Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock with Handle - Power Lock and Manual BOLT Lock - Black

Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock with Handle - Power Lock and Manual BOLT Lock - Black

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  • Tailgate Lock
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  • Power and Manual
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  • Black
Kit includes a power tailgate handle and manual BOLT lock that codes to your ignition key to protect your tailgate and cargo. Powered lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle locks from Pop and Lock. Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock with Handle - Power Lock and Manual BOLT Lock - Black part number PAL8540 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Pop and Lock Vehicle Locks - PAL8540

Kit includes a power tailgate handle and manual BOLT lock that codes to your ignition key to protect your tailgate and cargo. Powered lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate.


  • Power tailgate lock and manual keyed locking handle help to prevent theft of your cargo and your tailgate
    • Creates secure storage for your valuables when used with a tonneau cover or camper shell
  • Power lock works with your factory power lock system, so it locks and unlocks using remote keyless entry
  • Manual lock has a key to unlock your tailgate in case your vehicle's battery fails
  • Manual lock cylinder has BOLT codeable technology so it can be keyed to match your OEM truck key
    • 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
  • Works with factory backup camera
  • Black color matches your vehicle's factory paint
  • Switch kit (PAL9520 - sold separately) is available for trucks without existing power locks
  • Made in the USA
  • 1-Year warranty

Note: BOLT locks permanently code to only 1 vehicle. They cannot be re-coded or re-keyed.

Replace your existing factory tailgate handle with this ABS plastic tailgate handle that has a built-in manual lock that can be wired to your power door locks. And you won't have to carry any extra keys. The lock cylinder for this tailgate lock can be keyed to match your truck key using patented BOLT codeable technology.

BOLT Locks for Convenience and Security

Are you tired of carrying a bulky ring of keys - for your hitch lock and coupler lock, your pickup cover or trailer door, and all the various padlocks securing your equipment?

BOLT (Breakthrough One-key Lock Technology) has solved that problem by designing a line of locks that can operate with a key you already have handy - your vehicle ignition key.

When you insert your own key into the cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to that key. The first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to that key. When the key is removed, the cylinder moves into the locked position. When the key is turned again, it will rotate to the unlocked position.

This sturdy, stainless steel lock resists corrosion and is custom fit to your vehicle. 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 can activate the Pop & Lock using your keyless remote - lock your truck doors, and you lock your tailgate. 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.

PL8540 Pop and Lock Powered Tailgate Handle with Manual BOLT Lock - Codes to Ignition Key - Black

PAL8540 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details PAL8540 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma

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Video of Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock with Handle - Power Lock and Manual BOLT Lock - Black

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Pop and Lock Vehicle Locks - Tailgate Lock - PAL8540 Review

Today we're going to be reviewing part number PAL8540. This is the pop and lock custom tailgate lock. The power and manual lock head 00:09 are included. This is designed to fit Toyota Tacoma's beginning with year 2005. The power tailgate lock and manual lock are going to help prevent theft of your cargo and your tailgate. It's going to create a nice secure lockable area to keep your valuables when you use, especially with a tonneau 00:25 cover or a camper shell. Now the power lock system is this right here.

This is designed to work with your factory power lock system. It's going to lock and unlock using the remote keyless entry with your vehicle. The manual lock is going to have a key to unlock your tailgate in case your vehicle's battery fails. Now the manual lock cylinder is going to use bolt codeable technology, so that way it can be keyed to match your OEM truck key. This is going to be made of corrosion resistant stainless steel when it comes to the locking mechanism.

That is going to be customized to fit your vehicle and integrate into your tailgate handle. Another great feature is that it mounts inside the existing factory handle mechanism so it is designed to resist tampering. It's going 01:06 to install pretty easily. It simply wires into your power lock system using the quick splice connectors, these two red things here, those are included. You're going to get all of the wiring. This does not require any drilling or welding, requires only basic tools.

As you can see, everything here on the table is what your going to get. You're going to get the wiring, the quick splices, all the hardware that's necessary as well as some zip ties to help secure the wiring up and out of the way to make sure it doesn't interfere with any other components. This slot right here is designed to allow the system to work with a factory back up camera, if your vehicle is equipped with that. A kit that we offer, and it's sold separately is part number PAL9520, that's going to be the switch kit and that's available for trucks without existing power locks. That's going to do it for our review of part number PAL8540. This is the pop and lock custom tailgate lock.


Customer Reviews

Pop & Lock Custom Tailgate Lock with Handle - Power Lock and Manual BOLT Lock - Black - PAL8540

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

Kit includes a power tailgate handle and manual BOLT lock that codes to your ignition key to protect your tailgate and cargo. Powered lock wires into the existing power door locks, so when you lock your truck, you lock your tailgate.

- PAL8540


2005 Toyota Tacoma

Functionally perfect! Easy to install. I was initially intimidated by the wiring but the video by etrailer made everything a breeze. 4 stars do to imperfect fitment. I had to partially deconstruct the locking mechanism to fit it through the tailgate hole. And flipping the pull rod is a bandaid solution which now rubs a bit. Overall I’d still highly recommend this product. Thank you etrailer for your invaluable installation videos. They alone will keep me coming back as a customer. 541512

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2014 Toyota Tacoma

Product arrived promptly. George J was in contact via email prior to and after the product arrived. I find that to be good customer service! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND watching the installation video of the product prior to installing. Installation of the locking handle on my 2014 Tacoma was easy, however there was a difficult area at the fuel tank which required a wire coat hanger to be used. Bend a curved hook in the end of the cut hanger and use it to grab the wire to pull it through the tight areas. One thing to be aware of when attaching the wires to the feeds. The smaller bundle of wires (closest to the outside of the door) is the bundle that has the blue/black and blue/red feeds. I opened the large bundle and was not finding the correct colored wires as described in the video. When all was attached everything worked like a charm! 480761

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2008 Toyota Tacoma

This product was installed in a 2008 Tacoma access cab. The install was fairly easy no cutting or drilling required. All parts were included. The only trouble I had was getting the wire through the rubber grommet in the firewall. I eventually taped the electrical wire to a coat hanger and fed the wire through the grommet. The lock works with the keyless entry and the codeable lock technology was very easy to set. Just insert the key and turn to the right and it was set. Very happy with this product. 178221

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Etrailer is great for their service and speed of delivery. I will comment on a few things about this product. - it still uses a plastic solenoid. Will see how long this lasts - installation video was very helpful. There is one important detail that was difficult to see. IMPORTANT!!! READ THIS FOR THE CORRECT WIRING.... Open the wiring closest to the outside of the driver's side door. There are two wiring channels inside the floor panel on the driver's side. The thinnest one closest to the outside is the one you want. Blue and black & Blue and red are the wires you want. - Flipping the left side bar does rub on the inside of the gate, however if you bend it out a bit it no longer rubs on the gate and works as intended. Another note that helps with the latching and ease of use is to spray silicone on the outside latches while the gate is open. This helps and saves wear and tear on the handle. Quality of the handle seems to be on par with the OEM handle. It's not metal, but it's a decent thickness of plastic. Camera fit and everything lined up well. Key worked great with my original and so far there are no problems with the keyless locks working with the tailgate. FYI - The gate locks on the first push, but opens only when the remote is pressed 2X (unlocking the passenger doors). This is a good thing because it doesn't always need to cycle each time the door is unlocked. Quality of the solenoid is yet to be determined. The plastic end piece is concerning as I've heard it breaks over time. I'm hoping that this is just a fluke more than anything else. It would be nice on a $150+ item that this wear item would be manufactured of a higher quality material. Time will tell. 602739

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Great Price ,and fast service 598435

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2015 Toyota Tacoma

The fit was very good and simple to ins tall 439961

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2013 Toyota Tacoma

The lock was just as the information said, everything went together just as they did it in their video. 358584


Love it,

Conley J - 03/26/2018


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2011 Toyota Tacoma

Easy installation of new lock. So far works great. Better than last electric lock. Froze last year couldn't get in back of truck. Better with the keyed lock also. 322147


Great! With keyed lock also makes it nice.

Scott K - 12/04/2017


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2014 Toyota Tacoma

Product was easy to install. Instructions were ok but needs more work on the wiring connection instructions. Lock is awfully loud when it activates either locking or unlocking. Otherwise I'm satisfied with it. 302048


Working great no problems with product since its installation. Still load when it locks but works as detailed.

Larry V - 10/11/2017


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2015 Toyota Tacoma

Easy install. Works great. 287139

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2015 Toyota Tacoma

I ordered the power tailgate lock for my new Tacoma so I would have a secure storage area with my tonneau cover. The video was very handy and walked me through the entire install. 200013

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2014 Toyota Tacoma

This was easy to install and works great 153487


The lock handle broke about 4 months later. Your company replaced it under warranty. I have not had any issues since.

Gary S - 10/02/2015


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could not be happier with the lock....put it in 3 months ago ,took about 1 hour to install...instructions were easy to understand..my stock key works great in the new lock ...ty 144173

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Purchased this lock system as a gift and was present for the installation. Everything went smoothly and the recipient is very satisfied with how it turned out. I would recommend this item and this company to a friend. 138899


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