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3$ Lock for the Tail Gate!!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by yan, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. Apr 26, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    yan

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    So i read up on the forum found the pop n lock, but i don't really feel like paying that much so i made my own. I went to the hardware store and bought a cabinet lock for 3 dollars! With a little cutting and bending i managed to get everything to work quite well. Here are some pics!

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  2. Apr 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    I'll be interested to see how that holds up against Mother Nature. She is a bitch, after all.

    Good ingenuity though!
     
  3. Apr 26, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    i put a rubber grommet behind the lock and tightened it as much as possible so it would protect it under corrosion etc... the lock itself was so cheap i can easily go buy another one if this one gets rusty and grummy in a couple years!
     
  4. Apr 26, 2009 at 5:08 PM
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    more pics!

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  5. Apr 26, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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    Interesting....Interested to see how it holds up....Should do the trick for making the average "lets see what's back here" thief think again.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    lol if someone really wanted to get in there they would but i like the added protection that would delay someone a bit of time trying to get in there... and it was only 3 dollars haha
     
  7. Apr 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    That's the key- Make them work for it.

    I'm just too chicken shit to start cutting into the tailgate like that. I like how easy the pop and lock was...even if it cost a bit more than yours....
     
  8. Apr 26, 2009 at 6:25 PM
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    ^Yes, and the PnL looks OEM.

    A+ for the effort.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    Good job!
     
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    Dude that is awesome!! After the test of time and weather....to see how it holds... this should be a sticky.
     
  11. Apr 26, 2009 at 8:10 PM
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    I think I may take it off and see if I can powder coat or paint it black without messing up the key hole! That will def make it last longer and I think will look better with my black and red moteef (sp).
     
  12. Apr 26, 2009 at 8:23 PM
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    Did you treat the metal w/anything after cutting into your tailgate?
     
  13. Apr 26, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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    I was just thinking...on my tool box and even on the tacoma door it has a little cover over the key hole when it is not in use. As soon as you stick the key in --the cover pushes back. Could you find something like that. It would keep the water out. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Apr 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM
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    Id rather pay the extra money than put a hole in my tailgate.
     
  15. Apr 26, 2009 at 10:25 PM
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    uhh... its a darn tailgate.... who cares. a truck is a truck. you want something all nice and pretty, go get a car... you want something that takes abuse and you can romp on, then stick with your truck.
     
  16. Apr 26, 2009 at 10:31 PM
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    I don't mind my truck taking some abuse, but I wouldn't want to drill a hole into the tailgate either. Cool idea though. Does look clean. I just went w/ the cheap $1+ hose clamp
     
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