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Best tailgate locking solution? Right now leaning towards PL5400. Opinions please.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by peto48, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Apr 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM
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    peto48

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    Looking to add a tailgate locking solution to my hard fold tonneau for added security. Currently looking at the pop & lock PL5400 with the codeable bolt so I only have 1 key to carry. Not looking to run wires for an automatic lock. Just want to make sure before I pull the trigger there is not a better solution out there by a different company. Pop & lock seems to be the most popular solution by far. I also saw a few posts about the PL5400 jamming on some people early on. All opinions on the topic are appreciated.
     
  2. Apr 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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    im also on the fence between the 5400 and 5300
     
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    I installed the 5400 on my Tacoma a month ago. Real easy to install and having only one key was a goal of mine. Same key as the ignition works excellent. No problems so far and I open it about 10 times a day. Locks good and works well. Go for it.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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    Recommend a site and a reasonable price? Would like to receive it by the end of next week.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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  6. Apr 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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    I don't feel like this will hold up for years & years. During a bad rainstorm, it sort of locked up. Had to use hair dyer & graphite to get it functioning.

    At this time, it is the best solution.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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    I have been looking at this as well, as I will be ordering the bakflip G2..
     
  9. Apr 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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    I have this one on my Tacoma. It works well enough, I just wish it had a more robust feel and that there was a more imaginative solution for locating the driver's side latch pull rod. I re-used the stock locating clip and shaped the rod slightly, but the 2nd gen tailgate and latch mechanism just isn't as sturdy feeling as the 1st gen.
     
  10. Apr 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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    Did you flip it around like I saw in a YouTube install video? In the video the rod was flipped so it was bent upwards and ran along the top of the tailgate.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s48fimgxYI8
     
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  11. Apr 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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    I have the same one on mine. It functions great but as mentioned I feel like the handle is going to break if I pull too hard, but so far so good.
     
  12. Apr 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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    Yes, I flipped it as per the instructions. But the rod follows an angled path to the latch that flipping it exacerbates. As the release lever is pulled, some of the travel is taken up as the rod tries to straighten (especially if the locating clip along the way isn't used) and the latch on that side disengages slightly after the right side which takes a more sensible route. Not a big deal really, but as an engineer I tend to fuss over such nonsense and maybe I'll take a closer look once I retire and have time for trivial pursuits.

    Not the fault of the Pop-N-Lock, but I was disappointed to find the composite tailgate lid or cover was held on by screws threaded into plastic nuts pushed into the tailgate, more than one of which was already stripped during assembly. And the metal itself seemed rather thin, making one wonder about the durability of the tailgate in general. It probably wouldn't have bothered me if I hadn't just dropped over 30 large into buying what will likely be my last truck. I'm sure the materials and engineering are within industry standards and everything will be fine.
     
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    Does one lithium grease stand out as better than the rest? And did you spray directly into the keyhole as well?
     
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    I installed the 5400 in January. It jammed( the lock cylinder ) on me the other day. Haven't been able to get it to work since.
     
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    Not sure if brand is better than another brand, but I used this one from Oreillys.
    ABC41796-E39B-4179-B0B8-D5608924CBD1-588_aac84cfff733357bbdcab16930f5c91ead5486ba.jpg

    As for the key cylinder, I used all purpose powdered sylicone lubricant, same brand as above.

    Best thing to do is get in touch with Pop & Lock. Others got their seized up kit with a new one.
     
  18. Apr 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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