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  • Why use Rider Tailgate Lowering Links?
    • Rider Tailgate Lowering Links reduce the steepness of loading ramps commonly used to load motorcycles, ATV's, UTV's, golf carts and lawn tractors making it easier and safer to load them.
    • Rider Tailgate Lowering Links make it easier to load lower ground clearance items, such as lawn tractors, because the break-over angle where the ramps are supported on the tailgate is reduced.
    • In most cases, the installation of Rider Tailgate Lowering Links requires no modification to your pickup and does not alter its appearance.
    • Rider Tailgate Lowering Links are easy to install and remove.

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  • What if my model is not listed?
  • Check back soon - we hope to have other current models from Dodge and Toyota available in the near term. These models will require either receiver hitch and bumper relocation brackets or a rear bumper with a profile that will allow the tailgate to be lowered adequately.

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  • Can I use Tailgate Lowering Links on models that are not listed?
  • In some cases you may be able to. For example, you may be able to use the FD1 link on earlier F-150's or the GM1 link on earlier 1500's that have cable ends that are the same as current models by lowering your bumper slightly. You should only use the GM Links on GM pickups and FD Links on Ford, Dodge and Mazda pickups. If you are a skilled fabricator you may be able to lower your receiver hitch and bumper on your Dodge pickup and use the FD links.

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  • Can I leave the Tailgate Lowering Links on my truck all of the time?
  • Yes you can. If you choose to do so, we recommend that you cover the installed Links with 1 inch, 3:1 heat shrink tubing to prevent damage to your paint and to prevent the Links from detaching from the bed side See Photo

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  • The tailgate on my 2013 Super Duty sticks up in the air. Will Rider Tailgate Lowering Links level it out?
  • The tailgate on a 2013 Ford Super Duty is about 1.5 inches higher than level with the bed See Photo. With our FD1 Links installed the tailgate is about 1.5 inches lower than the level of the bed See Photo. If you choose to leave the Links installed, we recommend that you cover them with 1 inch, 3:1 heat shrink tubing to prevent damage to your paint and to prevent the Links from detaching from the bed side See Photo.

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    If one of your cables is shorter than the other, it will carry a disproportional amount of the weight when a load is applied to the tailgate.

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  • Why is it important to have equal length tailgate cables?
  • If one of your cables is shorter than the other, it will carry a disproportional amount of the weight when a load is applied to the tailgate.

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  • How strong are the links?
  • The Links have been pull-tested to ensure that they are stronger than the tailgate cables.

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  • Why nothing for Toyota or Nissan?
  • Toyota, Nissan and Dodge all have bumper/tailgate geometry that restrict how far the tailgate can be lowered without the tailgate contacting the bumper. For these brands, either the bumper needs to be relocated to a lower position or the profile of the bumper needs to be changed in order to allow the tailgate to be lowered a significant amount. We are currently looking for potential partners that can provide us either a redesigned bumper or bumper relocation brackets that will accommodate lowering the tailgate at least 3 inches. As soon as we can find a solution the bumper interference issue, we will offer Tailgate Lowering Links for these other brands.

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