- Aug 17, 2022
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- Austin, TX
past not involving a motor, the details of soft open tailgates didn’t seem too relevantJust a note here. You DO need SOMETHING to get the tailgate from the vertical position and to start down. Motor, spring, piston, whatever. But the first few inches need "a push" to start using gravity. The only way this works "gravity only" is if the tailgate is locked in a non-vertical position. Maybe 80 degrees or so...
But if we’re on the topic: they need surprisingly little more than a small levered latch that when opening (remotely or by electronic button) pushes the tailgate latch ever so slightly rearward - the rest is done by gravity from the mass distributed *within* the tailgate just so (eg heavy towards the outside, light towards the bed side). From there the shock does the work.
the only thing ‘motorized’ is the electronics of the remote latch.
but doors remotely unlatch/lock, and we don’t call them ‘motorized doors’