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Tacoma Tailgate Locks.....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TRDGRL, May 29, 2008.

  1. May 29, 2008 at 9:28 PM
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    TRDGRL

    TRDGRL [OP] My Toys.....

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    I just wanted to share this with everyone that doesn't have a tailgate lock on their trucks.

    Several weeks ago a friend of mine had his tailgate stolen from his 2007 Tacoma. He did not have a lock on his and it can be easily taken off. When he informed me about his incident I went out to get one installed on my truck. It cost about $55. A small price to pay rather than have your tailgate stolen and have to replace it at approximately $1500 a piece.....:eek:

    For the Tacoma owners on Oahu:

    HAWAII TRUCK CONCEPTS
    94-515 UKEE STREET #C302
    WAIPAHU, HAWAII 96797
    PH: 808-677-2600

    They will install it for you.
     
  2. May 29, 2008 at 9:43 PM
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    Janster

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    Thanks for the warning! I have one on my truck too.

    Some folks have been using a hose-clamp around the pivot of the tailgate - but I personally would rather have a lock instead.
     
  3. May 29, 2008 at 9:45 PM
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    CometKat

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    Where can you buy one of these locks?
     
  4. May 29, 2008 at 9:49 PM
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    TRDGRL

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    GOOGLE IT.....TOYOTA TACOMA TAILGATE LOCKS.....:rolleyes:
     
  5. May 30, 2008 at 4:46 AM
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    Khaos

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    House clamp is a lot cheaper.

    I plan on having a lock on one day just in case.
     
  6. May 30, 2008 at 4:50 AM
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    Simon's Mom

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    Funny I was just thinking about this. I installed the pop n lock manual on my 06 Tacoma to go along with the clamp mod. The PopNLock works great except road salt plays havoc w/ the lock & after one winter its impossible to lock it now. I used lock ease regularly thru the season cuz another TW member from upstate NY warned me that this could happen. Suffice it to say it did, now its either buy a new one or I was thinking of taking it out & taking it to a local locksmith. Anywho, yes it works great when it works & can't wait til mine locks again.

    A heads up to those in road salt country.....
     
  7. May 30, 2008 at 5:23 AM
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    A very heeded, thank you. That sucks buy something that rusts out in a year...been there done that with locks.
     
  8. May 30, 2008 at 5:34 AM
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    i put one on mine last week... ive had pop n lock locks on every pickup ive owned. the best part is the lock looks factory :D
     
  9. May 30, 2008 at 5:34 AM
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    I suppose if your in a high crime area, a lock is a good idea...
    But for most and for a much cheaper price, you can't beat the $1 hose clamp. Since its alloy, after 3 yrs mine still has no rust or corrosion. Yet to hear anyone's 'hose clamped' gate get jacked...
     
  10. May 30, 2008 at 6:01 AM
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    any pics of the hose clamped tailgate?
     
  11. May 30, 2008 at 6:26 AM
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    I spray Break Free CLP (cleaner, lubrican, protectant), gun cleaner into the lock mechanism.

    No rust, works great.
     
  12. May 30, 2008 at 6:56 AM
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    Has anyone installed an electric tailgate lock? It would be cool if my key fob would open the tailgate and the cab.
     
  13. May 30, 2008 at 6:57 AM
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    Heres mine.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. May 30, 2008 at 6:58 AM
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    Thanks for the feedback on the Pop-n-lock. I figured this would happen to them eventually. You get what you pay for - basically. It's a shame nobody makes a nice heavy duty metal one.
     
  15. May 30, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    You should turn that hose clamp around so the only way they can unscrew it - is by crawling underneath the truck. It's take them a bit longer to get it off.

    THe way its sitting now - anyone with a leatherman tool could get that unscrewed and take it off.
     
  16. May 30, 2008 at 7:14 AM
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    Thats a good idea. Thanks for the tip!
     
  17. May 30, 2008 at 7:16 AM
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    I too recently installed a pop and lock good investment but will do hose clamp mod also if your gonna do the hose clamp mod put some kind of epoxy over the bolt so that they cant unscrew it,
     
  18. May 30, 2008 at 7:24 AM
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    eVEN A BETTER IDEA.....make it so it has to be cut off
     
  19. May 30, 2008 at 7:33 AM
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    Da Hui, if you have the bolt facing up closest to the bed of the truck, theres not much room for any tool to get to it (like a leatherman). I filled the screwdriver slot w/ epxoy (like solcalman22 mentioned), so the only way to easily get it off is w/ a long 5/16 socket. Also have thin rubber tube under it to keep it from digging in the paint and won't allow someone to slide it to attack it at an easier angle.
     
  20. May 30, 2008 at 7:40 AM
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    not bad info there better safe than sorry
     
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