Sending a pm with his contact info. He said he also has the assist piston as well. All brand new still.kewL, thanks!
If that doesn't work out, I need to get off my duff and make a template out of cardboard to take to a metal shop somewhere and have it produced in metal.
I'm not finding the EZ Down part number in the original write up, but I do see Dee Zee Tailgate Assist part #DZ43100 which will fit a 2006 Silverado... this should work, right?