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Pop and Lock PL8521 Power Tailgate Install (2012 Tacoma)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JTyfz450, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    JTyfz450

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    HERE IS THE LINK TO THE POP & LOCK I ORDERED FROM AMAZON: POP&LOCK

    I know there are two write ups on the power tailgate already (TW and Toyota Nation). Don't mean to do a repeat, but I had a bit of trouble understanding which wires to tap into since the pictures provided in the two write ups didn't clearly point out which wires to use. Thanks to stewartx help I was able to tap into the right wires so the tailgate unlocks when the passenger door is unlocked.

    Here's my write up of the install. Hopefully this helps those that are in the same situation as I was in.

    To get the power tailgate to unlock when you click the key fob twice you have to tap into the wires on the passenger side.

    After removing the plastic panel from the tailgate attach the locking mechanism with the use of the left 10mm bolt (unhook the bar with the red tab to move it out of the way prior to installing the locking mechanism).

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    Route the power tailgate wire through the hole where the back up camera wire exits the tailgate on the right side. You have to take of the plastic piece that holds back up camera wire to feed the power tailgate wire through the hole. Now route the power tailgate wire through the rectangular hole where you access the spare tire.

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    After routing the power tailgate wire under your truck, along the right side following the existing wires that are already there locate the plug underneath the passenger side seat and remove it. Cut an "X" in the center and feed the power tailgate wire through it first. After removing the step panel and the kick panel route the wire through the whole where the plastic plug was located.

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    This is the wire bundle where you find the wires to tap into.

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    Find the BLUE wire with REDISH-PINK stripe and another BLUE wire with a BLACK stripe.

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    I used Wire Tap-In Squeeze Connectors from Radio (http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2104093) to tap into those wires. Stewartx suggested these and I have to agree these seem to be better for this install. To use these you'll have to cut off the light/clear blue plastic connectors that are already attached at the end of the power tailgate wires.

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    Go back and connect all the wires together and test. If the tailgate locks when you unlock the truck simply switch the wires at the tailgate. When everything work properly take all the excess and place it inside the tailgate. Then take zip-ties and secure the power tailgate wire to the existing wires underneath the truck.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA_7cV-5jXg

    [​IMG] All done [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
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  2. Apr 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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    This is a great post.

    Thanks
     
  3. Apr 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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    No problem. Are you planning on getting one?
     
  4. Apr 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    Bestop, custom storage in bed, many more to come she's only two months old!
    Just ordered one. Thanks for the write up.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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    Great job op :thumbsup:
     
  6. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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    No problem guys glad the write up helped out.
     
  7. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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    whats the cost of this?
     
  8. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    I got mine for $82 on Amazon, but the price went up since I bought it. It is now $84 with free shipping.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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    Hello all... I've just purchased the F1 Bakflip Tonneau Cover and realized the tailgate doesn't have a lock. I just purchased the Pop & Lock power lock with camera kit and was wondering if it included everything I needed for the install?

    I read a few threads similar to this (best one imo), but wanted to make sure because I've got very limited time to get this install done and want to be sure I'm prepared for it.

    Thanks for the post as it helped a ton!
     
  11. May 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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    Everything you'll need is provided in the package. Maybe get a few more zip ties. The only reason I used different wire taps was due to a recommendation from another member and they just seemed better than the ones that come with the Pop and Lock. Good luck with the install.
     
  12. May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    Thanks a ton for the heads up! I'll go your route as well with the better connectors. The last thing I need is short while driving through the mountains. I've got plenty of zip ties so that will definitely work.

    I'll post everything once I've finished. Thanks again for the thread and the help!
     
  13. May 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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    P.S. Just got an awesome tip on installation. mne3312 mentioned he fixed a sponge to the assembly in the tailgate to prevent any springy noise from occurring when closing the gate. Being I'm having issues with the vibration from my sub, this would also drive me nuts; thus, I thought I'd add to the thread.

    Thanks again!
     
  14. May 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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    I did that too after doing some research regarding the issue. I currently have a purple dish sponge and it works great :D.
     
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    any idea if my aftermarket alarm system will work if i tapped into the same wires you have stated? im wanna assume its gonna work, but just gotta make sure.
     
  16. Jun 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    Not sure on that, but I assume it should work since the tailgate wires are tapped into the unlock/lock wiring for the doors.
     
  17. Jun 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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    If only someone can figure out how to wire this up to an AUX on an aftermarket alarm system. I dont use the tailgate much so unlocking it everytime is useless.
     
  18. Jun 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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    If you wire it to the passenger side it will only unlock when you double click the remote. It will unlock with the passenger doors.
     
  19. Jun 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    This kit will work for a truck with a backup camera right?
     
  20. Jun 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    Yup...the original tailgate handle isn't changed in anyway. Everything stays the same you just add the locking mechanism within the tailgate.
     
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