Don't let thieves steal your cargo or tailgate. This powered tailgate lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate. Installs inside vehicle's OEM handle to provide security for valuables. Fastest Shipping and Guaranteed Lowest Prices for Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black. Read our customer reviews of Pop and Lock Locks. Call 800-298-8924 for expert service or order your Locks part number PAL8250 by Pop and Lock online at
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Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black

Pop and Lock Locks

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Code:   PAL8250



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Pop and Lock Locks - PAL8250

Don't let thieves steal your cargo or tailgate. This powered tailgate lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate. Installs inside vehicle's OEM handle to provide security for valuables.


  • Power tailgate lock discourages theft of your cargo and your tailgate
    • Creates secure storage for your valuables when used with a tonneau cover or camper shell
  • Works with your factory power lock system, so it locks and unlocks using remote keyless entry
    • No extra keys to weigh down your keychain
  • Made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel
  • Customized to fit your vehicle and integrate into your OEM tailgate handle
    • Mounts inside existing factory handle mechanism, so it resists tampering
  • Installs easily
    • Wires into your power lock system using quick splice connectors
    • No drilling or welding necessary - requires only basic tools
    • Wiring, Quick splices and hardware included
  • Switch kit (PAL9520 - sold separately) is available for trucks without existing power locks
  • 1-Year warranty
  • Made in Canada

Frustrate tailgate thieves and cargo bandits with this power tailgate lock. Use the Pop & Lock with your truck-bed cover or camper shell whenever you need to lock up valuables in your truck bed.

This sturdy, stainless steel lock resists corrosion and is custom fit to your vehicle. The Pop & Lock mounts permanently inside your truck's tailgate handle, so thieving varmints can't pop it out. The lock is installed using basic tools - no welding or drilling is necessary. And the tailgate lock wires directly into your powered lock system using quick splice connectors. You activate the Pop & Lock using your keyless remote - lock your truck doors, and you lock your tailgate. No more fumbling for keys or going back to make sure you locked up. Just hit your door-lock button and your tailgate is secure.

A new tailgate can cost hundreds - this powered lock saves you the cost and aggravation of replacing a stolen tailgate. Used to be you could hang horse thieves, but in today's wild, wild west, theft prevention is best.

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Pop and Lock Tailgate Lock Installation - 2012 Ford F-150
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Pop and Lock Tailgate Lock Installation - 2006 Ford F-150

Video Transcript for Pop and Lock Tailgate Lock Installation - 2012 Ford F-150

Today in this 2012 Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab, were going to install part number PAL8250. This is the Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock. To start off, we need to get access to the tailgate lock. Some tailgates like this one has after mark cover on top. We have to remove this to access to our access panel. This is our access panel here and well remove these screws to get access to our tailgate lock which is about right here.

This is our tailgate lock assembly right here. This is going to be hard to see how it mounts into place but however you want to make sure about the Pop & Lock and see how it works this way, how these pins are.This actually trips the lock on the tailgate. We have it in this position. I guess you could say its co-acts into the solenoid which should be easy to install this hole thats over that stud right here. Lets work it into place to tight fit right in here.

Now we got the bracket installed, well go ahead and test it to make sure with the original key lock to make sure it all works okay. Next, well go ahead and work for our first wire harness. These two will plug in here. For now, were just going to plug them together color to color because depending on the truck, we may have to reverse these leads.Its easier to do it there than when you have to hardwire the other half into the truck. In this end, well route through the tailgate and back here where its easy to get to if you ever need this tailgate.

Theres an opening about right here. Well go ahead and push it through and then well try to fish out this side. I have to use this specialized tool to grab this with but this could be easily a coat hanger with a hook on to fish it out. Now, theres multiple layers underneath here that you cant see so you have to work it through there as well. Just take some time.

Im going to take our longer harness which this end will eventually be ran through the front of the truck.Well go ahead and plug this together for now. Then well take our other end of the harness run it through the hole in the bed and well go ahead and take a ball or slack and well go ahead and start running this up to the cab of the truck. Well go ahead and ran our wire to the front. Well make sure that we stay from anything moving thats suspension components or anything hot like the exhaust. The exhaust on the other side we shouldnt worry about that. This is a matter of personal preference of ruining the wire.Well make some general loop around the wire harness to help hold it up. All right. According to the instructions, our wire harness we need to get to is roughly in this area right here. Well go ahead and remove the threshold panel and get access to our wires. Well go ahead and cut some of the green tape out of the way then well try and prop up the wire harness to get access to the wires we need. Well get rid of some more tape. Right now, well go ahead and test for our wires. We found out that this gray wire with the brown stripe. This is our lock button here. This blue or green stripe, we found out unlocks.Well go ahead and separate these wires out for now. Well just leave that wire bundled alone. Well go ahead and drill out a hole through the bottom and use a bushing to run the wires through. In this gap right here, well go ahead and drill a pilot hole to a 3/4 inch size then work away at the 9/16 for our final hole size for our bushing. With our hole drilled out well go ahead and take our bushing and out it into place. The part that were using on the snap bushing is SWC8055. Well go ahead and take our connectors that come with the kit and connect our wires up.Our quick splice connector just goes over the wire and snaps over and the next one goes alongside, push it in til it hits the stop then squeeze it with a pair of pliers. The instruction doesnt tell which color goes to which color or which function thats why we may have to change at the tailgate. After were done hooking them up, we can give the test run. We have our tailgate locked, lets go ahead with the button and see what we get. Unlock, no. Hit the lock button. We can still open it up. We have to change our wires. It had a 50-50 shot. Well try bring the blue and blue to green.Lets try it again. Lock, unlock. Looks like everything is logically working so now lets go ahead and take a few moments to secure our wires and zip tie them if needed and take up any slack. Well go ahead and take up our wires and well leave the slack in here so the connection point well stay between the tailgate and the truck bed or if you want, you can leave it go both behind truck bed as well. Personal preference again. Were going to leave nothing there just enough to do either way. Then well zip tie our extra wires to our bracket. To help seal up the hole, well add some silicon.Its a good idea to try it one more time. Unlock, lock, unlock. With everything bundled up, well go ahead and reinstall our tailgate. Looks like everything works and that will finish for part number PAL8250 from Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock on our 2012 Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab. .

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty F-150 with factory power locks

2001 - 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with factory lock

2000 - 2014 Ford F-150 with factory power locks

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series with factory power locks

1999 - 2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty with factory power locks

2001 - 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac without factory lock

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Customer Reviews

Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black - PAL8250

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (17 Customer Reviews)

Don't let thieves steal your cargo or tailgate. This powered tailgate lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate. Installs inside vehicle's OEM handle to provide security for valuables.

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by: KMS06/24/2013

I installed this into a 2013 F350 with the backup camera and tailgate step. Installation when fairly smooth. I had to install a couple washers between the bracket and had to bend it just slightly to keep it from binding on the lock. The instructions have you running the harness down the drivers side. Do not do this. On my crew cab, long bed, I ran it down the passenger side and up through a body mount grommet behind the front right wheel. There I tapped in behind the fuse panel to the purple+gray stripe and gray+tan stripe wires. This allows the tailgate lock to operate with the second click on the remote, along with the passenger doors. All in all, it was a fairly easy install. even with having to get the mounting bracket positioned properly. I now don't have to remember to lock the tailgate with the key to prevent theft. 85716

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by: Justin H.03/09/2014

Works perfectly. Easy install. The hardest part is making sure you are splicing into the correct wires. 119971


A friend an I installed the Pop & Lock on a 2013 and a 2014 Ford F150 FX4. The video is very helpful. The only thing that I would caution is to ensure you tap into the wires that are the same size as the wires supplied with the lock assembly. There is a smaller grey wire with a brown stripe. We are both quite happy with the product and feel "safer" knowing that the tailgate is locked when we lock our doors. Thank you to for the great customer service, communication and excellent pricing. I have purchased from in the past an was also quite happy with pricing and service.

comment by: Rey T - 09/19/2014


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by: Don B10/02/2014

This is an excellent product since it only takes about 60 seconds to steal your tailgate if it gets left unlocked. It also protects any valuable items in the back as well because all you have to do is press the lock button on your remote and the tailgate locks along with the doors. To open it just press unlock on the remote so no fumbling with keys. I put one on my Sport Trac and would not be without it so when I bought another Sport Trac last week the first thing I did even before I picked up the vehicle was to go online and order another lock assembly. Instructions are excellent so even if you only have limited mechanical ability you should be able to handle this project..... 154161

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by: Mike B07/10/2014

good product and works well. Just be aware that the factory nuts may not work with the pop and lock bracket. Mine have a captive washer behind the nut and there is neither enough room side to side nor up and down to use the factory nut. I tried to simply trim the edge of the captive washer to make room, which worked out OK, but then I realized that the threads inside the factory nut do not start until about 2mm into the nut/washer assembly. Luckily I had a spare 6mm nut lying around and was able to complete without another trip to the hardware store. Be sure you have a 6mm nut or you may be stymied. 140497

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by: Larry G02/09/2015

I installed this on my new 2014 F 150 Crew cab. Dealer wanted $200.00 for installation. Hardest part for me was I am living in an apartment between house sale and new purchase. Even while living in an apartment I was able to install tailgate lock in under an hour. I connected wires to unlock on second push of remote like an earlier reviewer. Great product and glad I found Etrailer while searching for a remote tail gate lock. 172985

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by: Tyrone Penick03/06/2013

Produck received q was defective. Acuatolater would not move far enough. Excellent service on replacement. Only real problem was Ford dealership spending to much time trying to get it to work, charging me $178 and still not working. 69213


Good product. A friend and I both got them and both of them had to use a couple washers under the mounting bracket to keep it from rubbing and causing it to not unlock. Otherwise I like it.

comment by: STL - 05/02/2013


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by: Phil L.01/20/2015

Kit was exactly as described and installed easily. I had some trouble finding the correct wires under the door so I went to the connector for the driver side rear door and connected there. It was much easier than trying to find the wire in the huge bundle. Installation into the tailgate was super easy and routing the wires was not trouble. I love knowing that the tailgate is locked whenever the truck is locked. 170448

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by: Lance M.07/07/2014

Ordered for 2014 F250 on Sunday, Received on Thursday, Installed on Saturday. Took me and my son about 1.5 hours to install. Instructions were spot on for color of wires. The video of the f-150 installation was very helpful. Very happy now that I have a Tailgate that can be locked and unlocked with the remote. 139866

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by: David K07/01/2014

I am not sure why this product is not standard on every new pickup truck. I had my tailgate stolen and got a repair bill for $3400. I was able to install in a couple hours. Now I have the peace of mind that once I lock my doors it locks the tailgate as well. I would highly recommend to any truck owner. 138471

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by: Don P.03/10/2014

Received the wrong part due to my error and the customer service rep was very understanding. '11 F-150 tailgate works perfectly after pro install. I would reccomend etrailer to anyone looking for these types of parts. Customer service was top notch. 120126

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by: BSW09/18/2011

Works on a '11 F350 SD with OEM reverse camera and manual lock. The included instructions should be a little clearer, only reason I didn't rate it as excellent. I do hope it lasts a long time and no reason to believe it won't. 24183

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by: Darcy03/25/2013

Item as described. Fairly easy to install, once I figured out how to get wire around the tailgate step. Shipping was lightning fast!! 72420

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by: Kirk N10/29/2014

Great product, we travel a lot and now I don't have to think about if I locked the tail gate, with the camera and step on 2013 F-150 158408

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by: Jim G10/15/2014

Was on back order so it took a couple of weeks to receive. Installed in about 45 mins and it works great. Really happy with it! 155995

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by: Matt in tampa03/03/2014

Worked great in my 2006 crew cab f150 installed in about an hour 118360

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by: Rick12/02/2014

2nd purchase for a 2nd truck...gotta have one... 162934

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by: kenny12/17/2014

good rpoduct 165745


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