPER INDIANA TOMORROW, Oct the 20th. Come on out Tom, there will be at least 2 Avalanche there with this mod!

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« Reply #101 on: 10/19/07 02:12 PM »

Ohh, you will also get a chance to see THE TIP SWITCH MOD for the tailgate!


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« Reply #102 on: 10/20/07 09:24 AM »

Well, I ordered the torsion bar earlier this week, received it yesterday, my son and I installed it earlier this morning and it is fantastic! The directions/suggestions from everyone made the job easy.  Thanks to everyone!
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« Reply #103 on: 10/21/07 09:42 AM »

Well, I ordered the torsion bar earlier this week, received it yesterday, my son and I installed it earlier this morning and it is fantastic! The directions/suggestions from everyone made the job easy.  Thanks to everyone!

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« Reply #104 on: 10/29/07 06:05 AM »

I have the EZ Down on, but I ordered the torsion bar and just got it. I like the fact that it lightens the weight...but I have a question. Does the torsion bar only assist with lifting the tailgate up to close it or does it lower the tailgate slowly? Now, I just lift the handle and open the tailgate a few inches and let go, it drops automatically very slowly. Great if your hands are full. How does the operation of the torsion bar work on opening the tailgate. Does the tailgate have to be held while it lowers. Could you use both devices if it doesn't? What are the thoughts?
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« Reply #105 on: 10/29/07 06:19 AM »

with the torsion bar installed, if you drop the tailgate, it drops. It'll bounce at the bottom under the spring tension, but it will drop. Without the torsion bar, the thing obviously SLAMS down.
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« Reply #106 on: 10/29/07 06:46 AM »

Good question Snoball, I don't think anyone has tried both devices my guess is with both there may not be enough weigh for it to drop by itself. Sarge is right with the  torsion bar it you left go it drops pretty fast.
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« Reply #107 on: 10/29/07 05:58 PM »

 this mod is so awsome ive got to order it saw and used it at STI very nice
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« Reply #108 on: 10/30/07 03:38 PM »

    OK, I got it installed. I have to say that if you have a torsion bar or an EZ Down and NOT BOTH, you are missing out. I have had the EZ down for awhile and love it. But all the great posts and instructions about the torsion bar made me want it too.
     I removed the EZ down and the tailgate and installed the torsion bar per Gadgets instructions...all went well but I needed to really hammer the end into the tailgate. It was tough. Then I re-installed the EZ down. You will not believe what a difference it makes to have it go down on its own with the EZ down and then lift it like a feather with the torsion bar.
     If you have done one or the other, you will have to install both. You get the benefits of both units and no drawbacks. This is so cool.
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« Reply #109 on: 10/30/07 03:41 PM »

Good job Snoball

So it will drop down by itself.
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« Reply #110 on: 10/31/07 05:26 AM »

Just open the handle and pull open a few inches and we let it fall slowly on its own. Too good to be true!
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« Reply #111 on: 10/31/07 06:28 AM »

Where can I get the EZdown for a good price?  I also want to get the torsion bar, so is there a good place & price for that too?  Thanks!
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« Reply #112 on: 10/31/07 07:21 AM »

Probably online I looked around locally and could not find them, I ended up getting my EZDown off ebay.
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« Reply #113 on: 10/31/07 04:24 PM »

The company website is www.ezdown.com, Chevy Silverado for years 1999 to 2007 part # 4432XJ; retail for $69.99.
 Order it off eBay; they have several for $55.00 with free shipping. Do not forget to look at the photos so you bend the bracket so it does not rub on the metal. The EZ Downs are not made for the Avalanche, so you need to modify it slightly.
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« Reply #114 on: 11/04/07 03:27 AM »

Will EZ Lift by Hoppy and EZ down work together?
I haven't heard anyone say anything about EZ lift by Hoppy.
I was planning on EZ lift this week but if there's something I should know please let me know.
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« Reply #115 on: 11/05/07 06:46 AM »

The EZ down is by Hoppy.
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« Reply #116 on: 11/08/07 01:36 PM »

Thanks everyone (especially _gadget_) for the hints, trips and tricks to this mod. Ordered mine Monday, got it Wednesday and installed it today.  Thumbs up!

Sirshopolot had shown me this at the Renaissance GTG and it was my son that insisted I get this. You just have to love a boy that wants to mod with you. love
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« Reply #117 on: 11/10/07 06:37 AM »

    OK, I got it installed. I have to say that if you have a torsion bar or an EZ Down and NOT BOTH, you are missing out. I have had the EZ down for awhile and love it. But all the great posts and instructions about the torsion bar made me want it too.
     I removed the EZ down and the tailgate and installed the torsion bar per Gadgets instructions...all went well but I needed to really hammer the end into the tailgate. It was tough. Then I re-installed the EZ down. You will not believe what a difference it makes to have it go down on its own with the EZ down and then lift it like a feather with the torsion bar.
     If you have done one or the other, you will have to install both. You get the benefits of both units and no drawbacks. This is so cool.

This is curious.  I didn't have to do any reaming, any pounding, or anything but guide the rod into the holes drilled in the tailgate and I had my WIFE helping me and it went in as smooth as butter.  Not sure why anyone would have to pound the rod in or ream the holes.
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« Reply #118 on: 11/10/07 06:40 AM »

Thanks everyone (especially _gadget_) for the hints, trips and tricks to this mod. Ordered mine Monday, got it Wednesday and installed it today.  Thumbs up!

Sirshopolot had shown me this at the Renaissance GTG and it was my son that insisted I get this. You just have to love a boy that wants to mod with you. love

Gotta love it.  Thumbs up!

Kids are great  Hope everyone love it!
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« Reply #119 on: 12/07/07 10:05 AM »

Got my Torsion bar in the mail yesterday...now all I need is a MOD GTG and I'll be set!!  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #120 on: 12/08/07 09:08 AM »

Got my Torsion bar in the mail yesterday...now all I need is a MOD GTG and I'll be set!!  Thumbs up!

Congratulations!  You'll love it!

I bet you won't wait till the next GTG.  Didit and Z66Butch can help.  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #121 on: 12/08/07 10:17 PM »

That's my hope...that they'll offer to come give me a hand with it! 
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« Reply #122 on: 12/09/07 09:30 AM »

Hey- has anyone else installed both? They are working so great, I wondered why nobody was doing it before.
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« Reply #123 on: 12/22/07 12:01 PM »

I just completed the Torsion Bar mod and have just one word, WOW!!! What a difference that thing makes. Had  the wife help me put the tailgate back on. It is much easier if you put the tailgate almost straight up and down to insert the rod. I also wobbled out the hole in the tailgate just a bit.

I think this was definitely the best $20 I have spent on the av yet.

After we got the tailgate back on, I had the wife put the tailgate up. She grabbed it with both hands and dang near threw it through the back window. Made it very easy to close and open.

I didn't take pics but with our Av being black, you wouldn;t have been able to see much anyway. The pics in the opening thread are perfect and the measurements were dead on.
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« Reply #124 on: 12/23/07 06:14 AM »

Gotta love $20 mods that make such a dramatic change for the better  Thumbs up!



Just have to be careful not to scratch the paint when reinstalling the tailgate.
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« Reply #125 on: 12/23/07 06:56 AM »

Gotta love $20 mods that make such a dramatic change for the better  Thumbs up!



Just have to be careful not to scratch the paint when reinstalling the tailgate.

Yep that was my biggest fear as well.
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« Reply #126 on: 01/02/08 06:46 PM »

I received mine today and installed it. I had a very loud "snapping" noise when opening and closing it.
I took the gate off to re-adjust the bar going into the tailgate. As I tried to put the gate back on the torsion bar snapped at the bed corner! So much for an easy $20.00 mod. I'll live without it!  banghead
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« Reply #127 on: 01/02/08 06:52 PM »

I received mine today and installed it. I had a very loud "snapping" noise when opening and closing it.
I took the gate off to re-adjust the bar going into the tailgate. As I tried to put the gate back on the torsion bar snapped at the bed corner! So much for an easy $20.00 mod. I'll live without it!  banghead
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« Reply #128 on: 01/02/08 06:52 PM »

I would call and tell the company.  Get a replacement or refund!
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« Reply #129 on: 01/02/08 07:19 PM »

I sent them an email. We'll see what they do.
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« Reply #130 on: 01/02/08 08:34 PM »

I received mine today and installed it. I had a very loud "snapping" noise when opening and closing it.
I took the gate off to re-adjust the bar going into the tailgate. As I tried to put the gate back on the torsion bar snapped at the bed corner! So much for an easy $20.00 mod. I'll live without it!  banghead

That sucks. I heard a popping on mine a couple of times as well but it didn't break. I figured it was just settling. It doesn't pop anymore. I'll keep an eye on it though.
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« Reply #131 on: 01/03/08 01:13 PM »

Ordered the torsion bar!  I won't get in any trouble for this one like I would if I bought train horns today.
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« Reply #132 on: 01/03/08 10:59 PM »

Torsion Bar on the way.
Truck Customizers, $22.31 + $6.99 shipping.

Just wished I'd seen this sooner. It's supposed to hit the mid to upper 40's this weekend.

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« Reply #133 on: 01/04/08 02:53 AM »

Torsion Bar on the way.
Truck Customizers, $22.31 + $6.99 shipping.

Just wished I'd seen this sooner. It's supposed to hit the mid to upper 40's this weekend.



Shout out to Nebraska from a Lincoln native  Wave

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« Reply #134 on: 01/04/08 03:47 PM »

Problem solved!
I sent them an email explaining that it broke, they sent me an email asking for a picture of the broken torsion bar. I sent it and they sent out a replacement today. Gotta love a company that stands behind their product!
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« Reply #135 on: 01/04/08 08:59 PM »

Problem solved!
I sent them an email explaining that it broke, they sent me an email asking for a picture of the broken torsion bar. I sent it and they sent out a replacement today. Gotta love a company that stands behind their product!

That's awesome!

Thanks for sharing  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #136 on: 01/05/08 04:55 PM »

Sirshopolot,
  Shout back.

   Anyway, torsion bar arrived, this morning  Shocked  Cheesy .
2 days, that's the fastest I've ever gotten something I've ordered.

  No need for additional notes on install. _gadget_ is right on the money with his installation for the Av. I double checked the weights on mine with a digital fishing scale. Same as _gadget_'s, took 28 lbs of pull to lift it from the fully down position, stock. After install it only took 8 lbs of pull. What a difference.

This is awesome.  Thumbs up!  love

Can't wait to do the EZDown.

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« Reply #137 on: 01/05/08 05:56 PM »

For all the Canuck members out there. Found the EZ Lift tailgate bars at Princess auto for about $14 dollars.   Can't wait to install it when the snow clears up!

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« Reply #138 on: 01/06/08 10:37 AM »

Going over to a buddy's house (he has a garage), going to do this install today...wish me luck!
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« Reply #139 on: 01/06/08 03:34 PM »

I've got a favor to ask. Can someone that has one of these installed and working properly take a picture of the bar going into the tailgate while it is in the closed or better yet tailgate removed position?
I am confused on how far into the gate the bar actually goes.
Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #140 on: 01/06/08 04:33 PM »

Going over to a buddy's house (he has a garage), going to do this install today...wish me luck!
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« Reply #141 on: 01/06/08 07:22 PM »

Well, I got it in, but it wasn't easy.  Where the bar goes into the vehicle was a pain to get in all the way...and yes, I took 3/4" off...I need to get some touch up paint for that area where it goes in... banghead

But, it is in and works great!   Thumbs up!
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« Reply #142 on: 01/06/08 08:26 PM »

Well, I got it in, but it wasn't easy.  Where the bar goes into the vehicle was a pain to get in all the way...and yes, I took 3/4" off...I need to get some touch up paint for that area where it goes in... banghead

But, it is in and works great!   Thumbs up!
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« Reply #143 on: 01/06/08 09:46 PM »

I've got a favor to ask. Can someone that has one of these installed and working properly take a picture of the bar going into the tailgate while it is in the closed or better yet tailgate removed position?
I am confused on how far into the gate the bar actually goes.
Thanks in advance!
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       I know it's difficult to get the end into the tailgate, but it's easier with some help. The vertical end goes all the way to the 90 degree bend. The next little bend is there to keep the long horizontal section from rubbing against the bottom of the tailgate.

   One note to others. It's inevitable that you're going to bend the sheet metal around the drilled hole. Trimming the 3/4" off the end helps. But, it's not a perfect cure. I went ahead and inserted a length of 3/8" steel bar and bent the sheet metal before hand. It definitely helped. After trimmg the end, I ground an angle in the end facing forward, as others did. This allows you to keep as much of the bar as possible. This helps to spread the pressure against a long area. And, prevent the sheet metal from tearing and/or the bar from sliding out the hole.

   This is a great mod. I wish GM had had seen this years ago.

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« Reply #144 on: 01/07/08 05:57 PM »

vanlagan,
       I know it's difficult to get the end into the tailgate, but it's easier with some help. The vertical end goes all the way to the 90 degree bend. The next little bend is there to keep the long horizontal section from rubbing against the bottom of the tailgate.

   So you are saying that the horizontal part of the torsion bar is actually touching the bottom of the gate?
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« Reply #145 on: 01/07/08 11:38 PM »

No. If installed correctly, the long horizontal section does not rub the tailgate. That way it won't rub the paint off, and/or make noises.

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« Reply #146 on: 01/07/08 11:56 PM »

Got one for my Bday this past weekend.. 

Thanx moosc....

Guess its time to have a MODDING GTG again..!!!!!
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« Reply #147 on: 01/08/08 03:09 AM »

Got one for my Bday this past weekend.. 

Thanx moosc....

Guess its time to have a MODDING GTG again..!!!!!

Congratulations Hugz!  You'll love it.  It's an easy install and if you pay attention and are careful you won't scratch the corners of the Av.
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« Reply #148 on: 01/11/08 08:44 PM »

Got the replacement today and had it installed in under 5 minutes. Made the same "slapping" noise for the first 5-6 open and closes and then went silent. I'm thrilled. Thanks for the follow-up info. Av-n-taz!
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« Reply #149 on: 01/13/08 01:17 PM »

Well, I got it in, but it wasn't easy.  Where the bar goes into the vehicle was a pain to get in all the way...and yes, I took 3/4" off...I need to get some touch up paint for that area where it goes in... banghead

But, it is in and works great!   Thumbs up!

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« Reply #150 on: 01/13/08 06:24 PM »

Got the replacement today and had it installed in under 5 minutes. Made the same "slapping" noise for the first 5-6 open and closes and then went silent. I'm thrilled. Thanks for the follow-up info. Av-n-taz!

You're welcome, vanlagan.

     You know, that slapping sound might be or was, the torsion bar snapping the top of the cladding, above the rear bumper. I remember, while trying to get mine inserted into the tailgate, it was "snapping". Kinda like playing cards in the bike spokes.

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« Reply #151 on: 01/29/08 07:22 PM »

No problem with the install..

It works great!! Highly recommended.. I'm happy with it.  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #152 on: 01/30/08 11:48 AM »

I did mine alone - the hard part was getting the tailgate portion into the 2nd hole (further inside the tailgate) - I scratched the paint doing that, but you can't see it with the gate closed.

FYI - the tent works fine with this installed, it doesn't interfere with the tailgate straps.
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« Reply #153 on: 02/02/08 05:50 PM »

I did mine alone - the hard part was getting the tailgate portion into the 2nd hole (further inside the tailgate) - I scratched the paint doing that, but you can't see it with the gate closed.

FYI - the tent works fine with this installed, it doesn't interfere with the tailgate straps.
Shocked OMG  How in the world did you do that!?

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« Reply #154 on: 02/02/08 05:56 PM »

 Hugz did you get yours installed yet Thumbs up!
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« Reply #155 on: 02/06/08 01:23 PM »

Shocked OMG  How in the world did you do that!?


Me:  Cool!
I didn't want to wait for help - and once I had scratched it I was even more determined to finish it.

It's not that hard to do, I would've been okay had I covered the scratched areas with rags.
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« Reply #156 on: 04/05/08 05:44 PM »

I just wanted to bump this thread up... there were a couple folks interested in this mod at the Cabela's gtg today... finally got mine installed and love it!
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« Reply #157 on: 04/05/08 05:46 PM »

I bet Bean loves it too.
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« Reply #158 on: 04/05/08 05:46 PM »

Hugz did you get yours installed yet Thumbs up!
Yep installed it a few weeks ago..  WhY DIDnT I DO IT SOOnER..  LOVE THIS MOD....  One of the Best for the money no doubt..!!!!
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« Reply #159 on: 04/05/08 06:25 PM »

I played with Huggy's and I am amazed with the difference...I ordered one just like it  yesterday!!!
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« Reply #160 on: 04/05/08 06:52 PM »

I played with Huggy's and I am amazed with the difference...I ordered one just like it  yesterday!!!

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I played with Huggy's and I am amazed with the difference...I ordered one just like it  yesterday!!!

Funny, so did I!   Thumbs up!
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« Reply #161 on: 04/05/08 06:55 PM »

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« Reply #162 on: 04/05/08 07:01 PM »

I did this today. Man it is nice!
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« Reply #163 on: 04/09/08 04:22 AM »

Tools a Drill (1/8" piolot bit) 3/8" drill bit, Tape  & a helper.

The T-bar goes into the hole you drilled in the Bed Rail and you then drill a hole in dottom of tail-gate for other end of t-bar.
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« Reply #165 on: 04/09/08 05:51 AM »

No pictures

ummm maybe start at the beginning........ Big laughter with tears         Wave
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« Reply #166 on: 04/14/08 01:01 PM »

You aint kidding about how great this Mod is! I just did mine and I have always been afraid of letting the gate slip out of my hands while fumbling and now it lifts and drops so easy!!! Great stuff here.
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« Reply #167 on: 04/26/08 10:24 AM »

Just ordered mine today! chevy
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« Reply #168 on: 04/27/08 08:31 AM »

Just ordered mine today! chevy
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« Reply #169 on: 04/27/08 07:42 PM »

First off, a big thanks to Gadget for starting this thread out.  The instructions were invaluable in installing mine this afternoon.  However, I do have one question.  Is the "B" side of the torsion bar supposed to go all the way into the bottom of the tailgate up the 90 degree angle?  I was able to hammer most (80%) into the tailgate, but not all of it.  It works just fine and doesn't appear to be rubbing on anything, but if you squat down and look between the bottom of the tailgate when it's closed and the bumper cladding, you can see it sticking down a little bit.  Is this normal or should I reinstall it?  If the latter, are there any tricks to getting it in all the way?  Thanks in advance for your comments.   Thumbs up!
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« Reply #170 on: 04/27/08 07:47 PM »

When I did mine.. I had to get a longer drill to drill about 4-5 inchs in..I hit a second wall... Wave
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« Reply #171 on: 06/09/08 07:23 PM »

Just did mine tonight  Thumbs up!


Thanks Gadget for doing the start on this Cheers!

Just one thing, Take off you LOF before doing this, I didn't have the bar the whole way into my 'gate and put a little crack in my LOF, took out one brake light on the bar but the reverse and scanners still work.
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« Reply #172 on: 06/09/08 07:32 PM »

OBB did ya do it by yourself, I was going to putmine on last weekend, but my buddy (Freebie) bailed out on me.
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« Reply #173 on: 06/09/08 07:53 PM »

OBB did ya do it by yourself, I was going to putmine on last weekend, but my buddy (Freebie) bailed out on me.
Made the teenagers earn their keep Big laughter with tears Just make sure you drill far enough into the tailgate for the bar to go in all the way and it'll go right on. It's definately a 2+person job though unless you're an octopus.
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« Reply #174 on: 06/10/08 05:11 AM »

Made the teenagers earn their keep Big laughter with tears Just make sure you drill far enough into the tailgate for the bar to go in all the way and it'll go right on. It's definately a 2+person job though unless you're an octopus.

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« Reply #175 on: 06/10/08 04:04 PM »

Always good to get "a little help from my friends". 8 arms would be a plus...LOL.

 Shayne

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« Reply #176 on: 06/10/08 08:35 PM »

I've learned by doing this one. I kinda watched CodeBlue's install at Hugz ( Hey, someone had to take pix) any more I help with should be a breeze.
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« Reply #177 on: 07/03/08 07:59 AM »

I think I am gonna order the parts and do this as my next mod!

For the people suggesting painting around the hole's drilled, could you just use a rubber grommet instead?
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« Reply #178 on: 07/03/08 09:47 AM »

The hole is the right size for the bar to go in ...If you drill a bigger hole to put in a gromet you might just push it away with pressure from the bar.  Just put some paint on a Q tip... the bar covers lots of it anyway.. Wave
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« Reply #179 on: 07/03/08 10:02 AM »

The hole is the right size for the bar to go in ...If you drill a bigger hole to put in a gromet you might just push it away with pressure from the bar.  Just put some paint on a Q tip... the bar covers lots of it anyway.. Wave

Gotcha. I just figured that the grommet would look a lot nicer, but if there is just enough room then I guess it would be tough. I may try it without increasing the hole size just to see if it works since grommets cost next to nothing.
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« Reply #180 on: 07/03/08 10:11 AM »

Once it's in, you'll never notice it... looks wise... but it's great on getting rid of the weight of the tailgate... Thumbs up!
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« Reply #181 on: 07/03/08 10:16 AM »

Once it's in, you'll never notice it... looks wise... but it's great on getting rid of the weight of the tailgate... Thumbs up!

Yea, I am not too worried about it either way.

I can't wait to get the parts in. I am going to try and do the mod next weekend if I get around to it and the part comes in.
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« Reply #182 on: 07/08/08 07:52 AM »

 When you drill into the bed rail, make sure you DO NOT drill through both walls. The bar needs to go into the outside hole and "up" against the inside of the bed rail. If you drill too far and go through both walls, it's a pain to make the upward turn with the bar.

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« Reply #183 on: 07/08/08 07:55 AM »

My bar comes in tomorrow and I plan on doing it this weekend! Can't wait.
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« Reply #184 on: 07/08/08 02:54 PM »

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« Reply #185 on: 07/19/08 04:36 PM »

Well I put the bar in last weekend and just haven't had a chance to post about it. Anyway, it went fairly well, there were some tough parts and I cut things a little different, but overall it went well. It is a night and day difference too. Definitely one of the better mods anyone can do for these trucks.

One thing that I would mention when measuring to drill the holes; make sure you measure the 32.5 inches over from the hole you put by the tail light. That is one thing thats not mentioned in the directions. Depending on where you put your hole near the tail light, it may not be 32.5 inches over from the cup. Just make sure you double check things before you drill.
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« Reply #186 on: 07/19/08 06:40 PM »

Well I put the bar in last weekend and just haven't had a chance to post about it. Anyway, it went fairly well, there were some tough parts and I cut things a little different, but overall it went well. It is a night and day difference too. Definitely one of the better mods anyone can do for these trucks.

One thing that I would mention when measuring to drill the holes; make sure you measure the 32.5 inches over from the hole you put by the tail light. That is one thing thats not mentioned in the directions. Depending on where you put your hole near the tail light, it may not be 32.5 inches over from the cup. Just make sure you double check things before you drill.

Glad things went for you in the end. Great suggestions as well.
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« Reply #187 on: 07/19/08 09:33 PM »

Good point xceebeex

Measure twice, drill once  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #188 on: 07/20/08 08:19 AM »

Good point xceebeex

Measure twice, drill once  Thumbs up!
I though ya needed 2 holes for this installation ? Grin

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« Reply #189 on: 11/04/08 08:13 AM »

Where can one find one of these torsion bar lift assist made for an Avalanche??
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« Reply #190 on: 11/04/08 08:20 AM »

This is the one mhough - it doesn't say Avalanche specifically, but it's the one we're using.  Guess the Silvy & Av are pretty much the same thing...LINK
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This is the one mhough - it doesn't say Avalanche specifically, but it's the one we're using.  Guess the Silvy & Av are pretty much the same thing...LINK

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This is the one mhough - it doesn't say Avalanche specifically, but it's the one we're using.  Guess the Silvy & Av are pretty much the same thing...LINK
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« Reply #193 on: 12/18/08 02:54 PM »



One thing that I would mention when measuring to drill the holes; make sure you measure the 32.5 inches over from the hole you put by the tail light. That is one thing that's not mentioned in the directions. Depending on where you put your hole near the tail light, it may not be 32.5 inches over from the cup. Just make sure you double check things before you drill.

That is some great advice. I wish I read it before I installed mine today. I drilled my hole by the tail light close to the inside like the first post shows and measured from the cup for the 32.5 for the tailgate hole. When Trying to put the tailgate back on I was way off from being able to get the cup over the post. Doing it by myself was hard but Im not sure another person would have made it any easier as I just had to pull the gate and flex the torsion bar in ways it did not want to bend to get the cup on. If my hole was a 1/2 inch further in it would be sweet.

Oh well, it is in and working great and only a few scuffs on the cladding on the bumper sides. No big deal. Like a lot of things you do the first time the 2nd one you do would be easier and take half as long  love
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« Reply #194 on: 12/18/08 02:57 PM »

That is some great advice. I wish I read it before I installed mine today. I drilled my hole by the tail light close to the inside like the first post shows and measured from the cup for the 32.5 for the tailgate hole. When Trying to put the tailgate back on I was way off from being able to get the cup over the post. Doing it by myself was hard but Im not sure another person would have made it any easier as I just had to pull the gate and flex the torsion bar in ways it did not want to bend to get the cup on. If my hole was a 1/2 inch further in it would be sweet.

Oh well, it is in and working great and only a few scuffs on the cladding on the bumper sides. No big deal. Like a lot of things you do the first time the 2nd one you do would be easier and take half as long  love

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« Reply #195 on: 12/18/08 03:10 PM »

You should have called me. Anyway Im glad it worked out for you.

It was spur of the moment. I am finally feeling a little better today and was getting bored sitting around  Cheesy I also installed a 12v outlet on the new sled. A factory Polaris unit that included the harness. No cutting or splicing. I should tell Harry about that  Big laughter with tears
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« Reply #196 on: 04/08/09 01:48 AM »

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« Reply #198 on: 04/09/09 04:22 PM »

Great mod and inexpensive to boot  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #199 on: 04/09/09 07:24 PM »

You folks should try it with the EZ Down also. Open it and let it float down and easy to lift back up. Thumbs up!
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« Reply #200 on: 04/26/09 09:41 AM »

I need to do this on the 'new' 07!  How hard will it be with the reverse cam?
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« Reply #201 on: 04/26/09 12:27 PM »

You folks should try it with the EZ Down also. Open it and let it float down and easy to lift back up. Thumbs up!

I got them both installed. There goes my only form of exercise  Big laughter with tears
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« Reply #202 on: 04/26/09 04:18 PM »

I did my torsion bar a week ago, and it's fantastic!

But, a word of advice... if you quickly glance over the instructions on the package, there is a picture of the tailgate off, "twisted" to get the bar into the tailgate.  I wish I had seen this picture sooner, I scratched the heck out of my bumpers where the hinge cups are!  banghead
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« Reply #203 on: 04/26/09 05:48 PM »

I installed the one I bought from grnxnam last weekend.  Took some time, considering I had help from my son (10yrs old), and the weight of the tailgate was a little too much for him, but we got it installed and "twisted" after a couple tries.

I don't know what kept me from doing this MOD sooner!!!!
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« Reply #204 on: 04/26/09 05:51 PM »

I need to do this on the 'new' 07!  How hard will it be with the reverse cam?

I thought the 07 ups already have a helper system...
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« Reply #205 on: 04/26/09 06:21 PM »

 I just finished installing mine

WOW...

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« Reply #206 on: 04/26/09 07:09 PM »

I need to do this on the 'new' 07!  How hard will it be with the reverse cam?
Thought the newer models already had them... 
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 Wave Oh my UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Its so much lighter now!! Definitely a gotta have for every AV.
Thanks B This made my life so much easier.... I used to have 2 hands and now I can use just couple fingers. IT IS AWESOME!!!!!
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« Reply #208 on: 04/26/09 07:43 PM »

The 07's have the torsion bar. The EZ down is a shock absorber that attaches to the tailgate and body so it glides down, just pull it and it floats down. Having both works great.
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« Reply #209 on: 04/26/09 07:47 PM »

Another 2fer for sure..  Woohoo!
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« Reply #210 on: 04/26/09 07:50 PM »

It's made by a company called DeeZee Thumbs up!
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« Reply #211 on: 04/27/09 09:19 AM »

The 07's have the torsion bar. The EZ down is a shock absorber that attaches to the tailgate and body so it glides down, just pull it and it floats down. Having both works great.
I guess I'll have to look...It sure seems heavier than my 02 with the torsion that I traded in.
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« Reply #212 on: 06/10/09 01:00 PM »

Did the Hoppy tailgate torsion bar mod today...

Can't believe we waited so long to do it...became believers when we saw/felt the difference on another Av a couple weeks ago...

All I can say is this is a MUST do mod for the '02/'06 Av... Thumbs up! Thumbs up!
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« Reply #213 on: 06/10/09 01:23 PM »

Also just wanna say this mod is so cooooool...

It makes you want to just stand at the tailgate and open and close
and open and close
and open and close
and open and close
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« Reply #214 on: 06/10/09 01:38 PM »

Okay, so Didit and I looked, and the 07 LTZ I have does not have a torsion bar!
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« Reply #215 on: 06/10/09 02:05 PM »

My 07 tailgate drops like a ton of bricks.  Nothing to slow that sucker down. banghead Tailgate goes up real easy though.
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« Reply #216 on: 06/11/09 10:13 AM »

Haha, I love the torsion bar mod on my 02.  Like Cliff said:

It makes you want to just stand at the tailgate and open and close
and open and close
and open and close
and open and close
and open and close and...

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Question - so has anyone done this mod on an 07 or newer since CntrySngr72 said there is no torsion bar on the 07? 
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Question - so has anyone done this mod on an 07 or newer since CntrySngr72 said there is no torsion bar on the 07? 
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Don't need it on an 07.  It is already built in. You can see the bar go into the tailgate on the left side of the hinge.  My tailgate is very light.
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« Reply #218 on: 06/11/09 10:40 AM »

The 07's have the torsion bar. The EZ down is a shock absorber that attaches to the tailgate and body so it glides down, just pull it and it floats down. Having both works great.

MichiganSilver03 -  are you using the Silverado 1500 E-Z down for your AV. They don't list it for an avalanche??
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« Reply #219 on: 06/11/09 10:40 AM »

Question - so has anyone done this mod on an 07 or newer since CntrySngr72 said there is no torsion bar on the 07? 


Don't need it on an 07.  It is already built in. You can see the bar go into the tailgate on the left side of the hinge.  My tailgate is very light.

Really, I swore I didn't see any bar when I look at ReefnAV's 07   Shocked   I need glasses!  Thanks for confirming omlifecrew   Thumbs up!
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« Reply #220 on: 06/11/09 10:47 AM »

It is hard to miss. It doesn't look like the aftermarket one where you have to drill into the frame.  It is built into the bump out on the tailgate side.  If you look at the left and right sides of the tailgate they look different.

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« Reply #221 on: 06/12/09 09:02 AM »

It is hard to miss. It doesn't look like the aftermarket one where you have to drill into the frame.  It is built into the bump out on the tailgate side.  If you look at the left and right sides of the tailgate they look different.



I will have to take a look at EWeze01's 07 because his gate feels alot heavier than our 06 with the torsion bar mod. I looked at his the other day and did not see a bar but I was not looking where you said either. I know his was heavier though.
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« Reply #222 on: 06/12/09 10:15 AM »

Maybe I was a lucky winner at the dealership! Big laughter with tears
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« Reply #223 on: 06/12/09 10:42 AM »

I will have to take a look at EWeze01's 07 because his gate feels alot heavier than our 06 with the torsion bar mod. I looked at his the other day and did not see a bar but I was not looking where you said either. I know his was heavier though.

Cliff and I agree that the '02/'06 AV with the EasyLift mod is much lighter than a stock 900 Series AV with the assist    Thumbs up!
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« Reply #224 on: 06/30/09 01:39 PM »

Just installed the Dee Zee EZ-down on the new 2007-up model avalanche.  Just purchase the silverado kit for a 2007 and it fits just the same.
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« Reply #225 on: 07/31/09 07:42 AM »

OK after reading all the posts, had to do this one.started with the hoppy bar measured ,measured again looked at directions  looked at gadgets post drank another beer drilled hole in the truck them measured again  drilled hole in tail gate. then the hard part, got my son and wife out there to help put the tail gate back on (did i mention it was  like 98 degrees with 90% humility) anyway after about 5 min of turning  grunting and a lot of sweat my wife explained to me i was off about 1/2 inch on the tail gate hole  banghead  thinking fast  i told her that was a drain hole while kicking the instructions under the truck. drilled the  new hole were she  marked it and  dam  it fit. worked like a charm. don't you hate it when there right.   i told her   love        this mod was done just for her and she thanked me . the dee zee ez lift  was a lot easier  to change. what  i    did was the bracket on the tail gate, i ground off the weld that holds the rodpin(  part that will rub inside of quaterpanel)   in place flattened  the bracket. i marked the rod pin on the bracket  then cut it out so the in would fit in the bracket instead of on top welded it back and !wa la! fit flush ,installed lift no rubbing and no more of the dropped tail gate syndrone. like every body has said this is a got to do mod
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« Reply #226 on: 08/06/09 10:02 AM »

Did this mod today and it NOW works fine  GREAT mod, the tail gate is so much liter now.  Tomorrow I will do the ez down.

I do have one question though.  When the tailgate is closed are you supose to see the end of the torsion bar that goes into the bottom of the tailgate?  Right above the licence plate aera the gap between the bumper and the tailgate if you look under there i can see about 1 inch of the torsion bar.  It is all the way up into the tailgate.  I think it's suposed to be like that the way the bar is bent (shaped), just want to make sure.

Thanks,
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« Reply #227 on: 08/06/09 10:14 AM »

Did this mod today and it NOW works fine  GREAT mod, the tail gate is so much liter now.  Tomorrow I will do the ez down.

I do have one question though.  When the tailgate is closed are you supose to see the end of the torsion bar that goes into the bottom of the tailgate?  Right above the licence plate aera the gap between the bumper and the tailgate if you look under there i can see about 1 inch of the torsion bar.  It is all the way up into the tailgate.  I think it's suposed to be like that the way the bar is bent (shaped), just want to make sure.

Thanks,
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The only place I see mine is on the left side of the tailgate when it's down....
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« Reply #228 on: 08/06/09 10:22 AM »

Huh
I don't think that the valanca body kit makes a differance. No matter which kind of bumper I would still see it.

Do you think the hole is off by say 1/4 or 1/2 causing this. I measured 32 1/2.
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« Reply #229 on: 08/06/09 10:37 AM »

Huh
I don't think that the valanca body kit makes a differance. No matter which kind of bumper I would still see it.

Do you think the hole is off by say 1/4 or 1/2 causing this. I measured 32 1/2.

I'll send you a couple pics of mine when I get home (if it's not raining).  Not sure on the EXT, but the AV has a "rivet" just about dead-center on the bottom of the tailgate...  I drilled about 1/4" to the right of that (looking as if the tailgate is closed and you are looking at the back of the AV/EXT).  Had to widen the hole a little, but I got it on there...
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« Reply #230 on: 08/06/09 10:41 AM »

I will have to post a pic also. I had to hurry up and leave for work. Maybe tomorrow if I do not work over tonight.
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« Reply #231 on: 08/06/09 11:07 AM »

Here's my pic.



I forgot how to post pics  banghead banghead banghead

Help please

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« Reply #232 on: 08/06/09 11:58 AM »

under the message box where you type, click the additional information link, and the add files should be there...
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« Reply #233 on: 08/06/09 03:56 PM »

Here's my pic.



I forgot how to post pics  banghead banghead banghead

Help please

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Ron - send me the pic, I will post in your original post.
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« Reply #234 on: 08/06/09 04:00 PM »

I am at work right now and do not have access to the pic. I will try to post tonight when I get home. Troublemaker posted how to and now I think I remember.

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« Reply #235 on: 08/06/09 04:26 PM »

How's things going up there?

Hey Ron all is well, still have my green 2003, going strong (knocks on wood).  Just had the hood replaced and repainted under warranty due to heavy rust by the latch.

How's your new Avalanche treating you?  What do you have for wheels?  (you had the best wheel set-up on your blue avalanche.)
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« Reply #236 on: 08/06/09 10:03 PM »

O.K. finally here is the pic  banghead banghead

Could this be because the hole is just a tad to far?  Do you think if drilled a hole right next to it that it would be able to slide up there more.

It did slide up into place with some help (hammer).

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« Reply #237 on: 08/07/09 03:26 AM »

Ron, on my 2003 (slightly different body), my Torsion Bar can not be seen when tailgate is closed.  Yours looks like it needs to be coerced in further.  As for drilling a hole next to it, I am a little concerned as it may become one large hole and the bar could slid out.  My install was very tight, had to pound the bar into the tailgate hole to get it up all the way.
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« Reply #238 on: 08/07/09 05:20 AM »

O.K. finally here is the pic  banghead banghead

Could this be because the hole is just a tad to far?  Do you think if drilled a hole right next to it that it would be able to slide up there more.

It did slide up into place with some help (hammer).

Thanks,
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The hole in the tailgate should be aligned with that white mark on the torsion bar, so it sits flush with the bottom of the tailgate when closed.  There will be some play when the tailgate is open, but not enough where it will stick out like that.

I suggest marking where to drill with the tailgate open, then removing the tailgate and drilling the hole.  To put the tailgate back on, you will need to slide it on the post of the torsion bar at an angle to a point that is just past the white mark (to about that first bend in the bar), and then rotate the tailgate counter-clockwise until it's level, then put it back on the "hinges".  The instructions suggest that TWO people do this part, and I would have to agree.  I had help from my 10-yr old son, and he helped a bunch!
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« Reply #239 on: 08/07/09 08:43 AM »

The hole in the tailgate should be aligned with that white mark on the torsion bar, so it sits flush with the bottom of the tailgate when closed.  There will be some play when the tailgate is open, but not enough where it will stick out like that.


Thats what I thought.  I ended up drilling a new hole right where that white mark was and it ended up going in like butter. Cheesy

That measurment is only 31 1/2 inches from the other hole not the 32 1/2 as stated in previous post  Roll Eyes

Thanks Troublemaker and SpottyJ, you guys deserve a BIG  Thumbs up!

Now you do not see anything.

Well at least now my sisters truck won't have the extra hole in it.   Big laughter with tears

I always wondered why she always wants me to do the mods on my truck first before we do it on hers 

Well now that the EASY UP is completed now it time for the EASY DOWN  Cheers!

Just have to bend those brackets the other way.

Thanks again guys.

RON
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« Reply #240 on: 08/07/09 08:51 AM »

Thats what I thought.  I ended up drilling a new hole right where that white mark was and it ended up going in like butter. Cheesy

That measurment is only 31 1/2 inches from the other hole not the 32 1/2 as stated in previous post  Roll Eyes

Thanks Troublemaker and SpottyJ, you guys deserve a BIG  Thumbs up!

Now you do not see anything.

Well at least now my sisters truck won't have the extra hole in it.   Big laughter with tears

I always wondered why she always wants me to do the mods on my truck first before we do it on hers 

Well now that the EASY UP is completed now it time for the EASY DOWN  Cheers!

Just have to bend those brackets the other way.

Thanks again guys.

RON

Yeah, I believe the instructions are for a Silverado, which has a 32-inch measurement between the side of the tailgate and the middle.  The AV has extra space on the rear quarter panel (or whatever that back corner piece is called), so it offsets by an inch....

And you can always plug up the unused hole with silicon sealer, or install a tailgate lock if you don't already have it.  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #241 on: 08/07/09 07:26 PM »

Did the EASY DOWN mod today.  Boy was that alot easier   

I did not even have to bend the bracket, must be because of the bumper on the body kit.  love

Need to find another mod now.

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« Reply #242 on: 08/07/09 07:29 PM »

Did the EASY DOWN mod today.  Boy was that alot easier   

I did not even have to bend the bracket, must be because of the bumper on the body kit.  love

Need to find another mod now.

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You can always put an EZ-down on my AV...     I'll even help!  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #243 on: 10/30/09 08:00 AM »

I just ordered one of these after seeing several of these in action this past weekend.

The link in the first post didn't work for me. Here is where I ordered one from. Many of the other sites that I found this at charged $10-12 for shipping.
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« Reply #244 on: 11/05/09 04:08 PM »

I just got mine today. I will be installing it this weekend. Thanks for the great detailed instructions gadget!  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #245 on: 11/06/09 12:23 AM »

I just got mine today. I will be installing it this weekend. Thanks for the great detailed instructions gadget!  Thumbs up!

Don't forget to measure twice and drill once! And also, don't forget to "twist" your tailgate onto the bar... it will NOT go down onto the bar easily unless you do  Beating
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« Reply #246 on: 11/06/09 04:53 AM »

Don't forget to measure twice and drill once! And also, don't forget to "twist" your tailgate onto the bar... it will NOT go down onto the bar easily unless you do  Beating

Sounds like the voice of experience talking 

Thanks for the advise!
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« Reply #247 on: 11/06/09 10:13 AM »

Sounds like the voice of experience talking     

Yes, yes it is.  I have the scratches all over the bumper corners to prove it...   banghead
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« Reply #248 on: 11/06/09 03:10 PM »

Yes, yes it is.  I have the scratches all over the bumper corners to prove it...   banghead
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I have some scratches too. It tough to do by yourself  Cheesy
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« Reply #249 on: 11/09/09 01:14 PM »

I got this done this weekend. I also have the scratches on my bumper to prove it.

The only word of advise that I have is when drilling the hole in the tailgate, ensure that you drill the hole deep enough for the end of the torsion bar to fit completely through. I don't know if it is true for all years tailgate but I had to drill through two different layers of fiberglass to get the torsion bar to fit in completely. I of course found this out the hard way.  banghead

Perhaps I will start another thread with all of the lessons learned for this so new folks don't have to read through this whole thread.
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« Reply #250 on: 11/09/09 01:23 PM »

The support webbing in the 02 AV tailgates are different than 03 up. There is a post around here about that. They found out the hard way also.
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« Reply #251 on: 04/15/10 05:24 AM »

It is hard to miss. It doesn't look like the aftermarket one where you have to drill into the frame.  It is built into the bump out on the tailgate side.  If you look at the left and right sides of the tailgate they look different.


I disagree with this comment...maybe they put some springs on, but there is NOT a torsion bar - my gate is much heavier on my 07.  (Didit and Butch both looked at it Easter weekend)

Has anyone tried to put a bar on an 07 with a stock camera in the gate?
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