Tailgate Saver – 88-98 GMC Chevy Truck

Tailgate Saver – 88-98 GMC Chevy Truck


(28 customer reviews)

LS Fabrication's "Gate Saver" or Tailgate Assist Shock/Strut – 1988-1998 Chevy Truck adds eye catching customization to your OBS Chevy truck. The "Gate Saver" is an easy install and addition to the tailgate of your 88-98 Chevy truck.

The LS Fab Gate Saver for Chevy trucks slows the tailgate opening action allowing your tailgate to open freely without slamming after unlatching.

You will now have a tailgate that opens like a brand new Chevy pickup!


Our Gate Saver kit includes:

  • ★ The dampener
  • ★ 2x balls studs
  • ★ Jam nut for an easy install.

The Tailgate Saver will work with both tailgate straps and cables but in the case of tailgate straps require the removal of the driver side tailgate strap is required to install. Please use your discretion on the weight capabilities with a single tailgate strap.

If you are doing work on your OBS truck bed, make sure to check out our Tilt Bed Scissor Hinges. Also, we have plenty of other OBS Truck Parts to take your customized truck bed to the next level.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 6 cm
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28 reviews for Tailgate Saver – 88-98 GMC Chevy Truck

  1. Low_Kuntree (verified owner)

    Very cool idea! Been thinking about this from the newer trucks.
    Is a very simple install, if you have Standard factory type tail lights. If you have any custom or shaved tail lights it may require longer rivnuts for thick metal or you’ll need to weld in a nut for the upper mounting point.
    With a full custom truck I don’t have to worry about someone else opening the tailgate and not being gentle and loving with it! Great little kit!

  2. Carlos Hernandez

    Great product, and a super easy installation. Comes with stainless hardware which is a nice touch. The guys at LS Fab have put a lot of thought into their products and the quality shows!!!! Definitely will be back for more parts!


    Bought this for my 1992 GMC. The strut operates nice and smooth no jerky motions. Was a super easy install, clears my cables for my tailgate with ease. I even fitted three different sets of taillights in my truck and I never had a clearance issue with the top ball stud. Over all it is a great add on to my truck and I love it

  4. David (verified owner)

    Great product, easy install took 20min. Works as it should! 👍🏼

  5. Zeb Lewis

    Great Add-On For My 97 OBS Just Open & Let It Glide For The Price You Can’t Beat It. I Was Hoping Someone Would Bring The Soft Control Tailgate & They Answered With This Kit.

  6. Jarrad C. (verified owner)

    Just got my 97 GMC back from paint, I hate it when my kids/wife let the tailgate down when opening. I don’t have that issue any longer. The ball ends on the shock set this kit apart. Very nice design.

  7. Gilbert denton (verified owner)

    Very high quality fits perfectly and easy install with simple tools in about 20 minutes

  8. Mrualreadykno (verified owner)

    Nice product….quick and easy install….buy now !!!!!!!

  9. Cole (verified owner)

    Works great! Makes my 89 C1500 feel like a 2022. Chicks dig it

  10. Ryan C. (verified owner)

    I love this! Best money spent! Thank you

  11. Jeff Moore (verified owner)

    Very simple installation and works great extremely happy someone made a kit for the obs chevy probably will be ordering a second one for other obs gmc

  12. Will S. (verified owner)

    We bought two kits and are going to buy two more. They are absolutely Awesome!!!!

  13. Josh (verified owner)

    Works great!! Easy install and very happy with the product!! I use my tailgate everyday cutting grass in my OBS!!

  14. Thomas G. (verified owner)

    A nice upgrade to my OBS tailgate

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

  16. Eddie Russell (verified owner)

  17. shane p. (verified owner)

    Great product. Very easy to install. Quick delivery

  18. Robert jenkins (verified owner)

    Easy to install and works good

  19. Lance King (verified owner)

    Tailgate saver is an Awesome product! Super easy installation with just simple tools. All original hardware works with my application. The kit came with everything needed. Now, it’s super easy to open the tailgate without the worry of damaging it, the bumper or other parts. Simply pull the handle and let Tailgate Saver do the work! I’m very happy with the results

  20. Timothy Tabor (verified owner)

    Haven’t installed it yet but quality looks good. Your rating numbers don’t work!

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great product

  22. Andy Cusyck (verified owner)

    Great product and easy to install!

  23. Whitney D. (verified owner)

    First time drilling a hole on my truck. Tailgate Saver looks fabulous and works well! Thanks

  24. Andy B. (verified owner)

  25. Bill K. (verified owner)

    Product looks great! Will install once weather breaks!

  26. Roger G. (verified owner)

    Really like this product. Very easy to install and operates the gate really smooth.

  27. Shanon Hunt (verified owner)

  28. Patrick B. (verified owner)

    Easy to install and works great!! Highly recommend. 👍

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