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Pop n lock info needed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by igno1tus, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Aug 6, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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    igno1tus

    igno1tus [OP] Small member

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    I just recently got a extang sold fold 2.0 cover for the bed , now I want to get a locking tailgate and it looks like pop n lock is my only option ?

    I like the PL5400 but I'm a bit confused if it fits a 2007 Tacoma TRD tailgate ? Amazon says the PL5500 is the right one for my truck , BUT when I search for pop n lock Tacoma the pl5400 comes up which I like because it can be keyed to the ignition/door key of the truck

    Is there a better one ? Any advice what others have done to lock up their tailgate?

    There's the extang cover , love the flat sleek look !

    IMG_6257.jpg

    Thanks all
     
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  2. Aug 6, 2017 at 2:09 PM
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    Muddinfun

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  3. Aug 6, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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    igno1tus

    igno1tus [OP] Small member

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    Hmm ok thanks , looks like the PL5400 is listed there . I was looking for just plain black (a matte/flat black) . Does it feel like it is flimsy ?
     
  4. Aug 6, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    igno1tus

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  5. Aug 6, 2017 at 6:17 PM
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    Muddinfun

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    Various people have posted on here that their pop n lock broke because it's made out of cheap plastic. I bought mine with that known, and just treat it very gently. There's a guy in here that is working on making a metal handle for them, but production is going veeeerryy slooooow.

    One thing that the directions don't tell you. When you stick your key in (make sure it's in all the way) and turn it 1/2 turn, it makes god awful crunching sounds. After that, you're done. It doesn't turn back to the initial starting position. The position it's in after the 1/2 turn, is your new starting position.
     
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  6. Aug 6, 2017 at 6:22 PM
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    vssman

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    I recall another member adding a string to the locking rod and having a loop hang out ever so slightly under the plastic bottom of the tailgate cover. That way if the lock broke in the locked position, he could pull the string to unlock the tailgate. Some heavy monofilament fishing line would probably be best as it doesn't absorb moisture.
     
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  7. Aug 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM
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    igno1tus

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    Thanks for the heads up , so you can spin the lock mech so the new start pos is up ? I guess I'll see when I get it huh lol


    Hmm ok note taken , pretty good idea . I hope I don't think this thing is cheap lol .

    I guess we'll see
     
  8. Aug 6, 2017 at 6:36 PM
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    Muddinfun

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    Since it's a double sided key, it goes in either way. It's just that after it crunches whatever is inside the lock, then it's coded to your key and then the new starting position is 1/2 turn from the initial. When I did it, somehow I thought I should turn it back, but it doesn't go back.
     
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  9. Aug 7, 2017 at 8:49 AM
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    el_smurfo

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    I've had mine for 10 years. Doesn't seem all that flimsy to me.
     
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  10. Aug 7, 2017 at 9:49 AM
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    Had mine about 10yrs as well.
    When pulling up on the lever to open the tailgate, gently push the tailgate a little.

    Shit....

    Dont bother trying to figure that out in your head, i couldnt write it in a way that made sense.
    Just push the tailgate a little when u go to pull up on the lever. Itll make sense when u feel it operate easier. Becomes second nature.
     
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  11. Aug 7, 2017 at 11:01 AM
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    Mine broke after the warranty period. The plastic internal tab that lifts the locking mechanism broke. I informed pop n lock about this and they stated that they have upgraded their locks from ABS plastic to glass-filled nylon. The new locks definitely feel stronger and the plastic tab is a lot beefier.
     
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  12. Aug 7, 2017 at 11:05 AM
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    I'm really gentle when it comes to the handle, I don't let anybody but myself open it. My wife opened it once and I cringed lol. Just be easy on it, same with locking and unlocking it. 1 year of constant use and not one issue.
     
  13. Aug 7, 2017 at 11:20 AM
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    buy the pop n lock actuator I bought the key lock one and the handle broke so I had to buy a new OEM handle since the dealer didn't give back my old one and bought the actuator one and installed it myself it was a pain in the ass but well worth it since it locks when I lock my truck and unlocks when I unlock the truck
     
  14. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:17 PM
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    I just got this...
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  15. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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    For another $12, you could have got the one that uses your Toyota key.
     
  16. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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    Really? How? Where?
    I just got it in so I can always send it back.
     
  17. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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    my wife did the same thing. she turned that key like she was doing a t1tty twister. I yelled "NOOOO"
    my wife is not allowed to unlock or lock or open my tailgate anymore

    ive had mine 4yrs now
     
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  18. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:28 PM
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    Would I even use the key that much? Only if battery dies or something since it will be attached to my powered door locks.
     
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  20. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:42 PM
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    Muddinfun

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    Probably not that much, but I just hate having extra keys for everything. I wish I could have 1 key that fits everything I own.
     
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