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Pop & Lock alternative?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Park, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Nov 15, 2014 at 7:56 PM
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    Park

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    I bought a pop n lock PL5500 for my 2015 Tacoma. Installed it fine and it seemed to work ok but the damn thing unlocks itself on it's own after about 5 minutes. I removed the tailgate panel to see how that happens and it seems like the manufactured parts had very lenient tolerances. The part that swivels to lock/unlock just slips slowly downward after locking.

    Does anyone know of a beefier designed tailgate lock?
    Also, why the heck doesn't Toyota offer this option?
     
  2. Nov 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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    TacoGlenn

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    Mine did the same thing, which I solved using a simple rubber band to keep the pendulum in the lock position, mentioned here.

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  4. Nov 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM
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    Good job, but ... You need to get a metal spring and rig it up. The weather is going to take a heavy toll on that rubber band in short order.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2014 at 6:36 AM
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    @ tomwil
    I thought of the exact same rubber band idea but didn't have one handy.
    But as someone posted after you, that probably won't hold up very long.

    I appreciate the responses, thanks guys.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM
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    A carb return spring does the job nicely and u don't have to worry about having to replacemthat rubber band over time.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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