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

(21 reviews)

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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Video Transcript for Pop and Lock Locks PAL8250 Review

Today we're going to review part number PAL8250. This is the pop and lock custom power inaudible 00:07 tailgate lock. Now this is a custom fit part number. It is designed to fit the Ford trucks with the factory power locks starting in 1997. What I would recommend to do is go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year model vehicle and it'll be able to tell if this will work for your application. Now this is a power tailgate lock, which will discourage theft of your cargo and even of your tailgate. Gives you more secure storage for your valuables when it's used with a Tonneau cover or a camper shell.

It is designed to work with your factory power lock system, so it locks and unlocks when you use your remote keyless entry, so there's no extra keys. It is made of a corrosion resistant stainless steel. It is customized to fit your vehicle and it does integrate into your OEM tailgate handle. It basically mounts inside the existing factory handle, so it resists tampering. It does install very easy. You just wire this into your power lock system using these quick splice connectors.

There's no drilling or welding necessary, basically only requires just your normal tools. This part does comes with everything shown here. It comes with the power tailgate lock unit itself, a short wiring cable, a long wiring cable, some cable ties to take up any slack in the wiring. A couple of quick splice connector taps, some mounting hardware and a nice set of detailed instructions to show you how to connect everything. One thing I do want to note is that this is designed to use with factory power locks. Now you can use this if your vehicle does not have power locks, but you would have to purchase a switch kit, which we sell separately on our website.

It's part number PAL9520 and it is listed on this product page as a related product. Basically once you have this all wired up and connected, when you use your keyless remote it would just activate this actuator right here, which would open and close the tailgate. That should do it for the review on part number PAL8250 a pop and lock custom power tailgate lock. .

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 - 2015 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

2015 - 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty with factory power locks

2015 - 2015 Ford 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   (21 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: M. Priest03/12/2015

1. Watch the video before installing! 2. My 2012 F150 Supercrew has the reverse camera and assist step in the tailgate. Installation of the lock assembly was simple and easy. I did use, and recommend a set of mechanical fingers to make wire harness routing through the tailgate much easier. I ran the the finger through the tailgate and out of the hole in the bottom of the gate. Also, if you have the camera harness like I did, routing is much easier if you remove the tailgate from the right hinge only, and move it away from the bed slightly to allow better access to the hole in the bed. I also routed the wire from underneath the bed and then through the tailgate due to the camera wire harness. I installed spiral wrap around the harness in the area of the tailgate to provide additional chaffing protection. I purchased the split sleeve to protect the wire harness routed from this area to the front of the cab. 3. Instead of drilling a hole in the rocker panel box, I found a hole with a rubber plug installed, at the rear of the passenger door rocker panel. I used a 1/4" gasket punch to cut out the center of the plug, routed the wire through the hole, and sealed it with black silicone. The wire went right into the wire tunnel. I routed the wire harness up to the driver door rocker area, and connected into the truck harness there. I did wire my gate lock to unlock with the passenger door, so the wire colors were Grey with a tan stripe for locking, and Purple with a grey stripe for unlock. I secured the harness in the rocker tunnel with nylon cable ties. I have several friends who own F150's with locking tailgates, and they all indicated they would be looking into getting one for their trucks! 178079

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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


Still working great! I put this on as I did not have the key to the tailgate lock cylinder and was worried that some joker would swipe my tailgate. It has been about a year and it is still working great, no worries about losing the tailgate.

Mike B - 07/10/2015


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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


Still working! Thanks etrailer. The customer service I got a year ago still resonates with me and I would recommend etrailer to anyone needing these types of parts.

Don P - 03/10/2015


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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: Dave K06/01/2015

I installed my Pop & Lock this weekend and the information I gathered from this website and the printed instructions were spot on. I also used the pre-drilled hole in the rear drivers door to feed my wire into the wire tunnel through to the drivers rocker area and made the connections per the instructions. I did have to reverse the wire connections in the tailgate for it to work properly. It took me about 2 hours by myself. the hardest part was properly running the cable underneath since I had to lay on the ground. Everything works perfectly. 199376

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by: zstanton06/04/2015

The pop and lock arrived extremely quickly. However, upon opening the box, the weather pack plug on the long wire (that wires into the truck) was not connected to the wire itself. The crimping of the ping were 20% crimped at best. The good thing is that I have the weather pack crimping tool and was able to disassemble and re-crimp the plugs. Now all is well and working like a champ. E-Trailers role 10 stars out of 10 pop-and-lock quality assurance 2 stars out of 10 200725

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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: J.J.06/23/2015

Works good so far. I had the wiring connected by dealer for warrenty reasons. Did the grunt work myself to save money. Really should come on the vehicle from factory. No more wondering if I locked the tailgate? It was easy to install video helps a lot. I'd recommend it to anybody who's thinking about this upgrade. 206769

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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: 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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