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Old 03-31-2019, 09:50 PM
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So, this weekend my brother and I installed a tailgate strut on his Ram. Think slow close toilet seat.

I went to look at my BlaZR2, thinking I need that and I already have 2 struts on the dropgate and 2 to lift the glass. I dropped my tailgate and it slams. It has done this since I have owned it. Are mine worn out? If I get a factory replacement will it open slowly? Are there aftermarket options that are a "puller" type instead of the traditional "pusher" type?
 
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You can get the dropgate replacement struts from your Chevy dealer, RockAuto, GM Parts Direct, etc.
 
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:34 PM
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Just helped my co worker who has the drop gate on his blazer. Put different tail light housings on, so had to disconnect those struts to get to the lower screw. (I have the lift gate on mine.)
I thought they were there to assist in closing...taking some of the weight off, as opposed to slowing the opening of it.
 
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That is probably their function. I was just curious if I could get slow opening type like we just put on my brothers tailgate on his truck
 
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Maybe try flipping the struts 180 degrees...
 
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Maybe try flipping the struts 180 degrees...
Pretty sure you're kidding, but I don't think that would work, it's a compression vs extension thing
 
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You can probably retrofit something, but would be fabricating brackets, welding ... dont think anything plug and play tho...
 
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Nice!

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Maybe try flipping the struts 180 degrees...
 
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Just an update, I had a tail light go out and you have to remove the strut to get to the screw. Once I had it off, it was obvious that it was blown. I ordered a pair off eBay and they came in today. And it appears that the stock ones are in fact the "pulling" type. After I replaced them, you can let go of the dropgate and it just slowly opens. No impact in the effort it takes to close. The opposite of the ones that hold up the glass. Just wanted to share, and I'm pretty satisfied for under $14 for the pair, and took longer to make a drink than to replace them. If you want some, make sure they say they are for the dropgate. They are right about 6" closed. 8.25 or so open. Maxpow 135436 0002 is what the seller sent me. Cheers
 
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Thanks for the update.

But are you sure they aren't flipped 180...
 

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