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Tailgate Saver Shock (Strut) – 73-80 GMC Chevy Squarebody Truck

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LS Fabrications "Gate Saver" or Tailgate Assist Shock/Strut 1973-1987 GMC Chevy Truck adds a little bit of modern luxury to your classic Squarebody truck.

The LS Fab "Gate Saver" slows the tailgate opening action allowing your tailgate to open freely after unlatching. You can now have a tailgate that opens, closes and latches like a brand new Chevy pickup.

Our Tailgate Assist Shock/Strut 1973-1980 GMC Chevy Truck kit includes:

  • ★ The dampener
  • ★ 2x balls studs
  • ★ LS Fab Stainless Support Bracket
  • ★ Jam nut for an easy install.
  • ★ Works with tailgate cables on both sides of the tailgate

*Minor Trimming of the tailgate and an M8 tap are required for install*

**Removing your factory link arm will lessen the ability of your tailgate to handle a lot of weight.**


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Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 6 cm
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Interior / Exterior

Add Tailgate Cables

None, Add 1 Cable, Add 2 Cables


1973-1975, 1976-1980, 1981-1987

12 reviews for Tailgate Saver Shock (Strut) – 73-80 GMC Chevy Squarebody Truck

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  1. KT

    When installing my 1974 C10, I shaved off half the head of the bolt at the base of the gate. If I didn’t, I would be shocked. If you forcefully close it, you may break some of it, so be careful. My impression after installation is that it feels great!

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  2. RF

    Love this makes the tailgate open and close a lot better and no more slamming or falling tailgate

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  3. BS

    Product was a perfect fit, easily installed and makes a very nice upgrade. And the customer service was outstanding, including rectifying an “oops” on my part due to forgetting I needed a later model strut for my 74 with an 81 box.

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  4. CZ

    Build quality is heavy duty and seems like it will last. And the instructions were easy to understand.

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  5. JG

    Great product would definitely buy again

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