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Power Liftgate kit available

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Autoease has a liftgate kit for the Gen 2 TC for $499. But installation requires some tricky modifications to the mounting brackets for the actuator/struts. Autoease does not supply the brackets for these modifications.

 

I will order the kit and will make the necessary modifications. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Game changer.  Can't wait to hear about it

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Here are the details on installing the electric liftgate. The Autoease product is well made. Hopefully my documentation will help. The only problem with this product/project is the Autoease device that provides the final close/latch motion is not easy to install on a TC. I did not install this movable strike plate and motor. The liftgate closes but if all windows and other doors are closed, the increase in air pressure keeps the liftgate from fully latching. I need to lightly push the door closed at the end of the arc. This is not a deal breaker for me since the biggest problem with the stock liftgate was unlatching it, then having to step back so it didn't hit you. Then, closing required a big tug and you had to "ride it" all the way down to make sure it latched.

 

Now I can start the opening sequence as I walk up to the vehicle. Closing is not a big problem because you can start the sequence, then open the front door and wait for it to latch before you drive away. Art worst, you need to wait for the motor to close it and provide a light push just before it latches.

 

See the attached install and operating instructions. Contact me if you have any questions.

 

Don

electric liftgate Insructions.pdf

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Hi Don.  Thank you for providing the detailed info and drawings for the Autoease kit.

I was wondering given your experience how much time would it take to install?

Cheers

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It takes some time to get all the parts and special tools you will need like nutsert tool, hole saw, specialty fasteners, panel removal tools,  posi-tap connectors etc.. Once you have the brackets fabricated it will take about 3 days to complete the job. One day will involve mounting the brackets and new struts and removing panels for wiring runs. Then another day for, mounting controller, modify harness, drilling holes, pulling wires and making all wiring connections. The third day will involve testing, debug and finish work. 

 

This project took me over a week but I was doing a lot of R&D and testing. I highly recommend using the OEM lower strut mounting points to see of they will work. If this works it saves you hours of drilling out the spot welds and fabricating a cover plate.  

 

This is a project for a person who wants a challenge and has mechanical and wiring skills and a good set of tools.

 

My liftgate is working flawlessly.

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Very nice job and report. 

Barn Doors for me so out of the Loop!

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