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These tailgate locks have been designed to give your truck an OEM look while securing the tailgate to help prevent theft. These patented tailgate locks are the perfect companion for pickups with truck caps and tonneau covers.
1999 - 2006 GMC Sierra Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
2007 - 2007 GMC Sierra Classic Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
1999 - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
2007 - 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
1999 - 2006 GMC Sierra excluding Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
2007 - 2007 GMC Sierra Classic excluding Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
1999 - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado excluding Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
2007 - 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic excluding Crew Cab with 8 Foot Bed
Video of Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock - 1999-2007 GM Full Size Pickups
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Today on our 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab, we're going to be installing the Pilot Integrated OEM tailgate lock for 99-2007 GM full size pick up trucks. Part Number LH-003, before we begin our installation, let's go over the parts that will come with the kit. You'll get a new bezel, it has the hole in it for where the lock will come through. You'll get 2 keys for the lock, here's the locking mechanism. For securing the locking mechanism you have 2 options, you can use the standard Phillip's head screw or the security style screw. Once you tighten it down, you can't back the screw back out. Now that we've gone over our parts, let's go ahead and show you how to install it.
We've gone ahead and opened up the tailgate, one way to get the bezel out from the factory a little easier is to remove this bottom screw first. We'll go ahead and take this one out, we're going to need to remove this one later anyway. Go ahead and take the screw on out, go ahead and close our tailgate back up. You're going to need to push down on the top of the bezel, because there's 2 tabs up here. There's one right here and right here, as well as a tab on the underside that actually pushes down into the tailgate itself. We're just using a trim panel removal tool, you can use a small flat head screwdriver too to push down on the tabs, just be gentle as they do break easy.
We'll go ahead and push down, now we have it loose, go ahead and slide the bezel out the rest of the way. Sometimes the tabs do snap off pretty easy, especially if it is cold. If you look underneath here, there's the hole of the screw that we removed from the backside of the tailgate. Now with the screw removed, we're going to need to insert the key into the locking mechanism. We'll need to work the mechanism up into position, so that it's lined up with the hole. This hole here will line up with the hole in the tailgate.
From the backside, we'll install the flat washer, and in this case we're just going to use the regular Phillip's head screw. We'll use the key to help us guide the lock into position. Then take our Phillip's head screwdriver, go ahead and make sure everything is lined up underneath, and we can tighten it down. Here's the security screw that comes with the kit as well. You'll notice that it has a ground down edge to where once you tighten it down, it's in place, you're not going to get it to come back out. Now on this particular install, we just put the Phillip's head in it, but this screw here could replace the Phillip's head if you wanted it to.
That's up to you, it's just an option that comes with the kit. We have everything lined up, we have it tightened down. Now with the key in the turned position it lowers this arm here. That's what's actually locking it or keeping it from moving. This is in the lock position, turn the key sideways it's in the unlock position. Then you're able to use the tailgate like the normal, it allows you to open the tailgate. When it's in the lock position it doesn't allow the arms to be pulled in, releasing the mechanism securing the tailgate. Now that we have the lock mechanism in place, all that's left to do is to install the new bezel that comes with the kit. Next we're going to need to install the new bezel. Go back in place like this, these 2 bottom pins here are going to line up with the 2 holes in the tailgate. The top 2 clips will actually slide up underneath, you want to make sure you get the bottom 2 pins lined up first before pushing it in place. Once the bottom pins are in and we know we're going to line up with our keyhole. Go ahead and push in on the top, snapping it in place and then put your key in. Lock or unlock, with our key in the unlock position we can open our tailgate. We can then close the tailgate and lock it by turning the key to the upright position like that. This tailgate lock will add a level of security especially if you have a tunnel cover or maybe a camper shell on your truck. It will help give you that added level of security that somebody can't just pull your tailgate open and get in at your items that may be stored in the bed. That will do it for the installation of the Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock. Part Number LH-003 as installed on our 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (213 Customer Reviews)
by: Nick H.11/03/2013
Purchased the LH-003 for my '04 Silverado, only regret is I should have bought it sooner. Product has OEM fit/function and installation was easier than "oatmeal", in fact, it literally took me seven minutes from start to finish and two minutes of that was unpacking the item. Similar to other locking devices this will not preclude a determined thief from getting to the contents behind the lock but it will "keep honest folks honest". The keys are heavy duty, I liken them to the OEM Chevy ignition key and not likely to bend/break under normal use. The locking mechanism is of solid form and function, just keep in mind it is a simple locking mechanism and only contacts one side of the tailgate latch when locked...not a big deal and it does preclude both latches from opening when the lock is engaged but the user will notice that the tailgate handle will have more "pull" on the left than on the right but this is a normal function of this type of locking device. Business with e-Trailer is absolutely the best, secure ordering, fast shipping (did I say fast?) and outstanding customer follow-up...cannot think of anything else e-Trailer could do to improve my experience. 106109
by: Dave N.05/10/2013
Recently bought a hard bed cover for my 06 Silverado and wanted to lock the tailgate. I purchased the Tailgate Lock through etrailer. The product arrived on time and complete. The instructions were easy and the installation was a breeze. The only thing I would change is the mounting bolt. It would be nice if it matched the existing bolts. However for the price and ease I highly recommend this product. 79725
Tailgate lock installation The service I received was very good. The tail gate lock I bought installed very easily and only took about twenty minutes to complete. 4932
Talk about max bang for the buck! For the '01 Silverado, this lock is the bomb. Super easy install. Solid functionality. Near perfect factory appearance. This is what Chevy could have done in '01. I am completely satisfied. The demo video sold me as the test subject was an '01 very much like mine. Great job. 195087
The product is ok but i had a few issues with it, all cosmetic however. The first being that the hole left for the lock on the replacement bevel did not line up exactly so the top part is actually on top of the locking mechanism instead of being on the bevelled edge of the mechanism. Secondly, the tabs on the top of the bevel piece would barely latch onto the sheet metal of the tailgate. So little in fact that i needed to modify it a bit by taking a dremel to the tabs to open the space to get them to actually "pop" into place. Before I modified it all I had to do was apply pressure with one finger and the bevel would pop out abot a quarter inch on the top. The last issue is the sides of the bevel don't seem to conform to the tailgate. They stick out about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch on both sides instead of being flush. The lock works great, it is the bevel replacement piece that I had the problems with. 79394
by: David K07/13/2013
Everything from quick shipping to easy installation as shown on the video on the web site made this a great buy. I would recommend this product to anyone. 89407
by: Bob P.01/16/2012
I recently purchased one of these for my 04 Silverado. I watched the video on instalation and let me tell you, It really is that easy.But like the instructions say "if it's too cold warm the new one before installing. I wound up breaking the two upper tabs on the old one trying to remove it. It was very cold. Today I installed the lock in just 2 minutes.Earlier today it was only 16 degrees so I warmed up the new one by wrapping it in a towel and sticking it by a heat vent in the house for about half an hour. Went outside and popped it right on. A little tip for you. Put a piece of duct tape on the tailgate right at the edge of the old plastic. I then used a small plastic putty knife to slide under the cover and another to find the exact location of the tabs. A great product & I highly recommend it. The service from etrailer is unbeatable. Bob. 29803
by: Freddy K10/19/2011
Device is easy to install, but be careful when doing it. Try not to break original plastic handle cover(you might want to use it again). When installing DON'T TIGHTEN the screw holding the lock in place, especially if you use the security screw. If you do, the lock won't work and tailgate won't close...ask me how I know. Adjust screw with tailgate closed. Lastly, get some 3m double sided adhesive and place on new replacement plastic to keep it attached. My cover didn't snap in place and fell off on the first bump I hit. Thanks to great customer service, etrailer.com got manufacturer to send me a replacement. With better fit and instructions I would have rated this item higher as locking unit and replacement cover were well made...just a little tricky to install easily. 25819
by: John H.07/28/2012
got my tailgate lock fast 3 days. watched the video on how to install it and had it on in 20 minutes. works great i will order again for sure. 49680
by: Tom W.10/19/2013
Easy to install, most of the time was removing the tail gate cover to get to the screws I needed to remove. If you do not have a tail gate cover, maximum time to install is at the most 10-15 minutes tops. I highly recommend this lock to secure the tail gate. It looks like a factory item. Highly recommend installing one. 104431
Product looks good and took about 10 minutes to install. It looks like it came from the factory. 208670
by: Vic Y.08/27/2013
Super good product. 5 minute install. Looks GREAT!! 97240
by: Shane in Utah03/31/2013
This is one of the best investments I've made and it works perfectly! The door on the LEER shell I just put on my truck (06 Silverado) locks but my tailgate didn't so it was a huge worry for me that someone would just open it and get in there, either at home, the store or out camping. Shipping was fast, the item and all the parts associated were a perfect fit and SUPER easy to install! This seems like a real nice, quality part that wont break, bend or just wear out anytime soon. Watch the video and it'll take you like 5 minutes to install this lock. Don't be skeptical like I was, if you need this, buy it and install it, you wont regret it! 73538
by: Carl G.11/21/2013
Very good, looks great. etrailer is a good place to do business. 108008
ITS OK FOR THE MONEY YOU SPEND 79952
by: Phil F.10/19/2014
This lock was entirely UN-satisfactory! After several attempts to install in my 2004 GMC 2500 HD, I finally managed to get it on. The supplied screws were too short, and only grabbed one or two threads on the lock. I viewed the install video (twice), read the supplied instructions (twice), and, by the hardest, got the lock installed. After replacing the supplied bezel and shutting the tailgate with it UN-locked, I pulled on the handle to open the gate, and IT broke! I'm now out the price of the lock, plus the cost of a new gate latch plus labor. Wish I had never ordered it!!!!!! 156767
Great product! Very well designed and very easy/straightforward to install. Metal-to-metal locking interface and a security style fastener provide a very secure system. Definitely worth the price to protect a very vulnerable part of the truck. My feedback would be to provide double-sided sticky pads for the bezel to help secure it better to the tailgate. The factory style plastic tabs work, but need a bit of help to keep the bezel in there. I will be buying some sticky pads and installing them which will make this a perfect retrofit setup. 337353
by: George M.10/11/2011
This is the completed installation of the Tail Gate lock on my 2007 GMC Sierra. Thanks for the good and prompt service. 25422
The product works as advertised. It did take some "tinkering" to make it fit, but I got it done. The best part of the purchase turned out to be the service of the company AFTER I bought the first version of the lock. Their website was not as precise as I expected, and the first lock they sent did not fit. They accepted that responsibility, paid for the return of the first lock (the package had been opened), and sent the right one. I think there was a small difference in price which I obviously had to pay for. 250912
I had also bought a new OEM handle to go along with this lock product. The instruction video made the installation seem extremely simple. However, the handle bars that open the tailgate and make the lock work had to be adjusted, and anyone can access the parts to bend them to gain access with the lock in position. I would appreciate a call to see what else can be done to assist with this issue. My phone # is on file. I had planned on purchasing more items from you, however I need them to be more dependable. 64013
This was really easy to install, just as the video shows. The photo shows two bolts/screws with no description. One is a standard phillips and the other has a security head. I used the security head since I don't currently use a bed cover. The fit was great, just like stock, and the lock mechanism lined up nicely with the hole in the bezel. The only downside is the handle now looks totally faded with the new bezel so I'll have to break out the supplies and shine it back up! 80672
by: Randy M.04/25/2013
I bought the first one in 2011 for my 2007 Chevy Silverado and it's worked flawlessly ever since. Easy to install. Bought the second one just for the bezel because the latch handle on the Chevy sheared and unfortunately, the bezel will also break when being removed. At least the Chevy's always do. So bought the kit to get the bezel in case this one breaks also. Have bought other items from etrailer and have always been treated great. Will buy again! Thanks. 77787
by: James W.10/18/2013
Looks as good if not better than the OEM bezel . I installed it in about fifteen minutes with the lock . Price is less than the OEM and the OEM bezel does not include a lock for the tail gate . I am 73 years old and if I can install this anyone can . 104242
by: Bert Mann01/27/2014
The tailgate lock took 3 days to arrive, using the "free" freight. The instructions were concise and detailed, with pictures, which made installation easy . Because the bed of my truck is lined, it took more time just to remove the lining on the inside of the tailgate, just so I could get to the bolt holding in the old mechanism.Once installed, the unit looks origonal and works very well. I'm very satisfied with this tailgate lock. 114840
by: Kenneth Nowlin08/02/2016
... I ordered & received the etrailer tail gate lock very promptly and with instructions, had it installed within twenty minutes with ease. The lock works excellent on my 2004 Chevy Silverado , no jamming or sticking. I would but another without hesitation and highly recommend this product to anyone that wants to keep their tailgate from being stolen, I give it a five star rating . Ken Nowlin 278224
by: Jeremy R06/28/2011
Very easy to install. No problems with the supplied hardware. I only wish you could reuse the same bolt that you take out as it is larger and retains factory look and matches if you've got a sprayed in bedliner. The keys supplied are huge, bigger than the factory ignition key. They don't need to be that big. The plastic overmold barely fits on the keyring. The supplied bezel matches the factory look 100%. 18146
by: David Fitz04/30/2015
Installation went fine though the lock wouldn't turn because the tab on the right struck the tailgate lever. I had to file off a small amount of material to get it to fit. After that it worked fine. Unfortunately after 5 days the lock no longer works and I can't determine why. Locked or unlocked the tail gate opens easily. I plan on contacting etrailer to determine what can be done. 188870
Everything was as indicated. Easy to remove existing situation, The lock fit easily into place and functioned well. My concern is that the bezel does not fit as snugly as I would like it. There seems to be too much up and down movement. The bezel seems to be a bit small for the existing hole in my 2500 Silverado Classic. I feel that the bezel might fall out, any suggestions? 225896
by: Richard West01/01/2012
I searched the NET for tailgate locks, found several. ETRAILER's OEM integrated lock and their installation video stopped me in my tracks and made for an instant sale, instant purchase. This product installed easily and exactly as shown (1,2,3). Believe me, it looks and works as well as any factory or authorized service shop job, for a lot less loot. Thanks R W West 28957
by: Gordon A.01/19/2017
When I bought my truck I was told I didn't order it with a tailgate lock so it would be around $100.00 to add it and I said, at that time, no. A few years ago I was checking on the part that I bought from you and it was over $$. When I came across your company for a different product and saw the lock set for less, I decided to take a chance and it works GREAT!!! Thanks 333685
by: Brian M.09/30/2011
Outstanding! Better communication from your company than I have seen in 10 years. Product was shipped the day after I bought the item. Item delivered to my house within one week. Product was exactly as described and took 2 min to install as was described on your site. Thank you very much, you have not only earned my business but those of my friends and family as well... 24897
by: Todd K.06/21/2016
I installed this product in 2015, and a year later it is still great. It was delivered on time, the customer service has been great, and the best part about it was the easy installation. The directions on how to install it were clear and precise. No doubt I'd highly recommend this product if you're looking for a a good, easy to install tailgate lock. 263258
I installed the lock as per the instructions. It worked great for a while then it started to jam and I thought i would not be able to open my tailgate. I took another look at the installation and it was installed correctly. It works sometimes and other times I have to play with it to make it work. I have sence stopped locking my tail gate. 13383
by: Abraham V04/15/2014
Product looks and works great. Installation was a breeze, but I did have to trim some excess flash that was in the cutout for the lock. I painted mine white at the dealership to match the body, and the fit and look is excellent. Customer service was excellent, and delivery was very quick. That is partially attributable to living in MO. 125321
by: Erich Benedix07/18/2012
Install is quite easy. If you have access to a machine shop, you can machine the original screw from the tailgate down to an M6-1.0 then use that for the install. This will leave everything looking factory and the three screws will match. If you want to preserve the old bezel, be very careful taking it off, the clips snap very easily. 48386
by: Douglas j06/01/2016
Extremely easy to install and works beautifully. The only issue was with the trim bezel. It didn't snap in and hold like the original and popped off whenever I closed the gate. 2 drops of Gorilla Glue solved the problem, and I am very happy with my now "locking tailgate". I would recommend this lock to any of my friends or family. 255052
by: John L.10/29/2014
Good fit. Went on easy, had to hold the handle in the open position and start screw for the lock then lower the handle and tighten the screw. Otherwise the handle would not operate. '04 Silverado. Good idea to lubricate all moving parts while bezel is off, especially on older vehicles. Overall install time was 10-15 minutes! 158345
by: Chris S.03/28/2014
This is about as quick and simple a way there is to secure your tailgate. Took less than 10 minutes and works great. Now I don't have to worry about someone stealing stuff out of my truck bed. With my solid fold cover on and this lock my stuff is as secure in the bed as it is in the cab. Great product at a good price. 122729
by: Wayne J06/13/2013
Product installed very easily and worked great for almost 3 months. Then for no apparent reason, I could just open the tail gate regardless if it was locked or unlocked. Tried 'Reinstalling' it in case it came loose, but nothing helped. I am marking this as a learning experience and am going with the 'Pop Lock' brand. 84474
by: Mark L06/09/2016
The product was easy to install and works as advertised. I was surprised that it was so economical and effective. I purchased a new tonneau cover to replace one that was destroyed by a windstorm, and the new tonneau cover relies on a locking tailgate to be secured. This add on lock was the perfect solution. 259604
by: George B04/06/2015
The lock took about five minutes to install. I surprised myself. Everything fits so well. 183563
Reasonably cheap given the cost just to replace the broken OEM (non-locking) plastic bezel. Lock mechanism took some significant mod via bench grinder to get it to both lock and allow the tailgate to be opened when unlocked. Following the extra installation work, it is good enough. 155515
by: Jeff D11/18/2011
Took about 10 min to install. Instructions were great and the lock looks great on my truck. I was told by the GMC dealer this type of thing doesn't exist. I could not be happier about my purchase and encourage anyone looking for a tailgate lock to give this one a shot. Jeff 27093
by: Jack Bell02/10/2011
Delivery took a couple of days longer than I expected as I upgraded to UPS ground but not a problem. It installed easily with out any problem and works better than expected. The cover fits just as well as the original GM cover. Very pleased for the value for the dollar. Jack 6962
by: John B.10/11/2012
I recently ordered a Bully Integrated tailgate Lock from etrailer. The process was seamless and they kept me informed at all times. The product was package safely and was delivered intact. I would not hesitate to use them again if the opportunity presents itself. 56988
Purchased for 2000 Silverado to protect tailgate and cargo with tonneau cover installed. Installs in 5 minutes and has an OEM look with the centered key hole in the new trim piece. When properly aligned it protects as advertised. Would recommend to anyone. 201871
by: Jesse L.09/23/2013
just what I needed for my pickup, extra security. 101143
by: Jeff S.08/20/2013
Very easy to install. I think it took all of 5 minutes. Keys are as large as the ignition key, so it is a full size lock. The team at etrailer also did a nice job of keeping me informed as to the status of the order and the tracking information. 96100
by: Mike S08/08/2012
Seems well made. I like the key. I wish the enclosed fastening screw was longer. I put a lock washer on mine instead of the flat washer provided. I'll keep an eye on it as I fear it could rattle loose. Easy to install and overall I'm pleased. 50961
Received the item fast and in perfect condition. Etrailer was great to deal with. The product fits well but could use a stronger bolt to secure it to the tailgate. Also, I used 3M tape to secure the bezel to the gate so it would not fall off. 234960
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