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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 Toyota Tacoma's OEM handle to provide security for valuables.
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 Toyota Tacoma. 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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Today we're going to review part number PAL8521. This is the Pop and Lock Power Custom Tailgate Lock. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the Toyota Tacoma vehicle, starting in 2005. On a custom fit part, I always like to recommend you go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle, and it'll show you if this will work for your application. Now, this is a power tailgate lock, which will discourage theft of your cargo and your tailgate. It creates secure storage for you valuables when it's used with a tonneau cover or camper shell.
This works with your factory power lock system, so it will lock and unlock by using your remote keyless entry, so there's no extra keys to carry on your keychain. It is made of a corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Again, it is customized to fit your vehicle, and it integrates into your factory OEM tailgate handle. Since it's in that factory handle, it will help resist tampering. Now, this part includes everything shown here on the table, the power tailgate lock unit, the long wire cable, short wiring cable, nice set of detailed instructions, two quick connectors, and some cable ties to take up any slack in the wiring. This does install very easily.
It will wire into your power lock system using those quick splice connectors. There's no drilling or welding necessary. It requires only basic tools. This part will also work on vehicles with and without a factory backup camera. Now, if your vehicle does not have factory power locks, you can still use this lock. We do sell a switch kit part.
It's sold separately on our website. It's part number PAL9520. This is available for trucks that do not have existing power locks. That part will usually be listed on this product page as a related product. That should do it for the review on part number PAL8521. This is the Pop and Lock Power Custom Tailgate Lock..
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (23 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.
Readers: I think the following is very useful information. Perhaps a bit wordy, but you should consider......& take the time to read. It might answer a few questions that I had myself before purchasing the product. Product is high quality, very simple to install, and functional. Locking function is simple: It extends and retracts a steel bar to either allow or obstruct the movement of OEM cam which pulls the rods which acuate the side tailgate latches. Absolutely everything is included in kit for a one-stop installation (no need to run to hardware store to aquire missing parts...) Video provided by eTrailer.com is extremely accurate. A novice installer would benefit from the instructional. Even an experienced tech would appreciate it. My truck is a '10 Tacoma w/ Extended Cab (the model where the rear doors open "backwards"). The factory power wires are located behind the front kick-panel, not under the floorboard. ...should be obvious because there are no power locks extending any further back than the front door. Therefore, remove the floorboard edges for routing the wires to the front, but don't look there for any OEM wires to splice into because they don't exist until you reach the front kick-panel. It's a maze of wires, but with some evaluation, common sense, and process of elimination, you'll find the Blue-Black and Blue-Red wires. (Side note: The Blue-Red looks a bit like Blue-Pink). Without sounding conceited, I consider myself an expert installer. The project took me about 1 hour (with the majority of time taking care to do a quality job of routing the Pop-Lock power wire from tailgate to the front.) In order to assist your customers, I wish to comment on two alternatives in my installation: Instead of drilling a new hole in bottom of tailgate as video describes, utilize the existing camera wire loom. Take some time to unlatch the support clips and carefully cut the loom open. It's a tight fit, but with enough patience, the PopLock wires can be inserted into the OEM camera wire loom and follow the same route. This results in a very clean and professional looking installation. The second alternative was to splice the Pop-Lock wires into the PASSENGER side Blue-Black and Blue-Red wires instead of the Driver side. Reason is Functionality: Most vehicle owners have the OEM Remote Transmitter to lock/unlock the doors. We expect only the driver door to unlock with one click, and the remaining doors to unlock with two successive clicks. I wanted my tailgate to follow this same pattern. I didn't want my tailgate locking / unlocking every time I pushed the buttons. Even if you try to be slick and unlock the driver door by old-fashioned insert-key-into-lock-cylinder-and-turn..... wrong. The door-lock cylinder mechanism has a sensor and will send an unlock signal to the Pop-Lock regardless. Final Comment: I love it. I have a higher comfort level knowing my items are more secure, and that the tailgate latch is completely unmodified from the outside, meaning no interference with the OEM camera, either. Pop-Lock is well worth the investment. 116146
by: Mark L09/01/2013
This is an excellent product, however when I opened the box it was plain to see there was no split loom covering over the supplied wiring harness. etrailer was very apologetic and was willing to send me the split loom or credit me the cost of the covering. ($6) Plus they were available to answer the phone on a Saturday! The installation video posted on this site was very helpful. My particular vehicle is an access cab, so there were a few differences. No need to go beyond the driver side kick board covering to find the correct wires for connection. I also drilled my own hole and used a 1/2" grommet in the bottom of the tail gate for a cleaner install. One tip I would suggest is to find a block of wood equal to the gap between the tailgate and body of the truck for drilling this hole. I noticed on the video the technician did not do this. Very important if you want a clean hole in the metal. Product works as advertised. Not going to lie, I was upset with the lack of split loom covering on the wiring harness. Overall I think etrailer.com is a great source for parts and information. -Mark 97813
by: Jim J07/16/2013
This product was used on a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 2wd 4 door Prerunner. Awesome product and I love the video, just a "breeze to install" said my son who spent about an hour. What I like about this lock compared to the key lock is obviously no key, but you can lock yourself in while camping, you know in case a bear gets a little curious. We used loctite on the bolt threads based on other reviews and also he choose to route the wire harness straight up the center channel panel instead of going through the engine compartment and used silicone to fill and gaps. I will definitely come back to eTrailer, their customer service is great, the shipping was fast and the website was easy to maneuver. 89808
The product information says installs in minutes, not true, installs in a hour if your proficient with your hands and autos. I had a little trouble with the wiring instructions, but received excellent tech support, which cleared things up and the installation went flawlessly. The product works great, but will see if it holds up to long term use. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to put a lock on the tailgate of their truck, what a great convenience instead of a keyed lock. 88323
by: J. 012 taco01/14/2013
Good product, and it worked!! Its loud when it operates and it rattles when you close the tailgate. but nothing that a fabricated bracket and itssome sound deadening material can't fix.. Overall its worth it. 62929
by: Luis R.01/21/2014
it is an good lock for the tail gate it you have a one of the hard top bed covers but, you have to do a little modification to it. Ok just by installing to with the one screw (using a lock nut) if you apply enough force to the tail gate handle it will move from its place and the gate will open (Pop&lock needs to fix this problem). What i did is i use tie wraps to hold it in place so if you force the tailgate handle it will not move. I thinking on making a better modification but for the time being this works fine. 114364
Great product, highly recommended if you need to lock your tailgate. Much more convenient than carrying an extra key plus there are no ugly aftermarket parts showing. Installation was easy thanks to the etrailer video. Can be challenging (but not impossible) to do by yourself so having a buddy would be worth paying them a few beers. Like other reviewers have said, it does make a bit of noise when the mechanism opens and closes but it is not a deal breaker for me. Be sure to put the lock washer in, I can see how the bolt will come loose after repeated use. 66815
Great idea! One central power lock installed inside the tailgate. Easy to install from mechanical point of view. Instruction is very clear at this step. Unfortunately wiring hook up is very unclear in installation instruction. NO pictures or drawing. I've spend 3 hours to figure out where to hook-up the power lock. Once I've installed is working great!!! I love it. Stan 17353
by: Todd B.08/15/2013
Great product. Excellent instructional video! 95312
by: Jimmy M08/25/2013
I installed this lock on my 2013 Tacoma 4x4 Crew Cab. The lock was easy to install and took about 4 hours (taking my time). The Pop a Lock kit contained all the hardware required for the install and there was no surprises. The lock works well! I'm really glad I bought this. 96819
by: Humberto L07/16/2013
This product is simple to instal and i have no handy mechanic experience. The video provided by etrailer is good but there is an easier way to get the cable inside the cab to get the wire connection. Underneath the drivers side on a 2013 tacoma trd double cab there is a wire cap that is just beneath the drivers side where u need to connect the pop & lock wiring. If etrailer can research and edit their video for the new 2013 tacomas it will get a 5 star rating. 89797
by: William P07/19/2014
After reading many reviews I went a head and ordered one of these for my new 2014 Tacoma. To my surprise the install went really easy. I took the advice of others and went ahead and installed it on the passenger side so that it unlocks only when you unlock all doors on the truck. Start to finish it took about 2-1/2 hours. I can be done quicker but I took my time just to avoid and mishaps. I am really happy with this investment. 142248
Could not be more satisfied with etrailer.com. I ordered this lock on the Sunday before Christmas and was expecting it to be delivered the week after. However I received and email on Monday morning saying they had expedited and already shipped. I received the lock yesterday. They do take care of their customers. 111361
I love how easy this product installs and the K.I.S.S. install video instructions. It does make a loud noise of metal to metal rubbing when using the item but it works great! The sound just reminds you it's working so if you don't hear it then it's not working. 64356
by: Phil e04/02/2015
I rcvd my order within a few days. The tailgate lock was very east to install. I actually youtubed it but bcz of the lenght of cable I was able to run it along the camera line making the install look clean and stock. Thank you for this amazing product! 182396
very easy install 17115
I love it, still don't understand why Toyota doesn't include a locking tail gate but this product works great and is easy to install. 63440
by: Kevin Lynch05/08/2015
I have a 2011 Tacoma 4x4 6 ft bed. It fit perfectly. Excellent quality and looks good. Thanks for shipping to Hawaii. 191402
by: pao t07/18/2014
I just love it, it took me an hour just to run the wire under at the right location but overall it's a great product... 141958
easy install, lock works as advertised. slick and simple. 71842
easy install, lock works as advertised. slick and simple. 71840
by: Tom R.07/02/2013
Easy to install on my 2013 Tacoma quad cab. Works great. 87078
by: Brando s05/09/2013
Great product 79634
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