88 + 96 broncos, 96 F250
Something is awry. The torsion bar appears out of alignment. Theres a pretty decent load on that bar with the tailgate open, you might have to adjust it with the gate closed, or removed from the truck. When i rebuilt the tailgate on my 88, i installed the torsion bar into my tailgate with the gate sitting on the workbench. It all fits together pretty easily.