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Poplock (PL5300) 2009 Tacoma with Cam -Install Tutorial

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tacoma-09, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Jan 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    BTW: I'm done with my POP-LOCK - the PL5300 - Worst lock I have ever had on my Taco. I have removed it and gone back to the factory fitted handle. The pop-lock would not open all the time, it would work for a while then stop working for no reason. I re installed it, it then worked for a week then stopped working. I'm done with it.

    If anyone wants to buy mine feel free to make me a decent offer. I have all the pieces screws and everything packaged nicely back in the factory packaging sitting in my garage.
     
  2. Jan 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    sorry to hear it did not work out for you after such a great post. I just ordered mine from truckalterations.

    anyway, what is the purpose of rerouting of the cable if, based on the picture, it seems to end up in the same spot ?

    thanks.
     
  3. Jan 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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    Actually it does not end up at the same spot. The factory position for the cam is on the right hand side of the handle, whereas the pop-lock location is on the left hand side of the truck, hence one needs to re-route in order to get the extra length needed by the pop-lock
     
  4. Jan 28, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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    Veccster

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    My lock has been locking itself while driving. Is this what you are referring to?
     
  5. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    Thats half of it. Yes it used to lock while I'm driving.

    1st: When I unlock it, the key would stick. (Really... These locks cant even get it right so that a key does not stick when you unlock it. I thought the lock was what Pop-Lock was all about.) Anyway the sticking key I knew about so I over looked that.

    Then the unlocking when I'm driving got a little annoying, then the "If I rattle the handle enough" it would lock or half way lock, was even more annoying. But the fact that I would go to open it and it simply did not pull the two metal rods back enough to unlock the tailgate... that is what drove me to uninstall and go back to the factory installed handle. There I would stand yanking away at the pop-lock trying to get the damn thing to open up my tailgate in the rain! this was not a pretty site.

    There was only one thing I was expecting from this lock to do. That was to lock my tailgate. It failed :(

    Now I intend to spend thew $1000.00 and get a solid cover for my truck.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    I am trying to install the pop n lock, and can't figure out how to remove the camera wire harness.

    I noticed in this instructions, there is no step to transfer the gasket from the old handle to the pop n lock handle.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    ok, I was able to get the camera harness off.
    The picture in the instructions was pointing to the left side instead of the underside. finished installing and working fine so far.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Feb 26, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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    Does anyone else think that Toyota should offer some kind of lock for the tailgate anyway, since they probably know the tailgates get stolen?
     
  9. Mar 6, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Thank you for the great write-up/tutorial.

    I agree, after having just installed this handle 2 hours ago, I am not crazy about the way it feels...not a smooth feel like the factory handle. I'll give it some time since I do like the color match.

    IMG_1667.jpg
     
  10. Mar 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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    I too experienced the problems described. Comparing to the original handle, the original has lots of grease/lubricant while the pnl looks dry. What would be a good lubricant to use? Has to be thick, like Vaseline. I think the malfunction is partly due to temperature change. The only reason I am still using it is I need the tailgate locked and there is no other replacement handle with lock.
     
  11. Mar 7, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    great write up, Mine is ordered, due here next week. I will use this to help me. Thanks
     
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    Just what I was looking for. I just bought a 2010 and was looking for a way to secure the tailgate (w/camera). I saw the Pop & Lock but was also told of hose clamp and washers on the cable posts. Now I just need to decide if I get the standard or power lock model. Your walk through is very helpful.
     
  13. May 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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    Just got mine and installed it. Here's my review for anyone who cares. I put extra pictures up that could help some people.

    Also: There must have been an update on the PL5300 since the material I got is not flimsy at all and there doesn't appear to be any way in which it could unlock itself by the look of the design. However, I can see it auto-locking if the little spring next to the washer gets weak in the future.
     
  14. Aug 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    Wish it would work with the 2008 Tacoma, it looks so nice with the little backup camera built in. Exactly what I want..
     
  15. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    I found out that in case you are unable to open it no matter how hard you pull, the trick is to give the tailgate a slight push in, and while pushing it in, that handle will pull out quite easily to open the tailgate.
     
  16. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM
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  17. Aug 15, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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    I gave you a at-ah-boy on that. I've never had a problem but a lot of people have. Hope they all read your post.:D
     
  18. Aug 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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    Great write up! I might have a little more confidence in doing this now!
     
  19. Aug 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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    Great write-up! I'm a newbie and seriously thinking of buying the Pop and Lock for our 09 Tacoma TRD Off Road...problem is my wife purchased a chrome cover for the tailgate handle. The chrome cover was designed with the hole for the camera on the right side of the handle. Installing the Pop and Lock would move the camera to the left...making the chrome cover useless. Is there a chrome cover for the tailgate handle, with the camera on the left and Pop and Lock installed. Thanks guys.
     

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