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Pop and lock handle

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Toywoodsguy82, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. Jan 18, 2021 at 3:48 PM
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    Toywoodsguy82

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    Looking to get a locking handle now that I finally got my tailgate issues fixed.

    The previous owner had a hard cover covering the bed that locked and unlocked with my unlock button. I took that off years ago but the wires are still there.

    I don’t need a power lock but I’m reaching out for opinions from people that have aftermarket locks on their tailgates.

    what do you have and do you like it. Power or manual locking.

    for a 2007
     
  2. Jan 18, 2021 at 5:19 PM
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    Tcomaboy

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    Only option for our trucks is the pop n lock
     
  3. Jan 18, 2021 at 5:20 PM
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    tyjoja

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    I have a manual pop and lock handle on my tailgate, 2008, got it off eBay and keep the key in center console... works fine and I like the set up.
     
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  4. Jan 18, 2021 at 5:22 PM
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    Ok. Just wondering people’s opinions on manual lock vs power lock
     
  5. Jan 18, 2021 at 6:03 PM
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    Not Enough and it continues...
    I had a pop and lock and it worked fine for a while then started jamming. Maybe dirt caused it. I'm not sure. Never got it to be dependable so I ended up going back with the one that came off. I searched for some other brands. I found one but lost interest and never ordered it. For those that have had p and l and had good results.... great for you. But that wasn't my experience. Good luck.
     
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  6. Jan 18, 2021 at 6:56 PM
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    I’ve had the manual version for about 8 years. Works great, no problems. I’m old school and prefer the manual version. Just seems to me like there is less chance of something going wrong with the manual.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2021 at 8:15 PM
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    I’ve had the manual one for about 8 years. The color has faded but still works perfectly
     
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  10. Jan 18, 2021 at 8:34 PM
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    verynearlypure

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    Had a P&L I bought a few years ago with bolt technology (so I could use my ignition key to lock and unlock the tailgate.) No power controls though.

    From the start it didn’t have a crisp opening feel to it like OEM. I verified 50 times to ensure installation steps were as followed and even tried alternative orientations etc.

    It seemed like the handle itself preferred me to push in on the tailgate in order to get a good and clean release.

    The plastic handle is kind of janky and has more flex than the original. Cheap quality.

    The icing on the cake was when the regular black trim finish faded to white. I took care of it too and used proper sealants safe against fading on trim specifically.

    It’s currently off with the original back on. I may end up repainting or reordering in hopes quality has changed. Maybe I’d have better success with a paint matched lock this time.

    Just my $0.02
     
  12. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:30 AM
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    Wattapunk

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    Not really. I ran it along the top of the frame zip tie along the way and there’s a rubber grommet under the driver's seat with factory wiring that I squeezed the cable through. Then up along the kick panel, under dash and to the radio.Tap power and ground wiring at the taillight assembly.
     
  13. Jan 19, 2021 at 5:27 AM
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  14. Jan 19, 2021 at 5:48 AM
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    I have the same one (Pop 'n Lock P/N PL8521). You will need a drill bit and wire taps to install it. If memory serves, I used this video to help me with the installation process:

    [removed: wrong video]

    I also added an emergency/manual release, in case the solenoid fails:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/pop-n-lock-pl8521-install-with-emergency-release.445898/

    The only reason I went for this option is because it allows retention of the OEM tailgate handle. Pop 'n Lock's tailgate handles are known to be poor quality.
     
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  15. Jan 19, 2021 at 5:54 AM
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    Using the OEM handle is the reason i was looking at this route as well. Did you have to drill to run the wiring or to mount the bracket? I was thinking the wiring may follow the OEM camera wiring route. Thanks for the vids, i had read about the emergency release cord as well
     
  16. Jan 19, 2021 at 6:03 AM
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    The drill is needed to add a new hole to a plastic cable pass-through on the bottom passenger side of the tailgate. If you follow your rearview camera cable, you'll see the pass-through I'm talking about. No other drilling is required.
     
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  17. Jan 19, 2021 at 6:06 AM
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    Thanks, just seen the video. Thats not bad at all, just drill into the plastic tab. Thanks. It would be nice if PnL made an actual good handle with the key
     
  18. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:27 PM
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    I installed the pace edwards power lock. I went with them do to all the failures ive read about the PNL. i have no key just the handle. I unlock it and lock with the remote or i use the key in the driver door and turn it twice to unlock and reverse.i also have a fail safe cord attached to the solenoid arm so i can manually unlock it by pulling the cord. I have it tucked in the bottom of the tailgate near the drain hole
     
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  19. Jan 19, 2021 at 3:36 PM
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    Where did you grab your pace edwards from?
     
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