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Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black

Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black

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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 vehicle's OEM handle to provide security for valuables. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle locks from Pop and Lock. Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black part number PAL8521 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Pop and Lock Vehicle Locks - PAL8521

  • Tailgate Lock
  • Vehicle Specific
  • Pop and Lock
  • Power
  • Black
  • Keyed Alike

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
    • 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.

PL8521 Pop and Lock Powered Truck Bed Lock

Replaces PL8520

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

California residents: click here

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Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock - Power - Black - PAL8521

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (37 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.

2012 Toyota Tacoma

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 is a great source for parts and information.


Pop and Lock recently changed these kits. They no longer include the wire loom. Per the requests of many installers, they opted for a heavy jacket around the wire rather than a corrugated loom that for some was making installations slower. A smooth jacket is easier to to snake through tight areas than a corrugated loom. Once we were aware of this change, we got the ball rolling to update our photos and shortly we will have all of these listings updated.
-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 09/03/2013
Thanks for the update Patrick!
-- comment by: Mark L - 09/07/2013
Still working as well as the day I put it in - Mark
Mark L - 09/01/2014


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.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

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.

2010 Toyota Tacoma

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 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.

So its been about a year since installation. It works great: Absolutely nothing negative to comment. I like how the tailgate unlocks in synch with the passenger door needing 2 successive clicks from the keyless transponder - note that I wired it into the PASSENGER side OEM wires. There is no electrical interference with the Pop-Lock wires running in the same loom as the OEM camera wire the camera image remains clear. The Pop-Lock gives a nice solid clack sound when activated some people might find this sound objectionable. But it gives me the comfort of knowing the mechanism moved. Just by adding some sound-deadening material to inside tailgate can silence the clacksound, if desired. It is a strong unit piece. I tried pulling hard on the tailgate handle for simulated criminal tampering... I think the door handle would break outside before the inner workings would fail. Wonderful product!
Schrimp - 02/10/2015


Works great.

The wiring system
is not simply installed on a Tacoma, took rigging to fit through the tailgate.

The instructions were poor. Was not obvious what side of the Tacoma the wires should be run through, and was not explained adequately in the instructions.

But found videos that explained better.


This electric lock is so much better than changing the tailgate lock! Easy to install, super easy to use, no extra key to carry/use and well made. I purchased a key tailgate lock when I first bought my truck and after 4 years it disintegrated! The quality just didn't match the OEM. This product doesn't require a new handle it works with the original equipment - I'm super happy.


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!

2009 Toyota Tacoma

I installed on a 2009 Tacoma 4dr TRD and followed Schrimp's logic and the tutorial video and had it all working within an hour. Can't really put it any simpler then that. To get into the cabin though on the passenger side though I ran it through a tube that runs from in the cabin to the engine block and wrapped electrical tape to recreate a seal.

All in all, love the fact my tailgate locks up now and didn't have any denial and failures along the way.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

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.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

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.

awesome product...thanks again
Jim J - 07/22/2014


Due to my mechanical aptitude and love for anything maintenance related , I installed the electric lock kit with ease. (Instruction were easy to follow)
The product has been performing flawlessly and is a great way to upgrade your cargo box on your truck.
I would definitely recommend this product to family and friends.


This electronic tailgate lock has been excellent for over a year already. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in need of bed/tailgate security.

2012 Toyota Tacoma

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.

Yes I still like the lock, it works the same as when I installed it, just great!
-- comment by: Andrew - 02/19/2014

2008 Toyota Tacoma

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.

Update its been a year later and this product works great, no problems.
Jeff - 07/10/2014


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

2013 Toyota Tacoma Dual Cab: My son installed this in an hour, choose to not go through engine compartment with wiring rather straight up to center channel. I used loctite on bolt. Works like advertised, fast shipping. I will do business again. ThanksJim
-- comment by: Jim - 07/14/2013


Installed over a year ago and still works great! Pretty simple to install, going to need more zip ties than they gave you but other than that the instructions are easy, and there's plenty of helpful installation videos [online].

Been a year and it still holding up great, unlocks every time and hasnt needed any help as of yet.
Hunter - 08/05/2020

2014 Toyota Tacoma

Installation when just as outlined in the video. Works as expected. Convenient, easy to use, don't have to carry another key, it's all good. With my tonneau cover I now have a secure place to keep things.

Toyota Tacoma

The pop and lock has worked awesome for the past year.
It makes a good noise every time I hit the button so I never have a doubt that it’s locked.
I called support when I was installing because I had 1 question about the wire in my Tacoma and there was no wait to speak with someone and they knew exactly what they were talking about, which are both rare when calling support.
I give this 2 thumbs up!

2012 Toyota Tacoma

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.

Going great, no complaints.. Excellent product, recommend it to all my friends with a Tacoma. I still dont know why Toyota doesnt use that as an option.
J. 0 - 07/22/2014

2013 Toyota Tacoma

I received my order promptly as usual with The installation took me about an hour and a half (including the run to the hardware store for some grommets). Following another reviewers suggestion, I ran the cable up the pasenger side. There is a large rubber plug under the right front seat which I ran the cable through. It routed under the carpet into the scuff plate well and forward to the kick panel. The wires are the same color code as the driver side, so the connections were easy. The lock now works when the passenger doors are unlocked.

2014 Toyota Tacoma

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.


Fast shipping, easy install. Works exactly like described!

2012 Toyota Tacoma

Good product but directions really suck.
need to feed lines thru the fire wall as there is a wire feed bib located at the drivers ide door threshold on 2012 tacoma access cab models. Also wires can be found from wire bundle coming out of the door just to throw left of the parking break. Much much simpler than directions and not shown on 4 door video.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

Could not be more satisfied with 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.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

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...

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