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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. Dec 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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    stewartx

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    The lock gets a bit quieter after used for a while. At this point, the beep associated with locking the door (activating the alarm, etc) is louder than the tailgate lock. In fact, I have to check it occasionally to make sure the tailgate actually locked. It seems to be pretty reliable, so I'll probably stop checking after a while.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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    Is it safe to assume the wiring for the passenger side door lock hasn't changed in the 2013 model?
     
  3. Dec 17, 2012 at 5:42 AM
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    If you follow the pics/directions in this thread you will be good to go. I installed in my '13 following this thread and everything works as it should.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    Sweeet!! :D My Pop-n-Lock has shipped and I just received my G4 Cover, so planning on installing both on my 2013 DCSB this weekend (I think I'll do the Lock 1st to avoid any potential lock out scenarios...;)). Can't wait!
    Thank you to the OP and all the addtl posters to this thread!!! (esp. photos, as I'm a bit of a visual learner) :cool:
     
  5. Jan 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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    Thanks for the awesome write-up OP. I am doing this over the weekend.

    Update: Finished in about 30 min with your help. I had about 7 feet of extra wire loom. I agree with others that have posted about it being too loud. I might wrap it in some sound deadening material later on.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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    Just ordered a new fiberglass topper with keyless entry. I think I'll have to get one these installed as well to help secure the tailgate.
     
  7. Jan 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    You're welcome! Ya it is pretty loud. Keep us updated on if the sound deadening material works out.

     
  8. Jan 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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    Mine is loud too, upon inspection of the device, it looks like the bar the slides in place to lock the gate rubs on the latch mechanism. I assume that as people were saying after it has been used a lot it probably is wearing down the metal until it does not make contact when activated.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    Mine has been instaled in November after 2 month of usage I don't hear it as much anymore.

    the sound will damp down after a few weeks.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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    I just used this as my guide when I did my install. The instructions that came with the actual Pop-N-Lock do not compare. I did the sponge trick and routed my wires into the backup-camera loom. Thanks for all the help!
     
  11. Feb 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    Great write up. I see Amazon has this for $84, looked at Truckalterations and it is $81 but not with a TW discount. I emailed them as it states on the TW page to contact them for an item not listed for a TW discount. We'll see what they say.

    Originally I had no interest in the power version of this as I thought it would be on a switch, not thinking it would be wired into the keyless entry. I didn't want to go through the hassle of wiring but this looks pretty easy and love the idea of it working with the key fob. Plus the fact I wasn't real crazy about the look of the manual PL5300 with the pop n lock logo on it.

    If Truckalterations gives me a good deal I may just pull the trigger. I'll post on here to let future buyers know.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM
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    The only mod is a hole in my wallet!!!!!
    great write up....ugghhh..this site always make me spend money!!!
     
  13. Feb 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM
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    Just did this mod over the weekend. Thanks for everyone's contributions! It took me 5 minutes to mount the lock and another 30-45 to run the wires cleanly (using the oem route). Looks and works great!

    Edwin
     
  14. Mar 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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    I am routing the wires now for my pop and lock, though I can't find any blue wires on the passenger's side bottom door jam. I have a red, red/black, and a few more. Anyone run into this?
     
  15. Mar 14, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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    Mine were there. Find the wires that go into the boot that goes between the kick panel and the door. They should be in that bundle of wires. I believe they were wrapped/looped around each other but I'm not certain.
     
  16. Mar 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM
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    The wires are not in the bottom of the door jam. You have to remove the side panel just forward of the door (where the passenger's feet rest). Removed the plastic screw in the very front of that panel (search for it) and then remove the panel by pulling it (hard) straight back towards the rear of the truck. Now, towards the very front of that panel area (near the white plugs), you'll see a wire bundle with the two wires you need.
     
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  17. Mar 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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    ^This :D
     
  18. Mar 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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    Great write up!
     
  19. Mar 16, 2013 at 6:03 AM
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    Thanks guys, I figured it out eventually, but much appreciate the info. I used a little marine grease for noise and a cut down tile sponge for rattles. Lock works great.
     
  20. Mar 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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    Can a dremel be used or some kind of trimming be done to minimize the noise?
    Just curious before I install mine.

     
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