Bully Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock Installation - 2001 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install the Bully IntEGRated OEM Tailgate Lock on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado

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. .

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