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Old 02-07-2011, 10:24 AM
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trailer tailgate lift assist

I know this is a very old post but thought this might help someone

a couple of months ago I was looking for plans to build a lift assist for a trailer ramp... finding little of any use, I started looking at commercial units and copying what I could... this thread gave me good info for my plans

this one is what I came up with and it sure helps an old timer with the ramp/gate..

http://www.clubfte.com/users/jniolon.../girlygate.htm

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:18 PM
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I know this is a very old post but thought this might help someone

a couple of months ago I was looking for plans to build a lift assist for a trailer ramp... finding little of any use, I started looking at commercial units and copying what I could... this thread gave me good info for my plans

this one is what I came up with and it sure helps an old timer with the ramp/gate..

http://www.clubfte.com/users/jniolon.../girlygate.htm

later,
John
Looks almost identical to mine, except the end of that one is at a slant and they use the gorilla rollers. I just 2 window pulleys instead and they are placed on top of each other, but I think the Gorilla design is better. Kudos to the guy that made those instructions....great job.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:31 AM
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that would be me Walker... thanks for the nice words... I thought about some other type of roller but those were so cheap... and gorilla had already perfected the design... that was the easy road to take... I'm pleased with the finished product... and it sure handles the gate nicely

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:15 PM
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How much do the roller kits cost from Gorilla?

I built mine about 8 years ago and I am on the 3rd cable for each side. I had a problem with the cable slipping out of the window pulleys, but this last time I replaced the cable with some much thicker stuff. I don't think it will slip out again. If the Gorilla lift was around when I bought mine or were more popular then, I probable would have used those.
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here you go... info on rollers

http://www.gorilla-lift.com/parts.html

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I'm gonna make one using garage door springs. If i ever get it done I'll post some pics.
I'm thinking of his idea. Have to reinforce my gate this year which is going to make it heavier. I saw somewhere, plastic coated springs. Any idea where to get them?
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:07 PM
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I got mine from Home Depot and they were the biggest ones they had...I think they were rated at 160lbs...if I remember right. I built mine about 8 years ago and they are still holding strong.
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