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$10 DIY Power Lock Tailgate

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

  1. Jan 3, 2018 at 2:49 PM
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    Taco Larry

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    Thats a great and inexpensive option....well done sir
     
  2. Jan 3, 2018 at 3:22 PM
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  3. Jan 3, 2018 at 3:55 PM
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    I am wondering if there's a way to install this without drilling though the bed gate.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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    Pop N Lock requires no drilling.
     
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  5. Jan 3, 2018 at 4:54 PM
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    cool. thanks!
     
  6. Feb 20, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    Meso is a GD wizard..... can magically remove money from wallets and hours from the clock doing all the many mods I now have to do... :goingcrazy:
     
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  7. Feb 20, 2018 at 7:59 AM
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    Excellent post - TY ! - On my to do's
     
  8. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:04 AM
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    Damn.. almost 2 years since I posted this. Auto lock tailgate still going strong!
     
  9. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:09 AM
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    I just ordered a Leer cap, I could be wrong but @mesojdm has missed one small detail. The actuator doesn't need to turn the latch, just unlock it.... Curious if this changes anything? I believe the latch has a regular barrel lock so it would just be figuring out unlocking that barrel lock. After all, the tailgate actuator doesn't move the tailgate handle, right?

    Thoughts OP?
     
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  10. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:12 AM
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    My install does not turn the handle latch. It's hooked to the extension arm that the barrel lock is connected to. The actuator just locks/unlocks the handle from being able to be pulled.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:13 AM
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    Absolutely doing this!
     
  12. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    For those of you loitering in this thread, I think this is a much richer solution than Pop N Lock. You can find lots of Pop N Lock threads around with complaints about breakage, failures, etc.

    Sure, the parts in this DIY version could fail too, but since you build it, you'd know how to fix it.

    And it's a ton less expensive.

    As far as drilling holes in the tailgate, who cares? You'll never see them once the tailgate is reassembled.
     
  13. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:18 AM
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    All you are paying for In a poplock kit is a fancy bracket
     
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  14. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:18 AM
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    And if anyone has used industrial Velcro that could even work. Or just epoxy as another option.
     
  15. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    No. Don't do it. Too much vibration from actuating. Plus the extended use of dropping/lifting the tailgate. Just use screws, you will never see them once the outer cap goes back on
     
  16. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:22 AM
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    I'd prefer the bolt in solution, but that's just me.

    Velcro glue might fail in the enclosed heat over time? And expoxy makes future servicing if needed, difficult.

    Just considerations.
     
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    what gauge wire should we use @mesojdm ?
     
  18. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:50 AM
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    Never would’ve seen this thread if it didn’t get that massive bump. This is sweet - adding it to my to-do list.
     
  19. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:52 AM
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    16AWG is what I used. It's a pretty long run up to the front. 18awg is the minimum I'd run
     
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  20. Feb 20, 2018 at 8:59 AM
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    thx man.

    25 ft of this should work, yes? There's 2 runs that have to go from bed to door harness right?

    wire - https://www.amazon.com/Grand-General-55231-16-Gauge-Primary/dp/B00INVEUS6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1519145738&sr=8-12&keywords=16AWG+wire&th=1

    actuator - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043G5UM0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A2A3E3I2PR5WZ9&psc=1
     
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