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Pop and Lock

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by rmerchant3, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Jan 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    rmerchant3

    rmerchant3 [OP] Insert nonsense here

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    So I just traded the 06 in for a 12 double cab short bed with the factory bed extender. I wanted to add the pop and lock handle to prevent someone from trying to steal the extender. I wanted to extend my review for any potential buyers.

    When I first opened the package I immediately noticed how the whole unit was plastic and seemed cheaply made. When disassembling my factory handle I really came to a realization of the quality difference. I realize this is an aftermarket part, but this is nearly unacceptable. I proceeded with the install anyhow. The factory gasket that you have to transfer over barely fit on the pop and lock model. I had to really pull it to stretch it over the dowels. When installing the final 10mm bolts I noticed that the threads in the pop and lock weren't lining up with the holes in the tailgate very well. This put the whole handle in a bind and caused it to be pulled to the right when fully tightened down. Needless to say I re installed my factory handle and package the pop and lock back up for a return. I guess I will just have to remove the extender when not using it. Although it is nice even with the tailgate up for securing small items.

    Suffice to say I would not recommend this product. I realize that I may have got one that was "made on Monday," but I don't think one that would fit properly would satisfy me either. It just didn't seem well engineered to me.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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    :notsure:Mine was good quality when I bough it 2 1/2 years ago. Still works well with regular greasing.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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    mine is great it works nice keep it lubed up and viola.

    the difference in the plastic was noticeable when it was new but after having it on the truck for the last year it seems to have blended in nicely.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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    I put in the electric lock version pop and lock, no issues... Very helpful tech support... The tacoma OEM handle on the 2011 is plastic as well... My only hope is the handle breaks before the electric lock... Basically any lock is there to keep the honest folks honest....

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  5. Jan 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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    rmerchant3 [OP] Insert nonsense here

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    Does the electric one use your factory handle?
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    It does use the factory handle. If you look at it, it is basically an electric block.

    I wish the factory handle was metal.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    Wish I read this post before I ordered and installed the Pop & Lock. I am in the same boat, looks cheap and not as nice as OEM tailgate handle. I am getting ready to go back outside and return the POP & Lock handle. I plan to go with the remote lock posted by bootboiler. It is hidden and it is one less key to carry, I like how it intergrates into the Taco's wireless lock system.
     
  8. Jan 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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  9. Jan 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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    Where are you tie-ing in your wires shown in image 4 and 5?
     
  10. Jan 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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    Awesome, thanks for the info!

    Yeah, I sent pop and lock an email and they were pretty quick to respond. They are revamping the company as it was just recently bought out, so hopefully things will improve.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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  12. Jan 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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    I ran them all the way up along the frame, to a hole under the passenger seat, then under the kick plate, through the rubber tube to the door, and up to the lock actuator, (i.e. Not the lock button) you need to go to the lock.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    Pop&lock and the OEM are both plastic, if someone offers a Metal or aluminum handle, I'll buy it.
     
  14. Jan 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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    Anyone ever repaired their Latch Assembly. I little plastic part has broken holding one of the opening rods and prevents the latch from working.:confused:
     
  15. Jan 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    My broken Tailgate Latch plastic part continued;

    I went down to the Toyota House and the Parts Guy told me I had to order a complete latch assembly and he could not order just the little plastic keeper that had broken. AND it would cost me about $135.00 retail. That is total B.S. and Toyota should offer that part because it will break very easy.

    I went home and fabricated the part out of some plastic stock I use for woodworking jigs. Took me about fifteen minutes to make it and now the tailgate works like a champ. I did have to use a zip-ty to hold the rod to the part. And it is much more robust than the original part. :D
     
  16. Jan 29, 2012 at 7:09 AM
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    Pictures?
     
  17. Feb 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM
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    I just installed a pop and lock last night. It isn't awesome quality, but its ok, and should suit my needs fine, I hope. I just need a locking latch to prevent tailgate theft. It doesn't operate as smoothly as the stock latch, but I helped that a bit with some white lithium grease.
     
  18. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    Too bad you fixed it already. I have a ton in my tool box.
     
  19. Nov 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    Some questions about installing the PL8521: I've never done any wiring in my truck (or any vehicle). Am i feeding the wire for the P&L through the corrugated wire harness? Or along side it? When I get to the hole under the passenger seat, what is the kick plate you mention? How do i get the wire into the door, and connected to the actuator?
     
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