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Pop and lock 5400 review

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jeepsrwack, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Sep 3, 2015 at 12:30 AM
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    jeepsrwack

    jeepsrwack [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just finished installing my pop and lock! Install was a breeze with their YouTube video. Lock works fine except there is no click when unlocking. Also handle is not as smooth as stock. When I lock it there is a felt click. Paint quality is so-so but I think it matches decently with my trd sport kit. All in all I highly recommend it in an attempt to prevent tailgate theft.

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  2. Sep 3, 2015 at 5:43 AM
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    Jhunter

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    Jeep, I just ordered a 5400 on Tuesday and plan to install it this weekend. How long did it take you to install?
     
  3. Sep 3, 2015 at 5:48 AM
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    cabo wabo

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    Installed 5400 several months ago.
    Total install was less than 45 minutes.
     
  4. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:01 AM
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    tomwil

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  5. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:15 AM
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    Maats

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    I installed 3 PopNLocks on my Tacoma. The first one I bought. It lasted about 6 weeks. I RMA'd it and recieved another. Had to pay for return shipping. That one locked on me when the tailgate was up after about 2 months. I had to remove the back panel to unlock it. I returned that one and recieved another. The locking mechanism was very flimsy. Felt like it was going to fall apart. I installed it anyway, and the key was turning in the cylinder and wouldnt lock. I asked for a refund, but unfortunately the time limit expired. I was going to get another RMA'd, but was told I would have to pay for shipping both ways. I told the vendor to "Stick it". I never installed another POS PopNLock.
     
  6. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:26 AM
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    Rippin101

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    Mines been going strong for over 6 months and I am still happy with it and having the option to lock it. Definitely not the strongest thing out there, especially compared to OEM, but it'll do.
     
  7. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:42 AM
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    jamesasavalon

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    I can also vouch for the poor quality of these locks. Unfortunately there aren't any other great alternatives if you want a locking tailgate to use with a tonneau. I put on the 5400 and put on their electric power lock kit. It unlocks if I press the button on my fob twice. It locks when I press lock. So far no issues. Hopefully if it fails, the keyed portion will work so I can put the factory handle back on....
     
  8. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:51 AM
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    tomwil

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    That's why I am hoping that the lock mechanism in the 2016 Gen 3 model can be adapted for Gen 2 use.
     
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  9. Sep 3, 2015 at 6:54 AM
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    jamesasavalon

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    That would be ideal
     
  10. Sep 3, 2015 at 7:16 AM
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    bcubed

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    Ya I bought one, installed in, and returned it all in one afternoon. Felt so flimsy. My lock on my canopy door feels sturdy enough to discourage the easy break in. Either way, if someone wanted in, the pop and lock wasn't going to stop anyone.
     
  11. Sep 3, 2015 at 7:19 AM
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    Jhunter

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    Sounds like I may have wasted $75, oh well lets see what happens...
     
  12. Sep 3, 2015 at 7:25 AM
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    boogie3478

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    My experience with the same model # after 1 year of use:

    Easy Intall. No issues with the actual locking mechanism but the tailgate handle gets stuck after it's been warmed up by the sun, not allowing you to open the tailgate unless you fiddle with it for 5 minutes. This is very frustrating and I'm considering switching back to the OEM handle.

    Does Toyota even offer a locking tailgate handle?
     
  13. Sep 3, 2015 at 8:39 AM
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    Only for the Gen 3 Tacoma models, or Tundra.
     
  14. Sep 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    PoweredBySoy

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    I know. And I need to get a locking tailgate soon. I'm not looking forward to this.... especially with all the salt our roads see in the winter. I expect this thing to seize up.

    Desperately looking for other options.
     
  15. Sep 3, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    boogie3478

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    Hopefully there will be a way to make it compatible with the second gens.
     
  16. Sep 3, 2015 at 9:06 AM
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    Fredfifty

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    mines is fine..so far. been about 6-7 months, but are you guys manhandling the lock/unlock? take it easy on it. also could be a installer error? ah dunno
     
  17. Sep 4, 2015 at 6:19 AM
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    adio

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  18. Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 AM
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    Jhunter

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    I installed mine this weekend. Took 15 minutes. Everything looked solid and I can't see any flaws or issues with the aftermarket lock. I see no reason to manhandle the latch. I guess time will tell.
     
  19. Sep 8, 2015 at 7:56 AM
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    Josh828

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    Im not sure what model mine is however the first I installed was broke and i finally got a new one... It feels like junk and is hard to lock but Its the only option so gotta have it!
     
  20. Sep 8, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    jeepsrwack

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    So like other reviews, I thought my lock failed. When unlocked, pulling the handle did absolutely nothing. I was ready to send pop and lock a nasty email since my tailgate was now stuck closed. After playing with it a few times I figured maybe I need to move the actual tailgate a bit. I pushed it and heard a click, sure enough it opened after pulling on the handle again. Lesson learned, I must've not closed it hard enough the last time I used it, boom!
     

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