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$10 DIY Power Lock Tailgate

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

  1. Dec 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM
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    JaCado

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    Post 1 has the write up on it.
     
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  2. Dec 8, 2018 at 3:22 PM
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    need to learn more about this stuff
    I need more explanation than that. And what are the pieces used to attach wire into exsisting wire. Like you’re showing a 5 year old.

    I have everything else done. Just need major assistance on the wire part. I don’t want to fry any wire on my truck
     
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  3. Dec 8, 2018 at 3:29 PM
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    I understand. I am kind of the same way. I would like to watch someone do it correctly vs looking at pictures and reading instructions. Especially on wiring. Have you watched the pop n lock installs on YouTube. It's virtually the same and I am sure you will get a better parts list.
    Actuator
    Wire
    Wire taps
    Wire loom
    Small piece of wood and mounting hardware.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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    need to learn more about this stuff
    I’ll check that out. I just need to know what the wiretaps are and how to do them. Thanks.
     
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  5. Dec 16, 2018 at 2:06 PM
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    Did mine a couple weeks ago and followed Meso's idea of rubbing wire to the drivers side B pillar. There's a plastic grommet that i drilled and put my wire through then siliconed and hit it with plastidip because why not.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    I took some inspiration from all of the posts here and came up with my own implementation which i'm very happy with. I used this actuator since its the same one used for the pop&lock and bent some aluminum i had laying around to create a bracket to mount the actuator on. Overall its very clean with less moving parts. Hope this helps anyone who is planning to undertake the project.

    IMG_0716.jpg

    I enlarged the hole slightly in the white plastic to allow the round pin to move freely.

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    i ran it to the passenger side harness panel and tapped into the same wires that pop&lock suggest. I also managed to squeeze the wire into the same grommet where this harness is going to and didnt need to make any more holes in the bottom of my truck.

    IMG_0163.jpg
     
  8. Dec 27, 2018 at 4:44 PM
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    Thanks @mesojdm and to everyone else that shared their installations and knowledge. This saved me a bunch of time not having to figure all this out as I go. Finished it in about an hour this afternoon. Now I can make fun of my ford buddies for not having soft opening tailgates.
     
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  9. Jan 6, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestion and pics, I set mine up the same way and it works great!
     
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  10. Jan 8, 2019 at 10:56 AM
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    isn't there a concern that the pin will pop out at the top of the actuator?.......is it long enough to protrude far enough where it won't cont out with movement?
     
  11. Jan 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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    No concerns for me. If you really wanted you can use a cotter pin to ensure it doesn’t move. I think there may be enough “meat” on the pin do it.
     
  12. Jan 8, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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    how far does the pin stick out/up?
     
  13. Jan 8, 2019 at 5:25 PM
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    I shaved off some of the base of the actuator arm so that it would drop all the way down on the pin. If you position the actuator at the correct level, there is not enough play in the arm for it to lift off of the pin. I used a wood block to mount the actuator and it took a few tries to get it to the proper thickness. The pin sticks up about 1/8” over the top of the actuator arm.
     
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  14. Jan 8, 2019 at 7:13 PM
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    thanks...that was what i wanted to here.....i was concerned if the actuator hole was thicker and that would make it easier to come pff, but if it is sticking out by ⅛", that should be enough
     
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  15. Feb 7, 2019 at 6:01 PM
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  16. Feb 8, 2019 at 3:37 PM
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    any idea how tall that aluminum spacer bracket you made is, that spaces the actuator from the tailgate surface? Awesome job, I am going to duplicate yours. I could just wait and measure when I do it, but if I knew the height of that spacer, I could make it at work better than I could at home.
     
  17. Feb 8, 2019 at 3:43 PM
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    ill take some measurements this weekend and post them here.

    The bracket is 62mm. Sorry for using metric but that’s the caliper I have.
     
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  18. Feb 8, 2019 at 4:21 PM
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    awesome, thanks!!!
     
  19. Feb 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    ready to do this mod, anyone have the cheap actuator fail so the tailgate wont open, or if it fails, can you use the key to override it? Or can you pull the tailgate cover off with the tailgate closed?
     
  20. Feb 20, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    Not much
    The key would still operate the lock.
     

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