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$10 DIY Power Lock Tailgate

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by MESO, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Mar 26, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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    MESO

    MESO [OP] Major Modder Vendor

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    Parts used:
    12V Actuator (search Amazon/ebay/etc) ~$5
    15ft power/ground wire ~$5

    Step1:
    Bent metal bar to hook from the actuator to tailgate;
    [​IMG]

    Step2:
    Drill hole in tailgate lock plastic(to the left of the orange connector)
    [​IMG]

    Step4(optional)
    Because the actuators are so noisy, I built an enclosure to dampen the sound(ABS plastic)
    Then covered the inside with sound deadening. This helps A LOT
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    Step5
    Position actuator box, mark holes and bolt it in
    [​IMG]

    inside view;
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    Put a piece of sound deadening over the holes. More can't hurt!
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    Step6:
    Route the wires. I followed the OEM camera wires.
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    then ran them up the drivers side and into the grommet right behind the drivers seat on the floor.

    Step7:
    Pop off B pillar panel, find the harness going to rear drivers door. The 2 wire colors are pink/red and pink/green. Tap these 2 and plug your actuator in. I choose tapping off the rear because I drive the truck 99% of the time and only unlock the drivers door. 2 button presses, and it will unlock the rest of the doors/tailgate.
    [​IMG]

    Good luck!!
     
  2. Mar 26, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    mthopton

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  3. Mar 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM
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    OnceARunner

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    I can see pics fine.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2016 at 6:32 PM
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    SSG665

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    Very cool!
     
  5. Mar 27, 2016 at 12:27 AM
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    SamChieftan

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    Awesome write up! Thanks!

     
  6. Mar 27, 2016 at 12:52 AM
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    awesome, might have to try this! thanks
     
  7. Mar 27, 2016 at 3:52 AM
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    Mach428

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    Very good information and write-up. Thank for taking the time to share this!
     
  8. Mar 27, 2016 at 4:11 AM
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    Hey @mesojdm you have any plans to make this into a ready to install kit that you can sell to other tacomaworld members? Looks like you did a great job and I like the idea of tapping into the rear doors for the lock/unlock feature.
     
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  9. Mar 27, 2016 at 1:45 PM
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    ^ Probably not. It's not too hard if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. If not, Pop-N-lock sells the kit but its $100+.
     
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  10. Mar 27, 2016 at 3:44 PM
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  11. Mar 27, 2016 at 3:56 PM
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    Or shop around and you can get it on ebay and Amazon for $85 shipped.

    Really cool DIY.

    I would definitely give this a go if I didn't already purchase the P&L.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM
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    Subd. Thanks a lot OP
     
  13. Dec 29, 2017 at 12:38 PM
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    Nice job - beats paying MSRP for a pop n lock.

    Speaking of, my pop n lock is extremely noisy, and putting sound deadening in the tailgate is an idea I'm going to steal from you.
     
  15. Dec 29, 2017 at 1:05 PM
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    OP, do you think something like this can be rigged to automate my caps lock? I have an ARE Overlander cap, it only has manual locking features, I want to automate like this.
     
  16. Dec 30, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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    The difference with a cap is it's actuating two locking bars, so more torque is needed than a simple actuator for a lock. Tracing the circuit, tapping into the wire, and adding an actuator will definitely work the same in your cap as it would in a tailgate. But again, the needed torque is higher for the latching mechanism on the camper top.

    It will probably work if you grease the latch and long pins. You certainly won't know until you try! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Dec 30, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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    Which actuator did you get exactly? I'd like to get the same one you used. Awesome write up btw!
     
  18. Dec 30, 2017 at 11:08 AM
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  19. Jan 3, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    I have the same question. I can't find the actuator OP used.
     
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