Design & Plan:
As said before I personally think they have chosen the wrong way to implement a powered tailgate system.
I also feel the correct implementation would mean an even easier installation.
If you look at most higher end OEM tailgates (including range rover and indeed the Evoque) they do not have an actuator powered suction hook but rather the actuator powers the the tailgate latch.
As such my plan here is to purchase an original power tailgate latch from eBay.
Replace the latch, mount the after market actuator from this kit in the tailgate and connect the cable to the new latch.
Then refit the original hook to the boot floor.
This should make no difference to the system functionality as you are still using their actuator... Just to work with a different lock and as a bonus you would only have to run one cable for power into the car.
Easier install, better method, better components.
Jus my thoughts
Since install I've sandwiched the control box between 2 layers of sound deadening mat and to be honest its pretty much perfect now.Nice write up Firefly75
The bleeps put me off. i think id have to get rid of it.
If you do it the way i did it really is simple. You wont have any problems and I definitely recommend this product. I just wanted to give a fair review that showed things to be aware of before purchasing, Nothings perfect.I was a bit concerned with the cables but you have shown them being routed in the gromet that made me happy. Im still considering buying this kit.
Its not impossible. From having a quick look into it I found that even sourcing 2nd hand parts it would at least twice the cost and with new parts more like 3 times. Not sure id want to use 2nd hand parts for the whole job.What makes the genuine install a no go ? surely a donor vehicles kit would work ? what's missing to make it impossible to fit ?
Unfortunately I haven't had the time recently. I have checked if there is a mounting point for the actuator in the tailgate and there is. I have also found that bearmach sell a brand new replacement power liftgate latch for just £24... So its definitely on my to do list, Just not sure when I'm going to get the time.I like your idea to use the original latch, have you managed to make it work ?
Thank YouAnyways I enjoyed looking at your install posts and review, well played mate
I have a 2014 prestige does the kit fit that ? And do you have the link for the one you used pleasePower Tailgate Part 1
Busy Week, so gonna prep so that i can jump in & out whenever i have 10 mins spare
Helped a friend with an older version of this a while a go. This one seems a far easier install.
Purchased through Carroll Chan
Components Received :
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Connection Mock Up :
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Tools/Items I Used :
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Nylon Draw Cord
Trim Removal Tools x 3
Cable Clips (w/sticky pads)
8mm Socket for Earth Strap
T40 Socket for Latch
Flat Head Screwdriver x2
T25 Bit for Boot Side Panel Trim
T30 Bit for Internal Pillar Trim
If you have Tie Down Loops on Boot floor You need the T30 bit
If you have the boot rails they are removed with either a large Philips screwdriver or a large Flat screwdriver
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Latch Surround Trim
Internal LHD Rear Pillar Trim
Tie Downs or Rails
LHD Boot Side Panel (Not required but makes it easier & takes 2 mins to remove)
Trim above Boot opening (I didnt take this off, but makes life easier if you do)
Hope this helps 😊I have a 2014 prestige does the kit fit that ? And do you have the link for the one you used please
Well I finally spent the day fitting the auto tailgate kit, quick delivery, just over a week from Carroll and total cost was £387 + £55 (TORY TAX) and yes it works but not without a lot of sweating and swearing!! The cables do not want to go through the rubber hoses, it would have been far simpler to cut off the connector blocks and make them up again at the control box. Took a total of 5 hours to do the job and 4 1/2 of those where trying to feed cables through the **** rubber grommets and hoses - Anyway it's done and I'll never do it again 🤣