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Old 01-13-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default FYI on DZ Tailgate Assist Kit - washer install

For those of you considering the washer method to install your DZ Tailgate Assist on your '09-'14, as detailed here...:

http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/e...-solved-15369/

…I definitely recommend it. But be SURE to use your own washers and nuts. I made the mistake of using the extra hardware that came with the kit and found out the hard way that just because something looks like a washer, doesn't make it a washer! The stamped ring cracked within 2 days.

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I've since reinstalled using stainless washers & lock nut and now it's good to go. The washer install is surprisingly easy and you really don't need to remove the tailgate liner cover.

After trying the nutsert first, I definitely still recommend the washer method. Just use the right hardware so you'll only have to do it ONCE!
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Yup, I did this one week after installing my DeeZee! That Nutsert, Blows ***... Mines been Solid since...
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This is awesome. I am definitely going to do this! My nutsert is a piece of crap.
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This is awesome. I am definitely going to do this! My nutsert is a piece of crap.
Yup, the nutsert is pretty useless...
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1 year later and the nutsert on mine is still holding tight. Not sure if it's materials and instructions or the installer's lack of experience using them. Don't remember exactly how many turns I cranked down on it but it wasn't what deezee recommended that much is certain.

I have a slight advantage as I use nutserts on a daily basis so I know just when to stop tightening them.

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[QUOTE=GA_Lariat13;3224986]For those of you considering the washer method to install your DZ Tailgate Assist on your '09-'14, as detailed here...:

http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/e...-solved-15369/

…I definitely recommend it. But be SURE to use your own washers and nuts. I made the mistake of using the extra hardware that came with the kit and found out the hard way that just because something looks like a washer, doesn't make it a washer! The stamped ring cracked within 2 days.

Click the image to open in full size.

I've since reinstalled using stainless washers & lock nut and now it's good to go. The washer install is surprisingly easy and you really don't need to remove the tailgate liner cover.

After trying the nutsert first, I definitely still recommend the washer method. Just use the right hardware so you'll only have to do it ONCE![/QUOTE

How did you do it without removing the tailgate cover?
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Default For the tailgate bed liner….

If you remove the closest 4-5 bed liner retention screws (driver's side), you'll be able to lift that side of the tailgate liner and slide in your hand and wrench-on-a-stick. You only need to lift it 3-4 inches and the recessed access hole in the gate is easy to find.

You can even pop the edge of the liner over the base of your raised tailgate pole to minimize the flex.

And as the original poster mentioned, I found that the liner retention screws need very little torque to remove or replace.

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